Kailua, Hawaii

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Kailua, Hawaii

Introduction to Kailua, Hawaii

Kailua, Hawaii is 10 miles NE of Honolulu, Hawaii. The town is situated in the Honolulu County and is part of the Honolulu metro area. About 36,513 people reside in Kailua.

Kailua History

Hawaiian families settled in Kailua at least 1,500 years ago. The original settlers resided and fished on the slopes which surround the Ka'wainui Marsh. In the time of King Kakukihewa and his successors' reign, Waikiki was replaced by Kailua as the residential seat of Alii Aimoku of Oahu. The early economy of the town was largely depended on agriculture and cattle raising. The first post office of the area was established in the late 1950s.

Kailua and nearby Attractions

  • Kailua Beach
  • Akona Kai Shopping Mall Shopping Center
  • Hulihe'e Palace State Monument
  • Hillcrest Park
  • Hulihe'e Palace

Things To Do In Kailua

Tourists in Kailua can visit the Kailua Beach, which is considered to be the best beach in Hawaii. There are other beaches that can be visited such as the 'Alula Beach and the Beans Beach. Tourists can enjoy shopping at the Akona Kai Shopping Mall, World Square Shopping Plaza, and the Kona Coast Shopping Center. The parks that one can spend their leisure include Hulihe'e Palace State Monument and Hillcrest Park. Every year tourists flock to the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival hosted in Kailua.

Kailua Transportation

Kona International at Keahole is the nearest airport to Kailua.

Kailua Higher Education

Higher education institutes that the residents of Kailua can attend include the Electronics Institute, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Kapiolani Community College, and the Honolulu Community College.

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High Points

Kailua strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Hawaii):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Kailua Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Kailua College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 7% Kailua Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 7% Kailua Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 11% Kailua People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 15% Kailua Low Rate of Poverty
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Kailua Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Kailua, Hawaii

Comparing Kailua to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Hawaii (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 7
Male Share of the Population 8 3
Well-Paid Single Men 8 10
Well-Paid Single Women 7 10
Senior Citizens 7 6
Racial Diversity 6 5
Female Share of the Population 3 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 5
Portion of People Married 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 10
College Educated Adults 8 10
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
People Above Poverty 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 7
Walking and Biking to Work 9 8
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 1
Housing Recently Built 4 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
People Living Alone 2 4
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Kailua Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles NE of Honolulu, Hawaii
County Honolulu
Metro Area Honolulu
Standard Zip Codes 96734
Phone Area Codes 808
Time Zone Hawaii (-10 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 21.402
Longitude -157.739

Kailua Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 69 to 79 F
Apr Temp 71 to 80 F
Jul Temp 74 to 83 F
Oct Temp 75 to 84 F
Annual Precip 37.1 inches
Station WAIMANALO EXP F 795.1
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 65 to 78 F
Apr Temp 68 to 80 F
Jul Temp 73 to 84 F
Oct Temp 72 to 84 F
Annual Precip 42.6 inches
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 66 to 80 F
Apr Temp 68 to 83 F
Jul Temp 74 to 88 F
Oct Temp 73 to 87 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches
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Kailua Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 36,513 100%
Male 18,067 49.5%
Female 18,446 50.5%
Under 18 8,814 24.1%
18+ 27,699 75.9%
65+ 5,010 13.7%
Median Age 39.1
Average Family Size 3.33
White 16,008 43.8%
African-American 277 0.8%
Asian 7,709 21.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 109 0.3%
Other 338 0.9%
Mixed Race 9,125 25%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,228 6.1%

Kailua Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.7%
English 7%
German 6.4%
Irish 6.1%
Portuguese 5.2%
Italian 2.4%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
US/American 1.9%
Scottish 1.5%
Polish 1.2%
Swedish 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Dutch 0.9%
Russian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
European 0.6%
British 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Kailua 36,513 $79,118
Aiea 9,019 $75,992
Honolulu 371,657 $56,311
Kaaawa 1,324 $60,156
Kaneohe 34,970 $71,316
Pearl City 30,976 $67,246
Waimanalo 3,664 $43,347

Kailua Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(808) 263-5500
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Kailua

(As of 2005)
Kailua Village
539 Kailua Road

Wal-mart in Kailua

(As of 2006)
75-1015 Henry Street
(808) 334-0466
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Kailua High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,115 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

A Title I School.
Serves 986 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 161 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 79 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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