Kailua, Hawaii, is located on the windward side of Oahu, approximately 12 miles from metropolitan Honolulu. This tranquil stretch of land, known for its turquoise waters and white powder sand, was named from the Hawaiian language meaning "two currents", so called for its two currents streaming through Kailua Bay. Kailua Beach makes for a great escape with its temperate trade winds providing excellent conditions for surfing. The small town atmosphere and friendly locals are warm and inviting to mainland tourists, attracting prominent visitors to include Barack and Michelle Obama for their 2009 Hawaiian vacation. The Kailua zip code falls into 96734 and is home to some 11,000 residents, with a medium age of 35 years old. This exclusive residence is home to Kailua Beach County Park, an ideal spot for windsurfing, kayaking and swimming with moderate wave action. First-time visitors to Kailua may wish to stop at the Kailua Information Center, located at 600 Kailua Road, Suite 107. This all-volunteer organization is happy to assist you with your travel plans, providing activity suggestions, maps and tourism brochures. Access to Kailua Beach is had via Route 61, or Pali Highway, conveniently located just 30 minutes from the bustle of downtown Honolulu. Visitors are welcomed with a small-town quaintness, yet have every amenity at their fingertips. Kailua is known for its fine cuisine, with international fare to include Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Thai and good old American steak houses. Or mix and mingle with the locals for a chance to sample freshly grown produce and tasty local dishes at the Kailua Farmer's Market, held every Thursday night. The experience that is Kailua is one of natural beauty and urban luxuries, skillfully blended into a perfect piece of paradise.
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Seth Bone is a life long resident of Sitka, Alaska. He opened Kingfisher Lodge in 1990.