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Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights

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Peaking at approximately 1,000 feet above sea level, Puu Makakilo was once the site of a school for kahuna kilokilo, Hawaiian astronomers. The word “makakilo” translates from the Hawaiian as ‘watchful eye.'”

Today, the hill 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 refl ect the elevation.

Finance Realty, the original developer of Makakilo, began subdividing land leased from Campbell Estate at the lower elevations in the early 1960s. Starting with single family homes, the development slowly began climbing the hill, adding townhome projects in the mid 1970s.

The majority of the new home developments in recent years were undertaken by D. R. Horton Schuler Homes and represent a wide price range and variety of home styles.

HighPointe, where the first homes were offered in 2005, is a community of 142 single family homes, many with large lots and sweeping views of the coast, valleys, and ocean.

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor Associate and Leeward Oahu specialist Travis Palmer has listed a luxury view home in the HighPointe subdivision for $1,379,000, which he refers to as a “modest price,” considering the location and quality of the property.

The 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is a spacious 2,700 square feet with a lanai that adds 700 square feet of usable space. “The lanai at the rear of the house has amazing ocean views…from Pearl Harbor all the way to Diamond Head,” Palmer said. “This massive lanai overlooks a large free form salt water swimming pool with a hot tub and ample deck space for dining and entertaining.

“Another of this home’s stand-out features is the open floor plan with the sense of spaciousness enhanced by the high ceilings. All the rooms flow together and to the outside very effectively. The kitchen, which opens to the living room and pool area, has high-end appliances and an island that offers another option for casual dining. The master suite includes a bathroom with a stand-alone, walk-in shower and a hot tub. A family room with a pool table, located on the second floor, opens to another 700 square foot lanai which looks out across the swimming pool to the sweeping view. The 15,000 square foot perimeter rim lot is terraced and has sufficient room to plant gardens and fruit trees.”

He added that 22 photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof and have the potential of reducing the electricity bill to $18 a month, which has been the experience of the current owners.

“The popularity of Makakilo and other Leeward neighborhoods increases as development of more cultural, educational, and recreational facilities as well as shopping and dining options continues at Kapolei, just a 10 minute drive down the hill,” Palmer said. “In another 10 minutes you can be at the Ko Olina Resort with beaches, golf, and fine dining. It’s also a short drive to White Plains Beach, a favored local surf spot with reef-protected waters and a sandy shore. There are about a dozen golf courses to choose from in the surrounding area. What we often hear from clients who have purchased in the Kapolei neighborhood is ‘everything we need is here.'”

Palmer is showing the property by appointment and at Sunday open houses.

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