From Honolulu: Take the H-1 to Pali Highway (route 61), and follow the Pali through the mountains about 12 miles into Kailua town. The road name on route 61 changes twice: once after Castle Junction (Kamehameha Hwy., route 83) to Kalanianiole Highway, then again after Castle Hospital to Kailua Road. Don't let this confuse you.
From the North Shore/Kaneohe: Take Kamehameha Highway (route 83) west to the Kaneohe Bay Drive & Kamehameha Highway intersection. Take the left turn at the intersection to get onto Kaneohe Bay Drive. Keep going straight as you go over the hill (turns into Mokapu Saddle Road, which becomes Mokapu Blvd.). Take a right turn at the Mokapu Blvd. and Oneawa Street intersection (2nd intersection after the overpass) and keep going straight for about a mile; as this will lead you into Kailua Town.
From Honolulu: Take TheBus route 56 or 57 from the beach side city bus stop at Ala Moana Center into Kailua (to get to Ala Moana from Waikiki take route 8, 19, or 20). Wait for the 56 or 57 near the Windward 56/57 sign. One of these buses comes by about every 25 minutes, travel time is approximately 35-50 minutes, the last bus returning to Honolulu is at about 9:30pm.
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If you are coming from Honolulu, follow Kailua Road by taking the fork curving off to the right once you get into town. you'll pass a Ford dealership, Bank of Hawaii, Lanikai Juice, and a Macy's. Pass through the first stop light (at Hahani St. in front the Kailua Shopping Center). At the next stoplight (in front of a Mormon church), turn left to continue on Kailua Road for about 1 km. Then take the fork curving to the right. Kailua Beach Park is past the curve. TheBus is Hawaii's award winning transit service which can be taken into Kailua, where a traveler can then catch Route 70 in front of Macy's which goes to the beach. It might be faster to walk, since the 70 only comes by every 60-90 minutes.
Kayak - Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks  - 130 Kailua Rd near the beach. Half-day or full day rental, singles and doubles. Back rests, dry bags are extra. You can pull the kayaks on trucks (provided) to the beach, push off and kayak out to the various tiny islands there. Flat Island is a seabird sanctuary. Reef shoes are not a bad idea, as the bottom rocks around the islands are rather sharp if you flip or to push off. Beautiful views.
Global Village,  (on the corner of Hahani St & Kailua Road). Beautiful clothes and gifts owned by a Native Hawaiian Family.
UDown Shop. Cool clothes and more.
Lanikai Bath & Body, . All-natural locally made bath and body products with distinct and unique Hawaiian scents.
Kailua Shopping Center, . Places to eat and shop.
East Honolulu Clothing Company, 41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo (in the Waimanalo Town Shopping Center by Jack in the Box), ☎ 808-259-7677, . 9AM-5PM. Home of Double Paws Wear and Horsechicks Hawaii, it is a combination retail store and fashion design and production studio. Here you will find cool threads, beautiful locally made product, funky retro pop-culture items, fun, artsy, horsey, eclectic and one of a kind gifts.edit
Baci Bistro, Aulike St, . Romantic Italian restaurant.edit
Boot's and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen, Hekili St (across from the bowling alley). The best macadamia nut pancakes you'll ever have. They have moved to the corner intersection across from safeway.edit
Buzz's Original Steakhouse, 413 Kawailoa Rd, ☎ +1 808 261-4661. Beautiful beach setting located across the street from Kailua Beach Park.edit
Crepes No Ka 'Oi, 131 Hekili St (across the street from the bowling alley), ☎ +1 808 263-4088, . M-Th 7AM-8PM, F Sa 7AM-99PM, Su 7AM-2PM and closed Tu. Sweet and savory crepes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and in-between. Also a great assortment of gourmet loose leaf teas and Illy Italian coffee.Under $10. edit
The Shack, (off of Keolu Dr). Sports bar setting with great burgers and sandwiches.edit
Times Coffee Shop, Hamakua Dr. A small cafe that serves the great "fried rice".edit
Zia's Caffè Italian Family Restaurant, (on Hamakua Dr next to Boardrider's). Simple cafe with great taste.edit
Zippy's, Oneawa St, . Hawaii's favorite local restaurant.edit
Kailua Food Tour, Kailua Road, ☎ (808) 729-3322, . Explore Kailua's growing food scene with a Kailua Food Tour. Taste at 6 different restaurants and eateries while learning about the area. A fun way to get a little bite of everything that Kailua has to offer with Flavor of Hawaii Culinary Adventures. edit
Kailua Food Tour, Kailua Road. Taste your way through Kailua's growing food scene with a Kailua Food Tour. Sample bites at 6 different restaurants and eateries while learning about the area. edit
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