Hawai’i Life’s 7 Favorite Kitchens

The kitchen has always been the heart of a home, but it took a pandemic to uncover the room’s potential to be more than just a functional space. Whether you want to prepare comfort food while gazing at views of Lana’i, share hand-picked coffee with guests on Hawai’i Island, or dine in luxury, from the comfort of your Maui home, these kitchens have you covered! Read on to get the details on Hawai’i Life’s 7 favorite kitchens. 

1. The Charm of Coffee Farm Life

Listing Agent: Tanya Sunshine

Step onto this turnkey farm in South Kona’s Honaunau and into a coffee, macnut, and banana farm-to-table business. An ode to the charm and simplicity of country living, island style, rows of coffee plants and macadamia nut trees seem to roll right into the azure Pacific. Within, the recently remodeled kitchen offers ocean views that are sure to inspire farm-grown meals. All new, top-of-the-line appliances paired with coffee and macadamia processing equipment on property make it a breeze to offer guests freshly-baked goods with their hand-picked coffee. And with quartz countertops, cabinet sliding pull-outs, and a copper, farm-style sink, you’ll find yourself making excuses to spend more time in the kitchen. 

2. A Dream Kitchen with Ocean Views

Listing Agent: Mary Kerstulovich

Nestled at the foothills of Olowalu is this sprawling, single level home with a kitchen that is nothing short of a dream, especially for the wine connosieur! The full bar includes 3 Miele refrigerated wine coolers, instantly making this kitchen feel luxurious. With a capacity of 306 bottles, you won’t have any trouble storing a wine for any season or occasion. The pairing of rich, earthy stone and custom tile exude a warm, welcoming tone, so don’t be surprised if everyone lingers around the capacious island long after mealtime. There is also a covered BBQ area where you can grill up a storm while drinking in the stunning ocean views year round. 

3. A Home Chef’s Paradise

Listing Agent: Jeanna Rimmer

Tucked away in Hawaiian Paradise Park, a spacious home awaits those with discerning taste. If you’re ready to take home-cooked meals up a level, then this 3-bedroom in Keaau has a fresh kitchen that was made for you! With its clean lines, this bright kitchen is big on function while complimenting the character of the rest of the house. No matter where you turn, stainless-steel appliances, solid wood cabinetry, and granite countertops surround you and provide more than enough space to prepare meals like a pro. At the heart of it all is an expansive island featuring a prep sink and storage. And to complete the home chef’s culinary paradise, look no further than the backyard for fresh avocados just waiting to be picked off the trees. 

4. The Fresh Flavors of a Rainforest Retreat

Listing Agents:  Renee Hill and Michael Haley

Surrounded by tropical rainforest, the Puna Rainforest Retreat is a successful hosted vacation rental on 20 acres of the enchanted Puna Forest Reserve. This secluded estate includes four guest cottages and a large main house with the most warm, inviting kitchen imaginable! Being the perfect host is easy when you have a roomy kitchen with locally-sourced, eucalyptus hardwood floors, granite counters, a buffet-style island design, and a professional gas range for cooking until your hearts and your guests’ stomachs are content. Of course, if the BBQ is more your style, fire up the grill! Either way, you’ll never tire of serving up the fresh, island flavors of your estate-grown avocados, bananas, white pineapple, passion fruit, soursop, papaya, citrus orchard, and vegetable garden.

5. The Secret to Culinary Magic

Listing Agents: Leslie Oxley-Friedrich and Carrie Nicholson

From the exposed rafters to the dramatic ocean views that The Club at Hokulia is known for, the kitchen of this plantation-style home in Kealakekua is the perfect environment for making culinary magic happen! This gourmet kitchen features a vaulted ceiling and open floor plan. And a 1250-square feet of covered lanai space further accentuates the tropical indoor-outdoor dining experience. Ease into the day sipping your Kona coffee around the oversized island. And by sunset, you’ll be ready to uncork a bottle from the wine bar and put the happy in “happy hour” while lounging in the great room, which feels like a natural and convenient extension of the kitchen.

6. Entertainer of the Year

Listing Agents: Jeff Simon and Richard Simon

This breathtaking home might be the largest in Wailea Golf Vistas, Wailea’s most sought after gated community, but the true showstopper is the expansive living spaces that flow effortlessly from the kitchen. With its warm, natural backsplash and marble countertops, class meets function in this designer kitchen. From the open kitchen, entertaining options abound. Enjoy your morning coffee from the detached island or host a larger gathering. With a formal table for fine dining and a kitchenette just around the corner, there’s room for everyone!  

7. A Custom Dining Experience 

Listing Agents: Frank Schenk and Nicolaas Schenk

Seated at the pinnacle of Hualalai Resort, this exotic estate offers unparalleled views of the coast. And at 11,176 square-feet of living space, it should come as no surprise that under its majestic roof are two full, custom kitchens. The beauty is in the intricate details of the wood pantries and cabinets that complement a rustic, brick accent wall. Conveniently, both kitchens spill over into indoor/ outdoor dining spaces, so even when lounging around the apothecary island elegantly topped with marble, island breezes will transform your meal into an open-air dining experience. 

These 7 Hawai’i kitchens are so well-equipped and stylish, you may want to dine in every night! If you are interested in making one of these remarkable kitchens your own, please contact the Listing Agents above or email us at inquiry@hawaiilife.com

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