With one of the most popular beaches to relax on (Lanikai Beach), Kailua is a neat little city with a really special feeling to it. Let’s get into 7 awesome things to do in Kailua, Hawaii.
7 Awesome Things to Do in Kailua, Hawaii
1. Experience the beauty of Lanikai Beach
With its soft, golden sand and vibrant blue waters, Lanikai beach just feels perfect – when you get there you’ll know what I mean. Everything about this place just makes it the absolute best place to relax: from the perfectly soft sand, cool waters, and overall vibes. You cannot miss Lanikai Beach when visiting the Kailua. Click here to read about the 15 Best Beaches on Oahu.
2. Hike the Lanikai Pillboxes
Being one of the most visited hikes out of all the previous listed – Lanikai pillbox is a solid choice if you’re looking for a quick and easy hike for a beautiful view. Parking can get pretty tight on the weekend so make sure to plan for that.
3. Visit Waimanalo Beach Park
Waimanalo Beach Park is a great alternative to Lanikai Beach if parking is full. Being only typically 20 minutes away from Lanikai, and right next to Hālona Blowhole and Cockroach Cove, make’s this beach very practical if you’re trying to visit as much of Oahu as possible. Click here to check out the 15 Best Beaches on Oahu.
4. Hike to the magical Maunawili Falls
Maunawili Falls is one of the most magical waterfalls on the island. It tends to get extremely muddy and it’s no doubt you might slip so make sure to wear shoes that you don’t care for. Roughly half-way through the hike, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Kailua.
Most that visit here jumps off the top part of the waterfall – which is roughly a 15-25 foot drop. Beside the waterfall is an even higher point to jump off which adds around 10 feet more in height.
5. Grab Pizza at Bob’s Pizza
Located 5 minutes away from Lanikai Beach, Bob’s Pizza a small little pizza place – and is one of my favorite places to grab a slice of pizza on the island.
6. Bike around Lanikai
Lanikai is the perfect place to bike around and relax with some good company. Have fun biking to Lanikai Beach or around the awesome Kailua Town.
7. Kayak out to the Mokuleia Islands
The Mokuleia Islands are two small islands located off the coast of Lanikai Beach. They are only a few miles off the shoreline and during the weekends, people bring coolers of food and drinks and plant themselves there for hours – or even the whole day. Kayaking out takes about 30-45 minutes on average. If you don’t own a kayak, they cost roughly $65 for a double kayak for 4 hours from Kailua Beach Adventures. The bigger island, Moko Nui, is the popular island to Kayak to. It is most popular for its cliff jumping spots.