Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights – Hamakua
One of the most scenic coastal regions in the Hawaiian Islands, Hamakua stretches from Hilo to Waipio and embraces a series of small communities that grew up around the sugar plantations, once the largest landholders in the area. A portion of this acreage, which extends from the coast to the slopes of Mauna Kea, has been subdivided and converted to residential use. Large tracts of land have also been made available for diversified agriculture and ranches.
The quaint plantation towns have been preserved and updated to serve new residents and visitors attracted by the pristine natural beauty of the area with its sweeping, unobstructed ocean views and verdant countryside. Both adventure travelers and those simply seeking a peaceful retreat in a setting that conforms to their image of “old Hawaii” are patronizing the increasing number of Hamakua vacation rentals. Activity in the upscale real estate market is currently being generated by both local and out-of-state residents whose priorities are large acreage and zoning that ensures the protection of open space.
A case in point is Umauma Falls Estates, a subdivision of approximately 18 lots of two to five acres located on the coast 14 miles north of the city of Hilo and between the small communities of Ninole and Hakalau. One of only a few remaining vacant lots is being offered by Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers at $550,000. Located on a cliff approximately 150 feet above the shoreline, the 2.21 acre property commands spectacular views of the ocean, mountains, and sunrise with 200 linear feet of ocean frontage.
“Umauma is only a ten to fifteen minute drive from the center of Hilo and the Hilo airport,” said Broker-in-Charge Julie Keller. “The scenery on either side of the Belt Highway is spectacular in the North Hilo District, which is where the subdivision is located…there are three distinct districts, North and South Hilo and the north-ernmost, also called Hamakua, on the Hamakua Coast.
“As you drive north out of Hilo on the Belt Highway, which spans the approximately 40-mile coast, you pass through three dramatically beautiful gulches, Maulua, Laupahoehoe, and Kaawalii. As with the rest of the Big Island, this is an area where both plantation-style village homes and multi-million dollar estates are common offerings among listings for sale.
“The convenience of Umauma Falls Estates to the commercial centers of Hilo as well as recreational opportunities is one of its main attractions to buyers…close-by are a number of botanic gardens, beach parks, and nature parks, one of which, located at Hakalau, offers the ‘Umauma Experience,’ a zipline tour. Umauma Falls is unique among Hawaii’s waterfalls as a series of three falls fed by the Umauma River which flows down the flanks of Mauna Kea.”
Keller noted that Umauma Falls Estates is one of the few subdivisions of high-end homes on the Hamakua Coast, and the property she is offering is one of the best located lots available. “Several beautiful multi-million dollar homes have been built, and more are under construction. The property is easily accessed off the Belt Highway. Showing requests can be directed to me or Beverly Molfino (R)S at Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers.”