The city of Kailua, whose name means “Two Seas,” has morphed over the years from a sleepy ranch town to now a must-see destination spot on Oahu. At one point, Kaneohe Ranch and Bishop Estates owned most of the land, and life was focused around Kawainui Marsh toward the entrance of the city. Mainly associated with the award-winning Kailua and Lanikai beaches, this neighborhood started gaining popularity for those folks who wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and Waikiki.
Kite surfing, a popular Kailua sport
Kailua Beach is known to be very dog friendly and a popular spot for wind surfers, kite surfers, kayakers, and boogie boarders. From the shore most can’t help but take photos of the Mokulua Islands or “Twin Islands,” which is a seabird sanctuary and famous Kailua landmark. Kailua is now a mandatory stop for many vacationers as well as tour companies.
The picturesque Mokulua Islands off of Kailua
Besides the beaches, this city has a fun strip of quaint shops and restaurants for every palate. Mixed among the smaller stores is now a Target and Whole Foods as well…but if shopping and eating doesn’t do it for you, there are several really cool hikes, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, and world renowned golf courses nearby. There’s also a back gate to Marine Corps Base Hawaii and Castle Medical Center too, which provides a convenient hospital for Windward residents and is a big source of employment as well.
Kailua’s real estate is quite pricey, especially nearest to the beach where President Obama stays when he visits the island, and also in the prestigious Lanikai neighborhood. As for new developments, there’s really nowhere left to build here, but recently D.R. Horton-Schuler came onto the scene with 153 luxury townhomes in the heart of the city. The development of this area of land had been challenged with stalls and new ownership over the course of 20 years, but finally Ka Malanai was built in 2014. Overall buyers love Kailua because it’s got a lot of synergy and a ton of activities for people of all ages.
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