Kailua is located along the windward shores of Oahu, just over the Koolau Mountains from downtown Honolulu.
Kailua is primarily a residential community with many parks, playgrounds and beaches.
The 3-mile stretch of white beach with clear, turquoise waters is perennially ranked among the world's best beaches.
The business district with shops, restaurants and galleries is just a 5-minute drive from residences. A scenic 30-minute drive puts you in Waikiki or the Honolulu airport and a 90-minute drive takes you to Oahu's famous North Shore surfing nirvana.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Kailua ranks high in taxes, climate, medical care and family income. Kailua ranks low in population density, natural hazards risk and home prices.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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