Wildlife Sanctuary Is Centerpiece Of Unique East Oahu Neighborhood
Eighth in a series
Although the series of pocket neighborhoods makai of Kalanianaole Highway have never gained the name recognition of their neighbors at opposite ends of Maunalua Bay Kahala and Portlock they include prime oceanfront and ocean-view properties, as well as many architecturally distinguished homes and older homes ripe for renovation. In addition to a sense of privacy and serenity, what these neighborhoods have in common is an unusual degree of stability. Older homes are upgraded and renovated, but rarely razed to make way for mega-mansions.
The easternmost of these communities, Paiko Lagoon is uniquely situated between Kalanianaole Highway and Maunalua Bay at the edge of Hawaii Kai with a State Wildlife Sanctuary as its defining feature. The 33-acre preserve, administered by the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, is primarily a sanctuary for waterbirds, providing habitat for the Hawaiian Stilt, various migratory shore birds, and sea birds.
Homes in the Paiko Lagoon neighborhood can be accessed directly from Kalanianaole Highway, from Paiko Drive at the western end of the lagoon, or from a series of spur roads and private drives that extend makai from the highway, many intersecting Summer Street at the lagoon’s eastern end.
Most of the homes have lagoon or ocean views or both. Some overlook the “pond,” in which each of the surrounding homes has an undivided interest. Unlike the Lagoon, a protected preserve, the pond is accessible to residents for boating and fishing.
One of Paiko’s most distinguished estates is currently being marketed by Prudential Locations Realtor Glen Fujihara at $4,300,000. The 58-year-old home was designed by the noted architectural firm Wimberly & Cook and occupies a 26,184 square foot lot at the end of a private drive shared by only two other homes.
The 2,950 square foot single story home includes four bedrooms, three and a half baths, a dining room, family room/den with a fireplace, and a living room that opens to a large lanai.
The landscaped property, which borders Paiko Lagoon on one side and the private pond on the other, includes a paved courtyard, parking for up to 20 cars, a swimming pool, and a manicured lawn surrounded by palms and plumeria that extends to the seawall.
A distinctive feature of this and a number of other homes in the Paiko neighborhood is the presence of water on three sides.