Spotlight On Portlock
The upscale residential communities developed along Oahu’s southeast coast are framed by prominent geographical features… Diamond Head and Black Point to the west, Koko Crater and Koko Head to the east. Homes in the neighborhoods at the base of the craters -peaking at 762 and 1,208 feet, respectively -are generally designed to capitalize on views of these iconic natural monuments at either end of Maunalua Bay.
The volcanoes have contributed to the local real estate marketplace, both by creating new land and by providing views that enhance the value of properties. Homes situated on Koko Head, which comprises three separate enclaves, Portlock Road, Koko Kai, and the Triangle – loosely referred to as the Portlock neighborhood – are beneficiaries of what might be considered the premier view, sunset over Diamond Head.
Kamaaina families began building their homes on Portlock Road nearly a century ago. Henry Kaiser chose Portlock for his personal estate while he was completing his Hawaii Kai development across Kalanianaole Highway.
Today, Portlock property values rival those of Diamond Head, Kahala, and the East Oahu heights.
The proximity and ongoing growth of Hawaii Kai commercial centers have contributed to the desirability of the location.
While oceanfront locations are generally in the greatest demand and command the highest prices, properties in Koko Kai at higher elevations on the headland offer views of the coast from various perspectives.
East Oahu Realty Realtor Gina Overton has recently listed a home at 32 Hanapepe Loop in Koko Kai at $2,900,000. “This is a unique, oneof-a-kind home, custom designed by the owner,” Overton said. “He spent much time and thought in the transformation of this property, specifically taking advantage of the breezes for ventilation and natural light to illuminate the interior.
“The large lot, 18,550 square feet, enhances privacy and creates the atmosphere of a private, peaceful oasis. The house itself is a spacious 3,814 square feet augmented by a 749 square foot lanai and includes five bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a large kitchen. Among the quality finishes are ipe hardwood floors and trim throughout.
“The split-level design provides multiple living spaces, including guest quarters. Through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, you look out over the ocean, coastline, mountain ridges, and spectacular watercolor sunsets, an almost nightly spectacle. In addition, there are wonderful views of the property itself, which is extensively landscaped with mature trees and tropical plants and surrounded by a lava rock wall. The expansive covered lanai opens to the swimming pool and deck, providing another venue for dining and entertaining.”
Overton noted that the neighborhood has its own residents association, the Maunalua Triangle / Koko Kai Community Association.
She is showing the property by appointment.