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Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights – Puu Panini

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Puu Panini is unique among Honolulu’s upscale neighborhoods. This enclave of approximately 30 properties with a mix of historic homes and luxurious new builds and remodels lies between Diamond Head and Kahala…and, as one long-time resident stated, “You have to know it’s there to find it.”

Lots are large, a minimum of 10,000 square feet and extensively landscaped; many of the original gardens with rare flowering plants and mature trees have been retained. The prime properties overlook a 29,000 square foot park wrapped by Puu Panini Avenue and Panini Loop and owned and maintained by Puu Panini Park Association. The park includes a paddle tennis court with play limited to contributing Association members. With its shower trees and large, grassy lawn, the park enhances the neighborhood’s distinctive, peaceful ambiance. Lots perched along a coral bluff also capture ocean and mountain views.

Bordered by 22nd Avenue, Huanui Street, and Puu Panini Avenue, the neighborhood was developed on lands utilized as a dairy farm from the late 1800s to the 1920s. The original 27 buyers constitute an “honor roll” of business leaders of the period, including celebrated architect Vladimir Ossipoff, who built his own home there and designed additions at an estate recently placed on the market.

One of Puu Panini’s largest private estates, originally developed in the 1930s, has been placed on the market for the first time. Crowning Puu Panini bluff, the 46,526 square foot property overlooks the ocean and Kahala with Koko Head and mauka views. The original home and garden walls were built of sandstone and coral excavated from a quarry on the property.

In the late 1940s, a new section, with a living room, formal dining room, kitchen, and maid’s room designed by Vladimir Ossipoff, was added to the home. The original stone section was converted into a three-bedroom, two-bath wing. In 1953, the two section home was purchased by Richard and Elizabeth Stifel who retained Ossipoff to design another addition consistent with the style of his earlier remodel.

Two bedrooms, a bath, darkroom, basement, wet bar, a 40-foot swimming pool, and entertainment deck were completed in 1961. The three-section home is interconnected by walls and stairs built by Richard Stifel with rock from the on-site quarry.

The estate is accessed through a private driveway behind Puu Panini Park. Privacy and shade are provided by the old growth trees, including lychee, banyan, monkey pod, and mango. Due to its elevation, the property receives cooling trade winds. A former resident notes, “When still nights do occur, the surf breaking along the shores of Kahala and Black Point can be heard.”

Listing agent Sachi Braden noted that the estate, priced at $11 million, has potential for creation of a luxurious new residence or multiple designer homes.

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