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Gorgeous Sunrises From the Lanikai Pillboxes in Kailua, Hawaii

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I’m really excited to interview David Pere of From Military to Millionaire about Kailua, Hawaii. David has been stationed there for several years and knows all of the best things to do in Kailua. He’ll show us where to watch the sunrise, where Jurassic Park was filmed, and why you need to try loco moco.

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Klipper golf course at the Marine Corps Base

Kailua, Hawaii

Kailua is a tight-knit community with a laid-back vibe. It offers uncrowded beaches that are perfectly situated to catch the rising sun. It’s close to Honolulu, but without the throngs of tourists getting in your way as you cruise through town. Many celebrities come to Kailua to vacation because they can enjoy the town and be treated like anyone else.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out the Kailua Chamber of Commerce. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Sunrise from the Lanikai Pillbox

Best things to do in Kailua

Best places to eat in Kailua

Best places to stay in Kailua

Getting around Kailua

The local airport is Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), which is about 20 miles from Kailua. The airport is on the south side of the island, while Kailua is on the east coast.

David says that you don’t need to rent a car if you stay in Waikiki. Public transportation is pretty good and bike-share rentals are easy to find. Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around.

However, if you want to explore the island’s attractions like North Shore, the Jurassic Park shoot location, and the Dole Plantation, you definitely need a car. Click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

If you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Views from the Makapu lighthouse

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with David Pere about Kailua, Hawaii. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Kailua, Hawaii
  • Green dots = best things to do in Kailua, Hawaii
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Kailua, Hawaii

Who is David Pere?

David Pere is an active duty Marine stationed in Kailua, Hawaii. He began investing in real estate on an enlisted soldier’s salary and has purchased over $3 million in rental properties in three years.

He wanted to teach others that it is possible for them to do as well. David started From Military to Millionaire to discuss how real estate and personal finance can build your net worth. He highlights strategies, interviews experts, and shows the highs and lows of his personal experiences. Although David is in the military, his articles, podcast episodes, and 3x weekly YouTube videos are for anyone who wants to learn how to invest in real estate.

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Here are a few articles that he’s written:

David is also offering listeners a free digital copy of his book First Term Wealth.

You can connect with David Pere at his website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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The Jurassic Park area of the Kualoa Ranch movie tour

Stay tuned for our next episode

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