The Resort Lifestyle
The transformation of the dry, barren southwest corner of Oahu into an oasis-like resort was launched with a ground-breaking in 1986. However, developer Herbert K. Horita had been pursuing his vision for Ko Olina since 1971, when he began the lengthy and complex planning and permitting process for the 642-acre resort.
Horita’s original masterplan guided the design of the unique and ambitious project with its restructuring of the landscape, dredging of Hawaii’s fi rst resort marina, development of an 18-hole golf course, addition of one and a half miles of boardwalk and shoreline access, and creation of four lagoons with crescent-shaped sandy beaches.
The most recent addition to the luxury hotel accommodations available at the resort is Aulani, developed by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts on 21 oceanfront acres. The property includes 350 hotel rooms and 480 Disney Vacation Club Villas as well as an 18,000 square foot spa and fi tness center.
The 387 room JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, located on 30 lagoon-front acres and a centerpiece of the resort, will be renamed Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina when it reopens next year after extensive renovations. It will include hotel rooms, hotel-condominiums, for sale residences, restaurants, and various recreational and commercial components.
The Ko Olina Beach & Sports Club, fronting Lagoon 4 and the Ko Olina Golf Club, offers members an amenities package that includes access to resort sports facilities, the Fitness Center and Spa, and specialized beach programs, as well as discounts on a variety of activities and dining and shopping at many of the resort’s restaurants and shops.
From the early to late 2000s, Centex Destination Properties was active in development of several new components of the resort, targeting both visitor and local buyers. The Beach Villas, a luxury highrise beachfront condominium consisting of two towers with two and three bedroom units, was developed on a 7.3 acre parcel fronting Lagoon Two. With extensive common area recreational amenities, the Villas can be operated as a vacation rental property.
Additional Centex developments were undertaken in a 33-acre gated community within the Ko Olina complex. Ko Olina Kai Golf Estates consists of 60 single family homes with three and four bedrooms and backyards opening to the fairways of the golf course. Ko Olina Kai Golf Villas, with 264 two and three bedroom condominium units, are sited around a private recreation center which includes a graduated swimming pool with aqua loungers, spa, barbecue grills, and a covered cabana. The Ko Olina Hillside Villas, also developed by Centex, consists of 174 condominium town-homes located on tree-lined streets. The complex includes a private recreation area and also offers short and long term rentals.
The Centex Destination Properties developments join three other communities at the Ko Olina Resort, the Fairways at Ko Olina, Coconut Plantation by Brookfield Homes, and Kai Lani. The Fairways at Ko Olina, with 280 townhomes and a recreation center, broke ground in 1995 adjacent to the golf course and was a project of the resort’s developer, Herbert K. Horita. Coconut Plantation, a 30-acre community developed by Brookfi eld Homes, consists of 270 condominium homes including the Grove Cottages, two and three bedroom single and two story townhomes, and the Garden Villas, two and three bedroom one and two story townhomes.
Kai Lani, with 116 townhomes, was developed by Alexander & Baldwin and Armstrong Builders on an 11-acre ocean-front site. The project’s 30 buildings with 116 two and three bedroom units are laid out in a horseshoe configuration around an open space to maximize ocean views. Residents can walk out from their lanai directly to a natural sandy cove.
Among the recreational amenities available to Ko Olina residents and visitors is the 43-acre Ko Olina Ocean Marina with full-service slips catering to both sport fishing and recreational boaters and the ability to accommodate relatively large vessels.
The Ko Olina Golf Course, designed by Ted Robinson, has been ranked as one of the “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.” The 18-hole golf course and pro shop were created primarily for the use of residents and guests of Ko Olina.
A Ko Olina Kai Golf Estates townhome fronting the 18th hole of the golf course has been listed at $1,595,000 fee simple by Elite Pacifi c Properties Realtor-Associates Grzegorz M. Mroz and Munro Murdock, a team specializing in resort real estate and vacation rentals. The single family home, Estate 12, is a spacious 2,124 square feet augmented by a 455 square foot covered lanai that opens to a grassy lawn area overlooking the golf course. The Golf Course Pro Shop, Ko Olina Beach and Sports Club fitness center and tennis courts, and Roy’s Restaurant are within walking distance.
Located on a 6,000 square foot lot, Estate 12 includes four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a main living and dining area with abundant natural light from two sets of sliding glass doors leading out to the covered lanai. Built in 2004, the home was recently painted and includes quality fi nishes such as granite counter-tops, tiled and carpeted flooring, stainless steel appliances, vaulted ceilings, and ceiling fans in every room. A large second floor master suite with covered lanai overlooks the 18th hole.
“KoOlina Kai Golf Estates is a desirable gated resort community, and this home has at times been operated as a furnished vacation rental popular with families visiting the Resort,” Mroz said. “Homes in the community, which has 24-hour security, have access to recreational facilities including a salt water pool, jacuzzi, barbecue grills, and cabanas, as well as membership in the KoOlina Beach and Sports Club. The community is within walking distance of Ko Olina’s shops, restaurants, and oceanfront lagoons. Estate 12 is in excellent condition and well priced with a two-car garage, room for two vehicles in the driveway, and guest parking near the home. Furnishings are negotiable.”