By Diane Ako
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.
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.
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!
What do you think of Kailua? What do you recommend doing in Kailua town?