Nearly a century has passed since kamaaina families discovered the beauty and solitude of Malaekahana and began building small weekend retreats along the sandy beach fronting the bay.
Located just south of Kahuku Point and north of Laie on the Windward Coast, today Malaekahana is a unique residential enclave consisting of 40 side-byside beachfront estates.
The residential subdivision, extending approximately a mile along the shore of Malaekahana Bay, is anchored at either end by two sections of 110-acre Malaekahana State Recreation Area. One of Hawaii’s most picturesque crescents of sandy beach fronts the one-acre plus private estates that are reached by a beach access road off Kamehameha Highway.
Most of the homes in the enclave are well separated from each other and landscaped to enhance the sense of seclusion and privacy and far enough from the road so traffic noise is not a factor. Adding to the desirability of these beachfront retreats for weekend getaways and family vacations, as well as full time living, are the reef protected waters that are conducive to swimming the year round. Both Malaekahana and Laie Bays have surf breaks for both board and body surfing and are also popular spots for kayaking, kitesurfing, and throw-net fishing.
The largest lot on the bay at over 1.5 acres is currently being offered by List Sotheby’s International Realty at $2,800,000. The two bedroom, two bath home includes a large main living area that opens to a deck with a hot tub and unobstructed views of the beach and ocean to the horizon. Realtor Greg Kerner, who is co-listing the property with Realtor Jeffrey Hughes, noted that the structure was built on a slight elevation which enhances the view and exposure to ocean breezes.
“Properties like this, an acre and a half on a sandy beach with 100 feet of lineal ocean frontage, are rare and seldom go on the market. There’s sufficient space to park about a dozen cars near the house. Due to the large size of the lot and R-5 zoning, it would be possible to CPR the property and build a second home, which other owners have done, often for their full-time caretakers. Being able to live in one home on the property while building another is a real advantage.”
Kerner pointed out that Turtle Bay Resort with its championship golf courses, restaurants, and other recreational amenities is only 10 minutes away. Additionally, increasing commercial development at neighboring Laie provides numerous options for shopping and dining. Haleiwa Town and the North Shore surfing beaches are a short drive up Kam Highway.
Kerner and Hughes will be holding an open house at the property Sunday, October 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. Call 478-2568 for information or a private showing.