Located at opposite ends of the Big Island are its two most visited scenic destinations, Volcanoes in the south and Waipio Valley on the northwestern Hamakua Coast. Rich in tradition and historic sites, the scenic valley is approximately six miles deep and a mile wide where it meets the sea with a crescent of black sand. The walls of the valley, which reach 2,000 feet, are laced with waterfalls, one of which, Hiilawe, is the island’s longest waterfall cascading 1,300 feet to the valley floor. Once the home of Hawaiian kings, the valley now has an estimated 100 residents. Most visitors to the area only venture as far as the lookout, since the road into the valley is negotiable only by four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Just northwest of the Waipio Lookout is Kukuihaele, a community with approximately 500 residents and a number of large estates. Situated on a coastal cliff 600 feet above the ocean, is a six-acre estate with a residence designed by Architect Clemson Lam AIA to capture the spectacular views that surround it on all sides -the lushly landscaped property, the valley, bay, and coastline. It is being offered by Realtor Brodie Callender of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,695,000.
The residence, which is fenced and gated, consists of two wings on either side of a saltwater swimming pool, hot tub, and covered outdoor entertaining area. The 3,680-square-foot home includes five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a chef’s kitchen equipped with appliances for large-scale entertaining, an office, and living room/media room.
“In addition to the main living area, four of the five bedrooms have ocean veiws, which is rare,” Callender commented. “Another great feature of this home is the pod-style design, which provides privacy and flexibility for entertaining guests and accommodating different lifestyles.
“Quality finishes and detailing throughout include kitchen cabinets and built-ins made of mango and coconut wood, granite counter-tops, high-end appliances, a claw-foot tub in the master bath, incredible outside shower, and a surround-sound system.”
Callender noted that the property includes an organic tropical fruit orchard with mango, grapefruit, orange, lilikoi, lime, fig, coconut, breadfruit, papaya, banana, avocado, and jackfruit among others.
Also on the property are most of the building materials for construction of a second dwelling of approximately 1,000 square feet for use as a guest house or caretaker’s cottage. Both the materials and permitted plans will convey with an acceptable offer.
“This is truly a ‘one-of-a-kind’ opportunity to own and care for a unique piece of old Hawaii,” Callender said. “The area projects a rare sense of solitude and harmony with nature that we felt was confirmed when the home was blessed by the kahu and a Hawaiian hawk, the Io, flew over the property. These rare hawks, generally found only on the Big Island, can be observed from the home, as well as pods of humpback whales who visit the waters off the coast during the spring season.
“Recreational opportunities abound in the area…particularly hiking, swimming, and surfing in Waipio Valley. The old Hawaiian plantation village of Honokaa, about eight minutes away, has continued to grow with new shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and art galleries that attract both visitors and an increasing number of local residents with interest in the arts. The Waimea-Kohala Airport in the town of Waimea is only about a 20 minute drive…conveniently close for second home owners and residents of other islands who have weekend getaways or ranches in the area.”
Callender is showing the property by appointment.