The Ewa Plains

Originally a small plantation town cultivating fields of sugar cane, Ewa Beach has grown to become the answer to ‘Oahu’s housing shortage problem.

THE EWA BEACH LIFESTYLE

In the last several decades, the affordable housing needs on Oahu have grown at a logarithmic pace. As the production of sugar cane disappeared and moved overseas, developers have taken advantage of the flat, open space in the Ewa Plains to fill the gap of available affordable homes. Between 2010 and 2016, according to a report by KITV.com,,more than 6,000 homes were built in Ewa Beach and it's expected that 31,000 more units will be built over the next 20 years or so. That’s a lot of homes! Ewa Beach Hawaii has now become a sprawling suburb of Honolulu, making it a desirable place for young families to live. It is one of the only communities where you can find new homes in Oahu for a reasonable price by Hawai’i’s standards. Single-family homes in the area come with 3-4 bedrooms and at least 2 bathrooms. Many of the newer homes also provide a highly sought-after amenity, the enclosed garage, which many older homes don’t have. There is a mix of older and newer communities. The newer communities boast flat, wide sidewalks, making it great for walking your dog, jogging, or riding your bike. 

WHERE IS EWA BEACH?

If you're not familiar with Oahu, you may be wondering where is Ewa Beach? While the City of Ewa Beach is part of the County of Honolulu, you'll find it located in the southwest corner of the island of ‘Oahu away from the city center. This is referred to as the Leeward side of the island. Just to the west is Kapolei, hailed as Oahu’s second city, which offers an exciting array of shops and restaurants, as well as many city and state municipal offices. Kapolei is a short 15-minute drive away. Ewa Beach is bordered to the east by Pearl Harbor and Schofield Barracks is a straight shot 25-minute drive north through the agricultural fields of Kunia. The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is just 17 miles to the east of Ewa Beach, about a 25-minute drive at freeway speeds, not during rush-hour.

WHAT WILL MY COMMUTE BE LIKE?

Speaking of rush-hour, downtown Honolulu is a short 20-mile drive to the east. If you take the H-1 freeway during off-peak hours, expect about a 30-35 minute commute to the downtown area. However, during morning rush hour, your drive may take you anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half, so it is best to try and avoid peak hours if possible. Or better yet, take advantage of the new rail system expected to be in operation by early next year.

FOUR SEASONS IN EWA BEACH?

Well, The Four Seasons Hotel is actually down the road in Ko'Olina. All kidding aside, being on the leeward side of the island, Ewa Beach doesn’t receive as much of Hawaii's fabulous Tradewinds; the island's natural air conditioning system. Due in part to the terrain, it doesn't receive the often-light splashes of rain like the communities on the Windward side do. The Ewa Beach weather is hot, dry, and ideal for those who love sunshine! Year-round temperatures will hover around the eighties. During the summer months, expect your electricity bill to go up as higher temperatures creep towards 90 degrees and AC units are running all day. 

THINGS TO DO IN EWA BEACH

Are you wondering what you can do in Ewa Beach? There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something to do with your kids or planning a weekend outing with friends, you can find something for every lifestyle.

White Plains Beach is perfect for family get-togethers, learning to surf, or working on your tan. It also has a beautiful view of the coastline all the way to Diamond Head. Go early to avoid traffic jams and to get the perfect BBQ spot!

Golfing is a popular pastime in Hawai’i, and with more than half a dozen golf courses to choose from, Ewa Beach is one of the best places on the island to get your fix. Book a tee time at the immaculate Hawaii Prince Golf Club, the award-winning Ewa Beach Golf Club, or Hoakalai Country Club.

Think Hawaii doesn’t have trains? Think again. The Hawaiian Railway Society is a great way to experience and learn about the area’s history in the sugar business while enjoying a 90-minute train ride from Ewa Beach to Kahe Point and back. On afternoon rides, the train makes a stop in Ko ‘Olina at Two Scoops Ice Cream so you can buy yourself a refreshing treat.

SHOPPING IN EWA BEACH

Ka Makana Ali’i Mall

Sandwiched between Ewa Beach and Kapolei and just down the road from the start of the new rail system is Ka Makana Ali’i, Oahu’s newest retail mall. You can find stores like H&M, Old Navy, Macy’s, and Bath and Body Works. The mall also has some amazing restaurants to choose from so you won’t go hungry during your longer shopping excursions.

If you’re just shopping for the essentials, the handful of shopping centers in Ewa Hawaii make it possible for you to get everything you need without leaving the area. Everything is close together and all of the shopping centers have ample parking to make shopping easy and convenient.

GROCERY, DRUG STORES, PET STORES, AND HARDWARE, OH MY!

Foodland, Safeway, CVS/Longs Drug Stores, Walgreens can all be found in Ewa Beach. For your four-legged friends, Petco and The Pet Depot are nearby. And for those DIYers, City Mill, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Hardware Hawaii are all within a 15-minute radius.

RESTAURANTS IN EWA BEACH

Ewa Beach was not known for having abundance of dining options, but that all started to change with the expansion of the residential offerings. With so many people now living in the area, the demand for more restaurants has picked up. There are a lot of hidden gems that only the locals know about. Find your favorite foodie spot on Yelp.

SCHOOLS IN EWA BEACH

Ewa Beach offers both public and private schools, so you have some options when looking for somewhere to decide what’s best for your children. You can research all the schools in Ewa Beach on Greatschools.org

EWA BEACH BUS AND RAIL STOPS

Public transportation to and from Ewa Beach is about to get a huge upgrade. Up until now, the only public transportation within the community was the 18 bus stops operated by the Honolulu Bus. However, there will soon be 3 Honolulu Rail stations coming to the Hoopili neighborhood that will provide an alternative means of transportation from Ewa to the airport, and all the way to Ala Moana. The rail route starts at The Kroc Center, meanders past UH West Oahu, and crosses over Fort Weaver Road just north of The Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu campus, continuing onto Honolulu above Farrington Highway.

HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN EWA BEACH

Quality Ewa Beach healthcare has been here and there, however with the addition of The Queen's Medical Center West Oahu. It’s nice to know that there is a quality emergency room in your neighborhood should you ever need it. There is also a DLS Laboratory location at the hospital, as well as a physician’s office building.

In addition to a major medical facility, there are also several dental practices located in the neighborhood, so now you can have clean teeth without having to travel into town. Plus, West ‘Oahu Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine is now open at the Laulani Village Shopping Center, to relieve pain and restore balance to your life.

HOTELS IN EWA BEACH

It’s inevitable that you will have friends and family want to come and visit you. It is Hawai’i after all! Although Ewa Beach itself doesn’t have any hotels, your guests won’t have to travel far for great accommodations. Kapolei has three great options to choose from, all a short 15-20 minute drive away.

Hampton Inn & Suites Oahu Kapolei | 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy, Suite 900, Kapolei, HI 96707 | The first Hampton Inn & Suites in Hawai’i, this hotel is attached to Ka Makana Ali’i, mere steps from shops and restaurants. They also offer a free hot breakfast daily and free wifi.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei | 725 Manawai Street, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Embassy Suites is located in the heart of Kapolei and offers shuttles to area beaches, including White Plains Beach. Relax by the outdoor pool, complete with waterfall and whirlpool.

Residence Inn by Marriott Oahu Kapolei | 731 Kunehi Street, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | The newest of the three hotels, Residence Inn, is an all-suite hotel perfect for extended stays. Save money by cooking your meals in your suite’s kitchen, which includes a refrigerator, microwave, and stovetop.

EWA BEACH REAL ESTATE

If you're thinking about renting or buying a home in Ewa Beach, you'll arguably find the widest array of home types and prices. Ewa not only is one of the youngest regions for residential and commercial development on Oahu, it's also one of the most affordable. Expect options from $300,000 - $700,000 for townhomes in Ewa Beach and $499,000 - $2,000,000 for single family homes for sale in Ewa Beach. Ewa Beach Rentals will run anywhere from $1,225 to $4,200/mo.

BEST NEIGHBORHOODS IN EWA BEACH

The Ewa Beach region has seen a frenzy of activity with residential and commercial development over the last decade and has brought a a wide mix of exciting new neighborhoods. Developers like D.R. Horton Hawaii, Gentry Homes, and Haseco have been building thousands of homes in the region, Neighborhoods like Hoopili, Ocean Pointe, and Hoakalei are some the most favorite destinations for homebuyers.

 

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great schools
Car is needed
It's walkable to grocery stores
It's walkable to restaurant
There are sidewalks
It's dog friendly
Beach life
Golfing
Based on information from the Multiple Listing Service of Hicentral MLS, Ltd. Listings last updated on Dec 1, 2020 7:19:am. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Copyright: 2020 by HiCentral MLS, Ltd.

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