Best Hawaii Beaches – Ewa Beach Lagoons

You often hear about the best beaches in Hawaii, but what about lagoons? Everyone knows that Hawaii has hands down some of the best beaches in the world, but not everyone realizes we have some amazing lagoons! Depending on the flight pattern when landing on Oahu, you can look out and see a huge “H” shaped water formation out west. If you are landing from the west you will certainly see the lagoons in Ewa Beach.

These man made lagoons are some of the largest bodies of water in the world.  The Wai Kai Club is located in the Ewa Beach communities of Hoakalei.  This body of water has been a widely debated and contested project.  The developer originally had slated the body of water for a deep water marina.  After many months with the planning department, the developer realized that they would not allow the blasting of the reef to open this project to the ocean, so it stayed a lagoon.

Fast forward to today and the developer, Haseko, is now in the final selling stages of the Hoakalei properties. These homes have community centers with pools but not everyone realizes the lagoon access. If you live in the newer developments of Hoakalei at Kipuka or Hoakalei at Kuapapa you have beach access to the lagoons as part of your monthly HOA. Subject to change but as of now if you live in Hoakalei at Kamakana, who does not have a monthly HOA fee deducted for the lagoon, you can still gain access. Presently, you can use the facility on a month-to-month basis for $70. If you are in the other two aforementioned communities, you have full beach access, and water access will run $25 per month.

This access is right in the middle of the construction project past the guard gate of Keoneula Blvd. They are in the process of adding a new club house to the golf course and have some condos and townhouses slated for construction sometime in 2018. As of now, the residences are just conceptual but the infrastructure has started and the land is being graded out into pads. The Wai Kai Club in the center of the project has fresh soft sand and new grass. Once admitted to the club and all releases signed, you have access to 300 million gallons of water. This allows for use of the cabanas, grills, and use of the canoes, SUP, kayaks, and swimming. This is fully-staffed and an oasis in the middle of Ewa Beach.

This will be the heart of the new project planned for the community. It is referenced as one of the largest and most expensive resort communities ever built. Some of the best engineers, designers, and architects have been hired to oversee this endeavor. They have discussed high-end boutiques, restaurants, shopping, and more with public access to parts of the lagoons. It’s still a moving target and things change as they have numerous times over the years, but this is what they have announced thus far. Property managers and commercial agents are already working on leasing and letters of intent so it’s happening, finally.

The Ewa Beach area is set for some major changes that will bring together family and friends to these amazing lagoons. The best part of the project is just set back from two of the best beaches in the area. One of the beaches houses the military cottages and surf shack that rents to members of the military, but is open to the public for surfing, swimming, and has lifeguards. A walking path and nature trail connect the two public beaches. This path is currently open and accessible along the water’s edge.

The area has many great features and benefits and very few living here even realize the lagoons exist. If you want more information about these communities, the lagoons, or home ownership please get in touch with me.  I am happy to call the area my home and can proudly tell you all the amazing things the area can offer.

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Elizabeth Nickerson

September 21, 2019

I am interested in residential development directly in the lagoon area. What will there be and when. I currently own a townhome in oceanpoint.

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