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Horita’s “Crown Jewel”

The Royal Summit hillside neighborhood in Aiea is one of approximately 90 developments undertaken by legendary homebuilder Herbert K. Horita over approximately five decades. Developed in three phases between 1980 and 1984, the Royal Summit consists of 560 homesites which were marketed both as house/lot packages and vacant lots by Herbert K. Horita Realty.

“The Horita-built homes are a mix of well constructed, well designed single and two story models, many with wonderful views of Pearl Harbor,” said Principal Broker Fukuyuki Puckett. “Herbert entered them in the Building Industry Association Parade of Homes and won numerous awards including Best In Show in 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1985. He would refer to the Royal Summit as his ‘crown jewel,” which is high praise considering that he developed approximately 11,500 new single family houses, townhomes, and condominiums in the course of his career.” Puckett noted that the homes originally sold for prices in the mid $200,000s; sales recorded over the past six months range from $850,000 to $1,150,000.

Realtor Abbie Ichino, a resident of the Royal Summit, joined the Horita organization in 1975 and not only worked on marketing the development, she also bought five vacant lots, two of which she has built on and one on which she is planning to start construction in the near future. “This is a great neighborhood for many reasons,” Ichino said. “People are friendly and take good care of their homes, which they seldom put on the market. There are great views and the location couldn’t be more convenient. It takes only a few minutes to get to Pearlridge Center and Waimalu Plaza, and there are two elementary schools closeby. The Airport and downtown Honolulu are a short drive. One of the best recreation centers on the island is in nearby Newtown Estates, another Horita development. Membership in the Newtown Estates Community Association, which is $25 a month, includes use of the recreation center with all its facilities, a big swimming pool, tennis courts, new workout equipment, and more. Horita built it in 1972 at a cost of $2 million.”

Horita Realtors Ronald Y. Sugihara and Virginia B. Sugihara have recently listed an exceptional Royal Summit home built by the current owner on a vacant lot on Naalii Street in 1991. Situated on a 10,369 square foot rim lot, the house itself has more than 5,053 square feet of living area. Designed by Stanley Yasumoto AIA of Architects Hawaii, the split level home overlooks a coastal panorama extending from Diamond Head to the Waianae Mountains.

“The owners chose one of the best locations in the Royal Summit to build their home,” Ronald Sugihara said. “The property, which is beautifully and professionally landscaped with all utilities underground, abuts Preservation land, enhancing the sense of privacy. The living and family rooms open to covered lanais overlooking the view and gardens. Included in the four bedrooms and four and a half baths are a spacious master suite with a luxurious whirlpool tub surrounded by marble walls and flooring, a second master suite on the opposite end of the home, and a bedroom and bath on the lower level which is ideal for guests. The spacious gourmet kitchen features custom solid oak cabinets and Corian countertops. Additional rooms include a dining room and den and, on the lower level, a large recreation room, laundry room, and storage. Among the many special features are vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, a grand marble entry, and a waterfall cascading over lava rocks into a small pool in the central landing area of the home. Flooring throughout is a combination of marble, carpeting, and some ceramic tile. The home is solidly built with fully insulated walls and ceilings and a Monier tile roof. The entire home is in excellent condition.” Priced at $1,650,000 fee simple, the home is being shown by appointment only.

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