Ocean Pointe, Hawaii

Coordinates: 21°18′38″N 158°2′11″W / 21.31056°N 158.03639°W / 21.31056; -158.03639
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Ocean Pointe
Approximate location in Honolulu County and the state of Hawaiʻi; this CDP is immediately west of the one highlighted
Approximate location in Honolulu County and the state of Hawaiʻi; this CDP is immediately west of the one highlighted
Coordinates: 21°18′38″N 158°2′11″W / 21.31056°N 158.03639°W / 21.31056; -158.03639
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.14 sq mi (5.54 km2)
 • Land2.02 sq mi (5.24 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total14,965
 • Density7,393.77/sq mi (2,854.92/km2)
Time zoneUTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian)
ZIP code
Area code808
FIPS code15-56685
GNIS feature ID2583427
Websiteocean-pointe.com (archive) [1]

Ocean Pointe is a housing development and a census-designated place (CDP) located in the ʻEwa District and the City & County of Honolulu on the leeward side of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi about fifteen miles (24 km) from Honolulu. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 8,361. This general area was previously known just as ʻEwa. In the late 19th century to early 20th century, ʻEwa was one of the large population centers on the Island of Oʻahu, with industry focused around sugar cane production. The ʻEwa Mill was a major employer that set up residential villages. Sugar cane is no longer grown on the ʻEwa Plain and Ocean Pointe is now part of Oʻahu's new suburban growth center—an area of substantial sprawl spreading unbroken to the south to ʻEwa Beach, north to Honouliuli, and west to Kalaeloa and Kapolei. This area is now referred to as Oʻahu's Second City, with a city center (downtown) located in Kapolei.


Ocean Pointe is located at 21°18'38" North, 158°2'11" West (21.310556, -158.036389),[2] inland from ʻEwa Beach on the west side of the main thoroughfare, Fort Weaver Road (Hawaii Route 76). This highway runs north past ʻEwa to Waipahu, connecting there to Farrington Highway (State Rte. 90) and the H-1 freeway. A major cross street is Kapolei Parkway, which connects to Kapolei City Center.

More specifically, the CDP is located west of Fort Weaver Road, south of Keaunui Drive, east and south of Essex Road, north of the Pacific Ocean, north of Pupu Place, west of Pupu Street, and north of Papipi Road (not including Papipi Drive, however).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.14 square miles (5.5 km2), of which 2.03 square miles (5.3 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is covered by water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 8,361 people, 2,658 households, and 2,194 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,118.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,590.2/km2). There were 2,928 housing units at an average density of 1,442.4 per square mile (556.9/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 34.6% White, 7.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 30.5% Asian, 4.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 21.3% from two or more races. 10.7% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,658 households, out of which 46.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.5% were non-families. 11.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.40.

In this CDP, the population was spread out, with 30.2% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 38.5% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 4.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.


The developer, Haseko Corporation, bought the community's 1,100 acres (450 hectares) of land "in 1988 and sold its first homes a decade later."[6] The last of the Ocean Pointe community's 2,500 homes were completed in 2008, with development then progressing to Hoakalei.[7] A golf course, designed by Ernie Els, opened at the adjacent Hoakalei Resort in 2009. A marina was under construction since 1997, and its plans were scaled back in November 2011 to a recreational lagoon.[8][9] The 52-acre (21 ha) lagoon and shoreside commercial development is to open for public use in February 2023.[10]

1,800 homeowners filed a class-action lawsuit against Haseko in July 2013, claiming the developer's change in plans regarding the marina affected their property values.[11] In September 2015, a jury ruled that Haseko must pay the plaintiffs millions of dollars in damages, including $1,300 per household (tripled to nearly $4,000 because of its being a consumer protection case); Haseko questioned authorization of the punitive damages award and said it planned to appeal the judgment.[12] A month later, a circuit judge set aside the award, saying the applicable law didn't allow punitive damages, and citing a lack of evidence that homeowners had sustained damages. In January 2018, another circuit judge ruled that Haseko had to pay homeowners $20 million based on evidence that "the switch from the marina to the lagoon was an economic decision by Haseko to save money", and concurring that Haseko misled homebuyers. As before, Haseko plans to appeal the ruling.[13][14]

Safeway developed the Laulani Village Shopping Center on 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land at the northeastern tip of the CDP.[15][16] A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 3, 2011.[17] City Mill, a chain of Oʻahu hardware stores, co-anchors the shopping center.[18] Petco also joined the development's opening on November 16, 2012,[19] with Walgreens and Ross opening in the second quarter of 2013.[20] Safeway's development affiliate, Property Development Centers, sold the 223,000-square-foot (20,700 m2) shopping center in January 2014 for nearly $100 million to Terramar Retail Centers of San Diego.[21]

Construction of a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) replacement ʻEwa Beach Fire Station began in Ocean Pointe in late 2010 after a groundbreaking in October 2008;[22][23] the project was built on 1 acre (0.40 ha) of donated land at the northeast corner of Keoneʻula Boulevard and Kaileoleʻa Drive[24] and opened with a dedication ceremony on January 29, 2013.[25]


The Hawaiʻi Department of Education operates the public schools; those within the CDP include Ewa Makai Middle School (2011),[26] Keoneʻula Elementary School (2007), and ʻEwa Beach Elementary School (1959).[27] Most of Ocean Pointe's neighborhoods are zoned to attend the newer elementary school.[28] A local private school is the Seagull School at Ocean Pointe.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "2010 Census – Census Block Map: Ocean Pointe CDP, HI" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. May 4, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  6. ^ Ohira, Rod (August 16, 2006). "Kupuna preserves history with Ocean Pointe names". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  7. ^ Gomes, Andrew (April 18, 2008). "Ocean Pointe's resort homes on sale in May". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  8. ^ Gomes, Andrew (November 6, 2011). "Marina deleted from Ewa Beach resort". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  9. ^ Gomes, Andrew (February 5, 2012). "Scrapped plan for marina draws criticism". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. p. D1.
  10. ^ Gomes, Andrew (October 12, 2022). "Public opening nears for Ewa Beach lagoon, surfing wave pool". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved October 14, 2022 – via Yahoo News.
  11. ^ "Homeowners sue developer for not building Ewa marina". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. July 17, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "Haseko ordered to pay $20M in damages to Ewa Beach homeowners following failure to build marina". Hawaii News Now. September 9, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  13. ^ Gomes, Andrew (January 31, 2018). "Ewa Developer Loses". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved April 10, 2018 – via PressReader.
  14. ^ Magin, Janis L. (February 2, 2018). "Haseko plans to appeal Hawaii judge's ruling, moves forward with Hoakalei retail project". Pacific Business News. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Gomes, Andrew (June 14, 2011). "Retail project revived". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  16. ^ "Safeway to develop Ewa shopping center". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. June 13, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  17. ^ Kuramoto, Jill (November 4, 2011). "Largest Shopping Center In Ewa Breaks Ground". kitv.com. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  18. ^ "New City Mill set to open in Ewa Beach". KHON-TV. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012. Safeway Inc. and City Mill will be the shopping center anchor stores.
  19. ^ "Safeway will open in Laulani Village Shopping Center on Nov. 16". Pacific Business News. American City Business Journals. November 8, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  20. ^ Shimogawa, Duane (July 20, 2012). "Laulani Village on track to open in mid-November". Pacific Business News. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  21. ^ "San Diego firm buys Ewa Beach retail center Laulani Village". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  22. ^ "Groundbreaking Friday for new Ocean Pointe fire station". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. October 26, 2008. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  23. ^ "'Modern' Fire Station For Ewa". midweek.com. October 6, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  24. ^ "Draft Environmental Assessment, Ewa Beach Fire Station Replacement" (PDF). Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control. November 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  25. ^ "HFD opens new Ewa Beach fire house". Hawaii News Now. World Now and KHNL. January 29, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  26. ^ Vorsino, Mary (January 5, 2011). "State-of-the-art Ewa Makai school opens to students". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  27. ^ Creamer, Beverly (March 12, 2006). "New model for Isle schools". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  28. ^ Pang, Gordon Y.K. (May 7, 2008). "School zones to divide 'Ewa". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved December 14, 2011.