Kailua

Kailua (pronounced cai-luu-ah) is on the Windward Coast of Oahu in Hawaii.

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The area includes the following districts:

  • Aikahi – north Kailua
  • Enchanted Lake & Keolu Hills – south Kailua
  • Kaneohe Marine Corps Base – north of Kailua
  • Lanikai – south-east Kailua
  • Maunawili – south-west of Kailua
  • Coconut Grove – Central Kailua
  • From Honolulu: Take the H-1 to Pali Highway (route 61), and follow the Pali through the mountains about 12 miles into Kailua town. The road name on route 61 changes twice: once after Castle Junction (Kamehameha Hwy., route 83) to Kalanianiole Highway, then again after Castle Hospital to Kailua Road. Don’t let this confuse you.
  • From the North Shore/Kaneohe: There are two routes:
    • Take Kamehameha Highway (route 83) west to the Kaneohe Bay Drive & Kamehameha Highway intersection. Take the left turn at the intersection to get onto Kaneohe Bay Drive. Keep going straight as you go over the hill (turns into Mokapu Saddle Road, which becomes Mokapu Blvd.). Take a right turn at the Mokapu Blvd. and Oneawa Street intersection (2nd intersection after the overpass) and keep going straight for about a mile; as this will lead you into Kailua Town.
    • You can also follow Kamehameha Hwy to its end and turn left at the junction with Kalanianaole Hwy (route 61); from there it is about 4 miles to Kailua town.
  • From Honolulu: Take TheBus route 56 or 57 from the beach side city bus stop at Ala Moana Center into Kailua (to get to Ala Moana from Waikiki take route 8, 19, or 20). Wait for the 56 or 57 near the Windward 56/57 sign. One of these buses comes by about every 25 minutes, travel time is approximately 35-50 minutes, the last bus returning to Honolulu is at about 9:30PM.

TheBus has 4 routes that travels throughout the Kailua District.

  • 56 (Westbound: Kailua/Kaneohe) (Eastbound: Honolulu/Ala Moana or Downtown/Bishop Street)
    • This route is Ala Moana to & from Windward Mall. It uses Kailua Road, Oneawa Street, and Kaneohe Bay Drive as it’s main roads.
  • 57 (Westbound: Kailua/Sea Life Park, Kailua/Waimanalo, or Kailua/Keolu Drive) (Eastbound: Honolulu/Ala Moana or Downtown/Bishop Street)
    • Sea Life Park Route: This route uses Kailua Road, Keolu Drive, and Kalanianaole Highway.
    • Waimanalo Route: This route uses Kailua Road and Kalanianaole Highway.
    • Keolu Drive: This route uses Kailua Road and Keolu Drive.
  • 70 (Westbound: Kailua/MCBH/Maunawili) (Eastbound: Lanikai/Kailua Town)
    • 8AM-2PM: starts in Maunawili, goes through Kailua Town, circles on Mokapu Blvd (enters & exits Kaneohe Marine Corps Base), and loops route.
    • 2PM-7PM: starts at busstop on the corner of Hamakua Drive & Kailua Road, passes by Kailua Beach Park, circles around Lanikai, circles around Maunawili, and loops route.
  • Sunrises – Got to go to Waikiki for sunsets.
  • Sea Turtles
  • Mokulua islands
  • Mount Olomana
Note: Hawaii has 88,000 cesspools across the eight major islands, an issue which could cost US$1.75 billion to remedy. The 740 cesspools in the Kahalu’u area are among the worst, contributing to high bacteria counts, harming coral and posing a risk of skin infections. Warnings have been in place since October 2014 due to unusually high amounts of bacteria in Kahaluu Lagoon; health authorites report the problems continue four years later.

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