The city of Port Hueneme was originally named simply "Hueneme," a word derived from the Chumash language and meaning "resting place," which refers to the city's location at the mouth of an estuary. It is also home to many endangered species, such as the California sea otter and blue whale, as well as plenty of non-endangered sea life, making it an excellent destination whether you are looking to catch a fish or just a glimpse of the wildlife. But what is in a name?
A short history of Port Hueneme
How Hueneme became Port Hueneme
The name "Port Hueneme" was first recorded in 1810, but by the time WWII broke out, the city was known as Hueneme. In 1945, the name was changed to "Port Hueneme" after the Port of Hueneme was completed and became a key element in the success of California's agricultural economy. Today, the city remains an important part of Southern California's history.
The push to rename Port Hueneme
Results of the name change vote
The results of the name change vote sent a clear message – Port Hueneme is here to stay. And there are plenty of reasons to stay—or settle down—in Port Hueneme. To name just a few, the city is known for its beautiful beaches and seaside setting, along with an abundance of recreational activities and excellent schools.
What makes Port Hueneme a great place to live?
Port Hueneme is served by the Hueneme Elementary School District, which includes four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Hueneme High School is known for its excellent academic programs, as well as its top-notch athletics. There is also Santa Clara High School, a Catholic school in nearby Oxnard that offers small class sizes and individualized learning for its students.
Amenities and activities
Owning Port Hueneme real estate places a lot of amenities at your fingertips, from shopping at the Oxnard Shores Shopping Center to hiking along the Santa Clara River Trail, as well as such other outdoor escapes as the Hueneme Pier and Hueneme Beach Park. The city also offers easy access to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, where anyone can learn about almost any aspect of the natural history of the area.
The city also offers residents plenty of recreational opportunities, with more than 90 acres of parkland and around eight parks located throughout the city. These parks have picnic areas, playgrounds, and basketball courts. The Orvene S. Carpenter Community Center is a popular meeting place for residents of all ages, with a large auditorium and children's play area.
There are a variety of businesses and services to meet the needs of residents as well, from the Channel Islands Yacht Club to community events at the Port of Hueneme. For dining out, there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, such as Cajun Kitchen Cafe and La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant.