Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Kailua

Kailua Beach Park

A wide arc of sand drapes around the jewel-colored waters of Kailua Bay, with formidable volcanic headlands bookending either side and interesting little islands rising offshore. It’s ideal for long, leisurely walks…
Top Choice Beer Hall in Kailua

Grace In Growlers

After barely a year, this beer bar is already a Kailua institution. It's a real community gathering spot and has an innovative concept. You choose from a huge variety of excellent microbrews and pour your own glass,…
Top Choice Juice Bar in Kailua

Lanikai Juice

With fresh fruit gathered from local farmers, this brightly lit, fruit-colored juice bar blends a tantalizing assortment of smoothies with names such as Ginger ʻOno or Kailua Monkey. Hang out at sunny sidewalk table…
Top Choice Cafe in Kailua

Moke’s Bread & Breakfast

Locals reading the paper or petting their dogs at the blue-checker-clothed tables are the norm at this open-air cafe. The famous lilikoʻi (passion fruit) pancakes and fresh veggie frittatas are mighty fine. It has p…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Kailua

Island Snow Hawaii

Cool off with a Lanikai Lime or a Banzai Banana shave ice at Island Snow, which serves up some of the best shave ice on Oʻahu; it's creamier than most. A favorite of the Obamas during their Kailua holidays, the tidy…
Top Choice Market in Kailua

Kailua Town Farmers’ Market

An excellent addition to the local farmers markets lineup, this one lasts all morning. Wake up with local coffee and browse fresh foods, prepared foods, crafts and more. There's live music and breakfasts from vendor…
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Kailua

Madre Chocolate

Aficionados will be wowed by these award-winning Hawaiian-made boutique chocolates infused with island flavors: coconut and caramelized ginger, passion fruit, kiawe-smoked sea salt. Based in Kailua.
Top Choice Books in Kailua

Bookends

This fabulous and small indie bookshop has a great selection of used and new books, including a lot of Hawaiiana. Staff are great with recommendations; there are 'beach books' for $1 to $4.
Top Choice Market in Kailua

Kailua Farmers Market

Artisan breads, organic fruit and veggies and filling plate meals, from island-style barbecue to Filipino stew, are sold by vendors in the large parking areas behind Longs Drugs.
Top Choice Cosmetics in Kailua

Lanikai Bath & Body

Locally produced tropically scented lotions and soaps. Anything accented with plumeria is addictive. Great for gifts.