I moved to Ewa Beach (from Kalihi) at the age of five. However, I consider myself a Kalihi kid. Whenever people from Hawaii ask me where I am from, I always say Kalihi. I never say Ewa Beach. My connection with Kalihi is so much stronger. I lived in Ewa Beach for many years, but I never really lived there.
My grandparents live in Kalihi. I went to elementary, intermediate, and high school in Kalihi. I’m a proud graduate of Wallace Rider Farrington High School. Growing up, Ewa Beach was simply a place that I went to 1. sleep, and 2. spend the weekends. Nearly all of my childhood memories are rooted in Kalihi. I’m a Kalihi kid at heart.
So it’s no surprise that I’ve never been to Ewa Beach Park. The park is a short 5 minute drive from my parents home. Never been there. The inherent problem probably lies in the fact that my parents don’t really care for outdoor activities. Let’s just say that they are the “relax at home” type. They don’t get too much sun. That explains why I never visited Ewa Beach Park as a kid, but what why not as an adult?
I’ve had a car since the age of 18, but for some reason never drove there. I’ve been to the beach hundreds of times, but for some reason never chose to go to the beach that is closest to my home. The true reason for my lack of interest in this beach probably lies in the fact that I sort of despise Ewa Beach. Yes, Ewa Beach is in Hawaii. Yes, Hawaii is awesome. However, Ewa Beach has it’s flaws (many of which are specific to me, of course).
First of all, Ewa Beach can get crazy hot. The kind of unbearable hot that makes you feel as if you are melting. Second, Ewa Beach is a far drive from Honolulu. Now, the far drive part isn’t that bad. In fact, I occasionally love a far drive. They’re useful in sorting through extraneous thoughts. The aspect that I hate the most about point two is the traffic that almost always comes along with the drive. From age 5 to age 24 I endured sitting in traffic for an average of three hours per day. Sometimes less and many times more. Avoiding traffic in the morning ment waking up at 5:00am and leaving before 5:30am. If you left after 5:30am then you would be stuck in traffic hell. If you left after 6:00am then you could forget about making it to school on time.
There was no avoiding the afternoon traffic hell on the H-1. Get off work or finish school at 4pm? Expect to get home at around 6pm. Bullshit. I hated it. This hatred led to me hating Ewa Beach. Did I also mention that once you got home you had to then suffer through the increased temperature change.
I had enough of these daily inconveniences and finally moved after my first year of graduate school. Ah, Manoa, such a great place to live. Quality of life improved significantly. In retrospect, I’m glad that I only need to worry about these first-world problems. What’s starvation , again?
You must be thinking that this is such a lengthy lead up to a post about an Ewa Beach sunset. Well, that’s because Ewa Beach Park, in all honesty is not that notable. What you do get is a distant view of Diamond Head Crater and a relatively empty shoreline. If seclusion is what you’re after then this might be a good spot to oil up and get your tan on.
Of course, it’s a bit hard to mess up a sunset. Not even Ewa Beach can screw that up. I have a fondness for sunsets, no matter their location. Ewa Beach has its shortcoming, however, sunsets on its secluded shoreline is not one of them. Go to Ewa Beach and watch the sunset. Just remember to go early, preferably during midday, to avoid the traffic.
Directions: Take the H-1 westbound toward Ewa. Take exit 5A to merge onto HI-750 S/HI-76 S/Fort Weaver Rd toward Ewa. Continue to follow HI-76 S/Fort Weaver Rd. Ewa Beach Park is located toward the end of Fort Weaver Road and will be on your right side.
1) In fact, the food options in Ewa Beach aren’t that great either. Off the top of my head, there’s nothing that I would think (food wise) that I would miss if I never was able to step foot in Ewa Beach again. My mom’s home cooking is the only thing worth eating in Ewa Beach.