- Aikahi - north Kailua
- Enchanted Lake & Keolu Hills - south Kailua
- Kaneohe Marine Corps Base - north of Kailua
- Lanikai - south-east Kailua
- Maunawili - south-west of Kailua
- Coconut Grove - Central Kailua
- 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: There are two routes:
- 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.
- You can also follow Kamehameha Hwy to its end and turn left at the junction with Kalanianaole Hwy (route 61); from there it is about 4 miles to 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.
By busTheBus 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.
- 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.
- 8AM-2PM: starts in Maunawili, goes through Kailua Town, circles on Mokapu Blvd (enters & exits Kaneohe Marine Corps Base), and loops route.
- 2PM-7PM: 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.
- Sunrises - Got to go to Waikiki for sunsets.
- Sea Turtles
- Mokulua islands
- Mount Olomana
Kailua BeachIf 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.
Lanikai BeachLanikai Beach is just past Kailua Beach. Take Kawailoa Rd to Aalapapa Drive. Aalapapa Drive and Mokulua Drive form a large one-way loop. One of Hawaii's most picturesque beaches with fine white sand, exceptionally clear and blue water, and two offshore island known as the Mokuluas. No public facilities, and access is only available by public access walkways. Please respect local residents' property. Also there are parking restrictions in Lanikai on weekends and holidays, in which case it may be best to park at Kailua Beach Park and take a 10-20 minute talk to Lanikai.
Lanikai Pillbox (Kaiwa Ridge Trail)Kaiwa Ridge Trail climbs up the ridge behind Lanikai and ends at a WWII bunker. The trail is one mile 1.6 km) in length with a elevation gain, offering hikers 360° views of Lanikai, Kailua, the Mokalua islands, and the Ko`olau Mountains.
Maunawili Falls TrailThis popular trail leads to a waterfall that feeds a deep, wide swimming hole. round trip.
Mount OlomanaA strenuous hike with steep ascents, narrow, rocky pathways; and windswept ridgeline. round-trip with elevation gain.
WindsurfWindsurfers in Kailua Bay get the best of both worlds, with waves on the outer reef and cleaner slalom conditions inside. Spots such as 'Castles', 'Zombies', 'Flat Island' and 'Jump City' can be reached for those who want to try their hand at wave sailing and jumping.
KiteboardingKailua has been known as one of the best spots for kiting in the world due to the combination of sandy beach, warm water and extreme beauty. Trade winds blow year round and can range from 12-25 knots, averaging around 16 in the summer.
Oahu Dive CenterHahani St. Scuba diving.
address: 130 Kailua RdHalf-day or full day kayak 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.
Stand-up PaddleA sport that anyone can enjoy and the perspective you have while standing up and paddling on these boards is truly unique and enjoyable.
Global VillageBeautiful clothes and gifts owned by a Native Hawaiian family.
UDown ShopCool clothes and more.
Lanikai Bath & BodyAll-natural locally made bath and body products with distinct and unique Hawaiian scents.
Kailua Shopping CenterPlaces to eat and shop.
East Honolulu Clothing Companyphone: +1 808-259-7677address: 41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy, WaimanaloHome 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.
phone: +1 808 262-7555address: 30 Aulike StRomantic Italian restaurant.
Boot's and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchenphone: +1 808 263-7929address: 151 Hekili StOffering a signature breakfast dish of pancakes with macadamia nut sauce.
Buzz's Original Steakhousephone: +1 808 261-4661address: 413 Kawailoa RdBeautiful beach setting across the street from Kailua Beach Park.
phone: +1 808 261-8724address: 315 Uluniu StreetOne of the best breakfast places in Kailua; their signature dish is their Eggs Benedict.
phone: +1 808 263-4088address: 131 Hekili StSweet and savory crepes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and in-between. Also a great assortment of gourmet loose leaf teas and Illy Italian coffee.
phone: +1 808 262-3838address: 201 Hamakua DrVegetarian deli & natural foods store.
Fatboys's Plate Lunchphone: +1 808 263-2697address: 301 Hahani St.
phone: +1 808 262-3354address: 750 Kailua Rd.Coffee, sandwiches during the day; wine bar and small plates at night.
Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grillphone: +1 808 254-6255address: 970 N. Kalaheo AvePure beach house decor, family-casual local menu with over 25 pupus, and full bar with tropical drinks, beer and wine.
phone: +1 808 261-1191address: 1051 Keolu Dr.Sports bar setting with great burgers and sandwiches.
Times Coffee Shopphone: +1 808 262-0300address: 153 Hamakua DrA small cafe that serves the great fried rice.
Zia's Caffè Italian Family RestaurantSimple cafe with great taste.
phone: +1 808 266-3780address: 44 Oneawa StHawaii's favorite local restaurant.
address: 600 Kailua Rd.Smoothies & more.
Boardrider's Bar & Grillphone: +1 808 261-4600address: 201 Hamakua Dr
Creekside Loungephone: +1 808 262-6466address: 153 Hamakua Dr
Kailua Palacephone: +1 808 261-7879address: 115 Oneawa St
phone: +1 808 262-7770address: 600 Kailua RdCoffee and more.
Muddy Waters Espresso CafeCoffee and assortment of desserts & vegetarian delis. Listen to nightly entertainment; Blues, Folk, and Christian varieties.
Ohana Karaokephone: +1 808 263-0205address: 131 Hekili St