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Kailua

Kailua

Endless summer vibes meet a lively local culture.

Welcome to Kailua

Endless summer vibes meet a lively local culture.
 
Kailua, nestled on the windward side of Oahu, offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in Honolulu, capturing the essence of a laid-back beach town with its vibrant, walkable streets and trendy local shops. This neighborhood boasts beautiful stretches of white sandy beaches that are perfect for a variety of water sports, embraced by a community that thrives outdoors. The area is well-known for its lush green landscapes and stunning views of Olomana and the Ko’olau Range, providing a picturesque mountain backdrop for residents and visitors alike.
 
The heart of Kailua pulses with a trendy yet relaxed island vibe, where local boutiques and eateries reflect the unique spirit of the community. Life here revolves around the beach and the great outdoors, with locals often seen biking around Kailua Town, walking or jogging along Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach, or hiking one of many scenic trails. The community's friendly and welcoming nature makes it easy for newcomers to feel right at home – fostering a sense of belonging that many find irresistible.
 

What to Love

  • Beach Access: Just minutes away from some of the world’s best beaches.
  • Active Lifestyle: Ideal for enthusiasts of water sports, hiking, and outdoor adventures.
  • Local Charm: A plethora of trendy shops and quaint cafes that define the neighborhood's unique character.
  • Community Events: Engaging local festivals, farmers’ markets, and events that bring the community together.
  • Walkability: You can easily navigate the neighborhoods on foot or by bike, enjoying Kailua’s scenic views and charming street life.

Local Lifestyle

Kailua's lifestyle is the epitome of beach living with an active twist. Residents often start their days with a paddle to the Mokulua Islands or a surf session in the clear turquoise waters of Kailua Bay. The community is tight-knit, with locals supporting local businesses and gathering regularly for community events like the I Love Kailua Town Party in the spring and, later, the Kailua Fall Festival. The streets are alive with people who share a common love for the outdoors and a healthy, relaxed way of life. Whether it's joining a paddle team at the local canoe club or enjoying an outdoor yoga session, Kailua provides a balanced, rejuvenating lifestyle that's hard to find anywhere else.
 

Dining and Shopping

Kailua is a treasure trove of culinary delights and shopping experiences. Buzz’s Steakhouse offers a traditional yet relaxed local dining experience with a side of beachside charm, while Kalapawai Cafe & Deli serves up gourmet bites perfect for a quick lunch or a casual dinner. Manoa Chocolate Factory is a must-visit for sweet tooths, offering locally made chocolates that capture the flavors of the islands.
 
For shopping enthusiasts, Kailua Beach Adventures provides everything needed for a day at the beach, from surfboards to snorkeling gear. The neighborhood's walkable streets are lined with an array of shops ranging from fashionable boutiques to unique local art galleries, making shopping both a leisure activity and a part of daily life. These local businesses not only cater to the residents' needs but also help maintain the charming, small-town vibe that Kailua is known for.
 

Things to Do and Entertainment

Kailua is filled with opportunities for both relaxation and adventure. The hike to the Lanikai Pillboxes is a favorite for both locals and visitors, offering panoramic views of the full windward coastline that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. For water sports enthusiasts, windsurfing and paddle boarding are popular activities that take advantage of Kailua’s ideal wind and wave conditions.
 
Social life in Kailua is lively and often revolves around the community’s love for the outdoors. Joining the Mid Pacific Country Club provides opportunities for golfing and social gatherings, further enhancing the neighborhood’s friendly and engaging atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to unwind or seek out new adventures, Kailua provides an endless array of activities to enrich your lifestyle.
 
Kailua offers a lifestyle unmatched in its commitment to leisure, community, and the great outdoors, making it a perfect place for those looking to immerse themselves in true Hawaii living.
 

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Overview for Kailua, HI

38,051 people live in Kailua, where the median age is 41 and the average individual income is $54,021. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

38,051

Total Population

41 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$54,021

Average individual Income

Around Kailua, HI

There's plenty to do around Kailua, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

85
Very Walkable
Walking Score
67
Bikeable
Bike Score
42
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Tofis Coffee, Island Sportswear, and Kalo Mind and Body.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.44 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.7 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.12 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.36 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.21 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.34 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Kailua, HI

Kailua has 12,309 households, with an average household size of 3. 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. 38,051 people call Kailua home. The population density is 7,948.74 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

38,051

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

41

Median Age

49.74 / 50.26%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
12,309

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$54,021

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

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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