Tucked away within O‘ahu's premier beach town, charm­ing Hekili Street is Kailua's hid­den gem for din­ing and shopping while ex­plor­ing the Wind­ward side of the is­land. In re­cent years, this once-for­got­ten strip has been trans­formed into a lively ar­ray of eater­ies, cafes and lo­cal bou­tiques that are ideal for a whole day of brows­ing or a quick pit stop en route to the beach.

Lo­cated be­hind Kailua Town Cen­ter, Hekili Street's din­ing op­tions are great for the whole fam­ily, whether start­ing the day with a lo­cal-style brunch at Boots & Kimo, or load­ing on the pizza top­pings at Pieol­ogy for lunch or din­ner. Grab a sand­wich, wrap or salad filled with kalua pig from Kono's, or re­ju­ve­nate with a green smoothie at Nalu Health Bar.

The neigh­bor­hood's mul­ti­col­ored store­fronts also leave shop­pers with ev­ery­thing they need for is­land liv­ing. Stock up on the lat­est swimwear at BikiniBird and Guava Shop, or head to Twin Is­lands for stylish surf gear. Last, but not least, Is­land Bun­ga­low Hawaii is a one-stop shop for the ul­ti­mate beach-house ac­ces­sories.

Get­ting thirsty from all that shopping? End the day with a re­fresh­ing sip of bub­ble tea from Bee & Tea.

Bodie Collins photo

Out­side Nalu Health Bar on Hekili Street in Kailua.

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