I currently live in a town on the south side of Oahu. It was originally a tiny little town but it has recently exploded with housing developments. When I first moved to Hawaii, I was based at a school in this town. I can remember driving by all the sugar cane fields and even drove through a couple of controlled sugar cane burnings, which were a little scary. The sugar cane fields are now all gone.
After living in Honolulu for a few years, I grew tired of all the traffic and buildings and decided to move out to the "suburbs". I rented a couple of places and then after a few years, I finally decided to buy. I purchased my little studio here in this town. I have been very happy living in my quiet townhouse community (except for the traffic that has seemed to follow me) and have been very fortunate to have wonderful neighbors.
Here are a couple of photos (taken a few years ago) from one of the beaches nearby. It's difficult to see but Diamond Head is in the background of the photo with the little girl.
Here is the view from one of the golf courses in the area: