Finding Kalapawai Market was a happy find for me because I felt as if I’d wandered into Bert’s on Folly (a catch-all shop that was tiny in size but huge in character on another of my once-upon-a-time Island homes.)
An eclectic local neighborhood staple, the Kalapawai Market located just off the beach in the bustling coastal town of Kailua has been serving up snacks, smiles, and other essentials to beach goers, visitors, and locals since 1932. The historic shop is conveniently located at the entrance to the Kailua Beach Park and has a coffee and smoothie bar and deli, in addition to the grocery area which, although fairy small, has a surprisingly large selection of foods, wines, and other items.
Kalapawai Market meets a wide range of needs, from locals needing to make a quick grocery stop without leaving the neighborhood to beachgoers wanting to grab a healthy, hearty meal without having to “get cleaned up” or go into town.
The deli has a large menu of fresh-prepared food including pizzas, breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and much more. A variety of smoothies and coffee drinks are available at the bar near the entrance. For visitors in a rush, “grab-and-go” sandwiches and other food items are also available.The grocery area has a large selection of wine, beer, canned goods, dry goods, art and other touristy items, and a refrigerated section with chilled beverages and snack items such as cheese, hummus, and much more.
Service is fast and friendly, and there is on-site parking available, as well as a shaded outdoor seating area to the side of the market.
Drop By the Kalapawai Market
Hours: Daily 6am – 9pm
Address: 306 S Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, HI 96734
Directions: From Waikiki, take the H1-W to the Pali Highway. Take the Pali Highway into Kailua. Once you reach Kailua, it will become Kailua Road. Follow it until it ends in a T; turn right onto S Kalaheo Ave. Kalapawai Market will be ahead on the left at the entrance to the Kailua Beach Park.