Spotlight On North Shore Mokuleia
Residential development has remained minimal over the years, which is one of the area’s attractions. Kamaaina families established ranches and estates along the coast and inland from the early 1900s; the area’s first resort condominium, the Mokuleia Beach Colony, opened in 1970.
One of the North Shore’s premier estates has recently been placed on the market by Locations real estate agent Orion Barels, a resident of Mokuleia and specialist in North Shore properties. The Opperman estate, which he is listing for $4,995,000 and showing by appointment, is located ocean-front a short distance from Kaena Point State Park and the terminus of Farrington Highway.
The gated compound consists of eight separate legal parcels on 1.6 acres of manicured grounds with 242 linear feet of beach frontage, a main residence, and three separate guest cottages. The two-story main residence is 2,931 square feet augmented by lanais and an approximately 3,120-square-foot basement with storage, laundry, a generator, and workshop space that connects to a two-car garage. The main house includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and a large, open main living/dining area and kitchen with vaulted, open beam ceilings on the ground floor. A spiral staircase and elevator connect the two levels, which overlook the ocean, coast, and mountains. Elegantly finished with teak paneling and woven lauhala ceiling detailing, the home is designed for entertaining with various outdoor venues for ocean-view dining. “This home is ideal for a large extended family, and also has potential for a corporate retreat,” Barels said. “World-class surfing and windsurfing beaches extend along this stretch of oceanfront. Right out front is a choice surf spot called ‘Day Star,’ that breaks right and left. Kaena Point is also a hikers’ paradise, with trails you can travel all the way to Yokohama Bay on the Waianae Coast, a flat, scenic hike unparalleled on this island. The Kealia Trail, a steep switchback hike, connects to vistas of the west side of Oahu. This trail is also favored by experienced mountain bikers and can be accessed through the Mokuleia Forest Reserve. Another option for viewing this spectacular part of Oahu are the glider tours operated out of nearby Dillingham Airfield, which also offers skydiving. The airfield, which has a runway suitable for landing small private aircraft and helicopters, is an asset for outof-state buyers and second home owners.”
Mokuleia is also “horse country.” The historic, 2,700-acre Dillingham Ranch offers trail rides, equestrian activities, pasture and paddock horse boarding, and weddings. Probably the attraction that is most closely identified with Mokuleia is the polo field, located across the highway on the oceanfront and in operation for nearly 60 years. The Hawaii Polo Club hosts Sunday matches April to September, offering an opportunity to watch Hawaii teams compete with teams from around the world. The club also offers trail and beach rides, operates a year-round polo school, and can be utilized for special events.
“The Polo Club’s expansive grassy lawn and beachfront is a special place for me,” Barels added. “My wife and I were married here…it’s a wonderful site for beachfront weddings. Recently, the North Shore Community Land Trust held its annual fundraiser at the Polo Club. The trust’s mission is to protect one of our most precious and threatened natural resources, the spectacular lands of the North Shore of Oahu from Kahuku to Kaena Point.”