Papohaku Ranchlands is a unique subdivision in west Molokai consisting of 270 homesites spread over 3,300 acres, 54 fronting the shore of Papohaku, Hawaii’s longest white sand beach. In addition to ranch-style estates, the development includes 16 miles of roads that follow the natural contours of the land, 10 miles of hiking and riding trails, and 10-acre Papohaku Beach Park. All utilities are underground and indigenous trees and rock have been retained to preserve the rugged feeling of the west Molokai countryside.
West Molokai’s first residential subdivision was undertaken in 1980 by the Kaluakoi Corporation, a subsidiary of Louisiana Land and Exploration Company, which had purchased 7,000 acres of former Molokai Ranch, Limited pasturelands to create Molokai’s first resort in the late 1960s.
The Kaluakoi ahupuaa, or land division, the largest on Molokai, remains sparsely developed. Only Papohaku Ranchlands has been built out, primarily with upscale residences. Three low-rise condominium complexes provide resort accommodations for visitors. The closest commercial development is just a few miles away at the former pineapple plantation village of Maunaloa with a post office, general store, and a kite shop. The best shopping and dining options on the island are at the main town of Kaunakakai, an approximately 20 minute drive from the west coast.
Residents of Papohaku Ranchlands are a diverse mix of full-time and part-time residents from all parts of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, professionals who commute and telecommute, and retirees. What they all have in common is a taste for the peacefulness and privacy offered by this retreat on the least-developed of the major Hawaiian Islands. Their homes overlook three-mile-long Papohaku, sometimes described as a beach “where the only footprints on the sand are yours.” Yet, only 23 miles away across the Kaiwi Channel, is the coast of Oahu with Diamond Head visible in the distance.
Realtor Diane Swenson CCIM, CRB, CRS, Principal Broker of Tropical Island Properties, has recently listed a five-and-a-half-acre Papohaku Ranchlands estate at $1,750,000. Designed as a Mediterranean villa, the two story home includes two bedrooms, two and a half baths, a home theater/media room, a spacious, open main living/dining area and kitchen, and a covered, wraparound deck on the upper level.
“This home is priced well below replacement cost and neither words nor pictures can adequately describe all the special amenities,” Swenson said. “It sits on a bluff overlooking the most desirable vista of the entire west coast of Molokai on to Diamond Head on Oahu. The light show starts at dusk with spectacular sunsets followed by a skyscape lit by stars that gleam brilliantly with the absence of city lights.
“An electronic entry gate opens to a 1,000 foot concrete, tree-lined driveway. The property is beautifully landscaped and includes a sparkling gem of a swimming pool set in the manicured lawn maintained by an automatic irrigation system.
“You enter the home through custom designed art deco glass doors. The sense of spaciousness created by ceilings that go from 10 to 30 feet in height is enhanced by floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that capture views in all directions.
“The master bedroom suite, which is an amazing 945 square feet, opens to a balcony and has a 270 degree panoramic view. The luxurious bath has an open walk-in shower and oversized tub enclosed with granite that matches the changing tides of the ocean.
“The custom kitchen features counter-tops of rare Brazilian blue granite, cabinets designed and custom-built in Italy, and top-of-the-line appliances. The professional grade home theater is a rounded 17 by 32 foot room with 12 foot ceilings to provide maximum acoustic quality. It includes a retractable big screen and ceiling-mounted projector. It could be converted into a third bedroom suite.
“The property also includes a four-car garage and areas that could be converted into additional rooms or guest accommodations. It’s perfect for anyone desiring privacy and seclusion in a spectacular setting with all of the ultimate creature comforts a custom home can deliver. The property is buffered on two sides by approximately six acres of conservation land. A helicopter lands easily on the driveway turnaround for quick easy travel to and from the property.”
Diane Swenson is showing the property by appointment.