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What To Do when you stay in Kailua on Oahu

Kailua Beach Kailua Beach is absolutely the best sandy beach on OAHU perfect for a vacation rental, and only a short walk away. SEE MAP From SHEFFIELD HOUSE, just walk down the street toward the ocean, turn right at the light onto Kalaheo Rd. Take the first left, KAAPUNI STREET (Ignore the Private Road sign. It's a deeded public access. The signs to keep out cars, NOT people.), and walk straight ahead to the beach. Watch the windsurfers and kitesurfers. Borrow a boogie board and enjoy the waves. Walk the beach. To the right is the beach park and boat ramp. Need an incentive to go to the beach check out our famous beach quotes page . To the left is Kalama Beach Park and a long walk.

weather iconRemember:
Always use sunscreen. This is the Tropics!

Do not leave valuables in car at the BEACH.
Exercise extreme caution if you go to West coast beaches such as Maili, Waianae, Nanakuli, Kaena Point. Park where you can see your car from the beach on the North Shore.

(Though RARE, they may appear 8-10 days after a full moon when the wind is blowing onshore. Look little blue bubbles! If stung use MSG, papaya, vinegar, & popsicles!

(There is no medicinal benefit to the popsicle but they sure make a crying child {or adult} feel better.) I've been told that the change in blood sugar may actually help.

EQPT. RENTALS-Windsurfing with- Naish Hawaii 261-6067 or KAYAK - Karel’s 261-8424

Twogood's 262-5656

There is a great, free Olympic sized PUBLIC POOL and lots of tennis courts behind the library. For pool hours & info call 266-7661.

There is a 24 Hour Fitness is in Kaneohe.


Golf Courses on the Windward Oahu side. There are a lot to choose from. Here is the public list :

Bay View(808) 247-0451: 45-285 Kaneohe Bay Drive Kaneohe. Seniors and families welcome. Pali Municipal Golf Course 266-7610. Located across the street from Hawaii Pacific University by intersection Kalanianiole & the Pali.. Luana Hills (808) 262-2139 at 770 Auloa Rd. Kailua. Koolau Golf (808) 236-4653 at 45-550 Kionaole, Kaneohe. Some say it is the toughest course in the nation. Olomano Golf Course (808) 259-7926 located at 41-1801 Kalanianiole Highway. Waimanalo. Ask about the breakfast.

If you are military consider the incomparable North Beach ocean views on the Kaneohe Marine Corp Base Golf Course.

Summer Adventures:

Climbworks Kahuku Zipline - By the end of the tour they have you going upside down and backwards

5:30-9:30 Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden Events Kaneohe reservations 233-7323

twilight Summer Concert Series at Foster Bot Garden Free. also Midsummer Nights Gleam from 4:30-7:15 info at 522-7064

Makapuu Lighthouse trail closes at 7:45 p.m.

First Friday of the Month for Art and Music China town and Downtown 6:30-9:30 p.m.go to www.firstfridayhawaii.com for more info.

Kualoa Sunset Experience at Kualoa Ranch S, T and Th. Movie sites, tours and buffet dinner

Waikiki Aquarium concerts $

Wednesdays Honolulu Zoo Wildest Show Summer Concert gates open at 4:35 p.m. Bring a picnic. admission fee www.honzoosoc.org

or Twilight Tours 5:30-7:30 Friday and Sat. Stargazing at the zoo. call 926-3191

Here is a list of things to do right here in Kailua

Go to the beach! Kailua beach park activities: www1.honolulu.gov/parks/programs/beach/kailua.htm

Check out Lanikai Beach : www.portaloha.com/Secrets of Hawaii/KailuaBeach.htm

Lanikai Pillboxes Hike : www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/09/lanikai-pillboxes -and-crag/

Mokulua Islands: www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g29222-d109856-Review-Mokulua_Islands-Oahu_Hawaii.html

Walk around Kailua Town: www.kailuachamber.com

Maunawili Falls Hike: https://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/trail.php?TrailID=OA+15+092

Hawaii Visitor's Bureau link for events: go/hawaii.com/oahu

Wedding information can be found on line at the Hawaii Department of Health. Beach weddings usually require a permit.

"The BUS"costs $2.75 one way or $5 for a day pass. and will take you any place on the Oahu. You can catch the Honolulu-bound bus in front of the Goodyear store in the middle of Kailua SEE MAP, It will take you into Honolulu/Waikiki, or connect to a bus to the North Shore. The Sea life Park-bound bus stops by Macy's. Ask the driver for directions & a transfer slip.
Bus schedule & information, 848-5555.

Rent a Cruiser Bike to bike the levee through Kawainui protected Wetland: Kailua Bike (808) 261-1553 or around Kailua town

Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks (808) 262-2555

Other Transportation:

Taxis: Mike (808) 554-5551 You can call and schedule a ride in advance if you need to do so. Roberts Taxi (808) 261-8555 Castle Taxi (808) 247-3321

FRUIT & FLOWER MARKET: On Thursday mornings, 9:00 -9:45. by Kailua Rec. Center on Kainalu Rd. Thursday evenings behind Longs 5-8pm Check out the almond croissants.

Turtle Watching: Drive to Kaimalino Road (Turn left almost at the end of Mokapu Road) . Park and walk into the Public Beach Access to a tiny beach and to swim and see Turtles. Other reptiles? Watch the anoles, chaemaeleons and geckos in the garden.

Quotes about the Beach and Top 21 Life Lessons learned at the beach

Obama watching: Yes, the President Barack Obama chooses to vacation in Kailua Hawaii for the Christmas holidays each year. He stays at the end of Kailua Beach in a gated community. We certainly applaud his choice of vacation spots! To find Obama Honolulu Landmarks.

Spend an afternoon in Kailua shopping, looking for antiques or treasures

Souvenirs: Beachwalk/ Red Bamboo/ So Kailua - 602 Kailua Road. Island art, clothes, etc. Island Treasures is across the street. Going to N. Shore? just before you get to Kualoa Ranch check out the Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet on the right. They will package your gifts for home and mail it in Flat Rate Boxes. Your souvenirs will be at your home when you get back. Phone orders 1-877-505-6887. www.macnutfarm.com

Import store from Bali - ck out Bali Boo off of Kapaa Quarry Road

Surf Stuff: Hawaiian Island Creations on Hahani Street

Art in Public places: Get your photo taken with the Kailua Beach girl Bronze by Jodi Endicott by the town Kalapawa. , The Gathering place Concrete bench with birds also by Jodi Endicott by Foodland. (Rachel really likes this one!) Fountain Ceramic tile mosaics and glass tile by Rigg , diBasi and Lee by California PizzaKitchen. Hawaiian Birds an Plants by Pier One by Rigg. We also really like the mosaics at the Target entrance.

Art Galleries: Island Treasures on Kailua Road features Island artists: Koa Furniture, jewelry, ceramics, stained and etched glass, original paintings and prints. 261-8131

Serious Bargain Shoppers (looking to score a vintage aloha shirt?): Salvation Army Store - 638 Kailua Road or the Goodwill Store located at 629 Kailua Road.

Oahu activities:

History cultural and MUSEUMS: (Shoppers note Some of the best Gift Shops for authentic souvenirs on the island are at the Museums.)

Bishop Museum has an Excellent book selection for Hawaiiana and Pacifica. It also has a giant whale skeleton. Pacific and Hawaiian artifacts 848-4106 http://www.bishhopmuseum.org

Missionary Houses on King Street. Check out the Hawaiian Quilt exhibit. 531-0481. Next door the Kawaiahao Church has a Hawaiian language church service.

Arizona Memorial 422-0561 It is Very moving.This is like driving to Punchbowl. The Arizona Memorial is essentially a cemetary. The movie (bring a kleenex), the museum and the boat ride to the memorial. All excellent

The Honolulu Museum of Art on Beretania EXCELLENT place for lunch Pacific fusion cuisine (You need to have a reservation to get in) and a great gift shop - 532-8768

The Garden at the Contemporary Art Museum is a delight. It has free admission on the third Thursday of the month. They have a soup and salad lunch cafe. 523-3362

Iolani Palace 364 S. King St. (Fee)

Hawaiian Plantation Village amd Museum (fee)

Tour Chinatown's noodle factories, herb shops and food places. It is the oldest Chinatown in the United States.

Adventures for those who love horses and other creatures:

Watch polo. Sunday afternoon Waimanalo polo field or on the N. Shore. Great people watching as well as some stunning athletes. www.honolulupolo.com

Waimanalo Rodeo

Correira Ranch in Rodeo to ride a horse

Turtle Bay Resort Horse Back Riding - On the beach. Worth it . Amazing views. They also have segway tours. Fee

Kualoa Ranch Trail rides. Fee

Maunawili Farms Riding/Jumping Competition and Horseback riding lessons

Honolulu Zoo - The summer Greatest Show on Earth Wednesdays live music on the lawn in the zoo in the summer.

SWAP MEET at the Stadium Weds. & Sat. 8am.-1p.m. Shopping Hint. So after you have looked at high end shops check out the swap meet and sometimes find the same items for wholesale prices.

Pacific International Skydiving Center (yes, Paul and Natalie went! Amazing ocean views! In comparison to a Monteray, CA jump!) Waialua Hawaii. http://www.pacific-skydiving.com/

Hawaiian Fishponds: Paepae O Heeia Address 46-0777 Ipuka St. Heeia. Guided one hour tour . Visits by small groups are allowed . Or fishpond experience for a service experience. Call for rates. 88 acres ; Prepare to get dirty. Community work days on the 2nd and fourth Saturdays from 8:30-12:30 by reservation. 236-6178.

NOTE: Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays

1. On Aulike St. next to McDonalds,
2. On Hoolai St. across from Kailua Pub


- Favorites:

Haleiwa Jo's at HAIKU GARDENS-($$$ On Haiku Rd in Kaneohe. Go before sunset to see the gardens. Unsurpassed peaceful setting and good food! Make reservations. 247-6671
BUZZ'S STEAKHOUSE - ($$$) Steaks, Seafood, Salad bar. Just past Kailua Beach Park. Very Hawaii. No credit. Make reservations. 261-4661
ASSAGIO-($$$) Uluniu St. 2 blocks from Kuulei Excellent Italian. Seafood. Reservations. 261-2772
Formaggio ($$$) lobster panini, pizza, steak, seafood. By the Post Office. Kailua singles late night scene.
ZIA'S - Kaneohe call and ask if they have the Mahi with lobster and crab cream sauce on risotto. Amazing dish!
BACI BISTRO - ($$$) European cuisine, scallops. Aulike St. Monday night deals(?) Reserv. 262-7555
Big City Diner -($$) Burgers, Garlic Fries by Foodland out door dining

Kalapawai Market - On the Beach and in Kailua town Good French Dip sandwich or breakfast wrap. Curry chicken wrap.
KIN WAH CHOP SUEY - Kaneohe Chinese take out or eat in. 247-4812 ($5-$9)
PAH KE Chinese
- in Kaneohe before Windward Mall Hong Kong style Chinese. Weekends res. 235-4505

The SHACK - 261-1191 - Sports bar. Guacamole burger. Outdoor eating.

Down to Earth - vegetarian cafe in the grocery store: excellent lasagna
Koolau Golf Course Cafeteria - best deal and incredibly scenic open only for Sunday breakfast and lunch
$7-$8. Varied specials range from lamb to seared ahi salad. Limited menu. Generous portions. Chefs from banqueting staff. Walk through the kitchen cafeteria style. serves breakfast, hot dogs and pancakes. Amazing rasberry bread pudding. Unbelievable setting with incredible mountain views in glass dining room. Also home to First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu.

Times Grocery store on Friday afternoon serves delicious steak, shrimp, or salmon plate lunches for about $8.

Costco- Town, Hawaii Kai, Mililani: Coffee mocha $2, Salad $4, Pizza $3

LLuau at Sea Life Park Hands on coconut husking, Hands on fire making, Weaving, crafts, hula,
Tatau (tattooing) , Ava ceremony. Island Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Radish, Sprouts, Crisp Rice Noodles, & Citrus Dressing• Seasonal Fruit Salad, Lomi Lomi Salmon• Taro Rolls• Poi• Crisp Vegetable Stir Fry• Steamed White Rice• Garlic Mashed Potatoes• Grilled Island Fish w/ Papaya Marmalade• Chicken Yakitori w/ Teriyaki Sauce• Kalua Pork• Pineapple Cake
• Coffee, hot tea, iced tea, fruit punch, cash bar available.$$$ Weds and Saturday night tickets call: 808 664-1075 or 877 - 357-2480

Driving to the N. shore?

We like to eat at Jameson's and recommend the reuben sandwich for lunch.

Best garlic shrimp plate lunch without a huge line? We like Ted's Bakery on the Kahuku side of Sunset Beach. Don't forget to try Ted's chocolate haupia pie (haupia is coconut) So, good that if you do not plan to go to the N. Shore go by Times grocery in Kailua and buy one.

Rachel's Recommendations for a place to eat: On the water and/ or near to the airport:

Ck. out the cajun chicken sandwich at La Marianas old tiki bar/restaurant at a marina - 50 Sand Island Road. (Behind the warehouses before the bridge.) Almost impossible to find. Use your GPS. Free parking. 848-2800

Check out the Big Kahuna's (not on the water but very near the airport. Used to be located on Puuloa Road.) Pizza huge BBQ sandwiches now located in a strip development on Paiea and Koapaka in the shadow of an overpass. The woodsmoke BBQ fragrance when you walk in the door makes you hungry. Free parking. Very limited seating. Order by phone sandwiches/ pizza for the wait for the plane, if you can wait. 833-5588

Gordon Biersch garlic fries w/ coleslaw and pulled kalua pork sandwich. Yum! On the water at Aloha Tower Marketplace. We watched them film Hawaii 5-0 while we were there 5/'12. Validated parking out front.


"Best Nachos or Seafood" Recommendations :

Nico's Seafood very ono (good) near Aikahi Park . View through to the ocean. right on the canal.

Best nachos within walking distance of Sheffield House is the Kailua Pub. It's chicken Quesodilla type nacho makes a great appetiser or light meal. Large beer selection on tap.

Best nachos on the water in Hawaii Kai goes to Kona Brewing Company As the sun sets and the lights over the boat harbor is superb

Best nachos in Waikiki for people watching goes to Jimmy Buffets. Huge mounds of chips with cheese sauce (not real cheese) :( Sit on the pool deck and watch the parade go by down below on Kalakaua.

Best nachos with a view of the Ocean goes to Lulus also in Waikiki across the street from the zoo.Enough nachos for two. The view through the coconut trees of Queens Beach, the surfers and the ocean.



Boston's Pizza....................................263-8055

Bob's Pizza by Kailua Beach Park .........263-7757

Delivers: Papa John's............................261-7272
Pizza Hut ..............................................261-6005


Kalapawai Market
- Near Kailua Beach Park
Walk the beach at sunrise, stop in for coffee, espresso, pastry or lunch sandwich!
Agnes' Bake Shop
-for Malasadas Hoolai St. at Kihapai St. Morning Brew - Internet cafe and coffee by Times Market

Visit the Crack Seed aisle in Times buy li hing powder , ginger or plum seeds
Starbuck's - On Kailua Road next to Macy’s
. Lanikai Juice for a Acai bowl with granola is a great healthy breakfast suggestion. Kids love Li hing moi Shave Ice at Island Snow

ENJOY! Paul & Rachel 808 262-0721

At Kapahulu end of the beach try LULU's nachos/burgers+ ocean view $$. Park at the zoo. OR try the plate lunch place Barefoot Beach Cafe on the water at Queen's Beach. If you go on Friday night there is fireworks every Friday night at 8 pm.

House Without a Key in Waikiki at the Halekulani Sunset/Hula by former Miss Hawaiis and Pupus. Validated parking. 923-2311 $$$

____________________________________Therapeutic Massage- call for appointment

Therapeutic Massage on site .

Therapeutic Massage in Kailua: Massage schools in Kailua sometimes offer discount rates for massages done by students. Hawaii Healing Arts College (808) 266-2468 is located at 407 Uluniu Street.

_________________Handicapped Access

in Hawaii to the Beach - Kailua Beach Park has lovely concrete walking trails that are accessible.. If you are in the military or a veteran check out the Handicapped access at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki. .......................... Hanauma Bay has also implemented handicapped access strategies, including trolleys, paved pathways, etc. 396-4229................. For More info contact Access Surf Hawai 808.236.4200

What to do to better understand Hawaii_-

Books to Read about politics: 1) Ben Cayetano's autobiography Ben. 2) Land and Power: The Democratic Years, by George Cooper and Gavan Daws. 3) John A. Burns: The Man and His Times by Dan Boylan and T. Michael Homes. 4) "Catch a Wave, " about John Burns and "I Respectfully Dissent a biography of Edward Nakamura a labor lawyer and justice written by Tom Coffman about the 1970 race for governor. 5) Lawrence Fuchs' 1961 book about the founding of Hawaii Hawaii Pono. 6) The Dream Begins: How Hawaii Shaped Barack Obama by Stu Glauberman and Jerry Burris. 7) Johnny Wilson: First Hawaiian Democrat by Bob Krauss.

Manly Activities:

Pig hunting: contact Sonny Thater @ hookyouupoutfitters.com hunting feral pigs using dogs and knives.

Shooting Range: Koko Head Crater



Sheffield House * Kailua * Hawaii * 96734