The North Shore – Kawela Bay
Kawela is the largest of the bays that notch the 24-mile northern coast of Oahu. With its pastel blue water and shoreline crescent of white sand rimmed by palms and ironwood trees, Kawela Bay is also one of the most scenic areas on the island. An offshore reef protects the beach from waves generated by the north swell during winter months, so the water is generally calm the year-round. Just northeast of Kawela Bay is Turtle Bay, the North Shore’s only major resort with 850 acres comprising hotel facilities, residences, and two golf courses.
The bay itself and Kawela Bay Beach Park, which has no public facilities, can be accessed by a footpath from Kamehameha Highway. The community of Kawela Bay wraps around the bay and is concentrated between Kamehameha Highway and the coast. Mauka lands consist primarily of farms, fields, and ranches. Local residents are protective of Kawela’s country atmosphere and have resisted expansion of commercial development over the years. However, the pristine natural environment has become the site of film production, notably the television series “Lost.” Recently, 630 acres of Kawela coastal land, which includes exotic vegetation and wildlife habitat, including Green Sea Turtles and Hawaiian Monk Seals, were placed under the auspices of The Trust for Public Land to ensure that it remains undeveloped and open to the public.
The gated Kawela Bay subdivision consists of approximately 30 homesites range from 17,000 to just over 28,000 square feet. Owners and residents within the gated community have keyed access to the ocean and the Bay. To the west is Kawela Kai with 16 oceanfront homesites.
Realtor Monta R. Koch (RA) of Sterman Realty is currently listing a Kawela Bay home situated on a 17,424-square-foot lot a few steps from the Bay. The two-story home has an interior living area of 1,218 square feet overlooking the expansive grassy lawn and gardens with towering coco palms, avocado, mango, and breadfruit trees. The upper level of the home includes two bedrooms, a spacious main living area, and a large open kitchen with a bar, granite counters, and original hardwood floors. Downstairs is an area Koch describes as “flex space awaiting the creativity and personal touch of a buyer.” Abundant windows and sliding glass doors upstairs bring the outside in. Built in 1942, the “Hawaiian country-style” home was partially remodeled in 2009. The property, which is walled and fenced, also includes an enclosed two-car garage plus driveway parking for additional vehicles, storage, and a workshop.
“The owner has many stories about the Kawela Bay neighborhood,“ Koch said. “It was and still is a family-oriented neighborhood, where people are always ready to help others. They share fruit and fish…and many still hold family gatherings and reunions at their properties. In addition to its privacy, seclusion, and ocean access for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking, this home is just a short walk to the Turtle Bay Resort with its restaurants, shops, golf, and other activities.”
Located at 57-357 Pahipahialua Street, the Kawela Bay home is priced at $1,649,000. For information or to arrange a showing, contact Monta R. Koch (RA) at (808) 222-6336, email email@example.com or co-lister Janell K. Chun (RA) at (808) 330-5619, email firstname.lastname@example.org