Shopping in Kailua is unique and enjoyable. You will find is a multitude of one of a kind shops specializing in island treasures of all sorts and all prices. The entire downtown area of Kailua is small, so you won’t wear yourself out visiting the shops, but you might wear comfortable shoes on this outing. If you are driving, you can park in the town center behind Macy’s and easily reach all the stores and establishments.
Since Macy’s is central in Kailua, you can go in any direction from there to find shops and restaurants, cookies, ice cream and shave ice. There are grocery stores, banks, a post office, dive shops and an emergency medical office. When in doubt stop at our visitors center to check with our volunteers who all live in Kailua and can give great advice.
It is easy to find whatever you need in this historic town of Kailua. Kailua is filled with mom and pop stores that are unique to Kailua.
The best made local bath and body products are at LANIKAI BATH AND BODY.
Red Bamboo carries quality teak furniture, layered with unique table top accessories, hand carved turtles & geckos , island inspired duvets and bedding made exclusively for Red Bamboo. .Whether it is a quick gift under $20 or a unique wedding gift to be remembered, you will find the variety you are looking for!
Another item unique to Hawaii is Hawaiian Jewelery. Windward Jewelers individually hand crafts each piece with ALOHA out of solid 14k gold and is sold exclusively at Windward Jewelers. Award winning Designer and Goldsmith Hella Allerstorfer-Meek G.G., captures the beauty of these Hawaiian islands in her designs. She is a second generation jeweler, serving the Windward community since 1966.
The Picket Fence Florist is committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Customers are important and the professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. They always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect.
Farmers Market We are lucky to have two Farmers Markets in Kailua. The People’s Open Market is held every Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 sharp in the parking lot of the Kailua District Park at 21 South Kainalu Drive.
The Hawaii Farm Bureau and co-sponsor Kaneohe Ranch Company Ltd. hold a second market each Thursday evening. More than 2 dozen vendors display and sell their products each week. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Kailua Town Center Parking Garage, 609 Kailua Road (behind Longs).
600 Kailua Road, 261-1996
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kailua residents are loyal supporters of this independent neighborhood bookstore. You could say that this is Pat Banning’s second home, as she worked in the store for 30 years before buying it eight years ago. Peruse the aisles to find new, used and collectible books, plus an entire bookshelf of classic Hawaiiana favorites. “And there’s a whole section that we call old, weird stuff,” adds Banning.
Uneven stacks line the aisles, but this doesn’t bother Banning. “I like to think of it as controlled chaos,” she says, smiling. And regular bookstore rules don’t apply here–food and drinks are allowed and there’s a toy collection right next to the childrens’ books. “It’s something to get the kids to come into the store, and not be afraid of books.” The store buys used books on Wednesdays, but call to make an appointment first.
767-B Kailua Road, 263-1182
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
If you’re feeling creative, head over to Bead It. The quaint bead shop offers the tools, books and classes–from beginner to experienced–that’ll foster the art spirit inside of you. The bulk of the shop’s inventory has been hand-selected, ranging from African trade beads to semiprecious stones and Austrian crystal beads.
Brendan Barry credits his wife, Jill, for the store’s uniqueness and flair. He says, “It’s all Jill’s genius and great eye for things. She really stays on top of what the trends are, reading over 20 magazines a month, tearing out pages and getting totally into it.” Their Kaimuk-õ store was opened first, but after hearing their Kailua patrons protest about having to come to town, they opened Bead It of Kailua in 2002.
Under a Hula Moon
600 Kailua Road, 261-4252
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
“You could just find anything in here,” says storeowner Bonnie Madigan. With its coral necklaces, pineapple cookie cutters, Mary Francis handbags, and hand-painted beach signs, Under a Hula Moon has everything from Hawaiiana to tabletop and home dŽcor. The store has been around for more than 10 years, but Madigan, who also does interior design on the side, took it over last July seeking a new adventure. “I love decorating and making things look pretty and working with different people, so it’s just been a great fit,” she says. “And the people of Kailua have been very welcoming, showing the true aloha spirit.”
But be warned, “You may not see the same things when you come in again,” says Madigan. “It’s a small store, so I want to keep things interesting.” A few staples include the popular fragrance and body products of TerraNova and The Thymes.
Lanikai Bath and Body
767 Kailua Road, 262-3260
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
After opening last fall, Lanikai Bath and Body has captured the hearts of Kailua shoppers with its handmade, natural soaps and aromatherapy products. “The store is very soothing and laid-back, just like the Kailua lifestyle,” says manager Margaret Peebles. Shop the collection of made-in-Hawai’i products, bath salts, body butters, body washes and even a line of dog shampoo called Poi Dog. “Come in ready to try stuff on,” says Peebles. “We have a lot of testers available to try.”
767 Kailua Road, 262-0211
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Weller’s Hobbycraft is the only store of its kind in Kailua, specializing in plastic model kits such as cars, planes, tanks and ships and the paint and glue to put them all together. Tom Weller and his parents took a vacation to Hawai’i and three years later they made the move to Kailua. Since Tom’s father was a business owner on the Mainland, he wanted to open up a new store in town and thought a hardware or paint shop might be a good niche. Tom convinced him that a hobby shop would be more rewarding, and the store officially opened in 1980. You can also shop for craft shop basics, puzzles, paint-by-number sets, rockets and trains.
539 Kailua Road, 262-8183
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stepping into Global Village, it’s easy to guess that the owners are an all-female cast. Sisters Debbie and Dawn Ah Chick and their mom, Sharrie Ah Chick, started out with a small bead kiosk in the Windward Mall 11 years ago. They found that most of their customers were Kailua residents, prompting them to move there.
Today, the hip, “girlie” store is decorated with a fun mix of clothes, jewelry, gift items and a bead station where you can create your own masterpieces. They also make their own “Made-in-Kailua” T-shirts for men, women and keiki.
Along with featuring such popular lines as Kahala, Lucy Love and XCVI, the trio also tries to choose fashion lines that support the villages and co-ops where the garments are made. They also carry recycled products, such as Littleearth, which takes old Hawai’i license plates and turns them into handbags made completely out of recycled materials.
Oiwi Ocean Gear
130 Kailua Road, 263-7770
Monday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
When you walk into ‘Oiwi Ocean Gear, the light sound of Hawaiian music floats past your ears, while your eyes take in the decorative, subtle colors of Hawai’i’s earth and water tones. The mission of the store is to provide high- quality, innovative, athletic apparel coupled with an attractive look reflecting our local lifestyle. The owners design and manufacture all of their own items, from swimwear to visors. Their best-selling item is their ‘Oiwi logo T-shirts–one displays an image of a one-man canoe paddler with the phrase, “Six bodies, one mind, one spirit.”
A fun sale rack at the front of the store is a permanent fixture, filled with overstocked T-shirts, paddling jerseys, spaghetti-strap tank tops and keiki rash guards.