North Kohala Real Estate Tour – Favorite Properties Currently For Sale
Kohala Brims with History
The “Old Hawaii” feel of Kohala is a 30 minute drive or less from the Kohala Coast resorts and beaches, but is a genuine and cherished characteristic that makes this area so appealing.
Tourists (prospective real estate buyers!) venturing to the charming North Kohala towns of Hawi and Kapaau for last week’s Kamehameha Day parade and ceremonies at the statue learned that each of the place names we use to describe neighborhoods refers to an event in the journey a young ali’i (chief) made on his way to uniting the Hawai’ian islands.
Views fit for royalty from this 10 acre lot under $500K
The birthplace of Kamehameha the Great is at Kokoiki, more or less where Highway 270 turns the corner between the small, exclusive Puakea subdivisions (Ranch at Puakea, Puakea Bay Ranch and Puakea Ranch) and the town of Hawi. Build your home enjoying the same views as the newborn from a lot at Puakea Bay Ranch (MLS# 234304) where 10-acre lots are available under $500,000.
$100K price reduction on a Hoe’a home which allows organic farming only
Turning the corner towards Hawi, visitors are always surprised that the landscape is suddenly green. The area known as Hoe’a is still a fertile agricultural center for the region. A 3,000 sq. ft. home on 7 acres (MLS# 229683) with CC&Rs stipulating that any farming must be organic is priced at only $1,299,000 after a recent reduction.
Walk to town from this Hawi fixer upper listed at $299K
Hawi itself comes next. If you want to walk to town, there is a new listing ready for renovation on a charming little street called Banana Ranch Road for only $299,000 (MLS# 235243).
Privacy or a small ranch, you choose…
Kohala Elementary and High Schools are appropriately located on a street called Honomakau which exhorts students to look fearlessly to the future. A small farm, horse property, or just privacy and views would be possible on a 17.5 acre oceanfront parcel at the end of this road, offered for $1,815,000 (MLS# 227114).
Ainakea Short Sale
Short Sale could be good for investor or future retiree
The Statue of Kamehameha is draped with dozens of lei in the annual ceremony in the town of Kapaau. Many residents of the moderately-priced Ainakea subdivision walked to town to watch the festivities. An investor or future retiree should snap up this 3BR/2BA Ainakea home (MLS# 234751) listed as a short sale at only $235,000 as the sellers would be happy to rent back!
Oceanfront Ag Land
This Ag land sits on a small peninsula
Continuing East is the neighborhood known as Halaula. The surf spot known as Lighthouse was used in Kamehameha’s Day and another oceanfront parcel of land for sale consisting of 9 acres of Ag-zoned land surrounded by 18 acres designated for conservation is only $1.3 million (MLS# 230624).
I’ve already written a blog post about the Halawa area where Kamehameha spent part of his youth and returned for R&R as a warrior and later king. No homes are currently on the market there, but three parcels ranging in size from 3 acres to 21 acres afford unobstructed ocean views and easy access to the water at Kapanaia Bay.
2 Luxury Estates
The next bend in the road takes you to Makapala. Two luxury estates are on the market here:
An Architectural Record home on over 70 acres meandering to the oceanfront listed for just under $10 million (MLS# 229636).
And a 6,000+ sq. ft. home on 12.7 acres planted in citrus orchards new on the market at $2.3 million (MLS# 234529).
2 Moderately Priced Homes
Last stop before Pololu Valley would be Niulii, and the road down to the ocean Keokea Park has two modestly priced listings:
A charming 2 bedroom cabin nestled above a gulch for $459,000 (MLS# 232963) which you could easily expand into a pod-style home.
And a starter home so close to the water you can hear the waves for only $385,000 (MLS# 232767)!
Thanks for accompanying me on this tour of historic North Kohala real estate!
Pololu Valley Sunrise
A hui hou,
Beth Thoma Robinson, R(S)