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Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights


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Like other East Oahu ridge developments, the Hawaii Loa neighborhood began with construction of an access road winding up the hillside from Kalanianaole Highway. The land was virtually vacant in the 1960s when the road-building project got underway on property owned by the Lucas Trust. Originally an ancient Hawaiian ahupuaa, the property was included in a grant by Kamehameha the Great to Alexander Adams and eventually passed down to Adams’ great granddaughter Mary Lucas. The Lucas Trust lands extended from Hawaii Loa Ridge to Kuliouou Ridge and included Niu Valley and the shoreline. Obtaining the land to create the turnaround loop on the makai side of Kalanianaole was critical to moving forward with the development, which began gaining momentum in the 1980s.

Guidelines for design and construction of homes were established by an architectural committee to ensure quality and environmental integrity. The development proceeded incrementally by zones with the larger estate-size properties located at the lower levels. Preserving view channels for all homes was a requirement, with height limits and setbacks specified. Owners are required to install irrigation systems and landscape the property, including planting mature trees. Colors and exterior siding and roofing are also subject to approval.

In addition to the quality of the residences and sweeping views of the ocean, coastline, and mountains, security is a feature that continues to attract buyers to Hawaii Loa Ridge.

A gate and security station are located at the entrance to the development which comprises 557 built-out lots and 20 undeveloped lots, a recreation center with tennis courts, children’s playground, a picnic area located in the Ridge Park, and a management office. The security station is staffed around the clock and dispatches mobile security throughout the community. Within Hawaii Loa is a gated enclave, The Pointe, with a total of 45 lots. The construction of new homes continues in Hawaii Loa Ridge, as well as remodeling throughout the older sectors of the development.

Choi International, which has been active in Hawaii Loa Ridge sales over the years, has recently listed a home in The Pointe, originally built in 2002 and remodeled in 2014. Situated on a 13,797-square-foot rim lot, the home is sited and designed to maximize privacy. Its 4,622-square-foot interior is augmented by 1,420 square feet of usable outdoor space surrounding the swimming pool.

The main level, with high ceilings and an open floor plan, includes the formal living room and dining area, and gourmet kitchen with an island and dining counter. The main living and dining areas open to the patio and pool with two waterfalls, a spa, and cabana. Due to the orientation of the home, this poolside area is protected from the wind and ideal for outdoor entertaining. Two guest bedrooms, a family room, and office are also on this level. A grand staircase leads to the upper level with the master suite and a separate guest bedroom/bath suite.

“The master suite is really special and generously proportioned, as are other rooms in this spacious home,” said Patricia Choi (R), CCIM, CIPS. “Its private lanai overlooks the pool for views of the ocean and Diamond Head. The bath itself is extraordinary with a spa tub and dual walk-in shower.

“Details and finishes throughout are of high quality, including hard-wood and natural stone flooring, granite countertops, and hard-wood cabinetry.”

An 894 square foot, three-car garage is located on the property, which has been extensively landscaped.

Choi International is offering the home for $4,488,000 and showing it by appointment.

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