A Haven in the Heights – Makakilo
With the development of new residential subdivisions on the Waianae Mountain ridge above the Ewa Plain in the past three decades, Makakilo has become, in effect, a dual community. The terminology Upper and Lower Makakilo is now used to differentiate the newer ridgeline neighborhood, Makakilo Heights, from the original urban center below.
Makakilo, which shares a zip code with Kapolei, covers an area of approximately 3.8 square miles The boundary of lower Makakilo is just above the H1 Freeway with residential and commercial development extending up the slope another 400 feet. Makakilo Drive continues up the hill to the new neighborhoods of Makakilo Heights and the Pale-hua area to the west. Above the residential development is Camp Palehua, conservation land, and hiking trails that reach the summit.
Peaking at approximately 1,100 feet above the plain, Puu Makakilo was historically the site of a school for kahuna kilokilo, Hawaiian astronomers. According to Hawaiian historian and kumu hula John Kaimikaua, who had been a resident of the community, “Makakilo means ‘watchful eye.’ The hill provided the kahuna kilokilo with an excellent vantage point from which to view the heavens in order to chart the seasons, identify the best times to plant crops, and plan religious ceremonies.”
Today, Makakilo Heights provides residents with sweeping views that from some sites extend from Diamond Head to Barber’s Point. Prices of homes, as in other hillside developments, tend to reflect the elevation.
Realtor Travis Palmer of Pacific Island Realty has recently listed a home at Highpointe which was originally a model in the D. R. Horton-Schuler subdivision of 143 homes developed in the early 2000s. Located on the top rim of Makakilo on a 15,000-square-foot terraced lot, the home overlooks a 180-degree ocean and coastal panorama highlighted by Diamond Head to the east and brilliant sunrises.
With its 3,141-square-foot interior augmented by approximately 600 square feet of covered outdoor space, including a deck off the upstairs family room and a patio that opens to the landscaped yard, the home is designed for indoor/outdoor living.
“The spacious home has five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, including two luxurious master suites with ensuite bathrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs, both with Diamond Head views. The layout has a very open feel with nine-foot ceilings throughout the first floor,” Palmer said.
“The kitchen, with solid wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances, also has views of Diamond head and a breakfast bar area with a seating option of up to five… another of the great entertaining features. The open kitchen, dining and main living areas are all part of a ‘great room’ concept, so you can prepare food and entertain your guests at the same time.”
Palmer noted that other “plus factors” are a den/office. separate laundry, and two-car garage with direct entry into the house.
Palmer is offering the home at $1,199,000 and showing it by appointment and at open houses. He can be contacted at 808-780-1670 or Travis@PIRealty.net.