While many beaches on Oahu are packed with tourists, there are a few smaller beach parks that are more friendly for locals. Oneula Beach Park, which is nestled on the coast right next to Ewa Beach, is just such a park. The waves here are a little rough, meaning it is not the best place to learn how to surf, so skilled surfers flock here. Thanks to a recent cleanup performed by a local foundation, this beach, which formerly had a bit of a rough reputation, is now a great place to enjoy sports and sun.
Ewa Beach Golf Club
The Ewa Beach Golf Club offers an award-winning golf experience on a tree-lined course in the middle of a Kiawe forest. While the course has a tropical look and feel thanks to Hawaii's palm trees and frequent sunny, warm weather, the course at Ewa Beach Golf Club was designed to have the feel of a Scottish course. Players of all skill levels will find a challenge to their liking here, as water hazards and fairway bunkers add another dimension to play. This club also offers special rates for residents, making it an attractive spot for locals.
How Ewa Beach Got its
In the native Hawaiian language, the word "Ewa" is used to refer to something that is crooked or does not quite fit in well. There is a legendary Hawaiian story behind the name Ewa Beach. The Hawaiian gods Kane and Kanaloa, so the story goes, threw a stone in order to settle a score. The name not only refers to the coastal community's shoreline, but also to its westerly location on the island of Oahu. This practice of naming for location is common for the island, with other places, like Koko Head, named for their directional orientation.