Kapolei is part of Honolulu County and is approximately 25 miles away from the city of Honolulu. We are the "newest" city on the island, that is, most of Kapolei has been developed in the past ten years and continues to grow. Kapolei was formerly known as the "second city" of Hawaii, which is fitting as the master plan called for a population base only second to that of Honolulu (Honolulu has about 400,000 residents). This is in contrast to other cities on Oahu which are largely bedroom communities, such as Kaneohe, Kailua, and Mililani.
The boundaries of Kapolei isn't quite so clear. The actual region of Kapolei would sit south of the H1 Freeway and bordered to the extreme south by the former Naval Air Station at Barbers Point (now decommissioned). Makakilo City, is considered part of Kapolei but most residents here would object to being called as such. Makakilo sits on the foothills of Pu'u Makakilo (an extinct volcanic crater) and ranges in elevation from a few hundred to over one thousand feet. The population of Makakilo is approximately 12,000 residents in mostly single family homes.
Time to drive to Honolulu: Via H1 Freeway approximately twenty to twenty-five minutes without traffic. With afternoon traffic (3-6pm) approximately thirty to fifty minutes. With morning traffic (6 to 8am) approximately fifty to seventy-five minutes.