The Resort Lifestyle – Kailua-Kona Big Island
The availability of land for development and favorable climate of the Big Island’s Kohala and Kona Coasts continue to foster the growth of golf resorts and upscale residential communities.
The North Kona area has additional features that have attracted real estate developers and visitors – its deep navigable harbors and reputation as the epicenter of sportfishing in Hawaii.
Historic Kailua Village, the center of commerce on the western coast of the Big Island, is located eight miles south of Kona International Airport and 12 miles north of Kealakekua Bay, site of the arrival of the first visitors from the west – Captain Cook and the crew of his ship, Endeavor.
In the pre-contact era Kailua-Kona was the seat of the Hawaiian government. One of the first major hotels in the area, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Resort, was built on the shores of Kailua Bay and includes a National Historic Landmark, a heiau built by Kamehameha I. Located a few miles south is Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, an ancient Hawaiian “Place of Refuge” with numerous archeological sites within its 420 acres.
Today, national media attention is focused on Kona by the annual Ironman World Championship Triathlon in October, which starts and finishes at Kailua Pier, the annual Kona Coffee Festival, and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Teams and charters from all over the world will participate in the 57th annual tournament scheduled for July 30 to August 7 and augmented by numerous special events highlighting the charm and attractions of this unique seaside community.
Sandy beaches right in town or close-by include the King Kamehameha Hotel beach, frequented by local residents as well as guests, White Sands Beach Park with its “come and go” beach, and Kahaluu Beach Park, a favorite picnic spot. The clear, calm waters of bays on the North Kona coast offer some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and scuba diving, particularly picturesque Kealakekua and Keauhou Bays, where snorkelers and divers are sometimes joined by green sea turtles, manta rays, and dolphins.
The Keauhou resort-residential community, the most upscale on this section of coast, includes the Kona Country Club’s Ocean Course, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, time share properties, resort condominiums, and single family residences.
Kona Home & Land Realty LLC Principal Broker Ken Kjer, Realtor Emeritus, is a specialist in residential and ranch properties in West Hawaii and long-time resident of Captain Cook. He is currently listing one of the premier single family residences in Keauhou, a 39,030 square foot estate located oceanfront at Keauhou Bay, “This fabulous estate just above the bay offers sweeping views of the ocean to the horizon and the spectacular sunsets West Hawaii is known for,” Kjer said.
“With 6,667 interior square feet, the home is spacious, elegant, and designed to take advantage of one of the best locations in Keauhou. The sense of openness is enhanced by soaring, vaulted ceilings in the main living areas and master bedroom. In addition to a well-appointed kitchen, the home includes six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an office, laundry, kids’ playroom or maid’s quarters. Finishes include eucalyptus flooring, hardwood cabinetry, granite countertops, and marble in the bathrooms. The property includes a landscaped yard and free-form swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens. The home opens up to the outdoor features with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with motorized screens. There are various outdoor areas for dining and lounging and the bay is only about 150 feet away. From a sandy area on the property, you can walk right down to the ocean to snorkel, dive, or just go for a swim in the crystal clear water.”
Kjer is offering the estate for $7,700,000 and showing it by appointment.