Destination guide

Relax in holiday homes to rent in Kailua

Kailua is an exotic town on the eastern shore of the Hawaiian island of O’ahu where you can soak up the sun and relax near one of its two lagoons. Most travellers come for the beaches, as Kailua offers pristine sands and excellent surf breaks. In addition to beach attractions, you can hike the nearby mountains and enjoy the tropical landscape. You can spend as much time relaxing or adventuring as you desire, and it’s why families, couples, groups or even single travellers look for holiday homes to rent in Kailua.


Explore Kailua heritage sites near holiday homes

Kailua is a tropical paradise for residents and travellers that features a rich history near holiday homes. The Ulupō Heiau State Historic Site dates back over 1,000 years and consists of the rocky remains of ancient structures now partially overgrown by jungle. The art gallery in downtown Kailua is a wonderful spot for viewing historic artefacts and the artistic influences of many native islanders. A neat ancient site that some don’t realise is nearby, even when visiting the popular Lanikai Beach, is the Lanikai Monument, which is an 8-metre-high rounded obelisk that was a historic marker. Another fascinating historical landmark is Castle Junction, where you can read the names of war veterans who gave their lives in preservation of freedom.


Sightseeing in and around Kailua

Are you hoping to find things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Kailua a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Sea Life Park (7.8 mi / 12.6 km)
  • Honolulu Zoo (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
  • Waikiki Aquarium (10.7 mi / 17.3 km)
  • Bay View Golf Course (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Olomana Golf (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Kailua

Travellers enjoy Kailua for its snorkelling. If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, September, August, October and July are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 30°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Kailua

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Kailua is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Diamond Head (10.4 mi / 16.8 km)
  • Kailua Beach (1 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Lanikai Beach (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (9.6 mi / 15.4 km)
  • Kalama Beach Park (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Kawainui Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Kailua

The nearest airport is in Honolulu, HI (HNL-Daniel K. Inouye Intl.), located 12.5 mi (20.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Kapolei, HI (JRF-Kalaeloa), which is 22.2 mi (35.7 km) away.

How to get around

Getting to and from Kailua holiday rentals

As Kailua is a short drive from Honolulu’s international airport, it’s easy to travel to this seaside paradise. From Honolulu, Kailua is only about 30 km away, and road access allows for an easy ride or drive across the island. Bus routes traverse the short drive daily, and it generally takes less than an hour to get from Honolulu to Kailua. Taxis and ride-sharing services are also widely used. For the convenience and ease of having your own vehicle, car hires are widely utilised in Honolulu, or you can pick up a vehicle in Kailua. To get around Kailua from holiday rentals, buses are widely available, with many routes taking you directly to the beaches and popular sites. For a fun way to travel around Kailua, you might like to rent a scooter. Whether riding or standing, you can have a scenic tour and enjoy the best sites.

Food & drink 

Experience the delicacies of Kailua from holiday homes

If you love fresh fish, you are in for a real treat dining in Kailua. The seafood in Kailua is known to be outstanding, whether you’re looking for five-star dining or something quick and cheap. Sushi is a favourite among locals and international travellers alike, while authentic Hawaiian food is what attracts many visitors to holiday homes. Lomi-lomi salmon, traditionally served at a luau, is a quite enjoyable salad with cilantro, salt, pepper and fresh lime tossed in with tomatoes. Poi is a traditional staple of Hawaiian cuisine made from the taro plant, and it can be eaten like a dip or with something like laulau, which consists of pork wrapped in leaves that resembles a spinach or seaweed wrap.

Essential info

Key information for your Kailua holiday accommodation

Before booking your Kailua holiday accommodation, you’ll want to know some facts to best enjoy your stay. As Kailua is a popular holiday destination, it is accustomed to providing many visitor amenities. The time zone in Kailua is Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. Hawaii uses the American dollar as currency, and it’s common practice to tip a server at a restaurant. For police or medical emergency services, the number to dial is 911, and Kailua has its own hospital. The summer season in Hawaii runs from May to October, but the weather is pleasant all year long. During the summer months, the average temperature is around 25°C, while the winter months are cooler with fewer travellers.

Where to stay near Kailua?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,447 holiday rentals near Kailua. From 493 Houses to 64 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Kailua for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Kailua?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Kailua:

  • Lanikai: 129 holiday homes
  • Kuulei Tract: 199 holiday homes
  • Keolu Hills: 239 holiday homes
  • Kalama Tract: 230 holiday homes
  • Enchanted Lake: 311 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Kailua?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Kailua. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Kailua Beach: 3,579 holiday rentals
  • Olomana Three Peaks Trail: 3,596 holiday rentals
  • Lanikai Pillboxes Trailhead: 3,667 holiday rentals
  • Kawainui Park: 3,675 holiday rentals
  • Royal Hawaiian Golf Club: 3,721 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kailua listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kailua?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 493 Houses in Kailua. Our other popular types of Kailua holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 64 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 2,193 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 64 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Kailua?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 2,193 holiday homes with pool available in Kailua. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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