Kailua Travel Guide

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    Kailua Beach
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    Fresh produce at Kailua Farmer's Market
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Kailua Highlights

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     Gorgeous beach, lovely climate 

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     ;0 

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     My idea of Paradise 

Kailua Things to Do

  • Drop by the Kailua Visitors Center

    The Kailua Visitors Center has great volunteers that have lived in Kailua 30 plus years. They can tell you all the places to go, the history, just about anything you want to know. They have bus schedules, maps, brochures, coupons and even t-shirts sometimes.Very nice people and a great way to start your trip.

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  • Get a Lomi Lomi Massage

    If you are in Hawaii you have to experience a Lomi Lomi massage. Not only because it is awesome but because it part of the culture.Kailua is considered the massage capital of Oahu because it has more massage therapist per square mile than another other town. It is also known to have some of the best ones so there is no better place than to try...

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  • Road side fruit stands!

    There were several fruit and coconut juice stands on the Kamehameha Hwy between North Shore and Kaneohe. We had fresh pineapple and coconut juice, excellent!

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  • Kailua Beach Park

    Excellent place to spend the day. Not crowded, clean restrooms, showers, shade, nice grassy area for picnic and some picnic tables.

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  • Kailua Ocean Adventure Rentals, Tours,...

    We wanted to get surfing lessons one day and stopped by Kailua Ocean Adventures. This place rents bicycles, snorkeling gear, surfboards, stand-up paddle boards. The rentals, tours, and lessons offered by Kailua Ocean Adventures are handled inside the Hawaiian Island Creations store across the intersection from the Boots and Kimos restaurant. Rates...

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  • Walk on the Beach

    Kailua Beach is not only beautiful and unspoiled, but it's also a very long beach that's perfect for walks. It's amazing how your worries just fall away when you've got sand under your feet and the sound of the waves in your ears.

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  • Sacred Ground

    The remains of a huge heiau (an ancient Hawaiian temple) can be found on the outskirts of Kailua, sandwiched in between the YMCA and a taro patch (lo'i). It is a serene, spiritual place where you can picture what old Hawai'i was like.Ulupo Heiau is one of the oldest in the Islands. Although some sensational reports claim that it was used by royalty...

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  • Look for Instant Waterfalls in the...

    This is the view from the yard of my house in the Maunawili section of Kaiklua. Normally, I never saw waterfalls, but after an especially heavy rains they magically appeared! In fact, you can usually count on waterfalls after heavyu rains, but you have to be lucky enough to have the clouds lift to see them. Drive to Maunawili or through the tunnels...

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  • Lanikai or Kailua Beach? Tough Choice

    When you're in Kailua, you have the choice of two beaches that are rates #1 in different publications as the best beach in America. As of this writing, I favor Lanikai Beach, which is just south of Kailua beach and used to be connected. There's less sand but the view of the Mokolua's really takes our breath away. If you've seen pictures of bathing...

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Kailua Restaurants

  • A list of Top Restaurants in Kailua

    With six years of eating out in Kailua, I have had the chance to sample almost all of little town's Restaurants. While it is possible that I've missed a good one or two, I'm pretty sure I know the top tier. And here they are in my favorite order: 1. Baci's: Their food has stepped up a notch over the last year and their service is both impeccable...

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  • Great Breakfasts

    Big City Diner is a great place for breakfast. They serve American breakfasts with a local flair: guava juice, fresh papaya, macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup, veggie tofu omelette, fresh fish and eggs. There's a cool Keiki (kids) menu and a Senior special, so there's something for everyone in the family. You can take a look at the menus on...

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  • Huli Huli Chicken!!

    Excellent Chicken!! You can eat it on the outside tables there or get it to go. Great picnic food! Huli Huli Chicken!

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  • YUM!

    The line was out the door at Boots & Kimos so we went to Moke's instead and it was excellent. Lilikoi Pancakes… “They will change your life!”

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  • Sensational Salad (Big and Tasty!!!)

    What an interesting idea for a restaurant. This place was wonderful. I would love to be a regular customer here. It looks like they already have plenty. It's a small place to eat at as there are few seats available and nut much space. We decided to just order here and then went off to Starbucks for coffee where I ate my Aloha Salad (Starbucks had...

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  • A Great Steak Plate

    The best cheap food in Kailua -- got out the door with the plate and a large soda for $7.50. This is one of my favorite local dives. They serve a mix of plate lunch and Korean BBQ. Its a popular place with good, tender beef and a diverse menu that includes chicken, fish and shrimp. The staff is very friendly.I've heard the garlic shrimp is good but...

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Kailua Nightlife

  • by c2codguy Written Dec 13, 2004

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    The Shack is our local watering hole here in Kailua. They have several TV's for sports viewing. We tend to spend lots of time here playing Golden Tee 2005! They open at 8:00am on Sundays for Pro Football and serve breakfast.

    Dress Code: It's Hawaii. There is no dresscode. Bikini tops and flip flops are just fine.

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Kailua Shopping

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  • Kona coffee and macadamia nuts, for less

    Yes, its a general merchandise drugstore, but they also carry quite a few local products such as Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, Hawaiian Sun fruit drinks, jams and jellies, and the full line of "Island Cravings" snacks. The prices for these items are usually the lowest around. And since Kailua is a beach town, you'll want to stock up on beach chairs,...

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  • Local food and produce

    The farmer's market is held every Thursday in the lower level of the parking structure behind Longs Drugstore between 5 and 7:30pm. The best place to park is in the upper levels of the parking structure -- its free. At this market you can find fruits, vegetables and other kinds of locally grown produce. The various vendors also offer local fish,...

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  • Going Mall-ing

    The closest mall is the Windward Mall in Kaneohe, about 10 minutes away from Kailua. You can find the usual stores there, like Sears, Macy's, Radio Shack, Borders Books, as well as Hawaiian specialty shops like T&C Surf Designs, Local Motion, and Little People Hawaii.Try Seeds 'N' Things on the second floor for Island snacks: crack seed (salted...

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Kailua Local Customs

  • Dogs Surfing

    We have seen it more than once: people taking their dogs down to Kailua or Lanikai Beach and letting them surf as they (the people) play in the waves. Usually, the dogs look like they'd rather be lazing on the couch watching Oprah, but they're enjoying themselves because they're with their human partners and that's all that...

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  • Overdoing It On Christmas

    Maybe it's because we have no snow in Hawaii. Maybe it's because we're afraid Santa will find himself over-dressed when he gets here. But whatever the reason, people on the Windward side of Oahu seem to really go all-out in decorating their houses for Christmas. There are even several streets where it appears that Christmas tradition demands that...

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  • Kailua is dog-friendly

    Kailua is one of the most dog-friendly places we have ever lived. Dogs are allowed on all the beaches, and especially in the evening you can meet many of the resident dog owners taking their pooches for strolls along the crescent of sand fronting Kailua Bay. Most of the people are concientious about ensuring good behaviour on the part of their...

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Kailua Tourist Traps

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    by jimkinleung Written Feb 4, 2008

    This is only a place to go if you really, really, really love pineapple. Although it is interesting to see the baby pineapples spring up (like in the picture), I was not interested in taking the pineapple train or in the tourist complex where you can buy numerous over-priced items.

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Kailua Off The Beaten Path

  • Observe the wild chickens :)

    There are wild chickens all over the place and they can be quite interesting to look at. Its seems no two are the same color. The easiest way to find wild chickens is to drive the rural roads near the mountains and away from houses and people. Go slowly and look near the side of the road. I've noticed wild chickens near Maunawili and the Nuuanu...

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  • Tour a Ukulele Factory

    Kanile'a Ukulele is owned by husband-and-wife team Joe and Kristen Souza, both of whom were born and raised in Kailua. Joe is a master luthier, and their small ukulele factory produces custom-made, hand-crafted ukuleles. These are not ordinary beginner ukuleles but professional level instruments that are pieces of art. They are designed to be...

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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Shack

    This "shack" is actually a truck that serves extremely yummy garlic shrimp with rice. It's obviously popular, as it is covered with messages from previous patrons. They also serve delicious fresh fruit smoothies. It is off the right side of the H3 highway as you near the north shore.

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Kailua Sports & Outdoors

  • WINDSURFING

    IF YOU LIKE THE WAVES AND A GREAT WIND FOR WINDSURFING.. THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR A CONSISTENT WIND TAKING YOU WHERE EVER YOU WANT TO FLY!!!!!!! A BOARD AND KITE AND YOU ARE READY !!!

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  • Scuba

    Oahu Dive Center is the premier dive shop in Kailua. The owners are the instructors and dive masters and lead some of the best dives on the island. Check out their website for more information on dive locations and rates. They are hands down the best dive shop on the island. If you own dive gear bring it along. If not, ODC will provide you with...

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Kailua Favorites

  • I Love Commuting on H3

    I never thought I would say this, but I love my commute. The H3, which runs from Kaneohe Marine Base to Pearl Harbor is both uncongested and beautiful. In the morning, I get a view of the rising sun painting the pleats of the Ko'olau or the myriad of colors over Kaneohe Bay, depending on which way I choose to be distracted. On some mornings, heavy...

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  • The Weather is Wetter on the Windward...

    There is more rain on the Windward side of Oahu than on the rest of the island, though Kailua is generally drier than Kaneohe (its Windward sister city). That statement of fact is generally construed as negative by most people but is viewed as a positive by those that live here. The rain is a good thing because it gives Kailua a tropical lushness....

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  • Wild Peacocks in Our Neighborhood!

    When we were looking at the house we that we tried to buy but had it fall through (due to shoddy conditions), we had two wild peacocks drop by the yard. They were hungry and the previous owner fed them, as we realized when we discovered his stash of bird food. Apparently, wild peacocks are common on Oahu's windward side, though most people consider...

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    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Go by the visitors center, the volunteers have brochures and maps for most of the places listed here and they have all lived in kailua 30 years so they can give you all the inside information.

 
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