A century of homebuilding in Kahala has produced appealing streetscapes throughout the neighborhood with virtually every architectural style represented…from Plantation to modern and cutting-edge contemporary. Older homes are typically set in landscaped yards with mature gardens and trees. Newer additions to the mix often feature elaborate entries and decorative gates. The majority of the vintage homes are found on streets closest to the ocean, such as Kahala, Aukai, and Kealaolu Avenues and happily many of them have been preserved by owners who recognize their value, not just monetarily, but culturally as well, enriching both the natural and built environment.
An elegantly detailed, well maintained vintage home at 4585 Aukai Avenue has been placed on the market by Realtor Ann T. Kwock of Trinity Properties. Built in 1939, the spacious 3,623-square-foot, two-story home was remodeled over the years, extensively in 2000 by the late Bob Meyers, who remodeled several of the older cottages on Aukai, as well as by the current owner who continued to update it when she bought it in 2007. The 11,250-square-foot gated and walled property fronts the street with a broad manicured lawn and gardens with tropical plants and 70-year-old coco palms. A heated, saltwater swimming pool is set in the private back yard. The property is entered through black and bronze painted wooden doors.
“This ‘30s gem was completely modernized and polished in 2007,” Kwock said. “The main house includes three luxurious bedroom/bath suites, plus a separate bedroom/office/den area with full bath and a gourmet kitchen. An ohana unit is located on the ground floor of the main house and has its own private entrance and exit into the backyard. It is perfect for guests or extended or visiting family.
“The home is a sturdily built double-wall structure with period detailing and espresso-stained hardwood floors throughout. Many of the windows were replaced during the first major renovation by Bob Meyers, but he left some double-hung windows and large wooden sliders. Central and split unit air conditioning were added. The current owner significantly upgraded the house with a new roof in 2018, 25 PV panels, two electric meters, beautiful lava rock walls, night lighting, custom copper gates, unique front doors, and top-of-the-line appliances.”
Owner’s comments: “When I bought the house in 2007, I updated it with new paint colors and searched the web for vintage light fixtures to reflect the era. I brought my past, furniture from New Orleans, French country items, and a tonsu desk and Chinese altar table I found on Kauai. The stained glass front door is from a house on the Big Island where I lived…it came from a home that did not do well in the earthquake and was built the same year as mine. It was the exact dimensions of my doorway and I did only minor repairs to the stained glass. The home showcases contemporary and vintage art from everywhere I lived, which I mixed with my own works and pieces by Honolulu Printmakers, to which I belong. When I repainted the interior, I used paint color from Donald Kauffman, a company that mixes paints like an artist, not like a hardware store. The walls needed to have depth, and not be a flat color. At the time, my youngest daughter wanted an orange bedroom, so I faux painted it using orange glaze by Ralph Lauren paints brushed on white to look like a woven wall. It wasn’t the 1930s I was trying to replicate as much as all the decades since mixed with my history that makes the house such a story. When we built the lava wall around the front of the house, we would sit outside and watch the Tongan family choose each rock carefully. They allowed my daughter and I to write messages and roll them up and hide them in the rocks as the wall was built. Our love will be there forever. It unfolds. It is not static. I hope the next owner adds their story.”
Kwock has listed the home for $3,299,000 and is showing it by appointment only. For information, contact Ann T. Kwock at 808-780-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.