The Aloha Guidebook

Heidi
The Aloha Guidebook

Favorite Beaches

The soft sandy white beaches of Kailua are unique on this island. The surf is great. The water is relatively shallow. You can easily build sandcastles and swim in the warm clear water. This beach is one the of the best for kite surfing whether you want to watch the incredible kite surfing or even give it a try yourself!
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Кейлуа Бич
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The soft sandy white beaches of Kailua are unique on this island. The surf is great. The water is relatively shallow. You can easily build sandcastles and swim in the warm clear water. This beach is one the of the best for kite surfing whether you want to watch the incredible kite surfing or even give it a try yourself!
Lanikai Beach is pristine soft white sand with shallow water and fantastic views of The Mokoluas. Snorkeling here is a good option - you will often see live coral, various cooorful fish and sea turtles. It can be tough to find parking in Lanikai but it is well worth the wait!
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Ланикай Бич
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Lanikai Beach is pristine soft white sand with shallow water and fantastic views of The Mokoluas. Snorkeling here is a good option - you will often see live coral, various cooorful fish and sea turtles. It can be tough to find parking in Lanikai but it is well worth the wait!
Kalama is one of the best kid beaches due to the sand bars and great water for boogie boarding or beginner surfers. The arching trees and shady spaces make it easy to enjoy a long beach day!
Калама Бич
Kalama is one of the best kid beaches due to the sand bars and great water for boogie boarding or beginner surfers. The arching trees and shady spaces make it easy to enjoy a long beach day!
Just south of Kailua is a little beach town that has a large stretch of the some of the clearest and most beautlful water on the island. You can take a sunrise or sunset stroll, build sand castles or just simply enjoy the views and swimming in the warm water here.
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Waimanalo Beach
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Just south of Kailua is a little beach town that has a large stretch of the some of the clearest and most beautlful water on the island. You can take a sunrise or sunset stroll, build sand castles or just simply enjoy the views and swimming in the warm water here.
A bit of a hike down from the Halona Blowhole Lookout but this beach is unique and beautlful! There are fun places to explore and rocks to walk around on while getting splashed by the large waves rolling in. Swimming and snorkeling are not as safe here but enjoying the beach is lovely. A famous film (From Here to Eternity) was shot here as one of the first beach scenes in the industry and Jurassic World also used this beach for filming.
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Halona Beach Cove
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A bit of a hike down from the Halona Blowhole Lookout but this beach is unique and beautlful! There are fun places to explore and rocks to walk around on while getting splashed by the large waves rolling in. Swimming and snorkeling are not as safe here but enjoying the beach is lovely. A famous film (From Here to Eternity) was shot here as one of the first beach scenes in the industry and Jurassic World also used this beach for filming.
This beach is ideal for little ones especially when the tide is low. They can explore Todepiols that are shallow and have fish and crabs all over the rocks which make it extra fun. There is also great surfing for the adults and sometimes you’ll even see a Monk Seal beach here! We recommend going closer to the pier rather than the lighthouse for the best experience and shallow water.
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Макапуу Бич Парк
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This beach is ideal for little ones especially when the tide is low. They can explore Todepiols that are shallow and have fish and crabs all over the rocks which make it extra fun. There is also great surfing for the adults and sometimes you’ll even see a Monk Seal beach here! We recommend going closer to the pier rather than the lighthouse for the best experience and shallow water.
A unique experience of beach on the North Shore where you can enjoy walking through the large Banyan trees or simply taking in the views of the less popular beach. Just park on side of the main road across from the farm stand. Turtles are regularly sighted here as well!
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Залив Тертл
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A unique experience of beach on the North Shore where you can enjoy walking through the large Banyan trees or simply taking in the views of the less popular beach. Just park on side of the main road across from the farm stand. Turtles are regularly sighted here as well!
On the tip of the North Shore about an hour away but definetely worth the scenic drive around the island. Has a medium rock/cliff jump and often has mini canals that are shallow and warm for little ones. Can get busy so we suggest going early!
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Waimea Bay
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On the tip of the North Shore about an hour away but definetely worth the scenic drive around the island. Has a medium rock/cliff jump and often has mini canals that are shallow and warm for little ones. Can get busy so we suggest going early!
An excellent place for snorkeling as well as a little history about the island and preserving the beautlful wildlife in the oceans surrounding the islands!
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Бухта Ханаума
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An excellent place for snorkeling as well as a little history about the island and preserving the beautlful wildlife in the oceans surrounding the islands!
This is one of our favorite hidden gem snorkeling spots. The warm air spitting out from the electricity plant up the hill. rested some incredible colorful fish in the waters!
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Hawaiian Electric Beach Park
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This is one of our favorite hidden gem snorkeling spots. The warm air spitting out from the electricity plant up the hill. rested some incredible colorful fish in the waters!

Sightseeing

Home to the Jurassic Park films, Lost and Jumanji, this beautlful property has a lot to see and do. You can join an excursion or just simply walk the property. You’ll quickly see why they chose this unique location to film these epic jungle movies.
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Kualoa Ranch
49-560 Kamehameha Highway
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Home to the Jurassic Park films, Lost and Jumanji, this beautlful property has a lot to see and do. You can join an excursion or just simply walk the property. You’ll quickly see why they chose this unique location to film these epic jungle movies.

Hiking

A long windy trail through the rainforest along a stream that leads you to an incredible waterfall. Beautlful views and easy to enjoy for ages 4+
Lulumahu Trail
A long windy trail through the rainforest along a stream that leads you to an incredible waterfall. Beautlful views and easy to enjoy for ages 4+
A favorite for the unbeatable views of the windward side of our island. The trail is rocky and requires some climbing but is doable for ages 4+ and absolutely worth it to take in the views from the top!
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Пилбокс Хайк
265 Kaelepulu Drive
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A favorite for the unbeatable views of the windward side of our island. The trail is rocky and requires some climbing but is doable for ages 4+ and absolutely worth it to take in the views from the top!
The views of Kaneohe Bay from this hike are hard to beat. It is a relatively easy and short hike with some steeper sections that little ones can do with the help of parents. Make sure to go on a dryer day vs when it is muddy and wet.
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Френдшип Гарден
45-219 Kokokahi Place
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The views of Kaneohe Bay from this hike are hard to beat. It is a relatively easy and short hike with some steeper sections that little ones can do with the help of parents. Make sure to go on a dryer day vs when it is muddy and wet.
You’ll see one of the most exquisite views of the south shore from this hike. The entire hike is paved (stroller-friendly) and during the winter months you may even spot some Humoback Whales if you’re lucky!
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Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail
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You’ll see one of the most exquisite views of the south shore from this hike. The entire hike is paved (stroller-friendly) and during the winter months you may even spot some Humoback Whales if you’re lucky!
More of a walk than a hike but it is mostly paved so strollers and bikes are welcome! The views of the Ko’olou Mountains especially at sunset are hard to beat.
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Kawainui Marsh
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More of a walk than a hike but it is mostly paved so strollers and bikes are welcome! The views of the Ko’olou Mountains especially at sunset are hard to beat.

Food scene

Excellent spot for coffee and muffins or delicious dinners and wine. Check out their beach location as well for yummy lunch sandwiches for the beach!
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Kalapawai Cafe & Deli
750 Kailua Road
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Excellent spot for coffee and muffins or delicious dinners and wine. Check out their beach location as well for yummy lunch sandwiches for the beach!
Great American food of all types with easy takeout options or live music in the evenings if you choose to dine in!
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Maui Brewing Co. Kailua
573 Kailua Rd
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Great American food of all types with easy takeout options or live music in the evenings if you choose to dine in!
Tasty Italian food that the whole family can enjoy!
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Assaggio Kailua
354 Uluniu Street
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Tasty Italian food that the whole family can enjoy!
At the back of the liquor store, you’ll get the freshest Poke in town! It’s delicious and quick to order for takeout.
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Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors
25 Kaneohe Bay Dr
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At the back of the liquor store, you’ll get the freshest Poke in town! It’s delicious and quick to order for takeout.
Our favorite sushi in Kailua. It is fresh and has plenty of options!
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Tokoname
442 Uluniu St
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Our favorite sushi in Kailua. It is fresh and has plenty of options!
Delectable donuts and the best Croissant donuts you’ve ever tasted!
Donut King
600 Kailua Road
Delectable donuts and the best Croissant donuts you’ve ever tasted!
Yummy breakfasts daily. Get in line early because everyone loves it!
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Moke's Bread & Breakfast
27 Hoolai Street
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Yummy breakfasts daily. Get in line early because everyone loves it!
A fave for açaí bowls and smoothies or a quick healthy lunch
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Nalu Health Bar & Cafe
131 Hekili St
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A fave for açaí bowls and smoothies or a quick healthy lunch
Super local food if you’re looking to experience eating like a true Hawaiian local
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Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen
151 Hekili Street
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Super local food if you’re looking to experience eating like a true Hawaiian local
Delicious vegan food for breakfast and lunch that is absolutely delicious!
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The Beet Box Cafe
46 Hoolai St
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Delicious vegan food for breakfast and lunch that is absolutely delicious!

Parks + Playgrounds

This is one of our favorite parks in Kailua. It is just a quick jaunt from the house and has lots of grass to run as well as swings and some fun climbing structures.
Pōhākupu Mini Park
650 Ulumalu Street
This is one of our favorite parks in Kailua. It is just a quick jaunt from the house and has lots of grass to run as well as swings and some fun climbing structures.
Just one block to Lanikai Beach is a great park that is spacious with shade and a fun playground for little ones!
Lanikai Park
126 Kaiolena Drive
Just one block to Lanikai Beach is a great park that is spacious with shade and a fun playground for little ones!

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Farmer’s Market

Just a short walk from our house is an incredible Sunday morning Farmer’s Market! Think fresh juices, local fruits + veggies, locally ground coffee + the most delicious breads and croissants!