Early risers on Oahu might want to stay in Kailua instead of Waikiki. More residential than Waikiki and with, many say, better beaches, Kailua hosts more B&Bs and vacation homes than large hotels. Famously early riser President Obama chose to vacation in Kailua several times with his family. Facing due east, Kailua's sunrises mix brilliant reds, ... Read more
oranges and pinks with the sapphire blues of the Pacific and lush greens of the island's interior. On Thursdays, check out the Kailua Farmers Market, where local macadamia nuts, coffee and taro products allow visitors a taste of Oahu life. Water sports dominate here; ride an early morning kayak out on the glassy calm waters or take an afternoon windsurfing lesson.
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Kailua things to do and experiences

  • Lanikai Beach
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  • Kailua Beach Park
    9.395 reviews
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  • Lanikai Pillbox Trail
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  • Maunawili Falls
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Oahu is blessed with some of the best (i.e. driest) weather in Hawaii, and many of the places with the highest chances of finding sun at any time of year are located on the southern coast of the island ... Read more
(Waikiki, Ko Olina, etc.). With that said, there is a rainy season, and you are more likely to see some precipitation between October and March, but it’s rarely anything more than a moderate splash. Crowds are the most intense during the winter when temperatures are ironically at their lowest (travelers generally want to escape worse weather elsewhere) but given that the mercury doesn’t rise that much the rest of the year, considering a low-season vacation could mean saving a few bucks without much of a tradeoff. Like all Hawaiian islands, the north-east side is 'windward' and gets more precipitation, and the south-west side is 'leeward', generally less rainy and warmer.

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Local from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

I was born on the island of Oahu and spent the better part of the first decade of my Life on the good ole green & blue Earth here. It's a beautiful place, pretty chill, and one of those towns that's worth escaping the 'city' of Honolulu to explore.

You absolutely have to go and try Cinnamon's Restaurant and make your way to the beach in Kailua. The sand and sea are just amazing!

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Vancouver, Canada

Stay here if you want to relax. The laidback lifestyle is such a refreshing change.

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Moss Beach

Kailua is a laid back beach town on Oahu's eastern Windward side. It's got fabulous Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach, lots of vacation rental homes, good hiking and great places to eat.

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Kihei, Hawaii

Ideal perfect spot! Kailua is the perfect balance of the hustle and bustle of the south shore (Honolulu/Waikiki areas) and the north shore. The beach is like pristine sugar, the water can reflect gorgeous gradation of blues and vibe, well, hey, its Hawaii!...laid back and casual. Definitely check it out.

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San Luis Obispo

About a 20-minute drive over the pali (mountains) from Honolulu or Waikiki, Kailua is a little beach town on Oahu's Windward Coast. For families, it's a great alternative vacation destination to crowded Waikiki. Here, for the same price as a hotel room in Waikiki, you can rent a cottage or apartment within walking distance of the beach. Because this is a residential community, you've got everything you need right in town, like supermarkets, shops and a smattering of okay restaurants. Don't miss a smoothie from Lanikai Juice!

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Local from Honolulu

Kailua is such a cute small town. It's a great little community, the people are friendly, it feels safe, there's lots of shops in the center of town, and has so much to offer. From the town center, it's a short stroll to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. There's lots of little local eateries that are popular with lines out the door. It doesn't have too much of a nightlife, and I think locals like to keep it that way. Kailua is definitely a place I'd recommend and take visitors to.

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Local from Honolulu

I love this area!!! It has more of a beach town feel but also offer's many great things like a giant Whole Food's and great places to eat. It also has the most beautiful beach in Hawaii which is Lanikai beach... Also above that is the pill box hike which offers some of the most amazing views on the Island!!!

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Local from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

One of my favorite beach towns in Hawaii! Aim to get off the beaten path ( think beaches in neighborhoods ) vs parking at the over crowded beach park. A good hike is the Lanikai pill boxes .

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Local from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

This is a small town on the northern part of Oahu. It is generally much less crowded than the southern portion of the island.

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London, United Kingdom

Great beach, you can rent a kayak and sail out! What an adventure! Great beach great sand great place!!

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