For this city I used only the resources packed in the game. No mods or custom content. All vanilla...
Note: The actual population of city in-game is 2.2 million. I've reduced this number to what I think is appropriate to the real life size of the city.
In the heart of the Central Valley, located on beautiful Nohonani Island, lies one of Hawaii's most vibrant metropolises, Mt. Eloriaga. The island of Nohonani was one of Hawaii's least populated islands, located roughly 50 miles north of Kauai until the island saw a massive population boom in the late 1970's. As much of Oahu had been developed, real estate developers, entrepreneurs, and the burgeoning high tech industry sought land that was definitely more affordable than that typically found in the rest of the state.
The town of Mt. Eloriaga was a sleepy agricultural hub consisting of three cities (Mahoe Park, Kalihi, and Kakaako), servicing the numerous coffee and sugar plantations located in the Central Valley. This pristine valley, with minimal development was a boon to those seeking to make their fortune in Hawaii. The three cities consolidated in 1951 and they named themselves Mt. Eloriaga, after the dormant volcano which dominated the nearby scenery.
1984 was a pivotal year for the city as Lasko Industries, a high tech firm manufacturing computer processors set up shop there. Computers were becoming a significant part of every day life, and the young upstart firm was able to expand. Office space was needed soon after and a vibrant downtown began to spring up in the district of Makiki. Housing boomed as a result and the city nearly doubled their population in just 20 years.
The city was never a major tourist destination, as the Central Valley sees strong cool breezes from the nearby Ko'olina Mountain range. This produces a much more temperate climate than one associates with Hawaii, and coupled with the city's lack of beaches, tourism was almost non-existent. As the city expanded, and a new vibrant downtown was forming, the tourists came, flocking to brand new hotels on Queen Emma Island, and island within an island in the middle of Lake Kamehameha, the only large freshwater lake in the state. This bustling tourism industry helped the city through the tech crash of the late 2000's and as the industry is coming back stronger than ever, things look bright for the city of Mt. Eloriaga.Governance
The city of Mt. Eloriaga is run by the Mayor and City Council. The city is divided into eight districts, with each district electing a council member. District members must be a resident of their district for no less than three years at the time of election. District members are elected during non-presidential election years. Six more council members are elected at-large during presidential election years. These members must have been residents of the city for at least three years prior to election. All at-large council candidates run on one slate, with the top six candidates being elected.
The Mayor is elected during presidential election years. They sit on the City Council, but may only vote to break ties. They appoint all public commissioners, such as fire, police, and public health. They may also fill vacancies in the City Council. All appointments must be approved by the City Council. The Mayor and City Council members are elected to four year terms and there are currently no term-limits for either.
The current rate of unemployment is quite low at 3%, which is slightly lower than the rest of the state. High tech firms and office services are the bulk of the economy, with Lasko Industries, a computer processor manufacturer, being the largest company in the city.
Current Industry Breakdown
Office Services: 45%
High Tech Industry: 35%
Heavy Industry: 2%
Tourism, Retail: 12%
Breakdown of Residents by Type
Unskilled Workers: 10%
Skilled Workers: 41%
Public Transportation is vital to the success of Mt. Eloriaga. The Mt. Eloriaga Regional Transit Authority or MERTA provides the public transportation needs of the city. There are currently 24 bus lines and 5 subway lines connecting the various districts. According to recent surveys, around 60% of city residents use some form of public transportation on a regular basis.
The Bus System
Each district, with the exception of Kaimuki and Pupukea Heights, has a transit center from which busses depart. In Makiki, there are two large transit hubs, Alapai Transit Center located on the western end of Makiki, and Iliwei Transit Center located on Ali'i Avenue on the northeastern end of Makiki. Both major transit centers are located nearby subway stations.
There are four express busses: Westside City Express, Eastside City Express, Alapai-Iliwei Transit Center Express, and Airport Express. These busses have limited stops and the fares are higher. The other 20 bus lines are generally more local and cost less. All bus fares include an unlimited number of transfers to non-express busses within two hours of original departure. Express busses run from 4:00 am to midnight, while local busses run from 4:00 am to 2:00 am.
The subway system opened its first line, the yellow line, in 1999. The other lines (blue, red, and pink) opened later, with the final construction finished in 2010. There are plans to open a 6th line serving Kalihi, but that is currently in planning stages and is not expected to open until 2028.
The yellow line primarily serves Makapu'u and Kaimuki and includes a stop at the Mt. Eloriaga International Airport (EAX). Makiki is served by both the blue and red lines as well as two pink line stops. The blue, yellow, and red lines converge at the Alapai Transit center and passengers may transfer to any other line at that location. The pink line serves Queen Emma Island and Prince Kuhio Island, with connections both at the Iliwei Transit Center on Ali'i Avenue and a connection with the blue line at Maui Avenue. The red line is the longest subway line, serving Makiki, Kaka'ako, and Hau'ula.
The subway runs from 4:00 am to 11:00 pm, except for the red line which runs 24 hours.
Local Busses: $2.00
Express Busses: $3.00
All fares include unlimited transfers within two hours to local busses. Transfers to Express busses are $1 additional fee and transfers to subways are $2 additional fee. Subway to subway transfers are free at available stations.
The Districts of Mt. Eloriaga
District Population: 31,904 (7.73% of city total)
Largest Residential Groups: Skilled, Executives
Primary Industries: High Tech and Office Services
Kaimuki is primarily a residential district, filled with single-family homes.
Primary access to the district is via the H-5 Interstate Freeway (Roxas Blvd Exit)
The Eddie Aikau Elementary School on Puuale Ave and Vigo Street. Older students go to school in the neighboring district of Makapu'u. The city's namesake, a dormant volcano, can be seen in the background.
Lower income housing is generally found in the southern part of the district, below Malia Ave.
Kaimuki is home the Princess Ka'iulani College of Technology, or PK Tech. The college was established in 1968.
Public transportation is provided by the Mt. Eloriaga Rapid Transit Authority (MERTA) with 2 subway stops and the No. 23 bus line.
District Population: 61,211 (14.84% of city total)
Largest Residential Groups: Skilled, Unskilled
Primary Industries: Office Services
Makapu'u was originally a separate town before the consolidation of Mt. Eloriaga. It was originally named Mahoe Park and included the current district of Kaimuki within its borders. There is generally little industry within the district and an estimated 75% of district residents work elsewhere in the city.
Mahoe Park is a central feature of Makapu'u, and was the name of the original city before it merged with the rest of Mt. Eloriaga.
Some of the most elegant homes in the city can be found on 1st Avenue, adjacent to Mahoe Park.
Many residents near the park complain about the noise from the skateboard park, located at the edge of Mahoe Park.
St. Ignatius Hospital can be found at 1st Ave and Malia Ave
The district is a mix of both small single family homes and medium size apartment buildings.
Modest office buildings and homes, along with a car dealership dot the area along 1st Ave and 9th Ave
Early morning near the park.
A quiet little plaza.
Makapu'u at night.
Another distant view at night from the volcano.
Public Transportation is vital to Makapu'u. Five bus lines provide service to the district, including the neighboring district of Kaimuki.
The yellow line subway has five stops in the district.
District Population: 84,098 (20.38% of city total)
Largest Residential Groups: All
Primary Industries: All
For many, Makiki is the heart of the city. It is the second largest district in the city in population, just behind Kaka'ako by a few hundred citizens, and the largest by size. There is some confusion and debate regarding what constitutes downtown. If you were to ask a local how to get to downtown, most would ask you "which one?"
The district has three distinctive sub-districts: Upper Makiki, consisting of the area north of the H-5 Interstate and west of the Kalanianiole Blvd exit; Lower Makiki, which is south of the H-5 and west of Molokai Ave; and Makiki Kai, which contains the rest of the district and is one of the city's two downtowns.
Unlike Kaka'ako, the district of Makiki contains all types of residents and industries. Lower income residents are generally in Lower Makiki at the west end of the district. Middle income residents are the dominant class in the rest of Lower Makiki. Executives, professionals, and the wealthy elites can be found mostly in Upper Makiki and in Makiki Kai. Office services are the primary industry of Makiki Kai, with tall skyscrapers dominating the skyline there. High tech industry can be found in Upper Makiki, and offices and manufacturing are the most common industries found in Lower Makiki. All of this diversity contributes to the general belief that the residents of Makiki are much more friendly and considerably more "real" than their counterparts in Kaka'ako, who are generally regarded as snobbish and self-absorbed.
Both of the city's main transit hubs are located in Makiki. The first is Alapai Transit Center with six bus lines and a subway stop.
A picture of Alapai Transit Center, located at Kainoa Blvd and Paia Rd
The Iliwei Transit Center, located on Ali'i and Maui Aves. Residents have been begging the city to fix that curb for years!
The Iliwei Transit Center operates seven bus lines and the Ali'i Ave subway stop is just a few yards away.
U'ilani Park is one of the two most prominent parks in the district. A meandering walkway circles the entire park.
U'ilani Park at night, with the city in the background. The First Methodist Church can be seen located on Ohe'o St.
The Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Center can be found in U'ilani Park
Pau Hana Park is the city's other main park. It stretches all along the Kalanianiole Blvd. Here is a section of the park near downtown.
The Ferris Wheel in Pau Hana park is very popular with the young citizens of Makiki
There are many shopping options in the district, but the most popular is the Hale Koa Plaza, seen here at night.
The Farmer's Market, located at Kalanianiole and Kainoa Blvds., are a great place to get fresh produce from all the local farms just a few miles outside the city.
The 16th precinct fire station in downtown.
Heading into the downtown area, just off the Kainoa Exit of Highway 91
A small plaza downtown, surrounded by office buildings.
Traveling along Kauai Ave.
The Molokai Ave. tunnel
Downtown at night.
Some higher end residences along Onyx St. The city's namesake volcano seen in the background.
Heading out of Makiki, along Highway 91 and the Patsy Mink Bridge.
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