Lanikai (heavenly sea in Hawaiian), a part of Kailua, is best known for its incredibly beautiful beaches, with views of the Mokulua Islands (commonly known as the Mokes). The Mokes are comprised of Moku Nui (Big island) and Moku Iki (little island).
Lanikai (heavenly sea in Hawaiian), a part of Kailua, is best known for its incredibly beautiful beaches, with views of the Mokulua Islands (commonly known as the Mokes). The Mokes are comprised of Moku Nui (Big island) and Moku Iki (little island). They are a popular kayaking and stand up paddling adventure, as the islands are only about a mile and a half off the shore. The ocean water in this area is some of the clearest you can find anywhere in the state, many people come from around the island just to enjoy the beach. There is a very special small town neighborhood friendly atmosphere that you cannot find very easily. The road in Lanikai is a large loop that everyone jogs and walks their dog on. Within the neighborhood is the Lanikai Pillbox hike, a local favorite that is very accessible to residents that provides breathtaking views of the Mokes.
The neighborhood has a distinct Hawaiian flavor, and not every property is a multimillion-dollar palace. Lanikai Beach has been fairly popular in recent years, especially on weekends, with visitors and residents converging to enjoy this beautiful length of sand. So, if a potential buyer wants to live in a more secluded, gated community, Lanikai is not the place to be. People don’t hide behind their walled-off houses and stay to themselves in this neighborhood. There are just too many exciting things happening in Lanikai for you not to want to be a part of it. Apart from the beach, there’s also Mid Pac Country Club, which offers a variety of activities, and Lanikai Park, which has a small playground, as well as pick-up basketball and soccer games. Lanikai has one nice surf point to the left of the Mokulua Islands, but the waters off the beach are typically quiet, making swimming, paddling, and kayaking more enjoyable.
Traffic and parking difficulties are being addressed, and a project is presently ongoing to convert the most crowded crossroads at Kalapawai Market into a roundabout. This will significantly improve traffic flow into and out of Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai. In addition, any three-day weekend (such as Veterans Day) in Lanikai now has no streetside parking restrictions. This has made a significant impact for all Lanikai inhabitants, since these unique long weekends are now uncrowded and relaxed, exactly as they were years before. However, because Lanikai is such a warm and enjoyable community, there will always be tourists.