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Kailua town comes pretty much as close to being like a California beach town as anywhere on Oahu. The shopping area is kind of classy and environmentally conscious yet relaxed. There are kids stores with organic clothing, an independent bookstore with a nice kids' nook called Book Ends, a Pier One Imports with deep blue fountain outside, an Indian restaurant, a Starbucks, and outdoor eating areas dotted about. A good place to eat is at the cafe with outdoor seating across the street that belongs to Whole Foods Market.
Large trees line Kailua Rd, making it pretty. There aren't really any amazing mountain views though like other towns in Hawaii. You miss that when you're in Kailua.
On Thursdays starting at 5pm there's a great Farmers Market at the Longs Drug Store parking lot. A vast selection of hot food vendors tempt you to have your dinner right there. This is something you should try to go to if you have the chance! Great food and a great community feeling.
For the best playground on the island, drive to Aikahi Playground, in the north end of Kailua. Kailua Beach is a windy, beautiful beach to take a long stroll on. The best swims can be had at Lanikai Beach. For a short hike with views of the striking blue water below, check out Lanikai Bunkers hike. For a drive up to the top of the mountains with panoramic views, go to Pali Lookout.
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The main strip of Kailua town is on Kailua Rd near Hahani Street. There you will find casual cafes and stores along both sides of Kailua Rd.
To get to Kailua: From Kalanianaole Hwy heading north, turn right on Kailua Rd. Go 1.3 miles and then you come to a large confusing intersection. You must turn right to stay on Kailua Rd. You are now at the main strip of Kailua town. There are plenty of parking lots on the right and left.
Whole Foods Market, 629 Kailua Rd, Kailua HI 96734, call (808) 263-6800.
Starbucks, 539 Kailua Road, call (808) 263-9548.
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|its freezing in washington....wishing i was in kailua now!!!!|