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Oceanfront Options – The Windward Coast – Lilipuna

Oahu’s Windward Coast is 34 scenic miles extending from Kahuku Point in the north to Makapuu Point in the south.

The Windward Oahu region itself is unrivaled in its natural beauty and dramatic contrasts – from its pristine white-sand beaches washed by turquoise waters to the verdant vertical cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range.

In 1972, Kuilima, now Turtle Bay, opened on coastal lands where the North Shore morphs into the Wind-ward Coast. Mauka lands in the area have generally remained undeveloped, with the exception of ongoing projects of the Mormon Church.

The coast’s most prominent geographic feature, Mokapu Peninsula, site of one of Hawaii’s largest military installations, forms the southern boundary of Kaneohe Bay. Marine and oceanographic research facilities are located here, as well as at Makapuu to the south.

Residential properties along this coast range from country cottages to large estates, apartment buildings, townhomes, and condominiums. The area’s two largest communities, Kaneohe and Kailua, continue to grow, with real estate values surpassing price points for properties in some of southeast Oahu’s most upscale neighborhoods.

Among the diverse lineup of neighborhoods along the shores of Kaneohe Bay is Lilipuna, which, in addition to vintage homes, is the site of the Hawaii Marine Biology Institute and, not far offshore, historic Coconut Island.

A classic Lilipuna home located on a 12,686-square foot parcel has recently been placed on the market by Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Realtor Iku Honda for $2,498,000.

Built in 1968, the two-story, five-bedroom home is 2,381 square feet under roof augmented by expansive decks with spectacular views of Kaneohe Bay. Large windows provide natural lighting and ventilation, as well as views from most rooms.

The kitchen is equipped with all major appliances and quality countertops. Bedrooms provide sufficient space for guests as well as maid’s quarters.

According to Honda, the home has already undergone recent remodeling, making much of the interior to appear virtually brand new.

Accessed from Lilipuna Road, the home is at the top of the property with a long, open yard that slopes gently down to the water’s edge. From this point, the famous Kaneohe Bay sandbar or the open ocean can be reached by paddle board, kayak, or boat.

With the towering Koolau mountains as a backdrop, the R-10-zoned property is lush and landscaped with mature foliage and fencing along its borders enhancing the sense of privacy. The property is large enough to add a second home going forward, Honda notes. The 600-square-foot garage can accommodate at least three cars.

Within short driving distance are stores, restaurants, medical facilities, schools, and access to the H-3 freeway, which connects the Windward Coast to urban Honolulu, and Kamehameha Highway, for trips to Oahu’s famous North Shore.

For a showing of the property, call Honda at 226-2790 or email

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