Kailua Beach Park is a favorite destination for visitors and tourists alike.

Welcome to Kailua

Located on windward Oahu just 20 minutes from downtown Honolulu is the quaint community of Kailua. Tree-lined streets, easy access to beaches and a population of 38,600 create a small-town vibe and an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city. Consistently named among the top beaches in Hawaii for its velvety white sand and crystal blue water, Kailua Beach Park is a favorite destination for visitors and tourists alike. Whether you prefer inland hikes or snorkeling, surfing and other water activities, Kailua has something for everyone.

A quaint village that was primitive throughout much of its early existence, during the 1950s, beach bungalows began springing up in the areas known today as Coconut Grove and Kalama. By the 1960s Kailua’s population grew rapidly, eventually reaching its current population. Outside of the town’s center, neighborhoods are residential neighborhoods subdivisions. Beachside is one of the most sought-after locations due to proximity to the water and views of Kailua Bay. Kaimalino is a comparable area with a strong sense of community despite it’s being built on rocks with little access to the sand. The Aikahi neighborhood is near the back gate of Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, overlooking the waterway between Kailua Bay and the Kawainui Marsh. On the other side of Kailua town is the famed Lanikai neighborhood. With its eclectic vibe and blend of kama'aina cottages and beachside estates, Lanikai is a favorite of tourists looking for a bit of local flavor.

Home to a number of celebrities, Lanikai Beach is often mentioned on the Forbes list of best beaches. With an active community association, there is always a variety of neighborhood activities and events to choose from.

Though many aspects of its historic charm are still prevalent, the town has plenty of current-day conveniences in the way of retail stores, including Whole Foods, CorePower Yoga, and Target. Smaller local boutiques featuring art, home furnishings and handmade jewelry provide a shopping experience that’s unique to Kailua. The town’s microbrewery and tasting room feature weekly events, with opportunities to try the latest variety of local small-batch beer. When it comes to housing, though most of Kailua’s residents live in single-family homes, many townhouse communities offer resort-style facilities—and instead of hotels, visitors have their choice of luxury beach rentals.

Kailua offers an array of neighborhoods, entertainment, and outdoor adventure. From bicycle and canoe clubs to fishing and kite surfing, it’s the perfect place for those in search of fun and excitement—no matter what your preference, Kailua has something for everyone.

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