Kailua is a suburb of Honolulu with a population of 38,635 people. Kailua is considered one of the top places to live in Hawaii because of the surrounding beaches. Living in Kailua offers residents a dense suburban feel while still just being 10 minutes away from the beach. Kailua has no hotel towers, no sprawling resorts, and no giant shopping malls. Kailua is a small friendly community made up of family-run restaurants, friendly coffee shops, and charming one of a kind local business.
What to Loves
- Kailua’s Farmers Markets
- Kailua Beach
- Walking/Bike Friendly
People & Lifestyle
Kailua is a tight knit, friendly community, as well as a major tourist destination. Kailua is well known for its beautiful beaches, Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach. The calm turquoise waters edged with the white sand is known to be two of the best beaches in the world. Kailua is an active community that has many recreational watersport activities as well as scenic hiking trails.
Kailua residents love not only the local great eats, but also the “pop up” shops of fresh ahi, local mango salsa, fresh squeezed juices, etc. that you may find driving down the road in your neighborhood. Kailua has Farmers’ Markets twice a week on Thursday and Sunday. You will find people of all ages buying fresh local items, pre-made dinner plates, talking story, and sometimes listening to live Hawaiian music.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Kailua has a variety of food places from Mom and Pop shops, to national known restaurants. In Kailua Town you can find Whole Foods, Down to Earth, California Pizza Kitchen, Jamba Juice, and much more.
Kalapawai Market is a family owned business and a historic site that has been serving Hawaii since 1932. Kalapawai is known for its symbol of a simpler time and is designed to fuel every local lifestyle. Their classic favorites all come from homemade recipes that were inspired by backyard BBQ’s and beachside picnics. You will always leave Kalapawai Market feeling like family with the perfect beach snack or pick me up!
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers was first opened in Hawaii on 1998 and now has many locations on the island. Teddy’s Bigger Burger has a variety of options on their menu for everyone’s dietary needs as well!
Things to Do
Kailua is known for two beaches Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach. The crystal-clear turquoise waters are jaw droppingly beautiful to lay out and tan, have a picnic at the beach, or play some water sports. Watersports are very popular in this area whether it be fishing, kayaking, surfing, SUP (stand up paddleboard), swimming, windsurfing, kitesurfing, or swimming.
Kailua also has beautiful hikes such as Pill Box Hike, a short and quick hike that looks over all of Kailua and Lanikai. The Maunawili Falls Hike is a beautiful hike as well that finishes at a waterfall and swimming area. Mount Olomana provides a scenic hike for more experienced hikers. Kailua offers a variety of beautiful scenery from mountain to ocean.
Public Schools are organized by the Hawaii Department of Education. Highlights include:
- Aikahi Elementary, Public, K-6
- Enchanted Lake Elementary, Public, K-6
- Kailua Elementary, Public, K-6
- Kailua Intermediate, Public, 7-8
- Kailua High, Public, 9-12
- Kalahea High, Public, 9-12
- Le Jardin Academy, Private, PK-12
- St Anthony School, Private (Roman Catholic), PK-8