Kailua Town | Beachy Living on Oahu

The town of Kailua is one of the most popular locations on Oahu. Known for its amazing beaches at the Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai, Kailua draws in locals and visitors alike. According to the latest stats, 53,000 people call Kailua home. Compared to Honolulu just 35 minutes away, Kailua has a small beach town feel. People love the relaxing atmosphere and the stunning views of the ocean. It’s not surprising, that the price of Kailua real estate is one of the highest on Oahu.


Beach cruiser in front of a store in Kailua Town.

Kailua Beaches

The beaches of Kailua are world renowned. Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai beach are conversation starters. People are familiar with the golden sand beaches and turquoise waters of Kailua and reminisce of their time spend in the sun. Kailua town residents are fortunate enough to have a spectacular beach and ocean views from many locations, as there are numerous beachfront and ocean view properties. While some residents have views, many who live at ocean level, are also a stone’s throw away from the beach. The beach is never far for anyone who lives in Kailua. In fact, the center of Kailua town, filled with shops, restaurants, and Kailua condos, is only 2 miles from one of the most beautiful and well-known beaches in the world.

Kailua Beach

Beautiful white sand and turquoise ocean at Kailua Beach Park.

Kailua Living

Living in Kailua is a laid-back experience. The neighborhoods are filled with tropical lush plants, and it’s a common sight to see people on their beach cruisers commuting around town. Whether it’s to head to the beach or to pick up a few groceries, bikes are a common sight in Kailua.

For daily needs and a little bit of fun, residents head to Kailua town center. It’s a one-stop experience with plenty of parking stores, restaurants, and amenities. Residents who live close by can skip the drive altogether enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of Kailua town daily. Tourists enjoy spending time in Kailua town center as well, and can be spotted strolling around, shopping, and admiring the views.


Beach cruisers in front of a shopping area in Kailua Town.

Kailua Town Shopping

Nearly all stores and businesses are situated at street level, making them very accessible to the public. Most of Kailua retail is located in the center of town, where it’s easy to do some one-stop shopping. Each street has a variety of businesses lining the sidewalks, with residents and tourists weaving in an out of each store as they shop and browse through the merchandise. Boutiques, surf shops, and gift shops are all around the perimeter of Kailua. Colorful stores welcome new and repeat customers with their assortment of local and brand name merchandise.


Kailua Town shops.

For everyday shopping needs, Target, Whole Foods, and Foodland are located right in the heart of Kailua. Shoppers are often welcomed by wild chickens wandering around in the parking lots, serving as entertainment to unsuspecting tourists.

Whole Foods Kailua

Target, Whole Foods, Foodland, are three of the larger stores in Kailua Town.

Kailua Town Restaurants and Services

Kailua being a popular beach town, it has a good variety of restaurants. Visitors who spend time at the nearby Kailua Beach Park will often stop by Kailua town center for a bite to eat. This allows a good number of restaurants to thrive in a relatively small town which otherwise would not see so many choices. Beach clothes and slippers (flip flops) are the standard dress code for a relaxing and fun atmosphere during the day, with Aloha wear in the evenings. Kailua restaurants are about bringing people together and providing a fun and tasty dining experience.

Stip mall

No shortage of places to eat in Kailua Town.

In addition to many restaurants, Kailua is pretty self-sufficient when it comes to services. Straub Kailua Family Health Center services the needs of residents living on the Windward side of Oahu. Hair and beauty salons, automotive services, computer repair, postal and UPS outlets, Kailua Cinemas, diving and recreational services, to name a few, are centrally located in Kailua. Residents who need specialized services can always drive to Honolulu just across the Pali Hwy, but for the everyday needs, Kailua has it all.


Kailua Town restaurants, dive shops, and services.

Lau Hala Shops (Old Macy’s)

Lau Hala Shops are about to expand Kailua’s food and service selections. Located in the Old Macy’s building in the center of Kailua town, Lau Hala Shops, will be another go-to place for residents and visitors alike. The building where Macy’s once called home, is being remodeled and redesigned to welcome new tenants, and adding to Kailua’s shopping, restaurant, and services selections. First tenants of the 48,400 square foot space are expected to move in late in 2018.

Some of the new tenants will include:

  • Maui Brewing Company
  • Down to Earth groceries
  • UFC Gym
  • Goen Dining & Bar by Chef Roy Yamaguchi
  • Harley Davidson

Exciting things are happening in Kailua!

Lau Hala Shops

Lau Hala Shops, restaurants, and more where the old Macy’s used to be.

Kailua Real Estate

Kailua has amazing real estate. Whether it’s luxury beachfront Lanikai homes or newer Ka Malanai condos in Kailua town center, Kailua has a great selection of properties for every taste. Most of Kailua real estate consists of single family homes. There is, however, a small concentration of condos within a short distance to all the shopping, restaurants, and amenities that Kailua town offers. Townhomes, although not plentiful, are also an option.

With a beautiful location next to a turquoise ocean and a sandy beach, Kailua is a popular location for Oahu home buyers. Be ready for some competition in your home and condo search!

Ka Malanai Condos

Ka Malanai Kailua condos

For information on Kailua home and condos for sale, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Kinga Mills

Kinga Mills is a REALTOR Associate, Forbes Global Properties, Luxury Portfolio Affiliate, & Military Relocation Professional with Hawai'i Life. I adore Hawaii, its people, and the natural beauty that surrounds me. I live on Oahu. It's a pretty incredible place to call home. There is a little bit of everything here. From pristine beaches and quiet neighborhoods to the trendiest of restaurants in the urban Honolulu. I simply love Oahu and the variety it offers. My real estate career allows me to enjoy the Island life, and to work with some amazing people. With over a decade of experience and hundreds of closed sales, I provide my clients with expert buying and selling advice. My goal for clients is to enjoy the process, while my team and I handle the details. As a member of the Hawaii Life Military Specialized Team, I regularly provide real estate assistance to active-duty military personnel who are PCSing to Hawaii, to the mainland, or overseas. For the Luxury Real Real Estate buyers and sellers, I am affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International and Forbes Global Properties. These exclusive affiliations extend an even greater reach, exposure, and effectiveness within the global luxury marketplace. In my time off, I love walking along the beach, enjoying meals out on the town, and taking family vacations. Sign up for my Oahu Hawaii Life blog updates and follow my journey. You can also find me on HGTV "Hawaii Life" Season 14. I look forward to helping in making your Hawaii Life real estate dreams happen! You can email me at or via phone at (808) 722-3985.

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Mac Watson

May 28, 2018

Nice post..
I love this place, this beach is really looking so beautiful.
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May 31, 2018

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