I highly recomend staying at one of Nancy's cottages in Kailua. The cottage I stayed in was immaculate and had every amenity you could wish for. The owners have created a true sanctuary and take great pride in their places. They are so helpful in guiding you to wonderful places to visit for swimming, surfing, hiking, culture what ever you are looking to create for your vacation. Including a wonderful hike up to pillbox on Lanakai. I was so grateful!
Nancy's cottage is a 4 minute walk to the wonderful Kalapawai market to get fresh kono coffee lattes and then right next to it you hop right onto the beach for an hour long walk. Swimming was wonderful there too. It is the quiet side of the island and where you can really feel or be amongst the locals. 10 minutes in the opposite direction you have restaurants and shopping. It is a short drive from one the best snorkeling hanauma bay on the south side of the island, with specatucular views and beaches, and not too far from the north... more