Hawaii’s Ranch Lifestyle – Hana, Maui
In the mid 1900s, large tracts of ranch and agricultural land throughout the islands were designated for redevelopment as resorts and masterplanned communities. The adaptation for new uses of Hawaii plantations previously dedicated to sugar and pineapple continues today.
The preservation of Hawaii’s ranch and agricultural lands in green, open space is vital to the lifestyle of local residents, while an unspoiled natural environment also serves to attract visitors and new residents from all parts of the world. With increasing urbanization, in Hawaii and elsewhere, vast expanses of pristine countryside, often in juxtaposition with developed areas, contribute to the uniqueness of our island state.
Ranch lands are a component of the exceptionally varied mix of Hawaii real estate offerings – lands that often border sandy beaches or coastal plateaus, then sweep inland to deep valleys, the foothills of towering cliffs, and the lower slopes of volcanic domes. Such extraordinary landscapes have inspired Hawaii’s great artists for generations.
The ranches of Maui have, for the most part, been the legacy of kamaaina families who have utilized the acreage as working ranches over the years. Island Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor Dan Omer, a member of the Maui community since 1970 and a specialist in Hana properties, is currently offering 420 acres of oceanfront and ocean view pastureland that was formerly part of 4,500-acre Hana Ranch.
According to Omer, the owners, HRP Hana LLC, purchased the ranch in 2001 as a preservation/conservation effort and subsequently placed conservation easements on eight oceanfront properties, donated land for the expansion of a county park, and emphasized the restoration of pastureland. In 2013, HRP sold 3,600 mauka acres to Hana Ranch Stewards, also active conservationists, who now operate the property as Hana Ranch. HRP Hana retained the makai 420 acres, which Omer is now offering for sale.
“Hana Ranch continues to graze the oceanfront pastures, and markets their all-natural grass fed beef on Maui through Maui Cattle Company and on the Mainland,” Omer said. “They have also initiated a 20-acre organic farm, which sells produce to the Hana community and other customers on Maui, including their new restaurant, Hana Ranch Provisions in Paia.
“The property includes approximately a mile and a half of oceanfront pastureland that rises on a gentle slope from shoreline to Hana Highway. It lends itself to continued ranching, as well as creation of an extraordinary legacy estate or corporate retreat. Furthermore, important cultural sites offer the opportunity for additional conservation easements and the potential tax benefits thereof.
“Hana is one of the last places in Hawaii untouched by urbanization and over-development and is evocative of yesterday’s Hawaii. Visitors and buyers are attracted by the extraordinarily beautiful scenery, idyllic isolation, rural atmosphere, and small town friendliness.”
The 420-acre property can be purchased in its entirety for $32,000,000 or as four separate sections, Sea Ranch with 81 acres inclusive of two parcels at $8,000,000, Hamoa Bluffs with 187 acres inclusive of nine parcels at $7,750,000, Hamoa Beach with 61 acres inclusive of six parcels at $12,000,000, and Makaalae with 90 acres inclusive of thirteen parcels at $7,250,000. Alternately, the seller will provide a discount for the combined purchase of all four lots plus an additional 482 acres of non-contiguous property.
Omer is showing the property by appointment.