The Mokulua Islands as seen from Kailua Beach

Jul 30, 2021 | General Information

Without question, the most popular beach on the windward side of Oahu is Kailua Beach, and with good reason. This large expanse of white sand beach is simply “drop-dead” gorgeous and is the perfect location for water sports and beach activities. The laid-back town of Kailua is known for its casual style and this attitude carries over to Kailua Beach itself. Mornings on the beach are filled with people walking their dogs, joggers on the go, stand-up paddlers making a run to Flat Island just off the coast, kayakers “digging in” for a healthy workout, meditators sitting quietly under a tree and practitioners of Tai Che Chuan.

With spectacular views of the sunrise over Flat Island and the twin Mokulua Islands Kailua Beach is quite picturesque. The beach conditions here are usually quite remarkable as well. Being somewhat sheltered from the offshore islands and reefs the area surrounding Kailua Beach is usually fairly calm making it easy to swim, kayak and stand-up paddle (SUP). There is usually enough wind as well to make windsurfing popular here as well as kite surfing. In fact, this is probably the single best kite surfing beach on Oahu. Numerous water activity shops offer classes in all these disciplines and rent gear as well and it is no surprise that the town of Kailua on Oahu’s windward side is considered to be one of the fittest areas one could live in the state.

Kailua Beach is the most popular beach on the Windward side
Weekends can be quite busy here and three day weekends are unbelievably busy. Kailua Beach is a spot that is well used by the local population and hardly a weekend will go by when you won’t see a family celebrating a child’s “one-year” birthday luau (this is a big event in Hawaii) or families getting together for almost any occasion. There are plenty of spaces to spread out on the grass in the park behind the beach with ample amounts of shade and picnic tables and plenty of bathrooms, shower rooms, and changing facilities. Under normal conditions there is usually plenty of parking but weekends can tax the parking infrastructure.

Ocean Caution
Please be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be potentially dangerous including this location. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering the water and of course, never turn your back on the ocean when you are on the shoreline. It should also be noted that all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water.