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Buzz’s has been a great beach hangout in Kailua since 1962. It’s an open-air restaurant that sits right across from Kailua Beach Park and is the nearest eatery to the Lanikai Beach community, making it popular with visitora and locals. Many reviewers speak highly of the cocktails. The food is good, but this guy, who”s eaten there several times, thinks the ambiance of the place is king.

A little presidential history: when Barack Obama was President, and vacationed in Kailua at Christmastime each year, he and his family would dine at Buzz’s on the last night of his vacation each year. It became a local game to see if you could make a reservation on the same night that he ate there, which was of course a well guarded secret. If you were in the restaurant when the Secret Service secured the restaurant about 40 minutes prior to his arrival, you could stay- and dine with the President of the United States. I was one night off the year I tried to time it.

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