ʻEwa Beach (in English) is a census-designated place (CDP) located in ʻEwa District and the City & County of Honolulu along the leeward coast of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi. As of the 2000 Census, the CDP had a total population of 14,650. The term "Ewa" means "Stray" in Hawaiian, it comes from the myth that one day the Gods were playing a game of ʻulu maika and while playing one of the "rolling stones" went astray. The Gods called the area where it landed Ewa for the stray ʻulu maika. Along much of the South Shore of Oʻahu, ʻEwa is a reference to the direction of ʻEwa Beach, roughly westwards along the shore. Related terms are mauka (towards the mountains, roughly northwards), makai (towards the ocean, roughly South), and Diamond Head or Koko Head, roughly eastwards along the shore. The U.S. postal code for ʻEwa Beach is 96706 .