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Historically, It’s “Kaalawai”

Lying between Black Point and Diamond Head are several pocket neighborhoods generally, and sometimes collectively, identified by the names of the main roads in the area Kaikoo, Papu Circle, and Kulamanu. However, another access road to the coast from Kahala Avenue, Kaalawai, is the historical name for most of the area as well as its sandy beach.

The residential mix is diverse…from older, modest frame homes to large, architect designed homes with sweeping views, many with ocean frontage, and new gated communities. Major remodeling and rebuilding on the site of teardowns is a growing trend.

Although the area has long been favored by upscale buyers, kamaaina, and ocean lovers, it periodically goes through a process of rediscovery. Due to its gradual slope upward from the coast to Kahala Avenue, a large percentage of the homes enjoy coastal and ocean views one of its attractions along with a sandy beach and choice surfing spots within walking distance.

On the rocky eastern portion of the coastline actually the western flank of Black Point, or Kupikipikio is the landmark Shangri La, the former home of heiress Doris Duke which now offers visitor tours. Below the estate is the salt water swimming pool and beach known as “Cromwells,” named for James Cromwell, Duke’s husband who shared the home with her during the late 1930s.

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Properties Realtor Maggie Walker has listed one of the most architecturally distinguished homes on Kaikoo Place, originally designed by noted Hawaii architect Vladimir Ossipoff and now completely remodeled and enlarged by the Hawaii architectural firm, Welch and Weeks.

“When you enter the walled and gated property from the street, you come to a private world,” Walker said. “This is even more apparent when you enter the house itself from the garden lanai. You are immediately struck by the quality of the design and finishes old growth koa and Shells Reef flooring, Murano glass light fixtures, and a stunning koa staircase, to name a few. The owners went to immense lengths to obtain fine and rare materials.

“The large open kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, and the wine room off the dining area has two wine refrigerators. In addition to the expansive main living and dining areas, which open to garden, ocean, and pool views, the home has a library, an office, media room, and several bedroom suites. The master suite, which encompasses the entire upper level, includes a lanai and huge bathroom with oversized shower and bathtub overlooking the garden. The bedroom has a panoramic ocean view.

“At the apex of the property is the ‘tree house,’ a separate structure ideal for guests or a caretaker. The swimming pool and spa are graced by tropical landscaping for maximum privacy. Other features are photovoltaic and solar systems, air-conditioning, an elevator, and off-street parking for approximately nine cars. A right of way to the ocean is just across the street. This home really is a ‘work of art.'”

The 4,472 square foot home, augmented by an additional 632 square feet of lanais, is priced at $4,495,000. Walker is showing it by appointment.

Choi International has listed four homes in the area, one topping the price range at $6,200,000. The property, in a cul-de-sac at 4312 Kaikoo Place, has direct ocean access and a swimming pool.

Among three homes in the neighborhood listed by Kahala Associates is a classic beach house at 4335 Kaikoo Place offered at $1,895,000, the low end of the price range for this upscale area.

A 30,370 square foot vacant lot with access from Kulamanu Street and frontage on Kaalawai Beach has been listed by Sandwich Isles Realty at $6,888,000.

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