Windward Oahu

Welcome to Windward Oahu

Peaceful and picturesque with world-famous beaches
Resting on the picturesque shores of world-famous beaches and some of the longest white sand beaches known to Oahu, Hawaii are the towns that make up the area of Windward Oahu: Kailua, Lanikai, Waimanalo, and Kaneohe. These towns sit along the northern shores of Honolulu’s southeastern peninsula. They exude a peaceful vibe, with glittering blue coastlines and vast stretches of undeveloped natural areas, like Kawainui Regional Park and Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, the vibrant Ho’omaluhi Botanical Garden, and Waimānolo Forest Reserve, which is home to mountainous peaks and hiking trails. Single-family real estate in this area boasts lavish designs by the award-winning architects at Kelso Architects, who are also esteemed for their renovation work.
Though these towns are known for their natural beauty, they offer much more. You will also find cutting-edge fitness and wellness studios and charming boutique shops mark these towns, making them great places to spruce up your wardrobe, body, or house. If you long for a retreat-like environment to call home, rich with captivating natural backdrops and beaches, but also enjoy the luxury of charming neighborhood shops and restaurants to explore, the towns of Windward Oahu are meant for you. If sailing or golf are staples in your life, or if you’re simply curious about taking a go at them, Kaneohe Yacht Club and Olomana Golf Links have you covered. Only a 30-minute scenic drive to Waikiki, the towns of Windward Oahu cannot be beaten.

What to Love

  • Kaneohe Yacht Club and Olomana Golf Club
  • Stunning ocean front and pool houses
  • 30-minute scenic drive to Waikiki
  • Home to Oahu’s longest white sand beaches
  • Picturesque hiking at parks and nature reserves

Local Lifestyle 

Windward Oahu residents appreciate a laid-back lifestyle. They love watching the sun rise over blue horizons and watching it set over lush, western peaks and valleys. A day well spent anywhere in Windward Oahu is a day outside: soaking up Vitamin-D at the beach, refreshing yourself in the warm ocean waters, revitalizing your body at a local yoga studio, hiking Pillbox Hike, Kailua Beach hike, or one of Waimānalo Forest Reserve’s trails. If you’re not spending a day soaking up the natural glory of this landscape, you’re perusing local shops or grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant, bar, or brewery.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The towns of Windward Oahu boast seafood restaurants, flavorful Mexican eateries, breweries, artisan cafes, and markets with local and organic food, like Whole Foods Market, Kailua’s Farmers’ Market, and Down to Earth Organic and Natural
Buzz’s Original Steak House is sure to satisfy mouthwatering entrées, like their grilled sirloin special, a house-made beef pattie with a choice of garlic mashed potatoes or rice. Goen Dining + Bar serves Asian-inspired cuisine with locally sourced seafood and organic produce. It also features a craft cocktail menu with drinks, like their Goen lychee martini mixed with Soho lychee liqueur, lime juice, and fresh lychee. 
Taqueria El Gallo Rosa, Assiaggo, Uahi Island Grill, Maui Brewing Co., and Kalapawai Market and Café are other dining gems. 
Windward Oahu’s shopping scene consists of charming boutique apparel shops like Olive and Oliver, Windward Mall, and little-bit-of-everything shops like Coco’s Trading Post. Lanikai Bath and Body is sure to delight your senses and skin. Bottleheads sells a dynamic collection of old and new world wines.

Things to Do

Staying fit is easy in Windward Oahu. Kailua Racquet Club is a great place to work up a sweat. Kailua Beach Park Pavilion is wonderful for a barefoot run or meandering stroll. UFC Gym, also in Kailua, offers personal training, group fitness, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. Core Power Yoga, Mu Barre & Temple, On Balance Pilates, and a handful of other beachside yoga, barre, and pilates studios also belong to Kailua but are only a 10 to 15-minute drive from Waimanalo, Lanikai, or Kaneohe. 
Kailua’s Puakea Foundation of Hawai’i Inc. canoe club is excellent for renting a canoe and paddling to a bird sanctuary like Mokulua or Popoia Islands. Sailing your boat to Kaneho Bay Sandbar and exploring its vibrant reefs with a deep dive is another fun local activity. 
I Love Kailua Town, an annual fundraiser benefitting local environmental protection organizations, features local food vendors, live music, artists, arts and crafts activities, and plant sales. For more local and island-wide events, check out Kailua’s Town Guide and Oahu’s Events Calendar.


Hawai’i State Department of Education serves Windward Oahu.

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