Lanikai Loop

The Lanikai neighborhood is a little gem that is located in Kailua. The Lanikai Loop is a 3 mile route with “beachy” atmosphere that can be found nowhere else on Oahu.


Kailua – Hawaii – USA


  • the loop has one short hill right at the beginning and then 3 short ones toward the end of the run. But for the most part it is a flat route.
  • there is not too much traffic in the loop because it is a residential neighborhood with one way traffic both into and out of the loop.
  • there is a bike lane around the loop, where cyclists and runners share the road.
  • there is a park in the middle of the loop that has a nice cold water fountain if you are in need
  • there are plenty of spaces to park at Kailua Beach Park or near the boat ramp. The park has an outside shower, bathrooms, and water fountains.
  • the run starts and finishes at Kailua Beach Park.

I like to do a long progressive run on this loop. I run the loop three times. First loop to warm up, second loop at a tempo pace, and the last loop at a 10k pace. Then cool down 1 mile. Total workout is 10 miles.

  • Kailua Beach Park gets busy after 10am on the weekends, so it is best to get there early morning or weekdays before 4pm.
  • Avoid driving into Lanikai Loop on holidays and weekends between ~12 noon – 5pm as traffic can back up through the entire loop and you could find yourself stuck in your car for hours.
  • Lanikai Juice is one of my favorite places to refuel after my run. They have açai bowls, fresh juices, smoothies and delicious healthy snacks.

outfit: Lululemon

shoes: Altra Women’s Intuition 2.0 (zero drop, lightweight training shoes)

photos by: Scott Naguwa

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  • Reply
    March 29, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Love Kailua and Lanikai. My wife and I spent a week there back in December after the Honolulu Marathon to get away from the crowds in Waikiki. Ran the loop several times… beautiful. Pillbox hike is a great sightseeing trip just off the loop. Also hooked up with two local experienced paddlers and did some Outrigger paddling from Lanikai out to the “Mokes” ( Love your web-site….came across it from the Altra web-site. Just started running in their shoes (Instinct and One2). Thanks for sharing…..will bookmark your sight and visit it often. Next time we are in Kailua hope we “run” into each other on the Lanikai loop.

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      mariane uehara
      April 1, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Aloha Ken! Thank you for stopping by and for sharing a few more great tips to enjoy Lanikai. Cheers! Mariane

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    May 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Aloha Mariane,
    I always check your website out. I love running like you but no fast as you. I also like running around Kailua and Lanikai area too! The scene is so beautiful!! I always think I am lucky to live in Hawaii and to be able to run here.
    I have been training for marathon for breaking PR 3:30:58 but now I feel little confused and wonder how to improve my running skills and energy and motivate myself.
    Your running lifestyle inspire me a lot. Thank you, Mariane!
    I will try my best training for my next race Kona marathon in June.

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      mariane uehara
      May 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Kiyomi,
      thank you very much for your lovely message.
      I agree that we are lucky to live in Hawaii.
      Sometimes when I am training for a marathon or ironman I can get overwhelmed and tired too.
      A few things I do to motivated my self are:
      – find a friend to train with you, at least one or two workouts per week.
      – choose a new place to run. Hawaii have so many beautiful places to choose from.
      And the days that I am mentally or physically tired I give myself a nice break and skip the workout. And those days I like to sleep in, to have a nice breakfast with friends, to read a book, to go surf, or anything else that relax me…

      I will be at the Kona Marathon this year! So I will be cheering for you:)



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    June 5, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Aloha again Mariane,
    Thank you so much for your reply.
    I am so happy and encouraged from you.
    Yes I will do my best and enjoy training for race.
    I am thinking where to run tomorrow morning.
    Have a great weekends

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