A Haven in the Heights – Maunawili
Virtually hidden on a forested Koolau hillside, Maunawili is one of the distinct neighborhoods that constitute Kailua. Although the town’s commercial center is just a few miles down the highway, this secluded, peaceful residential enclave seems worlds away.
Accessed by Auloa Road from the Pali Highway, the Maunawili community includes more than six hundred homes, the majority occupied by long-time residents…some second, and even third generation owners. Homesites fronting the tree-lined streets are a minimum of 10,000 square feet ranging up to several acres, some offering spectacular views of Mount Olomana, Kailua town below, and the ocean. Auloa Road forks into Maunawili Road which continues to Maunawili Estates at a higher elevation on the hillside and eventually connects to neighborhood streets that lead to the Maunawili Falls Trail.
Maunawili was primarily an agricultural community until the 1930s when residential development began displacing farms, plantations, and ranches, but it remained sparsely populated until the 1960s when homebuilding gathered momentum. Today, in addition to private homes and estates, Maunawili includes a few schools and churches, the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club, and an agricultural research station. The state-maintained Maunawili
Demonstration Trail, traverses upper Maunawili from the Pali Highway to Waimanalo.
A 1.44-acre country estate at 990 Auloa Road has been listed by Elite Pacific Properties Realtor Karen W. Mayer at $2,800,000. In addition to the two-story 3,872-square-foot main house with four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and 1,133 square feet of covered and uncovered lanai space, the property includes a separate guest cottage with one bedroom and a bath, a swimming pool and hot tub, and a two car garage with additional driveway parking. Built in 1960 and remodeled over the years, most recently in 2015, the home was designed with an open floor plan to capture views of the gardens, surrounding countryside, and mountains.
“This Maunawili country estate offers a rare opportunity to own almost one and a half acres in Kailua…behind the lava rock wall and entry gate is a unique property that blends old Hawaii with a setting that today’s luxury homeowner will find ideal for indoor/ outdoor living and entertaining,” Mayer commented.
“This spacious home is move-in ready. The main living area opens onto a covered lanai overlooking the pool and the rolling lawn surrounded by tropical landscaping. With the doors open you can smell the sweet scent of the Puakenikeni and Tahitian gardenia blossoms. The modern open kitchen has been remodeled and expanded and includes an island for family dining.
“Flanking the kitchen is a game room with lava rock walls. The living room features a lava rock fireplace and fabulous mountain views. Three bedrooms and two baths are on the main level, and upstairs is the spacious private master suite, with gorgeous views of Mount Olomana.
“On the grounds are many species of fruit trees and flowers. A path winds past the pool through the fragrant trees to a guest cottage built in 2011. Here, guests can enjoy privacy with their own bedroom, bathroom, and living area, as well as a covered lanai overlooking the yard and mountains. This property is a piece of old Hawaii in Maunawili, the summer retreat of King David Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. While watching the clouds move across the Koolaus, you feel as though time has stopped… that’s the magic of Maunawili.”
For information or to schedule a showing, contact Mayer at 808-286-9861, karen@ elitepacific.com. Shown by appointment only.