Schraders is in an interesting location - it could work out quite well. Pretty fast access to H3 but it is on the "far" edge of what we'll call Kaneohe on the Kahaluu edge (towards N. Shore). A friend who suggested the location for her wedding guests told them;
|However, if you are expecting upscale facilities redirect your search. This small resort is located in a residential area and the rooms are very modest but the folks are full of Aloha.
I think any of these
would be a step up. Although some parts of Kaneohe Bay are nice for swimming, other parts are not based on lack of beach, etc. Kailua is almost all swimmable and I'm much more into the beach and you'll be closer to the "cooler" of the two little towns. ie. Quick hop to a local coffee shop, a cookie shop owned by Famous Amos where he does story time for kids, etc.
The fun crunchy
thread gives lots of ideas for things to do, for a Kailua stay I'd add;Thursday night farmers market
behind Longs/CPK - eat there, try the deep fried mochi, fresh ginger ale, taro poke, etc.Buzz's Steakhouse
- Great place, need a reservation but worth it even with kids, great salad bar and the fish (they have specials each day) prepared Asian Style (or is it Chinese?) is freaking crave-inducing.Lanikai Juice
has really yummy Acai Bowls and is right next door to Aloha Salads
where I've run into Matthew Fox twice in the last year.Morning Brew
is our kicking local Coffee Shop (across the street from where Starbucks roared in) and the Ginger Peach Iced Tea, Curry Chicken Salad and a.m. Waffles with Strawberries & Whipped cream are ono (Hawaiian for good - pronounced oh-no with no pause).
The best breakfast is hands down Cinnamon's
where the Guava Chiffon Pancakes or the Kalua Pork Benedict are awesome, really really awesome. Get a table outside and let your kid watch the birds fly around.The Kalapawai Deli
near the beach is good (it's green, you cant' miss it) but the one in the center of Kailua town (15 minute walk, 2 minute drive) has the most awesome variety of foods to make an instant picnic.
In Kailua you can get delivery from some local places through Room Service in Paradise
, but even better use Mama's Island PIzza
and the Pig Out Deluxe Pizza that is SO yummy (like BBQ chicken but with Hawaiian Luau Pork).
We have a district pool
in Kailua which is right next to the Library and a big baseball field, but honestly - with Calm Easy Kailua Beach I'd be surprised if you wanted to sit there with little/no shade at a non-resort pool (as in no water slides, water falls or anything but four square sides and swimming lanes, and no waiters!).