Oahu Neighborhood Profiles: Ewa Plain
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"Southwest O'ahu's Growing Phenomena"
Who'd have thought it? Vibrant, people-filled communities on this flat Ewa plain where the tallest things around, other than a few plantation houses, used to be sugar cane tassels? Well, look around. Developers are building some sweet neighborhoods where sugar cane once grew.
Beginning in the early 1960s, the opening of Campbell Industrial Park brought thousands of new job opportunities to southwest Oahu. Two petroleum refineries, a steel fabricating plant, cement plant and many other industrial enterprises started an economic upsurge in this part of Oahu that just kept growing.
With more jobs came more homes, and now there's no end in sight. Developer Gentry Homes is building several first-class, master-planned neighborhoods in central and west Oahu. The company's Ewa by Gentry development in Ewa and Ewa Beach include the new Huelani and Terrazza communities.
Haseko's 1,100-acre Ocean Pointe Ewa master-planned residential development now under construction is a 15- to 20-year project that will include Ewa Marina, the largest marina in the state.
The 32,000-acre, master-planned urban center of Kapolei rivals Honolulu in size. The development won a National Developer of the Year award for owner-developer Campbell Estate. Thirty years of planning went into the creation of Kapolei, and the rewards are beginning to pay off big-time.
In addition to the innovative new homes in The Villages of Kapolei, now completed are Kapolei's major master plan projects: a business park, shopping center, a 16-screen theater complex, medical park, commercial work centers and complexes for essential government services. These eagerly anticipated state and city office buildings are now relocating many government offices and employees to the new city of Kapolei.
New schools, a regional police station and fire station are all in place, and the first phase of the Kapolei Public Library is complete.
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