Kailua: Year at a Glance

Mark your calendars! Here are some of the best events happening in Kailua in 2010. 

The annual "I Love Kailua" Town Party features all-day activities.

Photo: Courtesy of Amy Hammond

April 18

JACO Rehab/ Jamba Juice Lanikai Triathlon

6 a.m. race meeting. First heat at 6:15 a.m. Island athletes gear up for the Ninth Annual Lanikai race at Kailua Beach Park. Push yourself and conquer a 500-meter swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. Awards are given in multiple categories, including age and relay teams. Check out bocahawaii.com for registration information, 591-9839.

April 25

The 18th Annual “I Love Kailua” Town Party

Find out what’s to love about Kailua at the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle (LKOC) annual fundraiser. Enjoy live entertainment, a plant sale and art in the park. Keiki rides and activities all day long. This year’s event also features “The Taste of Kailua,” featuring ono food from new Kailua restaurants. There are also community information booths and free health screenings from Castle Medical Center. The event is funded by the sale of “I Love Kailua” buttons; on sale at Kailua locations of Longs, Hardware Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank. Buttons are $3 per person; children 12 and under are free. The party goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kailua Road fronting Macy’s, Longs and Kailua Shopping Center. Kailua Road will be closed, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so carpooling, biking or walking is encouraged. Proceeds from the event go to the landscaping and maintenance of public parks at Pohakupu, Kailua Triangle, Alala (Lanikai) and more. Call Amy Hammond for more details, 234-0404.

May 1

Lanikai Spring Craft Fair

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t miss 95 of Hawaii’s most talented craftspeople presenting their original handcrafted goods at this biannual fundraising event. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lanikai Community Park, at the corner of Aalapapa and Kaiolena streets. You’ll find one-of-a-kind products and works of art created for this highly anticipated craft fair.  Check out the large selection of Mother’s Day gifts, jewelry, home accents, fine woodworking, clothing, beach wear, bedding, pottery, stained glass, entertainment, food, and more. For information, call Dian Freitas, 262-4455, or Nikki Johnston, 261-4014.

July 5

Independence Day Parade

The only Fourth of July Parade on Oahu is back. Presented by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, this parade may have a small town feel, but it attracts big crowds. The governor and other politicians have been in attendance in previous years. The parade starts at Kainalu Drive at 8:30 a.m., and ends at the Kailua District Park. Fireworks start that evening, after sunset. kailuachamber.com

Nov. 27

Light Up Kailua

Around the holidays, have you ever wondered who decorates the trees in the Kailua Banyan Tree Park? The festive atmosphere is a project by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce. Members and residents light up the trees and the medial strips along Kailua Road in the central business district after Thanksgiving. kailuachamber.com.


Ongoing Events in Kailua

Photo: David Croxford

The Kailua People’s Open Market:
Thursdays 9 to 10 a.m., Kailua District Park
At this open market you’re sure to find a wide variety of produce and other goods that are at least 35 percent cheaper than in grocery stores.

Windward Oahu, Rotary Club:
Meets every Thursday for lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mid-Pacific Country Club, 266 Kaelepulu Drive, 262-8161.
Discuss current events, business strategies and personal development.

Kailua Thursday Night Farmers’ Market
Kailua Town Center Parking Garage, 609 Kailua Road, Thursdays, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Support local farmers at this weekly event. You can get all your fruits, vegetables, flowers, fresh baked breads, tropical jams, unique snack foods and more in the middle of the week.

Art Walk 
Every second Sunday of the month, 2 to 5 p.m.
Some of Kailua’s art galleries and the Kalapawai Cafe (750 Kailua Road) open their doors to showcase local artwork. The cafe has a wine tasting from 3 to 6 p.m.