Hana is the quintessential Hawaii retreat and one of the most scenic, unspoiled regions in the islands. With its lush tropical vegetation, the Hana countryside has the appearance of a natural garden. Minimally developed, the 11-square-mile community has a resident population of less than 2,000. Due to its isolation on the eastern coast of Maui the environment that attracts retreat-seekers is not likely to change.
The Hana Highway that winds along the coast provides visitors with a scenic, approximately two-hour excursion from Kahului to Hana’s only resort hotel, the venerable former Hotel Hana-Maui, now the Travaasa Hana, long reputed as Hawaii’s premier honeymoon destination. Among the numerous attractions of the area are the nearly 300-acre Kahanu Botanical Gardens and Piilanihale Heiau, one of the largest ancient Hawaiian temples, the seven pools of Oheo Gulch, and the Kipahulu district of Haleakala National Park, which extends from the summit of the crater to the coast. Although most of the dramatically beautiful coastline is rugged, it is notched with some of the island’s best sandy swimming and body surfing beaches.
The home of Paul Fagan, member of a kamaaina family long associated with the area, has recently been listed by Realtor Wendy Rice Peterson of Sotheby’s International Realty. Also a member of a kamaaina Maui family, she notes that the one-acre oceanfront estate is located in a choice setting at Puuiki
Point between Waioka Pool and the landmark Seven Pools.
“You enter the estate on a private, meandering lane rimmed by rock walls and take a step back in time to Old Hawaii,” Peterson said. “This is truly a legacy property celebrated in the song ‘Hale Olu,’ meaning house of relaxation and written for Paul Fagan by the Hawaiian slack key artist George Kahumoku, Jr. As the owner/builder, Paul designed his home to capture the beauty and tranquility of the setting with its sweeping ocean and mountain views and glorious sunrises.”
Fagan said, “I designed the home as a single-story structure aligned with the ocean to allow the prevailing northeast off-shore breezes to provide continual ventilation flowing through the home at all times. Further, the pitch of the roof-line is designed to be visually in harmony with the natural topography and avoid adversely affecting any pre-existing view corridors. Large covered decks augment the interior living space and provide views of the ocean and mountains. In keeping with true ‘Island style,’ an outdoor barbecue area is provided to enjoy family gatherings and outdoor showers to rinse off after a day at the beach.”
“Hana is a paradise for anyone who loves hiking, horseback riding, and water sports…one of Maui’s best beaches, Hamoa Beach, is only minutes away,” Peterson added. “The famous Hasegawa General Store is also a short drive…there you can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables and beef from Maui cattle ranches. For fine dining, the best option is the restaurant at the Travaasa Hana Resort, which has been rated as one of the best resorts in the state. If you need to get to Kahului and prefer not to drive the 50 miles, you can catch a flight at the Hana Airport.
“Oceanfront homes with all the wonderful features of this kamaaina property rarely become available in Hana. Over the years the community has attracted a mix of new residents, many involved in the arts, who embrace our Island lifestyle.”
Offered at $1,750,000, the spacious, custom home with three bedrooms and four full baths is designed with an open floor plan and vaulted ceilings. Large plate glass windows and floor to ceiling sliding glass doors bring the outside in. Finishes include hardwood floors and cabinets. Peterson is also offering a one-acre vacant parcel across the lane with utilities already in for an additional $495,000 and notes that, purchased together with the oceanfront home, it offers an opportunity to create a unique family compound. She is showing both properties by appointment.