Kuki’o – A Private Equity Beach and Golf Club Community

When it comes to luxury real estate in Hawaii, Kūki‘o is in a class all its own. Often mistaken as a resort, this ultra-exclusive community seven miles north of Kona airport is actually a private equity beach and golf club. Unlike resorts on island, including adjoining Hualalai Resort, there is no hotel located within this secluded community. Membership to the Kūki‘o Beach and Golf Club is by invitation only and as a private equity club, it is not open to the public.

Set amongst 1,100 acres of oceanfront property just south of Hualalai Resort, Kūki‘o fronts two of the finest beaches along the Kona Coast: Uluweuweu and Kua Bays. A playground for Hawaiian royalty in days of old, Kūki‘o is rich in natural beauty with coconut groves, anchialine ponds and lava tubes and outcroppings. Here sparkling white sand beaches, the warm ocean waters, stark black lava outcroppings and the lush green fairways provide a breathtaking backdrop for exceptional luxury living.

Within this ultra-exclusive community, there are three distinct areas: Kukio, Ka‘upulehu, and Manini‘owali. The Manini‘owali community within Kūki‘o features 97 home sites ranging in size from one-third to three acres. The Sports Complex is also located here with a myriad of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Nestled between Manini‘owali and Hualalai Resort the Kūki‘o neighborhood features 143 home sites and 31 cottages. Most of the Beach and Golf Club’s amenities are found within this part of the community, including the 10-hole short golf course, club house, dining pavilion, bar, and spa. Ka‘upulehu is situated to the north of Hualalai Resort and includes 70 lots, several of which are oceanfront.  Membership to Kūkiʻo Golf and Beach Club is included in some Kaʻūpūlehu home sites.

Price points within Kūki‘o vary from $1 million to $19 million including condos, hales, villas, and custom home sites. You’ll find a variety of home styles too from contemporary to Balinese-inspired and traditional.

Kūki‘o Golf and Beach Club membership provides unrivaled amenities including use of the Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole course and 10-hole short course, as well as the members-only 13,000-square-foot Clubhouse with its fine dining, beach bar, water sports center and indoor/outdoor spa. The expert staff at Kūki‘o’s renowned Outdoor Pursuits program will assist you in a wide range of outdoor activities from sailing to surfing to kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Membership fees for Kūki‘o Beach and Golf Club include an initial fee of $275,000, with annual dues of $57,000. Kūki‘o Community Association dues are $18,480 annually with Kaʻūpūlehu Community Association dues running $16,000 annually. (All fees as of 2016.)

If you’d like to learn more about living in Kūki‘o, contact Marco! He can help you find the ideal Kūki‘o property to suit your lifestyle and needs.

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Mauna Lani Resort On The Kohala Coast

Discerning homebuyers seek out property in Mauna Lani Resort as much for its luxury properties as they do for its privacy and rich cultural heritage.

Encompassing 3,200 acres of shoreline along the Kohala Coast, there is a grace and serenity in Mauna Lani – a sense that this place is special. Indeed, King Kamehameha the Great had a beachside village here and in days gone by the area was frequented by Hawaiian royalty. At the center of Mauna Lani you’ll find the Fishponds of Kalahuipua’a, centuries old ponds that formed an efficient way to raise and harvest fish for royalty. Today these fishponds are meticulously maintained by the Resort, as is the nearby petroglyph park that features miles of trails to explore these ancient wonders.

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Located 23 miles north of Kona, Mauna Lani is home to two award-winning resorts: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Fairmont Orchid, as well as two excellent golf courses, the Frances H. I’I Brown North and South golf courses. The Shops at Mauna Lani – an upscale shopping center in the Resort, features a robust supermarket, several fine dining restaurants, and boutiques. You’ll also find cultural events here throughout the year, such as the Big Island Film Festival and the Taste of Mauna Lani.

There are 17 different subdivisions within Mauna Lani Resort – offering different housing options for a variety of budgets. The Fairways is probably the most affordable of the 17, with prices starting in the $500,000s. Several of the Resort’s communities, including the Fairways, the Villages, Golf Villas, Mauna Lani Terrace and the Islands allow for using your property as a vacation rental, thereby recouping some of your investment cost.

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Mauna Lani Resort contains the only new construction of residential properties currently occurring along the Kohala Coast. KaMilo, Kulalani, and the Residences at Laulea are all in different phases of development. Kulalani is the most affordable of the three offering two and three bedroom condos for under $1 million. KaMilo offers paired homes and detached single-family homes in the $800,000’s to $2 million range while Laulea properties start at $1.9 million and run upwards to $4 million.

If you’re looking to purchase a luxury estate, 49 Black Sand Beach, Pauoa Beach and Ke Kailani have a variety of exquisite homes for sale – many with ocean views in the $2 to $12 million range.

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The benefits of living in Mauna Lani include access to the private Beach Club with its white sand beach and oceanfront restaurant and the Mauna Lani Resort Spa and Fitness Center. Mauna Lani property owners are also eligible to join the exclusive resort Advantage Club, which provides generous discounts on golf, dining, and spa services.

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Communities within Mauna Lani Resort include:

  • The Villages at Mauna Lani KaMilo at Mauna Lani
  • Kulalani at Mauna Lani The Fairways at Mauna Lani
  • Islands at Mauna Lani Palm Villas
  • Golf Villas 
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  • Mauna Lani Point Mauna Lani Terrace
  • The Estates at Mauna Lani 49 Black Sand Beach
  • Champion Ridge Pauoa Beach
  • Nohea The Cape at Mauna Lani
  • The Residences at Laulea

Contact me with any questions you have about properties in this location or for more information on the benefits of living in Mauna Lani!

The World Famous Mauna Kea Resort!

Did you know that the Big Island was once home to the most expensive hotel in the world? Looking to create the most luxurious hotel possible, Laurance Rockefeller built Mauna Kea Resort overlooking two of the most beautiful white sand beaches on the Big Island: Hapuna Beach and Kauna’oa Bay.

shutterstock_399721810The beach frontage at Mauna Kea Resort is unmatched anywhere along the Kohala Coast, and enables Resort residents to enjoy a wide range of ocean activities.

When the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel opened to the public in 1965 it was the most expensive hotel not only in Hawaii or the U.S., but in the entire world! Celebrities from all walks of life attended the hotel’s glamorous opening.

Today, Mauna Kea Resort includes the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Prince Hotel, two championship golf courses, and eight different residential resort communities offering a variety of real estate options. It has the lowest density of any of the resorts along the Kohala Coast and is also the only resort that crosses Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, extending up to an elevation of 1,000 feet. This means you can choose living close to the ocean or more upland (mauka), enabling you to take advantage of excellent mountain and ocean views, depending upon where you reside.

If you’re a golf enthusiast, you’ll love the two incredible 18-hole golf courses here: Hapuna Beach Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer, and the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Mauna Kea Golf Course. Each course offers something special. Starting at an elevation of 700 feet, the Hapuna course offers ocean views from almost every hole. The Mauna Kea Course is considered one of the best on island. Golf Magazine ranked it #12 of its Top 100 golf courses in the country!

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The resort is home to a truly extraordinary art collection of more than 1,600 Asian and Oceanic pieces – some of them come from Mr. Rockefeller’s personal collection! If you’re interested in learning more about the Mauna Kea Resort’s fantastic art collection, a walking tour of the Laurance Rockefeller Asian & Pacific Art Collection is given every Saturday at 10am. The ADA compliant tour is guided by Patti Cook and begins in the lobby, and takes about 1.5 hours to complete.

The communities within this luxury resort are as varied as the activities you can pursue here. Each of the eight private communities within the Resort has a different feel. The Villas at Mauna Kea contain just 40 condos while the Fairways at Mauna Kea South and Mauna Kea North each have 33 lots, offering detached single-family homes in a variety of styles. The Bluffs at Mauna Kea is close enough to the ocean to hear the surf at night, while the townhomes at Wai’ula’ula are at the highest elevation within the resort, offering stunning views of rolling hills and the Kohala coastline.

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Mauna Kea Resort communities include:

  • The Villas at Mauna Kea
  • Apa’apa’a at the Uplands
  • Kumulani at The Uplands
  • Wai’ula’ula
  • Fairways at Mauna Kea South
  • Fairways at Mauna Kea North
  • The High Bluffs
  • Kauna’oa

Mauna Kea Resort offers a range of luxury real estate opportunities at different price points – condos, single-family homes, townhomes, or vacant land. Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about living in beautiful Mauna Kea!

 

Fifth Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival!

In five short years the annual Big Island Chocolate Festival has become one of the “must attend” food events of the year in West Hawaii. It’s easy to see why. Happening May 13-14 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and sites across the westside, the Big Island Chocolate Festival features cooking demonstrations by some of the finest chocolatiers in the world, farm tours, and the piece de resistance—a gala that’s a feast for the senses. 

The Chocolate Festival’s Gala at Hapuna

Most people focus on the Chocolate Festival’s gala, which will be held Saturday, May 14 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Top chefs, chocolatiers, and confectioners from across the country offer a mouth-watering array of sweet and savory food creations. But that’s not all; there will also be beverage purveyors creating signature cocktails, plus fine wines and handcrafted ales on tap.

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Chef Donald Wressell

This year, the Festival honors the centennial of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the theme, “Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.” Gala culinary stations will be judged on their depiction of the popular park and judged by Cindy Orlando, HVNP superintendent. Also, award-winning Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard Chocolate Company will sculpt one of the largest volcanoes ever created in fine chocolate!  

Add in live entertainment and a silent auction and you’ll see why the Chocolate Festival is so popular. 

Plus, you can have fun knowing that it’s all for a good cause. Sponsored by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA), festival proceeds benefit the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Assn./University of Hawai‘i endowment fund for the culinary program at Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui in West Hawaii and programs at Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua. 

Local Farm Tours

The Big Island Chocolate Festival also provides opportunities to learn about cooking as well as local agriculture. For instance on Friday, May 13, the Festival offers a guided plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Keauhou from 11 a.m. to noon. You can visit the nation’s first tree-to-bar chocolate operation to see cacao growing on trees and how it’s processed into chocolate. This chocolate is sought after the world over and is grown and made right here on the Big Island!

Cooking Demonstrations and Tastings

On Saturday, May 14, at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel there will be several cooking demonstration and tasting, including one on “How to Make An Elegant Dessert Full of Textures,” from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Derek Poirier, Valrhona, an international pastry competitor, will provide pointers on how to create desserts with milk chocolate and hazelnuts. Chocolate Bird

Tickets and More Information

Whether you’re interested in learning more about growing cacao, cooking with chocolate or just tasting yummy food, you’ll want to check out this year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival. 

Pre-sale gala admission is $75 or $100 at the door. Choice of unlimited beer, wine and two specialty cocktails is also included in the ticket price. Find ticket info, including details on the event’s May 13-14 agricultural activities and culinary demonstrations, at www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com or phone (808) 324-6100.

Chocolate sculpting photo credit: Denise Laitinen

78-6701A Alii Drive, 78-6901 Mamalahoa and 77-6356 Halawai Pl: Open For REALTOR® Caravan,1/21/16

Three sensational Kailua Kona properties will be held open this Thursday, January 21, from 9-12!

78-6701A Alii Drive | MLS 290104  | 1,249,000 – NEW PRICE

This is a 5bed + office/6bath, multi level deluxe beach home, with a variety of living areas and lanai space, all steps to the blue Pacific!

As a multi level one of a kind offering that allows YOU to live across the street from the world famous Kahaluu Beach Park, you are able to enjoy the fruits of a producing vacation rental, or utilize the additional space for extended family and guests.

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The second home to be held open is a John Dinmore designed, Guy Lam built home will be held open, this Thursday January 19, from 9am -12pm.

Located in the Keauhou area of Kona at a comfortable elevation with mature landscaping this 3 bedroom, 4bath home plus office, speaks of serenity. Tasteful use of native and natural woods, open beam ceilings, built in display areas, fireplace, formal and informal dining, stone counters with over 3000 sq. ft. of interior living space plus lanais, add to the ambiance. Include a stunning infinity edge pool with waterfall framed by 1500 sq. ft. of quartzite deck, plus a cabana and you have magic!

78-6901 Mamalahoa Hwy | MLS 290458 | 1,295,000

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77-6356 Halwai Place | MLS 290267 | 869,000 – NEW PRICE!

Architecturally stunning Komohana Kai II home with wonderful upgrades and ocean views is now available!

Fine wood floors and soaring ceilings welcome you as you enter this immaculately cared for home.

Once inside, you’ll notice the cooling island breezes and great air flow as the expansive west (ocean facing) lanai is screened in – allowing Kona’s trade winds to naturally cool the home.

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If you have time this Thursday, make sure you get out to preview these stunning offerings!

Have questions on either of the properties above? Get in touch below!

Hualalai Resort Real Estate: Villas at Ke Alaula – SOLD!

My Buyer client recently closed on this unbelievable Villas at Ke Alaula unit, in the breathtaking Hualalai Resort!

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Amenties in this location are some of the best on Hawaii Island and the uniqueness of the direct beach access, variety of ocean sport activities and unbeatable golf courses – make this a one of kind location.

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This Villa at Ke Alaula unit was completely remodeled, prior to coming on the market – and is simply exquisite. No detail was spared, as there were fine wood finishes, stone flooring throughout the unit and plush furnishings.

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Love this unit and want to enjoy it before you purchase something similar in Hualalai? My client now has the unit set up as a vacation rental! For more information and to check dates available, see the vacation rental by owner website: VRBO site here. 

When you are ready to begin your property search in Hualalai Resort, or prepare your property to be SOLD – make sure you get in touch.

You should be represented by an experienced REALTOR® who has the knowledge and market experience in Hualalai Resort to negotiate the best price and terms for your purchase or sale.

For current Hualalai Resort real estate, click here. I look forward to speaking with you!

Kona Luxury Property Best Buy: Bayview Estates $899K!

Bayview Estates is home to one of Kona’s best priced properties right now!

This private, gated, highly sought after subdivision , which typically see properties listing and selling in the $1,000,000 + price point has a wonderful property offered right now at  $899,000! SOLD FURNISHED! Unbelievable!

Built in 2001, the 3bed/4bath, 2,426sqft home offers fantastic views of the Kona coastline, Tigerwood floors, granite counter tops, custom cabinetry and central air conditioning.

The second and third bedrooms suites are located off of the main home, each with separate entrances allowing for additional privacy and convenience.

There is an expansive lanai, very large yard and pool entertaining area!

This is an amazing opportunity for someone who is looking for great value in our West Hawaii market!

Enjoy the pictures below, and please contact me if I can arrange a private viewing for you.

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