Neighborhood Spotlight: Kailua

Located on Oahu’s Windward Side, Kailua is a laid-back neighborhood that is famous for its golden sand beaches and aquamarine waters. Kailua is off the beaten path, and you won’t find sprawling resorts or hotel towers here. Instead, the neighborhood retains a friendly and upscale feel, with boutique shopping, bustling coffee shops, and, of course, stunning natural beauty. 

Kailua at a glance

Just 12 miles northeast of Honolulu is Kailua, once the playground of Hawaiian royalty and now an appealing residential community. Nestled between the cliffs of the Koolau Mountains and Kailua Bay, Kailua has it all – historic sites, stunning hiking trails, cozy restaurants, and locally-owned boutiques. The neighborhood has a current population of about 40,000 and has become a favorite vacation destination for the rich and famous – including the Obama family. 

Kailua real estate

Kailua truly epitomizes what makes Hawaiian living so special. This low-key and quiet area features some of the most gorgeous landscapes and breathtaking views on the island. Residents can enjoy mountain ranges, enchanting lakes, preserved forests, lush parks, white sand beaches, and unparalleled ocean and bay views. If you’re looking for an exceptional beachfront home, then Kailua is the place to find it. The median sale price of a home in Kailua is approximately $477,500.

Kailua amenities

The first thing that anyone familiar with Kailua will talk about is the community’s beaches. Kailua’s beaches are world-renowned and attract thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. Kailua and Lanikai beaches are some of the most popular, with beautiful powdery sand and unbelievable views of the Mokulua Islands. These beaches are perfect for kayaking, surfing, and just enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Another reason people love Kailua is that it boasts great shopping. There are so many interesting boutiques in the neighborhood. Stock up on Hawaiian fashion at Manuhealii, shop for high-quality eco-friendly products from around the world at Global Village or treat yourself to sumptuous beauty products at Lanikai Bath and Body. There’s even a local Whole Foods Market to keep your kitchen pantry stocked with all the best groceries.

Kailua is also one of the best places on Oahu to dine. Fill your belly with macadamia nut sauce banana pancakes at Boots & Kimo Homestyle Kitchen, cool off with gourmet shave ice from Island Snow, or treat yourself to dinner at Goen Dining + Bar owned by James Beard award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi. Your tastebuds will think you’re in heaven. 

Kailua schools

Students in Kailua are served by the Hawaii Department of Education. Public elementary schools in the area include Aikahi, Enchanted Lake, Ka’elepulu, Kainalu, Keolu, and Maunawili. It is also home to Kailua Intermediate School, Kalaheo High School, and Kailua High School. Other school options in the area include Ka’ohao Public Charter School, Mokapu Elementary School on the nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii, St. Anthony School, Trinity Christian School, and Redemption Academy, among others.

Explore Kailua today!

Would you like to learn more about the special community of Kailua? Then view available properties and contact Keller Williams Honolulu at 808-596-2888 or [email protected] to schedule a private viewing today!

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