Sited on approximately 60 acres of gently up-sloping land overlooking the Waianae coast, Makaha La is a new development of single-family homes designed for unsurpassed makai and mauka views. The property is an ideal setting for the 30 homesites planned to support a relaxed regional Island lifestyle and take full advantage of the natural beauty and assets of the site.
This initial increment is the forerunner of an approximately 600-acre master-planned community including agricultural sites, protected land, residential and recreational, and energy-producing features. The project will ultimately become self-sufficient and remain sensitive to the larger community in terms of future land use.
The site planning is guided by the natural topography and takes into consideration the individual buildable parcel allocation and accesses so each individual home will enjoy panoramic views as well as privacy. Access roads and driveways feature integral road surface-level lighting illuminating the driveway forward as travel progresses. Landscaping augments the natural vegetation while ensuring appropriate view planes.
The initial energy self-sufficient “model” home, while designed for a specific owner, includes a two-level plan with a total of 2,250 square feet of interior living space plus lanai and pool deck areas. The lower level includes the main living and dining area separated partially by a family room with a fireplace, and a bedroom suite. Fronting the house are a spa and lap pool that integrate the views of water on the property with the ocean beyond. The second level includes three bedrooms, each with a bathroom. There is an option of locating the master suite and/or guest suite, all of which have lanais, on either level. An elevator will connect both levels.
Both levels include gently curved upsloping soffits to maximize views and provide indirect lighting to interior shallow-domed ceilings. Integral solar-activated window shades (with overrides) provide additional direct solar penetration beyond that of the engineered solar glazing. This house is connected to a three-car garage structure with a landscaped trellised lanai including photovoltaic panels and an integral water feature that recirculates water pumped up from the pools below, returning it through a waterfall back to the pools.
The home is designed to be constructed of a multi-patented, composite building system that utilizes an EPS core material for all structural members — walls, roof, floor — sprayed with a composite coating system; the completed system is highly insulated and fire/tropical storm/seismic/ termite resistant.
All project inquiries are being handled by Realty Executives; contact Tom Tisher at 480-231-0782.
Architect for the project is Arthur Kimbal Thompson, AIA, TF, LEED A.P., a graduate of the UH School of Architecture. He attended the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and currently serves on its Board of Governors; he is past president of the Taliesin Fellows. His projects have received AIA Honolulu design awards and he is Chairman of the State of Hawaii Marine and Coastal Zone Advisory Council.