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Dramatically situated on a cliff above Puakea Bay, Hale O Kohola (house of the whale) is named for the seasonal spectacle created by the humpback whales who migrate to Hawaiian waters in late December. This luxurious indoor-outdoor home provides a “ringside seat” to observe whale activity just off the coast until early May when they return to Alaskan waters with their new-born calves.

Equally spectacular are the mauka views from the property. To the east is the Kohala mountain range with forested slopes reaching an altitude of approximately 5,000 feet. Dominating the view to the southeast is majestic 13,803 foot Mauna Kea. Kohala, the northern sector of the Big Island, is horse country with numerous private ranches spread out across the sparsely populated countryside. Residential and commercial development is centered around the towns of Waimea and Hawi.

Hale O Kohola is the only oceanfront estate in Puakea Bay Ranch, a 400-acre rural gated community located three miles south of the historic town of Hawi and 17 miles north of Kawaihae Harbor. The owners association maintains a gatehouse at the entrance to the property and an oceanfront park for the use of residents. A riding and walking trail follows the entire perimeter of the community. Cattle and horses graze on vacant parcels.

Offered at $11,950,000 by Realtor Gayle Ching of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty, five-acre Hale O Kohola is being sold with two adjoining 10-acre vacant buildable parcels. The residence was built in 1986 by George Isaacs, the developer of Puakea Bay Ranch, as his own home. It was remodeled by the current owner, working with California Architect Ron Firestone AIA and Hawaii interior designer Mary

Philpotts.The main residence includes 6 bedrooms with a luxurious master suite consisting of his and hers bathrooms and an exercise room with a steam shower and dry sauna, walk-in closets, and a private lanai overlooking Puakea Bay and Maui in the distance. The home is designed for large-scale entertaining with a gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, spacious covered view lanai, and massive great room with mahogany coffered-style ceilings. A separate guest residence includes three bedroom suites, a fitness room, family room and kitchen, and a pool bath with a steam shower. Fireplaces are located in the great room and guest suites.

The landscaped property, which is privately gated for additional security, includes a tennis court, ocean-side swimming pool, three-car enclosed garage, and porte cochere. The parklike setting is lush and fertile with exotic plants and tropical trees.

Listing Realtor Gayle Ching noted that the craftsmanship exhibited in detailing inside and outside the home is extraordinary. “Koa wood, luang mahogany, and other exotic woods were used throughout on floors, window casings, and cabinetry,” Ching said. “The home was designed by the original owner to capture views in all directions, including sunrises and sunsets…it provides the ideal venue for indoor-outdoor living. The entire third floor encompasses the master suite with its private lanai. Every room has an ocean view with the exception of one bedroom which looks out over the gardens and a trellis draped with rare jade vines. The 1,000-plus square foot covered oceanside lanai with imported Italian tile floor includes a full wet bar and lots of seating areas. Besides viewing decks on all levels with access from each room, there is a landing below, just above the water. There will never be another home this close to the water at Puakea.

“This estate is a private paradise, nature-oriented, and tranquil. A true haven, but not remote. The fabulous Mauna Kea resort with white sand beaches, world class golf, fine dining and upscale boutiques is only a 15 minute drive down the highway. There are also numerous shops and restaurants in the nearby towns of Waimea and Hawi. Kona International Airport at Keahole is about a 50 minute drive and the Waimea-Kohala Airport is a half hour away. Only five minutes from Puakea is the Upolu Airport with limited facilities but sufficient runway to accommodate small aircraft, a great convenience for residents with private planes. There is also the potential of landing a helicopter on your own property. Puakea offers the opportunity for a unique lifestyle…literally from helicopter to horseback.”

Ching is showing the property by appointment only.

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