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Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

tbu
Seattle, WA
9 posts
1 review
3 helpful votes
Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

Hi, we are a group of friends going for a wedding at the Kahala hotel in October. Wondering which area is the best place to stay for 8 nights? Mostly want to relax, hang out at the beach, some snorkelling, kayaking etc. We're in our late 20s to early 30s. Am wanting to rent a house to accomodate all of us. Waimanalo seems quieter? Any grocery stores nearby? Is it worth the extra money for Kailua? How about Lanikai? Which beach has gentler waves? Thank you for any info you can give me.

Kailua, Hawaii
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2 posts
10 reviews
14 helpful votes
1. Re: Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

Hi I just found this forum so I am probably too late to advise regarding accommodation. I would definitely stay in Kailua. If you can afford Lanikai that would be fantastic. At Kailua beach you can rent windsurfing and kite surfing equipment and at a nearby shop, kayaks. Kailua has the grocery stores, $1 movie theater, shops, restaurants, etc., but is still a small town. Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach are world renown for great sand and perfect swimming with gentle waves. Further down Kailua Beach at Kalama Beach is a great spot for boogie boarding as it has higher waves. Enjoy!

Hawaii
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711 posts
3 reviews
11 helpful votes
2. Re: Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

Kailua is much better.

You will also find it much easier to go shopping in Kailua. If you stay in Waimanalo, you will have to drive over to Kailua just to get your groceries.

tbu
Seattle, WA
9 posts
1 review
3 helpful votes
3. Re: Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

Hi,

Thanks for your replies. Any comments and advice are always welcomed. We decided to rent a house in Waimanalo for a really good deal, but will take all your comments into consideration. With less than a month to go, we can't wait to be in the warm tropical weather and water. It's turned quite a bit colder here lately, lows 36. :(

Mahalo!

Idaho
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260 posts
4. Re: Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

Try a plate lunch at Keneke's. Looks kind of shady, but

the food is good. Also, visit Bellows Beach on the weekend.

It is open to the public from the military on weekends and

holidays. Great for boogie boarding.

Kinda cold here in Idaho also!

Hawaii
Level Contributor
711 posts
3 reviews
11 helpful votes
5. Re: Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

I'm sorry, tbu!

I just realized that your post was made way back in MAY!!!

Well, I truly expect that you will enjoy your accommodations either way.

If you hit a snag during your stay, log on and give a shout. Maybe someone here can help.

Enjoy.

California
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27 posts
6. Re: Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

We used vrbo on the net and found a studio in Kailua. The little town has everything. Places to dine and plenty of grocery stores.

The beach is beautiful and the locals were very friendly.

7. Re: Where to stay: Kailua Beach vs Waimanalo Beach?

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