The ‘Ewa is a district in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. With a population of 15000, ‘Ewa Beach is a beautiful and historic area, with many sites holding key significance to Hawaii’s history.
‘Ewa means “crooked” in Hawaiian, which comes from the ancient myth that the gods Kane and Kanaloa threw a rock to determine the boundaries of the island, but they lost it and found it much later at Pili o Kahe beach. The first settlement of ‘Ewa dates back to the 12th century when the Kanaka maoli — the indigenous Polynesian people of the island — expanded the Pu’uloa (now Pearl Harbor) during their agriculturalization of the region. Their ancient fishponds are a prime example of Native Hawaiian technological advancement.
Today, ‘Ewa Beach is a great place for outdoor sports and activities. From wind and kitesurfing to golf and more, there is plenty to do in and around the beach area. If you’re looking to experience the local history and culture, there are a number of sites, monuments, and museums where you can enjoy your day while learning about Hawaii. The USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, the Pearl Harbor/WWII Valor in the Pacific Monument, and the Hawaii Plantation Village offer tours and other educational experiences, great for visitors of all ages.
If you’re looking to spend the day walking around and enjoying the local culture, there are a number of options. The Ka Makana Ali’i is a shopping market where you can find local goods and souvenirs to bring with you back home. Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace is another great place to meet with local Hawaiians. If you just want a walk in nature, Ko’Olina Beach Park is a great place to take in the sites.
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