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Each of the Hawaiian Islands, regardless of urbanization and population growth, can provide buyers with off-the-beaten-path properties…in the mountains, deep in the valleys, and on pristine secluded beaches. However, chances of finding an isolated retreat are probably better on Molokai than on any of the other major Hawaiian Islands…particularly in the verdant, sparsely populated area known as the “east end.” The total population of Molokai has remained in the vicinity of 7,000 for about three decades.

Realtor Diane Swenson, a resident of the east end, has been active in Molokai real estate for the past 32 years. At any given time, her company, Tropical Island Properties, lists anywhere from 45 to 55 Molokai single family homes, condos, and vacant land. The company website reminds viewers that “Only on Molokai can one find beachfront and ocean view estate properties at prices long ago forgotten on the other islands.”

She is currently offering a beach-front property the current owners have named “Pukoo Paradise.” Due to lifestyle changes, they have decided to put the 1.24 acre estate on the market. It includes a main house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths plus a large landscaped outside shower and a 2 bedroom, 1 bath guest house built over a 2 car garage and laundry area. The property, which is designated Ag, consists of four parcels.

“The homes were designed and built in 1998 by previous owners, both of whom had a background in architecture and construction,” Swenson said. “The architecture has Polynesian elements both homes have vaulted ceilings and are designed for casual island living with covered outdoor lanais. Features of the main house include a built-in punee, fossil limestone tile countertops, solid hardwood cabinets, floor to ceiling doors that open to the outdoors on the ocean side, a kitchen with an island, service/buffet counter, and two refrigerators. The guest house has a full kitchen, also with an island and hardwood cabinets, and an outdoor deck.

There are spectacular views from both homes the lush, green mountain range on the mauka side of the property and on the ocean side a three-island view of Maui, Lanai, and Kahoolawe.

“This home is located on one of Molokai’s best sandy beaches. The water is calm and clear due to the offshore coral reef. The conditions are ideal for swimming, paddle boarding, wind surfing, kite surfing, diving, snorkeling, and fishing. I consider it the best year-round water sports location on the island. Also, the property is private, quiet, and secluded.”

Swenson added that the east Molokai countryside is also hiking country with numerous trails leading to scenic lookouts and waterfalls, noting that local guides are available to conduct hikes as well as horseback rides and hunting expeditions.

“Although you feel as though you are a world away in east Molokai, the main town of Kaunakakai is only a 20 to 25 minute drive and the drive to the airport takes about 40 minutes. There are daily flights to both Honolulu and Maui airports and daily sailings of the Maui Princess from Kaunakakai Wharf to Lahaina.”

Swenson is showing the Pukoo property, priced at $1,975,000, by appointment.

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