ʻEwa Beach is a community located on the leeward side of Oʻahu, along the southwest coast of the island. In Hawaiian the definition of ʻewa is something “crooked” or “ill-fitting”. The origins of this name comes from a Hawaiian myth, where the gods Kāne and Kanaloa divided up the land by throwing a stone, but lost it. The stone was later found at Pili o Kahe.
The main street in ʻEwa Beach is Fort Weaver Road, running north from the ocean toward Waipahu. It eventually connects to Farrington Highway and the main interstate highway on the island, the H-1 freeway. From there it is a short drive to Pearl Harbor, Schofield Barracks, Hickam Air Force Base or Downtown Honolulu. The main recreational area is ʻEwa Beach Park located to the very east of the community.
The population of ʻEwa Beach is estimated to be 14,955 people living in 3,298 households, according to the 2010 U.S. Census report. Median household income was $57,073, while median family income was $58,104. About 9.9% of residents and 8.5% of families in ʻEwa Beach live below the poverty line. Most of the population skews younger, with 26.3% of individuals being below 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, and 24.1% from 25 to 44. About 24.9% of the population is middle aged between 45 to 64, while senior citizens 65 or older make up 14.7% of the population.
Public schools in ʻEwa Beach include Holomua Elementary, ʻEwa Beach Elementary, Ka‘imiloa Elementary, Pohakea Elementary, Ilima Intermediate and James Cambell High. Private schools in ʻEwa Beach include Lanakila Baptist and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.