Why live in Ewa Beach, Hawaii?

Ewa Beach has experienced incredible transformation over the last decade. Located on Oahu’s leeward side, and neighboring Pearl Harbor to the east, Barber’s Point to the west, and Kapolei to the north, Ewa Beach was once home to Native Hawaiian fishponds and later plantations. Now, Ewa Beach is a bustling community – with new residential developments, a state-of-the-art hospital, numerous golf courses, splendid shopping, and wide roadways. Homes are newer and larger and surrounded by sidewalks and parks. But while adding new amenities, Ewa has still maintained its local community feel, causing potential homebuyers to consider moving Ewa, or to the west of Honolulu.

Once home to ali‘i, or Native Hawaiian chiefs, and now is known for great golf courses and competitive Little League Teams. Here are a few interesting facts:

  • The boundaries of Ewa are generally based on a Hawaiian land division called a moku. Ewa was the flattest moku on Oahu and was a favorite residence for aliʻi, or chiefs.
  • There are approximately 11 golf courses on the Ewa side of the island – with six courses in Ewa Beach alone.
  • A team from Ewa Beach won the Little League World Series in 2005, beating Curaçao 7-6 in an extra inning.
  • Oahu's only historic railway runs through Ewa Beach. Today, the Hawaiian Railway Society is dedicated to restoring and protecting the railway's history. They recently opened a free toy train museum in 2017.

What is the transportation like? How far is Ewa Beach from Honolulu?

Commute Time. The average travel time to work is 46 minutes, according to the U.S. Census from 2012-2016. With minimal traffic, it takes 31 minutes to go to Honolulu and 12 minutes to arrive in central Kapolei. It really depends on when you're leaving or coming to Ewa Beach. There are times in the morning where the commute can take a few hours. The Honolulu Rail has a planned stop in East Kapolei.

Buses. TheBUS serves Ewa Beach with routes 41, 42, and 44. 

How is the weather?

Take a swim in the beautiful Ewa beaches any time of the year – with optimal swimming months being from April through December as the temperature ranges from 77 degrees Fahrenheit to 84 degrees Fahrenheit with little rain to interrupt your sunny beach days. 

Ewa Beach is known to be hotter and drier than other areas of Oahu, such as Kaneohe and Kailua on the Windward side of the island. Over the entire year, the temperature varies from 66 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit, with the coldest days of the year being at the end of January with an average low of 66 and high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It rains in Ewa Beach typically from the end of October to March, with only 16 percent of those rainy months’ days experiencing rain. 

Ewa Beach is almost always muggy and humid, with some decreases in humidity during December, January, and February. While Ewa Beach often experiences clear skies with minimal clouds, it does have some breezes flowing from the ocean; the windiest days of the year peak in July with average hourly wind speeds hitting around 16 miles per hour. With many sunny days, solar panels and water heaters can definitely be an option for homeowners – along with surfing and sunbathing. 

Ewa Beach’s history includes Hawaiian legends, businessmen, and plantations.

There are two names for Ewa, either ‘Ewa with the ‘okina or Ewa without the ‘okina, and each name represents a different origin story. ‘Ewa with the ‘okina means crooked or unequal in Hawaiian. Ewa without the ‘okina means strayed or wandering. The Hawaiian legend of the land starts with two ancient Hawaiian gods, Kāne and Kanaloa. When they discovered the Ewa plains, they liked the large flat area, so they threw a stone to mark a boundary. When they went searching for the stone, they could not find it. So the land became known as Ewa, or the stone that strayed. In other versions, the area was named ʻEwa because the stone was thrown crookedly. Hawaiian settlements in Ewa date back to 12th century A.D., as confirmed by remains from Hawaiian’s ingenious fishponds. 

(Ewa Sugar Mill 1939 - The U.S. National Archives)

In 1877, Irish businessman James Campbell bought 40,000 acres of land in the Ewa plains, and in 1880, B.F. Dillingham leased a portion of the land to launch Ewa Plantation. The sugar plantation boomed. Thirty miles of train tracks were soon laid, connecting Ewa to the Oahu Railway, which would transport sugar, molasses, livestock, people, and about anything else to the region. People from Japan, the Philippines, and Korea soon joined the Hawaiians to farm the fields, and the moved into newly built plantation villages. By the 1980s, the booming sugar industry started to bust, bringing a peaceful old beach town vibe to Ewa Beach.

Real estate in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, is statistically cheaper than other parts of Oahu. 

With the planned construction of thousands of residential units over the next couple of decades, it's no wonder that the average home age is now 24 years. Some of the new developments that are complete, in-process or planned, include the Golf Villas at Lokahi Greens, Ho‘onani at Ewa, and Hoakalei Residences.

The average listing home price in December of 2018 was $640k. As of January 1, 2020, the average listing price decreased to about $627k, and as of August 15, 2020 the median list price was $650,000. 

Ewa Beach Housing

Restaurants include local, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and eloquent golf course dining options. 

Tiano’s Restaurant. 91-1001 Kaimalie Street. Serving a variety of food – from adobo fried rice to prime rib to pasta to ube ice cream – this clean and cozy local restaurant will please almost any palate. 

Kountry Style Kitchen Restaurant. 91-1001 Kaimalie Street. A bustling brunch spot offering local favorites like loco moco and traditional breakfasts like French toast and eggs Benedict. 

Spoon Korean Kitchen. 91-775 Papipi Road.  Excellent service and authentic Korean food. Local favorite dishes include the fish egg stew, the spicy rice cake, and the meat jun.

Ono Thai. 91-896 Makule Road. Fresh and flavorful Thai food served by friendly and attentive staff in a clean restaurant. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day.

Birds of Paradise. 91-1200 Fort Weaver Road. At the Hawaii Prince Golf Course, this is a great venue for a special breakfast, lunch, or dinner – or even a special event. They serve local and American dishes and have an all-you-can-eat brunch on Sunday.

Daiichi Ramen. 91-1121 Keaunui Drive, Ste 104. Satisfy ramen, udon, gyoza, or chicken katsu cravings at this local Japanese restaurant. 

Saito & Pho Restaurant. 91-902 Fort Weaver Road, Ste 106. Get your Vietnamese favorites, like pho or bahn mi, or try the Japanese options, like sashimi, tempura, or butterfish. 

Loco Moco Drive Inn. 91-919 Fort Weaver Road. Walk into Ewa Beach Shopping Center to grab your local favorite meals. They are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day.

Elim Korean Barbeque. 91-919 Fort Weaver Road. This mom-and-pop restaurant offers huge portions of Korean barbeque dishes. They also serve breakfast. Cash only. 

Taste of Hong Kong. 91-1401 Fort Weaver Road. This long-time Chinese food restaurant in Ewa had new owners in 2017, who spruced up the space and menu options. Sit down to enjoy delicious food with splendid service and reasonable prices.

Ample shopping and entertainment options.

Ka Makana Ali‘i. 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway. A new, outdoor center in neighboring Kapolei that features more than 100 stores, restaurants, and a state-of-the-art Consolidated Theatres. Retailers include H&M, Macy’s, Old Navy, and Reyn Spooner. Every Wednesday and Sunday, the center hosts a farmers’ market.

Laulani Village Shopping Center. 91-1051 Keaunui Drive. With a grocery store, pet shop, hardware store, gas station, restaurants, bars, postal store, and real estate office, this convenient shopping center can satisfy most Ewa Beach residents’ needs.

Ewa Town Center. 91-1401 Fort Weaver Road. This shopping center boasts various eateries like Genki Sushi, Subway, Jamba Juice, and more, along with Foodland supermarket and Long’s Drugs.

Ewa Beach Shopping Center. 105 Fort Weaver Road. A convenient shopping center hosting a Long’s Drugs, Goodwill, post office, and more.

Coming Soon: Wai Kai at Hoakalei. The plans for this waterfront retail, dining, and entertainment center in Ewa Beach include more than 110 retail establishments, a 52-acre recreational lagoon, a specialty market, and a health club and spa.

Ewa Beach is known for its many golf courses and golfing communities.

Ewa Beach Golf Club. 91-050 Fort Weaver Road. Located at the end of Fort Weaver Road, this course has some water and sand, but it is still beginner-friendly. New carts, fast greens, and well-maintained fairways.

Hawaii Prince Golf Club. 91-1200 Fort Weaver Road. After playing a round on one of the three pristine nine-hole courses, stop by the pro shop or relax at the restaurant, Bird of Paradise.

Coral Creek Golf Course. 91-1111 Geiger Road. A well-maintained course that will challenge any skill level. The course includes a driving range, clean facilities, and a restaurant. Ask about the kama‘aina discount.

Ewa Villages Golf Course. 91-1760 Park Row Street. A municipal golf course that is reasonably-priced and peaceful. Relax in the restaurant after a round of golf.

Hoakalei Country Club. Keoneula Boulevard. Designed by professional golfer Ernie Els and opened in 2009, the 18-hole course is in pristine condition. The country club also includes a new pool, restaurant, bar lounge, and private dining room. 

West Loch Golf Course. 91-1126 Okupe Street. An economical, municipal 18-hole course with beautiful views.

Athletic fields, skateboard facilities, areas for dogs and more.

Hoalauna Community Park. Keaunui Drive. An open, green park with a popular area for dogs. Amenities include a clean restroom, exercise benches, and playground equipment. The Members of the Ewa community hold events here like movie nights and swap meets.

Ewa Beach Community Park. 91 Kulana Place. A tennis court, skatepark, and unique new keiki climbing structure make this a great park for families.

Ewa Puuloa District Park. 91-201 Kaimele Place.  A newly built park that is beautiful and family-friendly. Enjoy the basketball court, baseball field, large grassy area, clean restrooms, and many parking stalls.

Geiger Community Park. Kapolei Parkway and Geiger Road. Every Saturday, football and baseball players will gather in the open field. This park also has two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a small parking area, and restroom facilities.

One‘ula “Hau Bush” Beach Park. Papipi Road. With a remarkable view of Diamond Head, this is a local spot for surfing, fishing, and relaxing. 

Ewa Mahiko District Park. 91 Renton Road. Boasting an indoor gym, a baseball field, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and basketball courts, it is a popular park for people from the Ewa and Kapolei communities.

Pu‘aloa Beach Park. 91-050 Fort Weaver Road. With a playground, showers, bathrooms, picnic tables, grills, basketball courts, baseball field, plentiful parking – and a beautiful Diamond Head view, this is a popular park for family gatherings on the weekends.

Peaceful, shoreside hikes can be found.

West Loch Community Shoreline Park Trail. Kapapapuhi Street. A paved trail that is great for all ages – either walking or biking. This quiet and hidden path passes the Pearl Harbor shoreline, West Loch golf course, and finish in the Asing Community Park. 

Go surfing!

Ewa Beach. Park at Pu‘aloa Beach Park. An exposed reef break with reliable surf year-round. South and southwest swells add size to the left and right breaks. 

Barbers Point. Near the Campbell industrial park, this uncrowded break offers lengthy, head-high lefts on south swells. Beware of rocks and sharks. 

Biking is easy and there's a path to Pearl Harbor.

Fort Weaver Road Bike Path. Starting in the north of Ewa Beach, bikers can travel along Fort Weaver Road on the bike path to Farrington Highway. There is also a new bike path along Keoneula Boulevard. The Oahu Bike Plan proposes many paths and lanes for the Ewa Beach neighborhood, with the goal of one day connecting the community to the Pearl Harbor Bike Path.  

Hawaii Department of Transportation Bike Map Oahu
Oahu Bicycling League Bike Map

The population includes diverse young families and more.

Ewa Beach has a diverse population with local and mainland residents alike. While 70% of the people own their homes in Ewa Beach, it relatively has a young crowd with the average age being 37 years old. The majority of households are families who are married and have children.

Ewa Beach People

Ewa Beach has big public schools with a variety of educational options. 

James Campbell High (Public)
91-980 North Rd
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Campbell High offers comprehensive programs in the core academics, vocational/technical and special education. As an International Baccalaureate school, Campbell High is committed to providing a high-quality, challenging, international education for students. Four Smaller Learning Communities offer students excellent learning opportunities in 2D/3D CAD; robotics, media communications (broadcast journalism, photojournalism), graphics communication (computer graphics, animation) and Culinary Arts. The school offers an award-winning Naval JROTC Program,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Ewa Makai Middle (Public)
91-6291 Kapolei Parkway 
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Ewa Makai Middle has a strong academic core program, thriving arts program and progressive athletics program. The school implements standards-based instruction in all content areas focusing on literacy and numeracy. Students are challenged with rigorous courses of study and social skills that prepare them for high school and college/career readiness. Co-curricular programs include robotics, science club, science Olympiad, leeward young artist competition, Advancement Via Individual Determination Ambassadors, and scholastic art award competition,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Ilima Intermediate (Public)
91-884 Ft. Weaver Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Ilima Intermediate offers a wide variety of programs and support services to address the needs of early adolescents. Students are placed into one of three smaller learning teams during their seventh-grade year. Team teachers develop supports for students through coordinated professional development, regular team meetings, and parent meetings. For the core academic areas of English, math, science and social studies, team teachers continue with their students up to the eighth grade. Ilima Intermediate continues to develop and refine a rigorous standards-based curriculum while implementing several school-wide strategies. Teachers receive ongoing professional development and meet twice monthly in data teams to analyze student progress and adjust instructional practices. Ilima Intermediate is committed to ongoing school improvement and it embraces the challenging opportunity to prepare students for college and careers,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Iroquois Point Elementary (Public)
5553 Cormorant Avenue
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Iroquois Point Elementary became an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in April 2011. The school offers the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Iroquois Point Elementary believes learning is best done when it is authentic, relevant to the “real” world; and transdisciplinary – where the learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them. Following this IB framework helps to ensure learning is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. The curriculum framework emphasizes an inquiry-based approach to learning, and computers are available in every classroom. The school offers Spanish, music, band, and physical education programs. Athletic activities are designed to teach fundamental concepts like teamwork and fair play. Intramurals include basketball, track, volleyball and flag football. Iroquois Point provides many opportunities for families to gather in the celebration of and support for learning,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Kaimiloa Elementary (Public)
91-1028 Kaunolu Street
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Kaimiloa Elementary is committed to high-quality professional development and technical assistance for teachers to use best practices based on research. Professional Learning Communities are focused on regular monitoring of assessment data, analysis of student work and subsequent adjustments made to teachers’ instruction. Weekly learning team sessions held across grade levels focus on developing teachers’ understanding of content standards, designing common assessments to measure students’ progress and in-depth analysis of student work to inform instruction. Teachers practice self-reflection and set goals for improving their teaching strategies. Kaimiloa provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of activities and programs such as Yearbook, Track, Basketball and Video classes offered during after-school Cougar Academies. After school tutoring is provided for students needing assistance in reading and math,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Pohakea Elementary (Public)
91-750 Ft. Weaver Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Pohakea Elementary has a comprehensive school reform program focused on early reading intervention. A daily tutoring program is also provided for selected students in grades 1-3 as part of the Success for All model. Teachers deliver engaging, relevant lessons that demand higher level thinking skills. A rigorous, standards-based curriculum in mathematics focuses on both mastery of basic mathematical skills and conceptual understandings. For writing, teachers provide integrated writing lessons and monitor student progress through reviewing, analyzing, and scoring student work. Data Analysis continues to drive instruction and decision making for programming purposes. The Community Council was established in 2005 and continues to be an integral part of reaching Pohakea Elementary's vision,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Ewa Beach Elementary (Public)
91-740 Papipi Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Vision: Our Ewa Beach Elementary School Community will be successful lifelong learners. Mission: Our Ewa Beach Elementary School Community will practice the best teaching and learning strategies to ensure lifelong learning. Belief: All Ewa Beach Elementary School students will be successful. Ewa Beach Elementary was a National Blue Ribbon School for 2010 ,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Keoneula Elementary (Public)
91-970 Kaileolea Drive
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Keoneula Elementary has implemented the Advancement Via Individual Determination program for grades 4, 5 and 6. Achieve 3000, an online language arts program, is used for grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. The school is teaching the Common Core State Standards to prepare students for success in college and careers. Parent workshops are held quarterly to discuss language arts, science, mathematics, and safety and welfare. Keoneula has launched an Outdoor Learning Center with a native Hawaiian garden, pipeline worm bin and aquaponics system to support STEM activities and lessons,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Holomua Elementary (Public)
91-1561 Keaunui Drive
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“Holomua Elementary has a strong commitment to providing a positive climate for learning in which all students can reach their fullest potential in academics, attitudes, health and the arts. Technology continues to be an integral part of the curriculum, evidenced by a lab housing 30 computers, classrooms equipped with computers and two mobile labs consisting of 25 computers on a local area network. Holomua Elementary continues to build parent/community partnerships through several activities such as Ohana Fair and several parent workshops. The school also has positive partnerships with various community businesses and the USS Crommelin. A School Community Council ensures that all stakeholders, including community members, have input in the school's improvement efforts. Holomua is a multi-track school and runs on a special calendar,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Ewa Elementary (Public)
91-1280 Renton Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

“At Ewa Elementary, strategic actions and comprehensive academic and financial planning have guided school improvement efforts. The school's goals are to improve student achievement through standards-based education, provide comprehensive student support for all students, and continuously improve performance and quality. Student outcomes are constantly monitored through multiple school-wide assessments, with goals established and student data collected to measure progress. Data is regularly analyzed and shared with teachers to improve delivery of instruction,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Nearby hospitals and health centers offer great care for the community.

The Queen's Medical Center West O'ahu
91-2141 Fort Weaver Rd, Ewa Beach, HI 96706
Open 24 hours

Kaiser Permanente Kapolei Clinic
599 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Access Medical Clinics
91-1401 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706 
Located Inside Long’s Drugs
Open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Emergency hurricane shelters offer refuge options.

The following hurricane evacuation shelters are provided by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management to offer some protection from high winds, flying debris, storm surges, and flooding. If possible, the Department of Emergency Management recommends the public to “Shelter-in-Place.” Note that more information about shelters will be broadcast over local media and official social media sites during an emergency. Also, you should bring a three-day supply of food, water, clothing, medication, personal hygiene items, and a mat or cot for sleeping, since the shelters are not stocked with supplies. 

James Campbell High 
91-980 North Rd
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

Ewa Beach Elementary 
91-740 Papipi Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

Holomua Elementary 
91-1561 Keaunui Drive
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

Ilima Intermediate 
91-884 Ft. Weaver Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

Kaimiloa Elementary 
91-1028 Kaunolu Street
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

Pohakea Elementary 
91-750 Ft. Weaver Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706

Tsunami Evacuation Zone Maps:
Ewa Beach to Airport