Oceanfront Options – Paiko Lagoon
The options for oceanfront living on the shores of Maunalua Bay are for the most part multi-million-dollar single family homes. An exception is a town-home development at the edge of Paiko Lagoon, the 2.5 acre Kuliouou Kai condominium community.
The complex consists of six fourplexes and two duplexes with 28 townhome units, well maintained landscaped grounds, a swimming pool, and recreation area with barbecue facilities for the use of residents. With Summer Street as its mauka boundary, Kuliouou Road to the west, and the Kuliouou Valley canal to the east, Kuliouou Kai is a quiet, private enclave with the atmosphere of a gated community.
The defining feature of the neighborhood is the Paiko Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary. The 33-acre preserve, administered by the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, is primarily a sanctuary for waterbirds, providing habitat for various migratory shore birds and sea birds.
In addition to the picturesque lagoon, Kuliouou Kai offers sweeping views of Maunalua Bay and Koko Head.
Other amenities of the neighborhood include Kuliouou Beach Park where boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and surfboards can be launched and picnic and barbecue facilities are available. Hawaii Kai with its multitude of shopping and dining options is minutes away.
Townhome units at Kuliouou Kai are rarely available. LIST Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor Darouni Hu recently listed a two bedroom, two and a half bath unit with 1,033 interior square feet for $628,000, inclusive of two parking spaces. The residence commands unobstructed views of the ocean and Koko Head, as well as the Lagoon, both from the main living area and the 179 square foot lanai.
“Kuliouou Kai is a great little community…very private, and even people who pass by often between town and Hawaii Kai don’t know it exists,” Hu said. “Residents who discovered it have purchased homes with the same fabulous views as the large upscale single family homes in the neighborhood at a fraction of the price. In addition they enjoy oceanfront living at the edge of a nature preserve with all the conveniences of Hawaii Kai just a mile away. The Kuliouou Kai Owners Association even allows residents to house two dogs with no size limit…how about that!