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Spotlight On Kahala Kua


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The newest of East Oahu’s gated hillside neighborhoods, Kahala Kua extends up the eastern flank of Wiliwilinui Ridge, which it shares with the older Waialae Iki development. Construction of new homes in the 126-lot Kahala Kua subdivision began in 1984 and, over the past 30 years, the neighborhood has continued to move upscale.

Accessed from Poola Street which extends to the top of the subdivision at over 900 feet above sea level, the neighborhood consists of new custom homes, small CPR enclaves, and a limited amount of vacant land that remains available for development. The principal attractions of Kahala Kua are the consistent quality the homes, supported by the requirement that builders observe design guidelines, well maintained common areas, underground utilities, security, and freeway proximity.

Weather is cool and breezy and most homes have been designed to take advantage of views of the ocean and Koko Head; a few catch Diamond Head over the slopes of Waialae Iki.

Homeworks Construction, a design / build firm, completed one of Kahala Kua’s CPR projects in 2002 and has built a total of eight homes in the neighborhood. “Once Kahala Kua was subdivided, the lots that were initially offered went fast,” said Homeworks President Jim Byxbee.

“Waialae Iki 5, where we also built eight homes, was being developed and marketed around the same time… demonstrating the demand for view lots and the attraction of new neighborhoods, particularly gated neighborhoods with owners’ associations to ensure that high standards would be maintained. An architect initially located the undeveloped property and contacted us to build his home, which we did, but then we also purchased the whole parcel, created the infrastructure, and marketed house/ lot packages. Each of the four houses we built there was custom-designed for the individual owner and no two are alike. The variety and high quality of the architecture you find in Kahala Kua also contributes to the neighborhood’s appeal.”

LIST Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor Jeff Fox is currently marketing a luxurious, private estate at 5614 Poola Street for $3,880,000. Designed by architect Hiraoka Shoji, the home is both contemporary and classic and totally supports an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Main living areas are open to terraces and gardens. Floor to ceiling glass doors extend the full length of some rooms and slide back to reveal tropical vegetation, fountains, the sparkling swimming pool, and ocean and mountain views.

Functional, liveable, and casually elegant, the home incorporates a number of features reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, for instance marble, granite, and tile finishes and flooring, as well as the stucco exterior.

The main home – 4,733 square feet under roof – includes four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths with a master suite on the ground floor overlooking the swimming pool. An upstairs master suite opens to a view deck. The main living and dining area on the lower level flows to a large open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwood cabinetry, and a counter with seating for six. A family room also shares the ground floor with the formal living room. A guest quarters with two bedrooms, a full bath, living room, and dining area is adjacent to the main house. The entire residence is literally wrapped around the interior courtyard.

“The estate is entered via a contoured drive that, like the rest of the home, is unique and stylish,” Fox said. “The large, double front door is carved mahogany, once again a quality, custom detail. Walled and fenced, the estate is private and secure, and, of course, located within the gated portion of the Kahala Kua community…features that would appeal to a second home buyer. Kahala Mall, with restaurants, shops, and theaters, is just a short drive down the hill.”

Fox is holding an open house at the property this Sunday, September 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. and also showing it by appointment.

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