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Revision as of 07:50, 30 April 2007

Kailua (pronounced cai-luu-ah by locals) is on the Windward Coast of Oahu in Hawaii.

Districts Around or In

  • Aikahi - located outside Kaneohe Marine Corps Base
  • Enchanted Lakes & Keolu Hills - south of Kailua
  • Kaneohe Marine Corps Base - north of Kailua
  • Lanikai - south-east of Kailua
  • Maunawili - south-west of Kailua

Get in

By Car

  • 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.

By Bus

  • 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.

Get around


TheBus has 4 routes that travels throughout the Kailua District.

  • 56 (Westbound: Kailua/Kaneohe) (Eastbound: Honolulu/Ala Moana or Downtown/Bishop Street)
    • This route is Ala Moana to & from Windward Mall. It uses Kailua Road, Oneawa Street, and Kaneohe Bay Drive as it's main roads.
  • 57 (Westbound: Kailua/Sea Life Park, Kailua/Waimanalo, or Kailua/Keolu Drive) (Eastbound: Honolulu/Ala Moana or Downtown/Bishop Street)
    • Sea Life Park Route: This route uses Kailua Road, Keolu Drive, and Kalanianaole Highway.
    • Waimanalo Route: This route uses Kailua Road and Kalanianaole Highway.
    • Keolu Drive: This route uses Kailua Road and Keolu Drive.
  • 70 (Westbound: Kailua/MCBH/Maunawili) (Eastbound: Lanikai/Kailua Town)
    • 8 am to 2 pm: starts in Maunawili, goes through Kailua Town, circles on Mokapu Blvd (enters & exits Kaneohe Marine Corps Base), and loops route.
    • 2 pm to 7 pm: starts at busstop on the corner of Hamakua Drive & Kailua Road, passes by Kailua Beach Park, circles around Lanikai, circles around Maunawili, and loops route.




Kailua Beach

  • 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, First Hawaiian Bank, 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 traveller can then catch Route 70 in front of First Hawaiian Bank or Macy's which goes to the beach. It might be faster to walk, since the 70 only comes by every 60-90 minutes.

Movie Theatres

  • Aikahi Park Theatre: located in the Aikahi Park Shopping Center.
  • Enchanted Lakes Theatre: located in the Keolu Shopping Center (in the back of Safeway). Admission is 50 cents & $1.



  • Global Village, (on Hahani St). Beautiful clothes and gifts.
  • UDown Shop. Cool clothes and more.
  • Kailua Shopping Center, [1]. Places to eat and shop.


  • Buzz's Original Steakhouse, 413 Kawailoa Rd, Ph: (808) 261-4661. Beautiful beach setting located across the street from Kailua Beach Park
  • Fatboys's Plate Lunch.
  • Morning Brew, [2] 600 Kailua Rd. (near Times Market), Ph: (808) 262-7770. Coffee and more.
  • Zia's Caffè Italian Family Restaurant, (on Hamakua Dr. next to Boardrider's). Simple cafe with great taste.
  • Baci Bistro, (on Aulike St), [3]. Italian romantic restaurant.
  • Times Coffee Shop, (on Hamakua Dr.). A small cafe that serves the best "fried rice" in the world.
  • Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill, (on Kalaheo Ave).
  • Zippy's, (on Oneawa St.), [4]. Hawaii's favorite local restaurant.
  • The Shack, (off of Keolu Drive). Sports bar setting with great burgers and sandwiches.
  • Boot's and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen. The best macadamia nut pancakes you'll ever have. Located on Hekili St. across from the bowling alley
  • Muddy Waters Espresso Cafe, (in the Aikahi Park Shopping Center). Coffee and assortment of desserts & vegetarian delis. Listen to nightly entertainment; Blues, Folk, and Christian varieties.
  • '"Kalapawai Cafe'", (at the entrance to Kailua town from the Pali). Coffee, Sandwiches during the day; wine bar and small plates at night. [5]


  • Lanikai Juice Company, [6]. Smoothies & More.
  • Bob's Sports Bar Inc., (on Hamakua Dr.).
  • Boardrider's Bar & Grill, (on Hamakua Dr.). Formerly Jaron's.
  • Creekside, (on Hamakua Dr.).
  • Kailua Palace, (off of Kailua Rd.).
  • Ohana Karaoke, (in the Kailua Shopping Center).
  • Tiare's Sport's Bar & Grill, (on Hekili St. behind the bowling alley).
  • Tropics, (in the Kailua Shopping Center).


You can rent a house a couple blocks from the beach. Kailua has a high concentration of bed-and-breakfast operations. However, caveat emptor: Be advised that some groups on Oahu are strongly opposed to having B&Bs or vacation rentals in their neighborhoods (out of a healthy fear of their neighborhood being turned into another Waikiki) and that many B&Bs operate without licenses (partly because they have no choice: no B&B licenses have been issued on Oahu since 1989). As a result, your neighbors may not welcome you with open arms. Before responding to a solicitation or an Internet ad for a vacation rental on Oahu, ask if they are licensed.

  • Kailua Guesthouse, [7].
  • Hawaii Vacation Homes, [8].

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