Kailua Beach Park / Kailua, Oahu Hawaii
Kailua Beach Park is one of the largest and nicest beach parks on Oahu’s Windward Side. Located towards the southern end of Kailua Bay, Kailua Beach Park offers picnic tables, beach volleyball courts, BBQ pits, picnic shelters, showers, restrooms, plenty of shade, white sand beaches, small shore break for boogie boarding, a calm swimming area, lifeguard stands and stunning views. The most popular activities include Kayaking, Stand Up Paddling and Kitesurfing, as well as sun tanning and relaxing. The largest annual event at Kailua Beach Park is the fireworks display on the fourth of July. The whole town plus visitors come out to watch a spectacular display of fireworks over the bay.
Kailua Bay is also home to a very competitive canoe racing club. Canoe is a time honored Hawaiian tradition. The canoes still use a design similar to the Polynesian voyaging vessels, and watching the teams race through Kailua Bay is a real treat. Races can be anywhere from short sprint courses to open ocean channel crossings from island to island. Kailua is 12 miles from Waikiki and about a 30 minute drive over the Pali Highway. Kailua Beach stretches for approximately 2 miles and lies just North of Lanikai Beach, ranked number 1 and 2 attractions in Kailua on Tripadvisor. The park was originally Camp Kailua, but in 1940 Honolulu County converted it to “Beach Park” status. Currently no commercial drop offs are allowed at the beach park, so using the City Bus, renting a car, or booking a tour are currently the only ways to get here. President Barack Obama visits Kailua every year for the Christmas Holidays with Michele and the kids. They rent a home on the northern end of Kailua Bay and tend to golf, dine and make appearances around Kailua town. The team at KBA has been fortunate enough to enjoy shaking hands with the president and posing for photo ops when he comes to get shaved ice next to the shop. Other celebrities such as Rihanna and the stars of Hawaii Five-0 and Lost have been frequenting Kailua and Lanikai for years.
While the beach park does offer shade and shelter from the sun, most choose to go out into Kailua Bay. The draw is really the ocean and the beach, and whether you’re stand up paddling, kayaking or snorkeling, there’s sure to be something for everyone. If you are staying in a vacation rental along Kailua or Lanikai Beach, inquire about our free kayak, stand up paddled board, bike and snorkel deliveries.