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  • 70%
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  • 63%
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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Jul 20, 2014

    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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    Danielle Johnson
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    5 Mar 20, 2014

    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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  • KailuaPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    4 Oct 20, 2013

    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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  • KailuaCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Yen Phan
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    5 Sep 27, 2013

    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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    Kyle Kenney
    5 Mar 22, 2013

    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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    Amanda B
    4 Feb 27, 2013

    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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    John Ewalt
    5 Feb 27, 2014

    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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    Maciek Wronski
    5 Jul 05, 2012

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

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    Keane
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Kailua is the part of Oahu not in the North Shore that's most like a Roxy ad. The beach with young surfers and the quaint town serving as its accompaniment are definitely worth a visit. It's a bit crowded now, making commuting to the beach a bit of a test of patience sometimes. Still, there's plenty of good times and ono kine grindz to be found here.

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    Anthony of FreedomYear.com
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Kailua is an excellent, chill, family town on Oahu. It has a gorgeous beach at its state park. Also, in town there are several small retaurants and Morning Brew or Kalapawai coffee shops to get great coffee or other snacks.

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    5 Jul 21, 2014

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

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    Shaun Henderson
    5 Mar 23, 2013

    Hotwaii

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    ice elaine
    5 Feb 11, 2013

    nice photo。,

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    MyHawaii Scene-Travel Concierge
    5 Jan 29, 2013

    Kailua is my home!! Love It!

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    Jeanne Crump
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    5 Dec 11, 2012
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    5 Oct 08, 2012
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    Travis Katz
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Amazing little town on Oahu's windward coast - a great place to escape the bustle of Honolulu.

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    5 Oct 28, 2011
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    5 Oct 21, 2011
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    4 May 19, 2011
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4.5 out of 5
33 members' reviews
15,902 people visited Kailua

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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, oranges and pinks with the sapphire blues of the ... read more
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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