Neither one is good for teens. They are both a little out of the way. Ewa Beach is a little closer to Honolulu, which is where all of the nightlife takes place. Hau'ula is nicer but even more isolated, as it is on the windward side heading up to the north shore.
How old are the teens and what do they like to do? When are you going? Your choices are a little different...not sure how anyone would come up with a choice between those two. Are they driven by cost? Waikiki is your best bet for teens. If you're dead set against Waikiki, Kailua is a better choice.
Haaula is a much better place to stay. Ewa Beach is more of a residential area, crowded and dont be fooled by the word beach. Most tourist would not go to this part of the island. Haaula is on the North/ east side of the island and is more of what you think Hawaii to be. Why ae you choosing these two areas? Let me kow y our plans, be happy to help. Eric
We are choosing between these two places because they are where we can found rental houses on the beach. We are planning on going in August to Diamond Head Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbor, Wiamea Falls, etc.. to name a few. We know that no matter where we stay we will have to drive to either side of the island to do all that we want to do. We like to hike, snorkel and boogie board. Our kids have never been to Hawaii, so they will be happy no matter where we go. We don't want too many crowds, but want to be close to grocery stores, restaurants, etc...
Like Kailuamom said have you looked in Kailua?
What about the North Shore which will have great swimming conditions in august.
Lots of rentals on VRBO for both Kailua and North Shore. Here's one in Waimea Bay area not sure if it is on the beach but I think it's very close it's a 2 bedroom and cheap and as a bonus it's a legal rental.
If those are the two choices you are set upon.....
Then, Hauula, hands down.
1. The weather in Hauula will be near perfect in August. Sunny (scattered clouds), warm (not hot) days, very little rain, pleasant winds, beyond belief views. Ewa is mutha hot in late summer, nominal winds, humid, view can be awesome (down coastline to Honolulu), or not much.
2. Some of the very finest beaches in Hawaii are in the Hauula area. Incredible strands, backed by ironwood trees and grass, with great panoramas, wonderful beach parks (with facilities), my favorite beach in the islands (Kokololio), and one of the great body surfing breaks in the world (Pounders near PCC.
Ewa Beach is narrow to almost non-existent in some places, Mostly reef and rock near off-shore, with scattered sand pockets, so the recreational potentials are limited. There are only very limited park facilities in the vicinity. There are some good surf breaks, but because they are over rather shallow coral, only intermediate and above body boarders, and expert bodysurfers should be out. No comparison with upper Windward Coast.
3. Hauula has a really neat large grocery (Tamura's), which is the most "local" on the island; along with a Foodland in Laie a couple miles up the road. Although Ewa Beach Shopping Center is somewhat limited, there are tons of neighborhood and big box stores within a few miles.
5. Apart from the multitude of shrimp trucks, there are maybe just a dozen restaurants or so within eight miles of Hauula, ranging from plate lunch joints and McDs up to fine dining at the Turtle Bay Resort. You should check-out Crouching Lion Inn in Kaaawa, and Hukilau Cafe in Laie; both pretty famous and long-time Oahu eateries.
However, I gots to agree with the prior posters, that it sounds like your alternatives are kinda isolated. Check out Kailua, a suburban setting.Edited: 23 February 2011, 00:53
Do you have any recommendations?
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As UNCMOM suggests, look at VRBO. Lots of options.