Country living 15 minutes from Waikiki? It’s possible in Palolo Valley. In the deep reaches of Palolo, on the valley floor, plateaus, and hillsides, residential development is minimal. Most of the acreage is zoned agricultural and preservation and includes farms, rustic cottages, and private estates surrounded by dense forest growth. Two of Palolo’s rural neighborhoods take their names from streams running from the head of the valley, Waiomao and Pukele, the latter accessed by Lai Road.
A businessman and outdoors-man carved his own personal oasis out of the forest in one of the more remote areas near the end of Lai Road. After searching for nearly 20 years for the perfect property to build the home he envisioned -a private country retreat with the ocean within close reach -he spotted a large expanse of partially cleared land while hiking on a ridge above the valley. He located the owners and purchased the property in 1989.
Familiar with pole house design, which he considers one of the most suitable home styles for Island living, he worked closely with Pole Houses of Hawaii to adapt the basic design for both the setting and his lifestyle.
The multi-level structure, with a total 3,155 square feet, overlooks the surrounding ridges and the valley with a spectacular, unobstructed view of Waikiki, Diamond Head, and the ocean in the distance. Despite the sense of isolation, the Kaimuki business district is only two and a half miles away, Waikiki approximately another mile and a half.
The spacious interior is augmented by a 434-square-foot lanai facing makai, which serves as an extension of the main living area and provides an additional venue for dining and entertaining. At the rear of the home are a second lanai, barbecue area, and oversize hot tub. The open kitchen includes a bar with seating for casual dining and features a 24-foot custom ceramic backsplash by Hawaii artist Gail Bakutis, one of many artistic accents found throughout the home. A Bose sound system provides music to indoor and outdoor areas.
Three bedrooms and two baths are located on the main floor. A large office, workshop, and garage are on the lower, ground level. The 4.11-acre site includes well-designed, well-maintained gardens bordered by lava rock walls with many varieties of tropical fruit trees, a manicured lawn area suitable for croquet, an imu pit, and water catchment system. Parking areas on the grounds can accommodate several dozen vehicles. Additional space could be cleared and developed as a small farm.
Realtor David E. Buck of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers is offering the estate for $3,900,000 inclusive of some furnishings and showing it by appointment.