Area & Activities


Kailua Area & Activities


Kailua Beach


Beach Park & Activities


Food & Shopping


Kailua is located on the windward side of the island of Oahu, over the Pali (mountains) from Honolulu—about  12 miles or 20-30 minutes away.  The view in this photo is taken from the Pali Lookout (on Pali Highway, Route 61).  From the lookout you can view Kaneohe, Kailua, and much of the windward side of Oahu.  Kailua Beach is a world-class beach for swimming, windsurfing, paddling, or just walking, playing, and sunning and makes an excellent base to explore the island of Oahu.  Kailua Beach is removed from the crowds of Waikiki, but close enough to Waikiki for a night out on the town.

Sea Grape Hale is steps away from the beach, down this private neighborhood right-of-way.  Kailua Beach is a wonderful family beach, renowned for watersports.  From a low of 76 to a high of about 81 degrees,  warm clear water and a protective reef make swimming, bodysurfing, and boogie boarding popular sports.  Windsurfers and paddlers make Kailua Beach their home base.  The long white sand beach is perfect for a run, to make a sandcastle, go for a romantic walk, or try surf-fishing. Enjoy a fabulous sunrise or sunset.

A short walk down the beach is Kailua Beach Park, popular with both locals and visitors.  You can take a lesson in windsurfing or kitesurfing, or paddle out into the bay with a rented kayak. There are barbecues and showers. Watch local paddlers and canoe race teams practice.  A lifeguard is available for supervised swimming.

Food and shopping are available adjacent to the beach park, a short walk from home. Kalapawai Market is a local landmark, with a deli, wine selection, and beach necessities--walk up the beach in the morning for good coffee and the newspaper. Across the street is a shopping area where you can get clothing, medical care, pizza, plate lunch, or shaved ice at Island Snow, President Obama’s favorite (see his picture in the window). Rent a kayak, buy sunglasses, or sign up for windsurfing lessons at Kailua Beach Adventures.  Buzz’s Restaurant is a local favorite—made famous by President Clinton. 

Lower pictures are Kalapawai Deli in Kailua town, where you will find many additional good restaurants and all types of shopping.