Lanikai ... an early morning sunrise reflects across a secluded tropical setting. A classic, natural landscape of coconut, exotic ti and soft ferns is accented by lava outcroppings.
Lanikai is a charming enclave at the tip of Kailua located on the Windward side of Oahu. It is a residential community bringing together one of the finest lifestyles in all Hawaii, with nearby casual & fine dining and shopping.
Lanikai & Kailua offer a plethora of ACTIVITIES including Water Sports - snorkeling, diving, kayaking, surfing, stand up paddling and more! You will enjoy all these sports year round, including Hiking, Biking and Golf.
Kailua has many wonderful schools to choose from, both public and private … here’s a link to the GreatSchools.com for a list of SCHOOLS in this area.
KAILUA TOWN CENTER provides a delightful pedestrian experience. It a pleasure to shop and walk around town admiring the Hawaiian-style pitched roofs and board & baton architecture and outdoor seating. Lush tropical plants surround each building including two green “living walls” on the Whole Foods building.
KAILUA TOWN CENTER anchor tenants include Longs Drugs and First Hawaiian Bank. Several mainland retailers have joined the mix such as Whole Foods, Pier 1 & California Pizza Kitchen. The other tenants are made up of many locally owned small businesses such as Executive Chef, Fighting Eel, Paul Brown Salon, Lily Lotus, and Miyoshi Ramen.
Here are some fun annual events in the Lanikai-Kailua area:
April/ Lanikai Triathlon: Island athletes gear up for the annual Lanikai race at Kailua Beach Park. Push yourself and conquer a 500-meter swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. Awards are given in multiple categories, including age and relay teams.
Join us at the Annual “I Love Kailua” Town Party and find out what’s to love about Kailua at the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle (LKOC) annual fundraiser. Enjoy live entertainment, a plant sale and art in the park. There are Keiki rides and activities all day.
May/ Lanikai Spring Craft Fair: Don’t miss some of Hawaii’s most talented crafts-people presenting their original handcrafted goods at this biannual fundraising event which takes place in Lanikai Community Park. You’ll find one-of-a-kind products and works of art created for this highly anticipated craft fair.
July/ Independence Day Parade: The only Fourth of July Parade on Oahu is presented by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, this parade may have a small town feel, but it attracts big crowds. The parade starts at Kainalu Drive and ends at the Kailua District Park. Later, enjoy Fireworks in the evening, after sunset.
November/ Light Up Kailua: Around the holidays, the Kailua Chamber of Commerce decorates the trees in the Kailua Banyan Tree Park. Members and residents light up the trees and the medial strips along Kailua Road in the central business district after Thanksgiving.
Ongoing Events in Kailua
- The Kailua People’s Open Market: At the Kailua District Park open air market, you’re sure to find a wide variety of produce and other goods often less expensive than in grocery stores.
- Kailua Thursday Night Farmers’ Market: Join us at the Kailua Town Center Parking Garage to support local farmers at this weekly event. You can get all your fruits, vegetables, flowers, fresh baked breads, tropical jams, unique snack foods and more.
- Art Walk: Every second Sunday of the month, some of Kailua’s art galleries and the Kalapawai Cafe (the 750 Kailua Road location) open their doors to showcase local artwork. and a wine tasting in the late afternoon.