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 ahupua’a (land division) now known as ʻAiea. The flowers of the ʻAiea were once used to make beautiful leis. The ʻAiea ahupuaʻa stretches from the area now known as Pearl Harbor 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. However, 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, Pearl Harbor, many shopping centers, and home to many residents.
Overlooking historic Pearl Harbor, ʻAiea High School (AHS), home of the Nā ʻAliʻi opened its doors in 1961. ʻAiea is a community of approximately 41,000 residents. The school currently services approximately 1,000 students on 15 acres of land in a diverse community, including children representing many ethnic groups. ʻAiea High is one of six high schools in the Central Oahu District of the Department of Education and a part of the ʻAiea Complex. Five elementary schools and one intermediate school feed into AHS.