Settling Down in Kailua: Part 2 Conveniences and Treats

In my short term assessment, Kailua is like a resort town for locals. It doesn’t feel like there are alot of tourists here even though the beach is easy to access golden, quiet, and clean. Maybe it’s that tourists conduct themselves differently here. It’s one of the prettiest and most relaxing beaches I’ve ever been to. We’ve been here for over 3 weeks now and I’ve come to the conclusion that if you can’t find comfort here you’re probably a little crazy.

what to know/ bring to Kailua Beach

  • sunblock– nothing beats Le Roche Posay Anthelios spf 50 any formulation
  • tan enhancer– Maui Babe browning lotion
  • flip flops – reef flip flops can be pretty and you feel like you’re walking on marshmallows (minus being sticky)
  • lip balm/sun block– Epicuren lip balm spf 8

note: if you’re not used to the sun you should have a bottle of water with you.

In NY we order takeout or eat out 97% of our meals. In Kailua we’ve cooked every dinner except for one. It’s a refreshing change. One of my favorite things to do here is make breakfast: taro pancakes, bacon and a fried egg. I love breakfast.

how to fry an egg:

When we were in Shanghai and didn’t have a kitchen I ordered the same thing every morning from Hua Ting Hotel room service: blueberry pancakes, hashbrowns, bacon, congee and a salted egg. Same goes for our four months in Vancouver’s Sutton Place Hotel: pancakes, hash browns, eggs with ketchup and tabasco.

The difference here is that we have a large kitchen with tons of counter space, a dishwasher and a ceramic top stove. I’ve discovered that recipes, like maps aren’t so confounding. If you take the time and patiently do what each step tells you to do, almost anyone can roast a chicken!

favorite recipe: zuni roast chicken:

These are the things that I haven’t managed to get used to: Hawaii bugs and geckos; how dark evenings are; how quiet it is; and finally people who don’t lock their cars and houses. Pretty much as soon as it gets dark, I lock all the doors and turn on every porch and lanai light. It’s very interesting how menacing a bird landing in a palm tree can sound.

good cheap white wine brands available at Kailua’s Foodland

  1. Coppola
  2. Kendall Jackson
  3. Ecco Domani

Part 3: Kailua: Its little sister Lankai


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