Field Guide: Kailua

Find venues offering everything from two-step classes to vintage Hawaiiana.

Photo: David Croxford

Morning Brew
A quaint hometown coffee shop for 14 years, Morning Brew relocated this past February, just one door down. The new venue has two levels of seating and high ceilings. Some of the regulars have complained that the store has lost its bohemian charm, but owner Peter Anderson says, “Now, it’s more spacious.” Order a “jumpstart” (a shot of espresso and coffee) to chase down one of the shop’s freshly baked toffee cream–cheese chews or a brownie bite, small enough to dip. 600 Kailua Road, 262-7770.

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Alii Antiques of Kailua I & II
Between the towering piles of collectibles and fragile items like Murano glass sculptures, there’s barely room to walk through the aisles of Alii Antiques. Owners Charles and Linda Yeehoy had to open a second shop across the street to showcase their vintage Hawaii items, from koa furniture to full-feathered headdresses. The original location still offers an eclectic mix, from artglass to pottery, at prices that range from “What a bargain” to “Oh, my.” Two locations: 9-A and 21 Maluniu Ave., 261-1705. 


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Kalapawai Cafe

A longtime Kailua institution, Kalapawai Market became so popular that it added a second location two years ago—a café and deli featuring signature dishes like the Kalapawai Veggie Pizza, made with a sundried-tomato pesto base. Every second Sunday of the month, the café holds a free wine-tasting as part of the monthly Second Sunday Kailua Walkabout. Take home a bottle of your favorite red and pick up some locally made gifts, like handmade earrings or a blown-glass vase. 262-3354, 750 Kailua Road.


4. Eco Baby Shopping

Little Sprouts, opened in Kailua on Aug. 15. The store features 80-percent organic merchandise designed for both keiki and Mommy—ecofriendly shoes, recycled book bags, organic teddy bears and PBC-free bottles. 629A Kailua Road, Suite 111.




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Uahi Island Grill

This isn’t a typical plate lunch place. Uahi Island Grill offers guilt-free gourmet meals, made with fresh Island ingredients and served in biodegradable to-go containers.

Though the menu items are a bit pricier than most plate lunches, they’re well worth it. Sandwiches—from furikake tofu to garlic chicken—come piled high with veggies topped with a side of chili aioli sauce. Save room for the lilikoi cheesecake, made in house.  307 Uluniu St., 266-4646.

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Kailua Movement Dance Studio

Shanon Jenkins Schubert is a Kailua girl, born and raised, who says she danced herself “right out of the womb.” Her years of studying dance styles from hip hop to hula inspired her to open a hybrid studio in her hometown, with such fusion offerings as yogilates—a blend of Hatha flow yoga with Pilates mat exercises. The studio, which looks out on the Koolaus, also includes a boutique featuring organic and locally designed clothing lines, such as Lily Lotus.  776 Kailua Road, 2nd floor, 262-1933,