Food Finds: Kailua

Kalapawai Market

For groceries on the go, Kalapawai Market in Kailua has been a staple for area residents since their hanabata (hah-nah-bah-tah or small kid) days growing up. Their trademark green façade and barn-like exterior makes it a recognizable landmark as you mosey by their storefront off of South Kalaheo Avenue.

Established in 1932, their location near the entrance to Kailua Beach Park makes it the perfect go-to for last-minute provisions like a bag of ice, six pack of juice or their selection of made-to-order sandwiches, which make for the perfect picnic lunch. And no matter what time of day you visit Kalapawai you'll find yourself rubbing shoulders with Lanikai and Kailua regulars - many of whom, consider a visit to Kalapawai for a toasted bagel and cup of coffee as routine as brushing their teeth in the morning.

If you need some items before making the trek back into Waikiki (like say, a bottle of wine to pair with dinner or ice cream bar to cool off) a quick run to Kalapawai will have you stocked with everything you need - and then some.


Know Before You Go


 The perfect pit stop to load up on snacks and drinks before taking the plunge at Kailua Beach. 


Patience is a virtue - especially in the morning! Parking is limited, so come prepared.

“Hahaha aah love the pics Jay! The ones where Bradley and I are running from the wave is hlraiious! Props to that candid pic!!! Can't wait for you to get up here!!! Laying on the beach now with Bradley!!! Praying the sun comes out soon! Xoxo Tay”
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