Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights
With its deep verdant valleys, precipitous sea cliffs, and vast wilderness areas, the north shore of Kauai has remained minimally developed with the exception of 9,000 acre Princeville, an upscale resort and the state’s northernmost residential community. The easternmost section of the north shore, the Na Pali Coast, is a pristine, uninhabited region that has historically attracted hikers and campers from throughout Hawaii and beyond.
Travelers seeking secluded retreats in an unspoiled natural environment that matches their image of a tropical paradise have been the catalyst in the ongoing growth of the vacation rental market on Kauai’s north shore. Second home buyers, including a fair amount of celebrities, have also discovered the allure of the north shore, where their options range from island-style retreats to the upscale condos of Princeville.
Approximately midway between Hanalei and Haena, the terminus of the coastal highway, is Wainiha Valley, one of the line-up of forested valleys that notch the coastline and meet the sea with a crescent of sandy beach. Rivers and streams flowing down from Waialeale wind through the valleys, cascading over rocks and feeding the lush vegetation on their banks on the way to the ocean.
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers real estate agent Lauren Pingree, a resident of the area, has recently listed a 27,530 square foot Wainiha property with two homes, a single family residence legally permitted as a vacation rental and a caretaker’s bungalow. The two bedroom, one bath main house is a classic, old Hawaii style home with an open floor plan, bay windows, hardwood floors, and a partially screened wraparound lanai overlooking the valley. Pingree noted that the lanai adds 128 square feet of useable dining and relaxation space to the nearly 1,000 square foot interior.
Also on the property are multiple storage buildings, an artist’s workshop, and a private, full wash-room for use after returning from Wainiha Beach, which is a short drive or 15 minute walk. Tropical landscaping and vegetation include avocado, papaya, banana, and a 50-year-old mangosteen.
“This property provides a number of options to a prospective owner, which could be an owner-occupant or investor or a combination of the two. You could live full time or part time or not at all in the main house if your choice is to utilize it exclusively as an income-producing property. Considering that Wainiha is only down the road from Hanalei Town, a popular vacation destination, where the least expensive vacation rental for sale is $2.39 million, this Wainiha vacation rental is an excellent opportunity at $925,000,” Pingree said.
She pointed out that Prince-ville, with its numerous options for shopping and dining, as well as golf, is only a 20 minute drive from Wainiha, which has a small general store and a few boutique eateries. “What we love about Wainiha is the opportunity to enjoy a quiet lifestyle in a beautiful, natural setting, while at the same time being close to the action in Hanalei town. It’s the ‘old Hawaii’ so many visitors to the Islands seek, but don’t often find. It also offers an alternative to Hawaii residents who live in the city and occasionally need the kind of rejuvenating tranquility you can experience only in a place like Wainiha.”