THE SECLUDED BEACH TOWNhas long been a preferred hauntof celebrities who enjoy the privacy its location provides. They stay, locals say, because everyone is treated in the same friendly manner no matter who they are. It could also have something to do with the beaches. In a land known for its fine sand, Lanikai’s waterfront is consistently ranked as Hawaii’s finest. The water glistens deep tropical blue, the waves roll gently, and the beach sand is superbly soft underfoot. It’s possible that the area’s exclusivity has something to do with the ranking—Lanikai’s minimal public parking and obscure entrances keep the beaches just as remote as they were when native Hawaiians paddled here to fish the well-stocked waters. Tranquility comes with a price, though. Resources are intentionally minimal in the community, with only a handful of services and restaurants located in Lanikai proper.
Still, Lanikai is not as remote as it once was. It sits just two minutes from Kailua, a recently renovated town replete with all the upscale amenities anyone could want, and popular family-friendly events such as an annual Christmas pageant and Fourth of July parade.