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Kailua hed

All the reasons we love this trendy town near Honolulu

The Ultimate Guide to Kailua, Oahu


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Location: HI-Hawaii (All Islands)

Story Date: 10/21/2019

Publisher: Hawaii Magazine   

Author: Kevin Allen, Madeleine Carr, Tracy Chan, Catherine Toth Fox

Kailua, the once-sleepy community on Oahu’s Windward Side, is most often associated with its beaches. And we get it. Kailua and Lanikai beaches are world-renowned, luring thousands of visitors every year with their golden sands and aquamarine waters. But the appeal of this beachy town, flanked by the dramatic cliffs of the Koolau Mountains and crescent-shaped Kailua Bay, go beyond its stretches of sand. Some of the island’s best restaurants and boutiques are in Kailua. There are historic sites and hiking trails, surf spots and farmer's markets. It’s home to the largest wetland in the Islands, where you can find four of the state’s endemic and endangered waterbirds. And this area, once the playground of alii (Hawaiian royalty), beckons the rich and famous: Beyoncé and Jay-Z have vacationed here, as have Rihanna, Jessica Simpson and, of course, President Barack Obama.

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