This is a view of Kailua from the Lanikai Pillboxes just after the sunsets. In the Hawaiian language Kailua means "two seas" or "two currents", a contraction of the words kai (meaning "sea" or "sea water") and ʻelua (meaning "two"); it is so named because of the two lagoons in the district or the two currents which run through Kailua Bay.

Kailua was thought to be occupied up to 1500 years ago. The ali'i used Kailua instead of Waikīkī as home base for the Ali'i Aimoku of Oahu during this period. Also during this time the legend of the menuhune were born in Kailua. Later after King Kamehameha I conquered O'ahu the land around the Kawai Nui Marsh and old Kailua to the Mokapu (warriors) who helped conquer the island.

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