Kailua Pier is located next to the King Kamehameha Marriott Hotel, along Ali’i Drive at the northern end of Kailua bay.
The pier is known for it’s world famous canoe events, the Iron-Man triathlon event, Body Glove snorkeling and sunset tours along with kayaking and standup paddle-board rentals.
Construction on the pier and its seawall originally began in 1900 but was overhauled and built up again in 1950 when concrete pylons were poured and vegetation was planted to beautify the area.
The stones used to build the pier were recycled from ancient Hawaiian royal palace walls and gun-turreted forts. The most recent renovations were completed 2003-2004.
About 20~60 feet offshore there are natural releases of fresh water from underground aquifers that boil into the ocean. In ancient times, Hawaiian divers would take sealed gourds down into these springs to collect fresh water.