ʻAiea is centrally located, on the island of Oʻahu near Pearl Harbor, approximately 9 miles from Honolulu. ʻAiea, a cultural plant which grows up to 30 feet tall and has greenish, yellow flowers, once dominated the ahupuaʻa (land division) now known as ʻAiea. The flowers of the ʻAiea were once used to make beautiful lei. The ʻAiea ahupuaʻa stretches from the area now known as Pearl Harbor (Puʻuloa) to the mountains high above where the school now stands.
At the end of the 19th century, the Honolulu Plantation Company opened a sugarcane plantation within the district. After World War II, the plantation shut down its operations and the mill was converted into a sugar refinery. In 1996, when C&H closed, so did the operations at the ʻAiea sugar refinery mill. ʻAiea has since become a thriving community with many small businesses, Aloha Stadium, Pearl Harbor, many shopping centers and home to many residents.
Overlooking historic Pearl Harbor, ʻAiea High School (AHS), home of Nā Aliʻi opened its doors in 1961. The school is centrally located in the ʻAiea community and sits on 15 acres of land. ʻAiea High is one of seven schools in the Central Oʻahu District of the Department of Education and apart of the ʻAiea Complex. AHS received full accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2019. Students reside in the communities of ʻAiea, Halawa, Newtown, Pearl Ridge and Waimalu and represent a diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Five elementary schools (ʻAiea Elementary, Alvah Scott Elementary, Gus Webling Elementary, Pearl Ridge Elementary, Waimalu Elementary) and one intermediate school (ʻAiea Intermediate) feed into AHS. Enrollment is approximately 900 students, with 50% receiving free and reduced lunch.