Ocean Pointe, Hawaii, is located in the Ewa district -- where the 2005 Little League team captured the Little League World Series crown. Bring your catcher's mitt and your snorkel fins to this Hawaiian community.
Ocean Pointe is a census-designated spot about fifteen miles from Honolulu. A part of the larger Ewa area, there were close to 8,300 residents as of the 2010 census. Located on the leeward side of Hawaii, the community is close to Pearl Harbor, the H-1 highway and bus lines to Honolulu.
Moving to Ocean Pointe
Homes in Ocean Point rent fairly quickly, so be sure you leave yourself plenty of time to look for rental houses here. Want to rent an apartment? A two-bedroom apartment may be harder to find than a single family home in this housing development.
When to Move
Hawaii is beautiful and temperate year-round, so the time of year you look will probably not make a lot of difference as to comfort or availability. Research the real estate listings online for the westside of Oahu, drive through this specific neighborhood, and ask around at local markets and cafes. You should also look at the Honolulu Star Advertiser for rental listings on the west side of the island.
What You Need
You need to bring your swimsuit! But as far as your landlord-to-be is concerned, you'll also need to have ID, proof of employment, or bank statements. Bring a copy of your credit report if you have it too.
Neighborhoods of Ocean Pointe
Ocean Pointe is itself a neighborhood in the Ewa District of Hawaii. Located on the dry Leeward Coast, you'll have many sunny tropical days near the beach.
Ocean Pointe's housing development is part of a major suburban growth area of the island of Oahu. It spreads south to Ewa Beach itself, west to the heart of the Ewa area in Kapolei, and north to Honouliuli. You'll know you're a real resident when you can pronounce all the Hawaiian names without stammering. Don't worry, it will come quickly.
Pleasant, medium-size single-family rental houses are the nature of the rentals here, with yards for barbeques and luaus.
Living in Ocean Pointe
This pretty housing development has an area of just over two square miles. It's located just north of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, inland from Ewa Beach on the west side of the main road through this community, Hawaii Route 76, or Fort Weaver Road. Fort Weaver Road connects to Farrington Highway which will lead you all the way up the coast to the pristine state park at Yokohama Bay, or to Interstate H-1 and your commute to downtown Honolulu.
In the late part of the 19th century, Ewa was the location of major sugar cane production. The Ewa Mill set up residences for workers, but now the mill and the plains full of cane are gone. Instead, its a suburban commuter paradise, ocean close, with a bustling downtown in Kapolei's city center just a few minutes away.
A developer bought 1,100 acres of land and sold the first homes in the area in 1988. Ocean Pointe itself was completed in 2008. There are just over 2,500 homes here, and a golf course located at the adjacent Hoakalei Resort. The community also has its own fire station.
Not far from the lush lagoons of the Ko Olina and the Aulani Resorts, a lagoon for the community is planned along with another hotel and resort complex in Ocean Pointe itself.
Recreation? Check out the nightlife at those nearby resorts for dining, music, and drinks. Shopping? There's plenty nearby, as the Laulani Village Shopping Center includes a chain of Oahu hardware stores, City Mill, Petco, and Walgreens as well as Safeway. You won't have to go fishing to catch dinner in this tropical territory.
Commute time can be long, over thirty minutes daily each way. Although public transportation offers commuting options to travelers weary of the H-1.