Three Perfect Days in Kailua

Kailua’s unique local businesses, scenic beauty, soft-sand beaches and friendly faces make it a place where residents and visitors alike can experience some of the most perfect days on Oahu.


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Lanikai Home & Style

photos: david croxford

Kailua town’s new storefronts and shops offer a lovely escape from Honolulu’s hurried and hustling crowds. Locals from all over Oahu are venturing out to Kailua to indulge in the town’s new shopping scene. “Most people come to Kailua to find something unique,” says Wayne Parker, who works with his wife, Mona, owner of Lanikai Home & Style. Wayne, Mona and their sons have lived in Kailua all their life, but they venture quite a distance to collect some of the diverse items in their store. “Our brand is casual, yet elegant,” says Parker, who also operates his own interior design business. “We supply the simple and beautiful items that compliment your home’s interior.” Lanikai Home & Style boasts a variety of stylish home accessories, such as eco-chic bamboo towels and colorful designer pillows. The store also features personal items, like scarves, fun footwear and the Parkers’ own line of endangered species graphic T-shirts which help teach locals and visitors to be mindful of our Islands’ wildlife.


Sand People


Sand People also provides an abundance of home goods with coastal-chic charm. The store, with two other locations around the state, provides locals and visitors with beach house furnishings, unique artwork, books and nautical décor. “We know what our customers want, and we understand the tourists too,” says co-owner Laura Phillipson. “They want to have our coastal lifestyle, and with our store they can take a little piece of it home with them to remember their time here.”




For one of a kind designs, venture over to family-owned Manuhealii on Hoolai Street. Since 1985, husband-and-wife team Danene and Pono Lunn have represented our Islands’ beauty and culture through their well-crafted collections of clothes and accessories featuring intricate prints in vibrant colors. “We design from what we know and our experiences, so every time there is an event in our lives, whether it’s our son’s graduation or a new plant that grows in our garden, we use those stories to inspire our designs,” explains Danene. “Last year, we came out with our coral reef design, which was our way of making people aware of Hawaii’s endangered coral reefs.” Pono, an architect and graphic designer, creates the designs himself, while Danene uses her sartorial prowess to select color palettes and fashionable cuts for their clothes.

With hands full of shopping bags and a stomach growling for some grub, a short walk in any direction is the easiest way to find a tasty meal.  Whether you’re looking for some quick after-beach fare or a casual place to sit-down and have an afternoon glass of chardonnay, Kailua town has many award-winning eateries to please your palette.


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