The Hawaiian name for Black Point, “Kupikipikio,” is descriptive of the waters surrounding the rocky peninsula –“rough ocean rising up.” Throughout most of the year, surf and swells collide with the coastline, creating a dramatic spectacle as waves splash up and over the 20-foot cliffs. On both the Kahala and Diamond Head sides of Black Point are popular surf spots and fishing grounds favored not only by local fishermen and divers but also by the Wedge-tailed Shearwaters that nest in burrows among the rocks and vegetation from spring to fall. An acre of this habitat is now the Freeman Seabird Preserve. At the southeastern tip of the Point is an ingeniously engineered, ocean-fed swimming pool that was carved out of the cliffs in the early 1900s; access to the gated pool is now restricted to members of the Black Point Association and their guests. Currently, the Black Point neighborhood includes approximately 50 homes below the security gate and another 20 plus between the gate and the juncture of Black Point Road and Kahala Avenue.
Kupikipikio is a lava flow of alkalic basalt that erupted from the lower eastern flank of Diamond Head about a half-million years ago and poured into the ocean. It stands high because the rock resists erosion. An affluent residential neighborhood now covers most of the flow. From “A Roadside Geology of Hawaii,” by Richard Hazlett and Donald Hyndman.
A spacious, architect-designed split-level home is currently available in the prestigious Black Point neighborhood. It is the only home on the market in the gated segment of Black Point Road. The 7,385 square-foot lot is one of the best located in the quiet enclave at the bottom of the road, with adjacency to a community parking area and directly across from the gate that opens to a pathway to the private Black Point salt-water swimming pool. Access to the ocean for swimming and surfing on the Kahala side of the point is close-by at the end of the road.
Offered at $5,380,000, the property is being shown by appointment by co-listers Cheryl Shope (RA) and Judy Whitfield (R) of List Sotheby’s International Realty.
Originally built in 1939 and extensively renovated in 2013, the unique residence was constructed on the footprint of two homes designed by renowned Hawaii architect Vladimir Ossipoff. Working with Hawaii architect Sid Char, the present owner preserved the basic layout of the original homes, connecting them with a staircase and siting the separate wings around a courtyard with a swimming pool and garden.
The spacious 4,189-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, four baths, a half bath, a large, open kitchen, a main lliving and dining area, a den, family room, a game room, and a poolside cabana with a separate entry. The 245-square-foot lanai overlooks the swimming pool and spa. Throughout, the home showcases elegant detailing and a variety of exotic hardwoods including Patagonian rosewood, solid African mahogany, and Ipe.
“The two-car garage provides easy access to the large open concept kitchen with its vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, and top-of-the line appliances, plus an ocean view.” Shope said. “Limestone flooring and Calcutta marble counters lend an elegant touch to this gourmet kitchen. Adjacent is the dining room with its colorful Think Glass Bar which opens to the game room. Sliding glass doors frame the ocean, Koko Head, and the swimming pool. This level is complete with a half bath for guests and a master bedroom with a luxurious bath finished with marble.
“The upper level includes three additional bedrooms, two bathrooms, and the living room with a wood paneled open-beam ceiling. This room opens to the Ipe floored lanais with views of the ocean and swimming pool and a kitchenette for entertaining or late night snacks.
“Outside, next to the pool and spa, is a studio with marble bath and separate entrance. The lava rock waterfall and beautiful landscaping make this home feel like a resort.”
The structure itself is masonry with a shake roof. Perimeter lava rock walls and new landscaping were added with the renovations.
Cheryl Shope pointed out that the current owners spared no expense to rebuild this home with the finest materials and finishes available.
She added, “Historically, the seclusion and dramatic beauty of Black Point have attracted prominent figures in business and the arts who made their home here over the years….Doris Duke who built her Shangri-La Estate, now a museum, on the Diamond Head side of the point, actors Richard Boone and Tom Selleck, musicians Martin Denney and Kui Lee, artists John and Kate Kelly, and interior designers Robert Ansteth and Damon Giffard. This creatively remodeled home can be counted among the neighborhood’s distinguished residences.”
For information or to arrange a showing, please contact co-listors Cheryl Shope (RA) at 808-330-2533 or Judy Whitfield (R) at 808-772-2024.