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Family Friendly Kailua Town

June 22nd, 2009

Everyone goes to Kailua, it seems, for the beach. Don’t get me wrong. I love the beach, as does my family. But on a recent weekend, we spent a half a day in Kailua, landlocked, and loving it.

This is how Olivia wants to stroll now!

This is how Olivia wants to stroll now!

It’s wonderfully central. You can park in one spot and enjoy a walk around the town, as we did by stopping in at various boutiques and stores. We even looked at the recently-featured Brent’s restaurant, which made it on my radar after my co-workers Russ and Lyle featured it on Cheap Eats.

Should the kid wear the leash, then?

Should the kid wear the leash, then?

I hear that business goes through the roof after a Cheap Eats airing, so we couldn’t get a lunch table for 20 minutes. We then made our way over to our old standby, Big City Diner, for a hearty brunch.



I like Big City Diner in general, but any business that’s dog-friendly shoots up a few notches in my book. Americans are too uptight about pets in public places. It has a patio near a big shady tree, so customers can tie their dogs up and keep an eye on them while dining al fresco. Nice! I appreciate whenever Inca can feel like part of the family.


It’s great. Everyone got a little fresh air, a little food, and some healthy family time. To end the day, I wanted to check out a chocolate shop recently featured in Honolulu Magazine. Shucks; it was closed. Now I guess I have a reason to make it back to Kailua for another weekend visit!

Everybody, smile!

Everybody, smile!

What do you think of Kailua? What do you recommend doing in Kailua town?

Posted in child, parent | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Family Friendly Kailua Town”

  1. Rodney:

    I grew up in Kailua but moved to town about 24 years ago. Kailua is not the slow country town I remember it to be - not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, I'm a little jealous because "back in the day", if we wanted something to eat after 10:00 PM, that meant driving to Kaneohe for Jack in the Box (or settle for 7-11 in Kailua). Not anymore - JitB and Zippys in Kailua for grinds anytime.

    Being a Midlife Crisis person, I like to remember old Kailua.

    For example, see that first picture with Old Republic Title in the background?
    That used to be Hopaco. 😎

  2. theDman:

    Triangle Park is a nice place for little kids, its small, but just right for the younger ones.

  3. Diane Ako:

    What's JitB?

  4. jaydee:

    I don't want to speak for Rodney but I think it's Jack-in-the-Box.

  5. Rodney:

    JitB = Jack in the Box 🙂

    A couple of doors over from where Hopaco used to be was a Sicilian pizza place where they served square pieces of pizza by the slice (like Hapro's). For the life of me, I can't remember the name of that place!


  6. Sittinginlimbo:

    Oh one thing I go to kailua for is my waxing! and I don't think I need to be detailed about that lol. I go to susan perry's esthetics, she's awesome!

  7. Diane Ako:

    Waxing what? Just kidding, LOL. I grew my leg hairs out in anticipation of my first leg wax (I have never waxed before) but the staffer at Reneux Med & Day Spa convinced me to take it off permanently with laser hair removal!!! So I have started doing that process. So far so good.

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