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Ewa Beach is the largest subdivision of the Ewa Plain, dominated by master planned communities and residential areas. Ewa Beach was originally conceived as a town separate from the older Ewa Mills in the 1930s, thanks to an ambitious Ewa postmaster. Ewa Beach has become increasingly popular among Oahu residents looking for affordable property within commuting distance of downtown Honolulu. Ewa Beach grew rapidly in the second half of the twentieth century, when property values in downtown Honolulu made it increasingly difficult for Oahu residents to find residences on the East side of the island. Today, Ewa Beach includes around fifteen thousand residents, spread across about three thousand three hundred different households. In terms of physical size, Ewa Beach occupies about one and a half square miles and is almost entirely topographically flat. Ewa is close to the Leeward communities of Kapolei, Waipahu, and Iroquois Point as well as various other parts of Ewa. Before it was a heavily populated residential suburb, Ewa Beach was a part of the sugar plantation economy that dominated Oahu until the mid twentieth century. Ewa Beach was also central to the Second World War. In fact, Ewa itself was bombed during the attack on Pearl Harbor that started America’s involvement in the war.
Because so many subdivisions were constructed according to a master plan by real estate investors, Ewa Beach includes a considerable amount of green space. Ewa Beach is especially noteworthy for its golf courses, such as the Ewa Villages Golf Course and the New Ewa Beach Golf Club. Many subdivisions include properties which overlook parts of the golf course, while others have views of the mountains to the north. Ewa Beach Park is the most well known recreational area in Ewa Beach, and is a popular destination for both residents and tourists. Ewa Beach Park is a great location for swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, sunbathing, and even picnicking. The best way to access Ewa Beach Park and Ewa Beach is via Fort Weaver Road, which connects with Farrington Highway and the H-1 Freeway. The city’s bus service also involves several routes through Ewa and from Ewa to various different parts of the island. When Honolulu’s transit system is completed, Ewa will also be accessible via the rail as well as by bus and car. Ewa Beach is home to the Ewa Beach Post Office, as well as a number of other government facilities such as a branch of the state library.
Educational opportunities in Ewa Beach are offered by a mixture of public and private institutions. Ewa Beach is home to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, a K-8 facility, as well as Lanakila Baptist School. Ewa Beach is served by five different public elementary schools – Keoneula, Ewa Beach, Ka’imiloa, Pohakea, and Holomua, as well as Ilima Intermediate School and James Campbell High School. Ewa Beach is also five to ten minutes away from Leeward Community College and the University of Hawaii at West Oahu. Ewa Beach is perhaps best known nationally and internationally as the home of the 2005 Little League World Series champions, who defeated a team from Curacao for the world title. Ewa Beach is extremely diverse in terms of both socioeconomic factors and ethnic groups. Properties in Ewa Beach accordingly tend to vary widely from modest, plantation style single family homes to larger, multi-generation properties worth well over a million dollars. Still, Ewa Beach in general is less expensive than residential communities in other parts of the island, making it accessible to a wider range of prospective residents. Ewa Beach will likely continue to be popular, especially as the Honolulu Rapid Transit project approaches completion.