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An Enclave Created For Ocean Lovers

View from Niu Peninsula home
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Among the series of residential enclaves located between Kalanianaole Highway and Maunalua Bay, Niu Peninsula is favored for its privacy, family neighborhood ambiance, convenience, and deep water frontage. Due to the configuration of the subdivision, which is accessed from the highway by Niu Iki Circle, homes along the rim of the peninsula have views of Koko Head or Diamond Head or both, and some also have mountain views. Just across the highway is the Niu Shopping Center and several schools.

Much of the Niu area the coastal lands and valley extending up the eastern ridge and inclusive of Hawaii Loa was part of an ahupuaa included in a grant by Kamehameha the Great to Alexander Adams and eventually passed down to heirs who formed the Lucas Trust. Family members were involved over the years in the subdivision of parcels and development of certain residential properties.

Niu peninsula was created by filling the remains of an old fish pond with earth and rock transported from Niu Valley and other excavation sites. Portions of the original fish pond wall were retained. The depth of the fill, from10 to 15 feet, was sufficient to support the construction of homes. When the project was completed around 1950, the property was subdivided and home building began. Currently the Niu Peninsula neighborhood consists of approximately 50 homes.

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor Tracy Allen, who grew up in the area, is a specialist in Niu properties over the years she has completed numerous transactions involving both luxury homes and vacant land in Niu Valley, Niu Beach, and Niu Peninsula. “Niu is a great neighborhood for people who enjoy the ocean,” Allen said. “If you own a rim lot, you can tie up a boat and keep your kayak right in front of your property. It’s a short cruise or paddle to the Hawaii Kai Marina and to swimming holes in the reef, where the surf is almost always breaking, sometimes with good size waves. On both sides of the peninsula are sandy beaches and calm, shallow waters.”

Allen has just listed a new custom designed oceanfront home on Niu Iki Circle with a panoramic view extending from Koko Head to Diamond Head. She describes the design of the home as “Island-style,” with such features as an ocean view swimming pool and a boat dock located at a point on the peninsula with the deepest water. Allen noted that pricing and other details will be forthcoming within the next few weeks.

Patricia Choi of Choi International, who has sold many multi-million dollar homes on Niu Peninsula, is currently listing a two-story oceanfront custom Mediterranean villa at 112 Niuiki Circle for $5,950,000. Designed and built in 2000 by luxury home builder Tim Gutierrez of Pyramid Premier Properties, the home is located on a 10,140 square foot lot. The gated, meticulously landscaped property extends to the seawall. A 12-foot waterfall is one of the dramatic features of the home which opens up on the ground floor to a covered lanai and courtyard with a free form swimming pool and spa. A guest suite and family room are also located on the ground level. On the upper level are a master suite with a covered deck overlooking the ocean, two additional bedrooms, and a tatami room.

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