Kailua is more than a beachfront paradise; it’s a lifestyle. Located on Oahu’s lush Windward Coast, Kailua’s endless white sand beach and tranquil turquoise bay define the community, a collection of mellow micro-neighborhoods stretching out around several blocks of trendy shops and cafes. Marshland, canals, low hills and mature coconut trees add an extra layer of countryside character to Kailua’s small-town charm.
Kailua meaning “two seas” in Hawaiian has long been treasured for its rich natural resources and great beauty. Native Hawaiians began farming and fishing here more than 800 years ago, making it one of the island’s earliest settled regions. By the 1940s, an upscale bedroom community began to develop around its small farms and rustic beach houses, growing in popularity and prominence with each decade.
Today, Kailua’s beachside and beachfront homes range from coveted mid-century classics to expansive contemporary estates that can command some of Hawaii’s highest real estate prices. Many beach-area residents enjoy jogging along the sand, kayaking out to offshore islets, windsurfing, surfing and swimming. Kailua’s oceanfront is the center of activity on weekends and where neighbors mingle.
Key attractions within Kailua include:
+ More than 2 miles of white sand along an oceanfront perfect for kayaking and windsurfing
+ A variety of charming shops and cafes, including a popular farmers’ market
+ Services and several grocery stores, including gourmet markets and 24/7 supermarkets
+ Kailua and Kainalu public elementary schools, plus several upscale private schools