- Name: Kailua Town
- What: Buzzing beach town with unique boutiques and casual dining
- Where: Where:On the Windward Coast, 30 minutes from Waikiki
Turquoise water and fine white sand have made Kailua Beach a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Add a dash of city chic, and you have Kailua Town. Located on Oahu’s Windward Coast, the main part of Kailua Town consists of a few blocks of trendy boutiques, popular restaurants and kamaaina (resident) hangouts, like the Thursday evening farmers’ markets.
Start the morning with pancakes smothered with irresistible macadamia nut sauce at Boots and Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen or “to die for” crepes at Crepes No Ka Oi. If you’re already at the beach, stroll to Kalapawai Market for coffee and lunch. After a day of body boarding, rehydrate with a refreshing smoothie at Lanikai Juice or cool off like the President with shaved ice from Island Snow. And if you’re in the mood for dressing up—in Kailua terms that means something more than a beach cover-up—Formaggio Grill boasts over 50 wines by the glass.
Although Kailua isn’t large, its selection of unique boutiques draws shoppers from around the island. Olive Boutique and Global Village capture Kailua’s sunny lifestyle, while Island Treasures features a large selection of Hawaii artists.
Of course the biggest draw to this buzzing community is Kailua Beach. Activities abound including kayak rentals and kite board lessons. You’ll also see lots of people getting their workout by walking up and down this sun-kissed stretch. For a view of Kailua that’ll make all your friends jealous, grab a water bottle and your camera and take the 1-hour Lanikai Pillbox hike. It doesn’t get better than this.