Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights – Mauna Olu – Makaka
Although the fi rst Mauna Olu Estates homesites went on the market in the late 1980s, this Makaha hillside neighborhood remains Oahu’s best-kept secret.
A gated community accessed by a loop road off Farrington Highway and approximately two miles up the valley, Mauna Olu Estates consists of approximately 100 one to two acre lots. All lots have been sold, but only 65 are currently built out.
The fee simple, single family home subdivision was a component of the masterplan for Makaha Valley created in the 1960s by developer Chinn Ho who built his own home on an adjacent property. Over the years, development has moved forward with starts and stops but is now gathering momentum with the ongoing expansion of Kapolei and reconstruction of the venerable Makaha Resort.
According to Travis Palmer (RA), a sales agent in the Kapolei office of Coldwell Banker Pacifi c Properties and specialist in Leeward Oahu real estate, three homes and two vacant lots have sold in Mauna Olu over the past year.
Among the appealing features of Mauna Olu are its low density due to the size of the lots and the spectacular views from elevations ranging from approximately 500 to 1,000 feet. With mountains on three sides, the homesites look out to the ocean over two golf courses, the Makaha Valley Resort course and the Makaha Valley East Course, both public 18 hole golf courses.
“I believe the fi rst Makaha Valley developer, Chinn Ho, recognized it as a favored area in terms of its natural beauty and climate,” Palmer said. “Although Leeward Oahu is generally dryer than other parts of the island, the valley gets enough rain to support vegetation and at the higher elevations it can be five to 10 degrees cooler than the coast.
“It’s takes only a few minutes to get from Mauna Olu to Makaha’s sandy beaches, including its world-famous surfing beach. From some of the lots, including one I’m currently listing, you can actually see the surf rolling in and, with binoculars, the surfers riding the big sets. You can also catch glimpses of whales in the waters off the coast during the winter months.”
Palmer is currently offering a custom-designed, two-story, 4,296 square foot home with 866 additional square feet of deck space. The 1.569 acre, terraced rim lot is adjacent to Preservation land and encircled by a lava rock wall with a custom-crafted iron gate. Extensively landscaped with tropical foliage, the country estate includes a koi pond and free form, saltwater swimming pool and a spa. In addition to the 600 square foot garage, the property provides ample parking for additional cars and boats. He noted that a tennis court could be added on an existing concrete pad as well as an exercise pavilion. A computerized entry, security, sprinkler, and lighting control system is operative throughout the property.
The main living area is designed as a great room with a cathedral ceiling soaring to 20 feet and open to the kitchen and dining area. Four bedroom/bath suites, two of which can be accessed from the deck, include a 300 square foot master bedroom with luxurious bath on the second floor overlooking the swimming pool and valley. The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances, hardwood cabinets, granite countertops, and a dining counter. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and abundant windows admit natural light and ocean breezes.
Palmer commented that Mauna Olu Estates is one of only a few Oahu residential subdivisions with lots exceeding an acre in size. “Both the size of the property and the spacious home make this estate ideal for a large or extended family. The views, privacy, and proximity to sandy beaches are other features that are attracting buyers. Additionally, the city of Kapolei and the Ko Olina Resort are a short drive from Makaha,” Palmer said.
He is offering the estate for a reduced price of $1,475,000 and showing it by appointment together with his co-listor Sherry Holt-Reese (RA).