- From Sites of Oahu (Bishop Museum Press) by Elspeth P. Sterling and Catherine Cooke Summers
The final phase of new home construction at Sea Country is under way at Makalae, a 280 home neighborhood that brings the total for the Maili development up to approximately 1,000 as projected by the D. R. Horton-Schuler masterplan.
To date 120 homes have been completed in Makalae, the seventh neighborhood in the Waianae Coast’s only masterplanned community. Other components of Sea Country are an 11-acre park, the Sea Country Commercial Center, a general store, the Sea Country Recreation Center and swimming pool, and Keiki Day Care Center. Within walking distance of the homes is 40-acre Maili Beach Park, its proximity one of the primary attractions of the community. With the sandy beach just across Farrington Highway and the towering Waianae Range as a backdrop, Sea Country is a peaceful, picturesque “Hawaiian country”style community.
Its success came slowly. Originally a project of the Lusk Company called Lokelani, the Maili development consisted of approximately 100 homes when D. R.Horton acquired it in 1992. “When we first purchased the development, we called it Maili Kai,” said Mary K. Flood, D.R. Horton, Schuler Division vice president of sales and marketing. ”After restarting the master-plan in 2003 and proceeding with the infrastructure, we decided to give the whole community a fresh start with a new name — Sea Country.”
All homes in the initial six neighborhoods sold out over a period of eight years as the development advanced incrementally. At Makalae, the seventh and final neighborhood, single family detached and paired homes with three, four, and five bedrooms range in price from $350,000 to $460,000 fee simple.
“These homes are an exceptional value considering all their premium features and the fact that there are no maintenance fees, just a small association fee,” said Sales Manager Cis George. “Standard inclusions are solar water heating, central air conditioning, GE appliances, a choice of flooring and other interior finishes, front yard landscaping, enclosed two car garage, and a ten-year builder limited warranty.
“People from all over Oahu are coming out to see our new models and visit our sales office at the Makalae site. We have a really varied mix of buyers… young families, many of them first time home buyers, retirees, and lots of military. When people discover Sea Country they are very pleasantly surprised. At the start of the development, Maili was seen as an isolated community. Then we became much more visible and gathered momentum with the growth of the second city of Kapolei, which is only about a ten minute drive…also about ten minutes away are all the recreational amenities of the Ko Olina Resort.
“For people who love the sea and ocean sports, this is a great place to live. The famous Makaha surfing beach is just up the highway…the Waianae Coast is known for its sport fishing. There are several golf courses close-by.
“I have to admit I was also impressed by all this community has to offer when I took over as sales manager here in 2007…so much so that I moved here. I tell the people who come out to look at our new model homes to pick up a shave ice at the general store and drive around the community. They will see well kept lawns and gardens, residents out jogging, riding bikes, walking with their dogs…maybe there will be a potluck block party going on in one of the neighborhoods. Then, if they can stay late, I suggest that they head down to the beach park and watch a Maili sunset…an almost nightly occurrence and always spectacular.”