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Oceanfront Options – The Windward Coast – Punaluu

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 Windward 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.

A quintessential “old Hawaii” style oceanfront home in Punaluu has recently been placed on the market at $1,250,000. “This unique property is well priced…and any buyer in the market for a retreat in a quiet, country neighborhood will not fi nd a better Windward oceanfront option,” said listing Realtor Patricia Moore. “The property includes a charming main house and a cottage which could be used for extended family or visiting friends…there is even redevelopment potential.”

The 8,387-square-foot lot fronts a stretch of coast washed by gentle ocean waves and is located just off the two-lane Kamehameha Highway that winds along the rural Windward shoreline. At various times throughout the year, a sandy beach can be accessed at the edge of the property. Year-round, the Punaluu coast offers opportunities for fi shing, snorkeling, and a variety of water sports.

The 1,113-square-foot single family home and 572-square-foot cottage overlook the ocean panorama and surrounding gardens with mature trees and tropical plants. The larger structure includes a large lanai, two bedrooms and 1½ baths, plus amenities such as ceramic and laminate flooring, ceiling fans, window AC, a washer and dryer, cable TV, and modern kitchen appliances.

The smaller dwelling, located near the entryway to the property, has one bedroom and one bath.

The fenced-in yard provides space for parking, as well as pets, outdoor games, and barbecue gatherings.

In business 20 years as principal broker of her own Moore Real Estate, Moore said the property originally was part of a subdivision called the Haleaha Beach Lots and owned initially by James and Violet Dunbar, he an early island entrepreneur and she a song lyricist “Honolulu, My Home” being one of her most notable songs.

Moore commented that the Punaluu community “still retains genuine island-style ambiance… talking story when you meet friends at the local shopping center, shorefi shing with neighbors, going to the beach park for a baby luau…all this and more is a way of life in this lovely Wind-ward town.

“Just a few minutes walk and you are at Kaya’s store, a true country store with a home-style kitchen serving up great food. Plus close by is the bright red, iconic Chings’ Punaluu Store, selling snacks and local specialties such as boiled peanuts and spam musubi.”

Moore is hosting an open house at the property on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., or it can be seen by appointment by calling Moore at (808) 741-1107, or emailing her at

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