The Ultimate Beach Town: Kailua, Oahu 96734

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Lanikai beach and view of the Mokulua Islands

Oahu offers so many different lifestyles depending on what part of the island you live on. There is the peaceful country life on the North Shore, the fun and exciting city living of Honolulu and the relaxing boat lover lifestyle on the marinas in Hawaii Kai. Then there is Kailua — a true beach town on the windward side of Oahu.

One of the Best Beaches on Oahu

In my opinion, Kailua has the most beautiful beaches on the island and is perfect for the person that loves a laid back, beach community. The long white sandy beaches with turquoise waters offer a perfect place to swim, body surf, stand up paddle and go for lengthy walks. Being the windward side of Oahu, Kailua is ideal for kiteboarding and windsurfing. The waves never get as big as they do on other sides of the island, so its a great “kid friendly” beach.

My favorite, Lanikai beach, is so dreamy with the view of the two Mokulua Islands and the pristine water. I love spending some Saturday mornings having an espresso and sandwich from Kalapawai Market on the way to Lanikai. Swimming and lounging all day, and then heading over to Buzz’s Steakhouse for a fresh lime margarita and some pupus. As an aside, I highly recommend the calamari steak with the lemon butter and capers. Buzz’s has been around since 1967 and is a great place relax at the bar and chat with Kailua locals.

Friendly Kailua Community

The small community of Kailua attracts a lot of families and also military families because of its proximity to the Marine Corps Base and good school systems. Throughout the year Kailua hosts block parties as well as music and arts events. Farmers markets are held every Thursday night from 5-7:30pm in the Whole Foods parking lot. It’s also a super dog-friendly neighborhood. As for shopping, there are multiple boutiques, surf shops, and interesting stores for home decor. Target is in Kailua town as well for everyday needs. Furthermore, there are multiple restaurants with live music, coffee shops and ample places to meet friends.

Most of the homes in Kailua were built in the 1940s-1970s. Many are single wall construction or classic plantation style. Higher ceilings and exposed wood beams, original hardwood floors and lovely backyards with mature plants and sometimes in-ground pools. The neighborhoods are only a short bike ride away from the beach and town.

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Charming Kailua home with great back yard and mature landscape

Just listed in the Heart of  Kailua – MLS # 202219347

This is the one you have been waiting for! Absolutely immaculate beach cottage in the heart of Kailua with a separate studio rental.

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This 2 bedroom 1 bath home with 1 bath/studio boasts newer appliances, vinyl windows, split AC, engineered hardwood floors, and so much more. This easy-living, flowing floor plan includes a covered lanai/carport and manicured landscaping surrounding the residence, for a true park-like setting. To top it all off the home includes 16 owned net-metering photovoltaic solar panels. Can it possibly be more perfect? Close to Kailua Town, shopping, and Kailua beach. You won’t want to miss this one.

If you are looking to buy or sell a Kailua Beach home, reach out to me at  johnclimaldi@hawaiilife.com  or via phone at(808) 687-1890. I’d love to help you with your Kailua real estate goals!

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Cherie Tsukamoto

September 20, 2022

Great blog and great listing!

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