Wish I’d found it sooner – such a beautiful place and such friendly people. I got the local bus from Waikiki for just $2USD, spent the day on the most beautiful white, sandy beach & swam in crystal clear waters. Would really love to go back some day and spend more time there.over 2 years ago
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We found our way to Kailua on our last day in Oahu. The waters were calmer than North Shore ;) and the sand was really fine. This seems to be the spot for kayakers. We’ll definitely go back and make a stop at the local zippy’s for portuguese sausage, eggs and fried rice. YUMMY!over 6 years ago
Beautiful…simple…luxurious. Those are the 3 words that come to mind when I think of Kailua. Staring at the people and surroundings here is like looking directly at a Ralph Lauren advertisement. The architecture, gardening, and shops represent a beach grandeur like no other. Kailua is the quintessential prototype of what a beach town ought to be like. Filled with boutique clothing and shoe stores, a plethora of sand filled low-high restaraunts, this Oahua East Coast windward destination is a must for any local or tourist. Even if you forget that its two beaches, Kailua and Lanikai Beach, are ranked among the top in the nation, the small town big attitude lifestyle is worth it. The only downside…prices. This is an upscale town with the average 3/2 house running at 850,000.over 6 years ago
Being that I only lived one other place I suppose thats not saying much, but being that I’ve traveled around a bit it is saying a little.
People/Culture – open, friendly, diverse.
Things to do
- Lani Kai/Kailua beach (swim,canoe,snorkle,kite board, wind surf, catamaran, surf(long board, although castles will rarely have big enough waves for short boarding.)
-The pill box hike (named such becuase of the old wwII boxes on the ridge you hike up) – Once you get to the top you can see from Sandy/Makapua Light house all the way up past china man’s hat. Some people have a jump point to paraglide from up there.
You’ll find it by the golf course in Lani Kai, park by the condo’s front gate, a little path goes up the side of a chain link fence.
-The food, some of the better places I think are Buzz’s (the only one by the water, steak/seafood), Lucy’s, Champa Thai, the Japanese place between Boardriders and an Italain place, Bacci Bistro(across from lucys),over 6 years ago