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Best things to do in Kailua

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“Hike up to the Lanikai Pillboxes for a 360degree view of the windward side. ”
143 locals recommend
Park
“One of the best beaches on the island. Lots of water activities, like kayaking, surfing, canoeing...”
96 locals recommend
Bar
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“-Buzz's Steakhouse right across from Kailua beach is a cool spot to grab dinner. It's got a little tropical setting and is pretty laid back. I love the artichoke surprise and the salmon caper salad there. My gosh so good.”
86 locals recommend
Trail
“Fun hike for all able bodied. It's a shorter hike (about 30 minutes to the first look out) but leads to one of the most beautiful sights overlooking Lanikai Beach”
51 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“- Cinnamons is good too! We used to go quite a bit. They are known for their unique pancakes!”
48 locals recommend
Café
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“Great spot for lunch. Dinner is a great spot for a date! Food is always phenomenal. Can get busy, so go early!”
46 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“This is the grocery store we shop at the most, followed by Target and Whole Foods, depending on our needs. Foodland wins out because of it's excellent deli, fresh & local produce, and good customer service. You could eat exclusively from their deli during a week's stay and eat sometime new and yummy every day.”
34 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Excellent local coffee shop, can have a semi-sandy floor, basic sundry store for basic needs. Beach lunch cafe as well.”
47 locals recommend
Clothing Store
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“Shaved ice and clothing shop all in one! This shaved ice is SOOOO good! Local flavors as well as traditional. Shaved ice on top of Mac nut ice cream of vanilla ice cream. Oh! And don’t for get to snow cap it. A delicious toping drizzled over your gourmet shaved ice. Yummo!”
42 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Breakfast restaurant one block from our house has good, reasonably priced breakfast and lunch. Go early to avoid crowds.”
38 locals recommend
Trail
“Great hike for families that has a stunning view of Lanikai Beach at the top!”
29 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The chef Jason is awesome. He is also a skin diver and the fish is fresh. He is a gourmet chef. Bring your own wine and Safeway is right next door.”
29 locals recommend
Juice Bar
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“A family favorite, whether we need a fresh smoothie with island flavor or treat ourselves to an acai bowl, Lanikai Juice is our "go to" place!”
39 locals recommend
Bar
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“A little Hawaii style restaurant tucked away in the middle of Kailua town. My favorite here is the Coconut curry fish with the green papaya salad on top. ”
29 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Walking, or playing on the expansive​ white sand beach is sheer​ joy. Kailua Bay is great for surfing, kayaking, boogie boarding, and swimming.”
17 locals recommend
Park
“There are many famous beaches but hiking trails you can see the beautiful ocean without walking too hard such as Koko head. Pillboxes Trail is you can satisfied with less effort :) ”
26 locals recommend