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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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As a family-oriented community, parents can relax knowing their children are just minutes away at of the many outstanding educational institutions in and around Kailua town.  For more than 50 years, Le Jardin Academy has nurtured and educated Hawaii’s children right in Kailua’s backyard. The campus, resting at the foot of the Koolaus, provides excellent scholastic, athletic and creative resources.

As an accredited International Baccalaureate World School, Le Jardin keeps their students involved in the community service and sustainability projects in Windward Oahu. Classroom-based green initiatives, such a composting and recycling, teach students from a young age the importance of sustainable living.

“We strive to create curious, active learners and compassionate people,” says Susan “Susi” Taylor, Director of Admissions and Marketing. “We have a good balance within our curriculum. We have everything: Great sports, fun drama programs, excellent language electives, and intimate class sizes so students get the attention they deserve. Our students get up to go to school because they want to not because they have to.”

Le Jardin offers hands-on learning about sustainability.

photos: courtesy le jardin academy, kristen hook

In the heart of Kailua town, St. Anthony Catholic School provides a balanced progressive and traditional education. As the oldest private school in Kailua, St. Anthony’s teaches Catholic values along with a stimulating academic curriculum. “We’ve been focusing for the past three years on new technology, and utilizing those technologies to advance our students’ learning skills,” says principal Bridget Olsen.  Also focused on greening their community, St. Anthony’s students partner with local organizations to clean up Hamakua marshlands, protect endangered species, and teach other citizens about sustainability.

Trinity Christian School also strives to raise community-minded students. Situated just off the Pali Highway, the school provides s Christian-based classical education and a nurturing learning environment. “Our school exists to provide a rigorous academic program where wisdom is developed in the heart and mind of a child. We prepare children for life’s challenges by helping them to grow socially, physically and intellectually,” says Head of School, Nancy Shaw.

Dr. Sean  Holliday recently opened an orthodontics practice in Kailua.

Kailua not only breeds excellent students, it grows great businesses too.  Dr. Sean Holliday of Holliday Orthodontics loves teaching people how to smile again, and recently opened the doors of his Kailua practice last year. “Some Windward-side patients didn’t have the time to travel to our other locations, in Honolulu and Pearl City, for their care, so we came to them,” explains Dr. Holliday. The new Hekili Street location gives Kailua families the opportunity to receive world-class treatment in the convenience of their hometown. Using new technologies to digitally scan patients’ teeth Dr. Holliday can take a more accurate impression and better treat the problem.

General dentist Dr. Marcus Hannah of Kailua Dental Arts also uses new techniques and philosophies to give his patients efficient and high-end dental work. “I like seeing all forms of dentistry, the old and the new, and seeing which one would best benefit my patients,” says Dr. Hannah.  “We give everybody enough time and we don’t rush because we care for our patients and want to feel good about what we do.” A Kailua native, Hannah enjoys providing top-notch dental care and unique services to the Windward community. Dr. Hannah even offers sedation dentistry, so even the most apprehensive patients are able to have a procedure done without the anxiety.


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