Located about 12 miles northeast of Honolulu, Kailua is the ultimate beach town with bright skies, turquoise waters, and a laid-back vibe. It has two white sand beaches that make for world-class windsurfing and kayaking. Once home to high chiefs and a regular stop for the Hawaiian monarchy, present-day Kailua has a population of nearly 40,000 and offers some of the most coveted homes and properties on the island.
Real estate in Kailua
Kailua offers an excellent selection of single-family homes and townhomes with Plantation-style architecture. The housing market also includes condos, lakefront properties, and villas with beach access. Kailua is made of several distinct neighborhoods, including:The community stands on former Kaneohe Ranch lands, which were sold off for residential and commercial development in 1942. Kaneohe Ranch was the leading developer and landowner in Kailua until Alexander & Baldwin purchased land holdings in December 2013.
- Downtown Kailua
- Enchanted Lake
- Kailua Estates
- Coconut Grove
- Kalama Tract
Things to see and do in Kailua
- Lanikai Beach is a swimming beach with a long stretch of powdery white sand, clear blue-green waters, and palm trees lining the backshore. The Mokumanu and Mokulua Islands are located about a mile off the Lanikai coast and are accessible by boat or kayak. These islands are bird sanctuaries worth exploring.
- Kailua Beach is a 2.5-mile sandy beach that’s perfect for windsurfing, kitesurfing, snorkeling, and boogie boarding.
- Kailua Beach Parkis located on the southern tip of Kailua Bay and provides access to white sand beaches, a swimming area, and a shore break for boogie boarding. Guests can use the picnic tables, BBQ pits, shower rooms, restrooms, and volleyball courts.
- Kalapawai Market is a beachfront marketplace selling snacks, drinks, souvenirs, and sundries.
- The Lanikai Monument is a 16-foot-tall stone and concrete pillar along Mokulua Drive. The pillar dates back to 1924 and serves as a landmark for a high-end residential development in the area.
- Kawai Nui Marsh is the largest remaining emergent wetland in Hawaii, encompassing more than 800 acres and providing shelter to endemic and endangered water birds, including the Hawaiian duck, stilt, coot, and moorhen. Other highlights include a recreational trail, a fish pond, and an ancient terraced taro field.