New to Do in Kailua

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In Kailua, things happen at a more measured pace than on the other side of the Ko‘olau Range, but don’t underestimate this windward town. Even in tough economic times, more than a dozen new businesses have opened or expanded. “Kailua is still one of those very interesting, unique towns,” says Evan Scherman, president of the Kailua Chamber of Commerce. Newer businesses feel the economic slouch just like everyone else, but many are getting creative to make sure they’ll be around for years. 


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A Cup of Tea


When Darlene Pahed decided to open a tea room in Kailua, she wanted it to be authentic and interesting.“It’s not just the tea you’re coming in for; it’s the experience,” she says.

Try the Lady Tiffany’s Tea ($29.95) for tea served on fine china, complemented with assorted tea sandwiches, a scone with preserves and dessert. There’s even a “Wee Tea” for children under 10 ($13.95), which can be served with lemonade.

Pahed trims the space for various holidays and regularly holds special events. A private room can hold up to 16 people for gatherings, and etiquette classes for children are on the horizon. Two recent evening pajama parties—tea, treats and a movie—sold out. One woman even showed up with bunny slippers on.

A Cup of Tea was named the “New Business of the Year for 2008” by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce. On a recent Sunday, business was booming—nearly every seat was occupied. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

The tea room is open Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening accommodations can be arranged for groups of at least 30 people.

407 Uluniu St., Suite 101 • 230-8832 •



Bob's Pizzeria owner Bob Festa shows off one of his pies, beloved for their crispy crusts.

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Bob’s Pizzeria

Just steps from Kailua Beach, Bob’s Pizzeria caters to a casual crowd: Many customers are damp, sandy and famished. It’s so relaxed that the tiny storefront doesn’t have any indoor tables—just six outdoor ones, covered in red-and-white checked tablecloths. The draw is the food, says owner Bob Festa. “We give you a lot of food for your money.” Festa is a Boston native who previously owned Kailua’s Boston’s North End Pizza Bakery.

His new eatery features one size of pizza: a thin-crust, 19-inch behemoth weighing three pounds. Pizzas range from $18.29 for cheese, to $25.79 for five toppings. If you’re not whole-pizza hungry, order it by the slice. A “slice” is actually a quarter of the pie ($4.99 for cheese and up to $6.89 for five toppings).

Expect all the standard toppings, as well as a couple of interesting options like artichoke hearts. Overall, the pizza is good—thin, crispy crust and a tangy sauce. Bob’s also makes four types of calzones ($6).

130 Kailua Road • 263-7757



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