Rare Riverfront Niumalu Estate: A Step Back in Time with Views of Mount Haupu

Around the bend from Kauai’s Nawiliwili Harbor is Niumalu, a hidden gem that will immediately transport you to a time gone by. The rarity, privacy, and natural beauty of Niumalu make living here akin to stepping back in time to Old Hawai’i.

Slip Away From Lihue to Tranquil Niumalu

Niumalu lies on the banks of the Hule’ia River, with Mount Haupu, one of the island’s most renowned landmarks, rising up behind it. You’ll feel world’s away from Lihue when you slip away to this historic riverside community. In reality, you’re a mere minutes from Kukui Grove Shopping Center and the Hule’ia National Wildlife Refuge, and the Lihue airport and harbor are a short drive away.

A Valley Village Where Time Stands Still

Once a valley village, Niumalu refers to a sacred palm tree. Even today, the area is seemingly sheltered from the hands of time by the Hule’ia River and the Black Mountain, Mount Haupu. 

If you live on Niumalu Road, you’ll feel removed from urban Lihue, without compromising convenience. It’s an attractive combination that may explain why Niumalu homes are rarely listed for sale. With the river meandering by and Mount Haupu as the towering backdrop, Niumalu’s country setting is no doubt a contributing factor.

The Convenience of Living Near Lihue

Niumalu is located 10 minutes from Lihue, Kauai’s center of business, commerce, government, transportation, and air travel, not to mention shopping and dining. You don’t have to drive all the way to town, however, to enjoy outdoor activities and attractions. 

The Ninini Point Lighthouse, and the harbor with its canoe club, kayak shack, and sportfishing charters are nearby. And Niumalu is situated between the mouth of the Hule’ia River and the Alekoko (Menehune) fishpond to the west, which is a group of ponds built around 1,000 years ago. Kayak on the river to see the ponds’ entrance up close. Or head to Wailua Falls, a 173-foot tall waterfall found on the South Fork of the Wailua River.

With its picturesque ocean views, nearby Kalapaki Beach is popular for surfing, swimming, bodyboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding. And golf enthusiasts will never be bored with Puakea Golf Course, Hokuala Golf Course, and the Ocean Course at Hokuala to choose from.

A Rare, Riverfront Listing

There are only nine houses on Niumalu Road, making this recent listing a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Sitting on 37,723 square feet of flat, level land along the river, this Kauai estate features high ceilings, arched doorways, and maple wood flooring throughout. 

The four-bed, three and a half-bath home boasts an open concept kitchen equipped with a gas stove, granite countertops, and a large separate pantry. The kitchen and living room flow effortlessly into the outdoor living space, inviting you to relax on the protected lanai.

Take a virtual tour of this Kauai Estate. For more details, you can also click on this link.

The Natural Beauty of Niumalu

The ancient allure of Niumalu will take your breath away, whether you’re gazing at rugged Haupu from across the spacious lawn or from the elegant great room. And the dramatic shifts in light and shadow will inspire awe, from dusk until sunset. 

About the Author

Lynda Gill

Lynda Gill is a Realtor Salesperson with Hawai'i Life. I have close to two decades of experience as a top-producing real estate agent on Kauai, where I’ve lived since 2004. I specialize in residential, relocation, and resort property sales in Poipu Beach, Lawai, Omao and Kalaheo, on the island’s South Side. Over the course of my career, I’m proud to have earned accolades and designations, including being recognized as a top performer by Hawaii Business Magazine. But what really drives me is helping my clients with one of the most significant events in their lives. There is nothing quite as satisfying as helping clients achieve their financial goals or seeing their eyes light up when the right property comes along. You can email me at lyndagill@hawaiilife.com or via phone at (808) 346-0056.

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April 14, 2022

What an amazing location- a gem!!

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