It is world-famous for its powdery, white-sand beaches and relatively calm waters.

Welcome to Kailua

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In the Hawaiian language Kailua means “two seas” or “two currents”, a contraction of the words kai (meaning “sea” or “sea water”) and ʻelua(meaning “two”); it is so named because of the two lagoons in the district or the two currents which run through Kailua Bay.

President Obama made Kailua and shaved ice famous.  Kailua (which includes Lanikai), was once dotted with island cottages and is now birthing large vacation homes.

It is world famous for its powdery, white-sand beaches and calm waters. It’s a small, vibrant beach community where neighbors are neighborly and the lifestyle is still wanting to remain very beach casual. Much like Lanikai, Kailua Beach Park offers the velvet soft white sandy beach, with pristine cyan blue green water. Having such a magical beach a stones throw away from your home is a privilege unlike any other. The crystal clear waters are perfect for a day of exploration and snorkeling with the family. More often than not, this beautiful beach is dotted with local surfers, paddleboards, canoes, and sail boats all enjoying our exuberant waves of the Pacific.

A day well spent anywhere in Windward Oahu is a day outside: soaking up the sun at the beach, refreshing yourself in the warm ocean waters, hiking Pillbox Hike, Kailua Beach hike, or one of Waimānalo Forest Reserve’s trails. If you’re not spending a day soaking up the natural glory of this landscape, you’re perusing local shops or grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant, bar, or brewery.

Kailua boasts artisan cafes, and markets with local and organic food, like Whole Foods MarketKailua’s Farmers’ Market, and Down to Earth Organic and Natural. If you've worked up a thirst -you'll be covered with Lanikai Breweries Tap & Barrel, Grace and Growlers, and Gaslamp Speakeasy - a spunky speakeasy tucked behind a secret door hidden in a phone booth in Lanikai Brewery.

Buzz's Bridge 

A meal at Buzz’s Original Steak House is a must (Joel even worked and met his wife Maryanne here!) with mouthwatering entrées, like their grilled sirloin special, a house-made beef pattie with a choice of garlic mashed potatoes or rice. AssiaggoUahi Island GrillMaui Brewing Co., and Kalapawai Market and CaféGoen, and Baci are other dining gems. Most any morning you’d be able to find Joel, and his dog Sunny, at Kalapawai talking story with friends & grabbing a cup of coffee. 

Windward Oahu’s shopping scene consists of charming boutique apparel shops like Olive and OliverWindward Mall, and little-bit-of-everything shops like Coco’s Trading Post.Multiple craft fairs and farmer's markets are highlighted each week - always giving locals & tourists alike the chance to support those within the community.

I Love Kailua Town, an annual fundraiser benefiting local environmental protection organizations, features local food vendors, live music, artists, arts and crafts activities, and plant sales. For more local and island-wide events, check out Kailua’s Town Guide and Oahu’s Events Calendar.

Overview for Kailua, HI

21,460 people live in Kailua, where the median age is 42.3 and the average individual income is $40,595. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

42.3 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Kailua, HI

Kailua has 7,506 households, with an average household size of 2.81. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Kailua do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 21,460 people call Kailua home. The population density is 1,555.42 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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52.6 / 47.4%

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Schools in Kailua, HI

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The following schools are within or nearby Kailua. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Kealakehe Elementary School
PreK - 5th
No rating available
K - 8th
International Christian Schools Kona
PreK - 11th
No rating available
Makua Lani Christian Academy
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Kealakehe Intermediate School
6th - 8th
9th - 12th
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Work With Joel

Joel has sold more Lanikai properties than any other agent and is in the Top 3 of Kailua since 1978. If you’re thinking of buying anywhere else in the state, contact Joel and allow him to give you the opportunity to experience the best service available.