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  •   State: 
    Honolulu County
      County FIPS: 
    21°23′51″N 157°44′22″W
      Area total: 
    10.59 sq mi (27.44 km²)
      Area land: 
    7.77 sq mi (20.13 km²)
      Area water: 
    2.82 sq mi (7.31 km²)
    16 ft (5 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Urban Honolulu, HI
    Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time (HST) UTC-10:00; Hawaii does not observe daylight saving time.
      ZIP codes: 

    Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,212.82 residents per square mile of area (2,012.67/km²)
      Unemployment rate: 

Kailua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. It lies in the Koolaupoko District of the island of Oahu on the windward coast at Kailua Bay. It is so named because of the two former fishponds in the district (Kawainui and Kaelepulu) The population was 50,000 in 1992. In 2017 census, the population had dropped to 38,000. It was home to Barack Obamas winter White House. A significant portion of this water area is Kawainui Marsh, the largest wetland in the Hawaiian Islands and a Ramsar Convention site. The area is known for its white powder-like sandy beach and its hiking trail along the World War II military bunkers commonly known as the "Lanikai Pillboxes" Because of its small community and easy access to its famous beach, Lanikai has one of the most expensive real estate markets in Hawaii. It has a tropical climate with a savanna-like savanna savanna style climate. The average temperature in the CDP is 9.67 degrees F (4.02 degrees C) in the summer, and 9.9 degrees F in the winter. Kileua Beach is a popular windsurfing destination with waves between 50 and 150 feet (15 and 46 m) wide. The steady trade winds make it a popular destination for windsurfers and kitesurfing enthusiasts.


During the reign of King Kkuhihewa, Kailua replaced Waikiki as the residential seat of the Oahu Rulers (alii nui of Oahu) Many ancient temple ruins, such as those at Ulupo Heiau State Historic Site, are in the area. In 1795, the political capital and residential seat was relocated to Honolulu after the defeat by King Kamehameha the Great at the Battle of Nuuanu in 1795. The city of Honolulu is now the home of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The University of Honolulu was founded in 1868. The university was the first of its kind in the United States. It is located on the island of Kaua'i, in the state of Hawaii. It was founded by King Kauakahiakahoowaha in the early 19th century, and later became the seat of a series of other Oahu rulers, including Kanekapu and Kualii. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the annexation of the island to Hawaii in 1898. The island is now home to the U.N. World Heritage Site of Manoa, which was established in the 1930s. It has a population of more than 1,000,000. The town is also home to a number of historic sites, including the Ulupi Heiaus, which dates back to the early 13th century. The area is known as one of the most beautiful places in the world.


Kailua Beach is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long, and ranging between 50 and 150 feet (15 and 46 m) wide. Light to medium waves support surfing and bodysurfing. The steady trade winds make Kailua a top windsurfing and kitesurfing destination. Sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to the protected seabird sanctuaries Flat Island and the N Mokulua, popularly known as "the Mokes", have become increasingly popular. The beach is a popular destination for surfers, windsurfers, and kite surfers. It is also a great place to take a break from the busy holiday season, especially for those on the east coast of New Zealand who have been away from home for a long period of time.


Kailua is located at 21°2351N 157°4422W (21.397370, 157.739515). Nearby towns include Kneohe, Maunawili, and Waimnalo. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.6 square miles (27.4 km²) A significant portion of this water area is Kawainui Marsh, the largest wetland in the Hawaiian Islands and a Ramsar Convention site. Lanikai Beach was rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world by Sherman's Travel Magazine. It is served by Kailua's zip code, 96734. The area is known for its white powder-like sandy beach and its hiking trail along the Kaiwa Ridge to the World War II military bunkers commonly known as the "Lanikai Pillboxes" Because of its small community and easy access to its famous beach, Lanikia has one of. the most expensive real estate markets in Hawaii. It was commercially developed in the 1920s and renamed "Lonikai." It is now an unincorporated community in Kailsua on the windward coast at Kailau Bay. It has a population of 1,827. The CDP is located on the island of Kaua'i, in the state of Oahu, and is home to the University of Hawaii at O'ahu. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the community's population is 1,726.


Kailua has a tropical savanna climate. Kailua is located on the island of Kaua'i in Hawaii. It has a subtropical savanna and a tropical rainforest climate. The island has a high degree of oceanic climate (Köppen: "Cfb") and a low degree of sea-level climate (Cfb) Kailau has a low level of sea level temperature (Kph) and a high level of rainfall (Kf). The island is located in the Pacific Ocean and has a warm, wet tropical climate. It is on the east coast of the Hawaiian island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. The climate is very similar to that of the island's main island, Kaua’i. The temperature is higher in the north and lower in the south. The sea level is higher than in the east and the west. It also has a higher sea level than in most of the rest of the state. The rainfall is lower than it was in the past, but higher than it has been in the recent past. The water is warmer than in many other places in the Hawaiian Islands. The rainforests are drier than in other areas of the islands. The ocean has a lower level of water vapor, and the sea level rises and falls more slowly than in previous years. The atmosphere is more acidic than in some areas. The islands have a higher level of humidity than other islands in the U.S.


As of the census of 2020, there were an estimated 40,514 people and 12,387 households with an average of 3.04 people per household in Kailua. The population density was 5,212.8 inhabitants per square mile (2012.7/km²), which was less dense than that of Honolulu (5842.0 per squaremile or 2255.6/ km²). There were 4,322 housing units in Kailsua at an average density of 121.7 per square inch (47.0/km 2) The racial makeup of Kailsaua was 44.8% White, 0.9% Black or African American, 19.3% Asian, 4.4% Pacific Islander, and 29.0% from two or more races. The Kailau population had a greater percentage of White residents and a lower percentage of Asian residents than the state in aggregate. 8.6% of the Kailuans were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median annual household income was $122,706, and the per capita annual income is $51,260. 5.0 percent of the population was estimated to be below the poverty line, which was below the state average of 11.2%. Approximately 35.0%. of businesses in Kailedua were minority-owned, a rate nearly double that of the national average of 18.7%. The median age of inhabitants was varied, with 5.8%. of inhabitants being under the age of 5, 21.6%. of residents being under 18. For every 100 females, there are 97.4 males.

Government and infrastructure

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety operates the Women's Community Correctional Center. The Honolulu Police Department operates the Kailua Substation. The United States Postal Service operates theKailua Post Office. The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) was defined as Maunawili by the Census Bureau in 2000, and as Kailsua by the same organization in 2010. The U.S. Department of Justice also stated the facility was in Kailsa. The facility was redefined as being in the Kaysa CDP as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The prison was defined in the Maunawsili CDP in 2000 but as Kailau by the 2010 Census. It is located on the island of Oahu, in the state of Hawaii. It was built in the 1970s and 1980s as a youth prison for men and women. It has a maximum security prison facility for women, which opened in 1998. It closed in 2010 and is now a women's prison for women and children. It also has a men's prison, which was closed in 2011. The state's Department of Human Services operates the Hawaii Youth correctional Facility (HyCF), which was established in the 1980s. It opened in the 1990s and is located in the Oceanside CDP. In the 2000 Census, it was listed as being located in MaunAWili, but as of 2010, it is listed as Kaysas. The Kailsas CDP is in the Honolulu CDP, which is the state's largest. The city is home to the Honolulu International Airport.


Barack Obama vacationed in Kailua between 2008 and 2012. The Obama family vacations sparked new interest in the town as a tourist destination. This influx of tourists has led to pushback from some residents. Bill 41 was introduced to the Honolulu City Council in October 2021. In 2022, Honolulu County Mayor Rick Blangiardi signed Bill 41 into law. The bill placed additional limits and restrictions on short-term rental units. These included requiring a permit to rent living space in a residential area for less than 90 days, as well as requiring hosting platforms (such as Airbnb) to report all listings in Honolulu County to the county government. Proponents of Bill 41 expect its passage to dramatically reduce the volume of tourists inKailua. It was signed into law at a press conference held on Kailsua beach. It is expected that Bill 41 will be passed into law by the end of 2021. It will be the first bill of its kind in the state of Hawaii, and it is expected to have a significant impact on tourism in the island of O'ahu. The town's economy is largely driven by tourism, and jobs relating to tourism have historically made up roughly one-third of total employment in Hawaii. In 2010, the town's unemployment rate was 2.7%. In 2012, the unemployment rate in Kailsaua was 1.8%. In 2013, it was 2%. In 2014, the number of jobs related to tourism was 1%. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that tourism made up 1.7% of the state's economy.


Elementary schools in the CDP include Aikahi, Enchanted Lake, Kaelepulu, Kailua, Kainalu, Keolu, and Maunawili. The Hawai'i Department of Education operates the public schools. Mokapu Elementary School is on the nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), outside of the C DP but with a Kailsua address. Kailau Intermediate School, Kalaheo High School, and Kail Hua High School are also in theCDP. Kaulua High and Maunaawili Elementary were defined as being in the Maunwili CDP as of the 2000 Census, but in Kailsau as of 2010 Census. Kahao Public Charter School was previously known as Lanikai Elementary Public charter School and opened in 1964. It became a charter school in 1996, and it received its current name in 2017. Catholic schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu: St. Anthony School, St. John Vianney School, St. Paul and St. Paul's School. Area private schools include: Keala'i Elementary, Keali'i High, and Kailua High School. The area also has a number of private schools, such as Kealai'i Preparatory School and Kealali'i Christian School, as well as a private day school called Kealili'i Catholic School, which opened in 1998.


Movies and TV shows that have been filmed in Kailua include: "Kailua" and "The Shawshank Redemption" "The Sopranos" was filmed in the Hawaiian island of Hawaii. "The Godfather" was the first film to be shot in the island's capital, Honolulu. The film was directed by Tom Hanks and was set in the town of Kailona, Hawaii in the 1930s and 1940s. The movie was shot on location on the island of Kaua'i in the Pacific island of Oahu, Hawaii. It was shot for the TV series "Hawaii Five-0" in the 1950s and 1960s and "Hawaiian Days" in 1970s and 1980s. It is one of the most popular films of all time to have been shot in Hawaii, along with "Saving Mr. Banks" (1961) and "Kiss of the Rock" (1967) "The Hobbit" was also filmed in Hawaii in 1969 and 1970, and was filmed on location in the same year. "Titanic" (1974) was shot in Kailsua in the 1980s and 1990s, and "Tron" (1987) was filmed there in the 1990s and 2000s. "A Walk in the Clouds" (1998) is the first of several films set in Hawaii to be released in the U.S. and the first to be called "The Great Barrier Reef" (2000).

  • Kailua's population in Honolulu County, Hawaii of 3,542 residents in 1900 has increased 11,44-fold to 40,514 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

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