When people think about living in Hawai’i, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees often come to mind first. But after folks are here for a while, they discover the diversity of the climate and realize their options are broader than that.
On the Big Island of Hawai’i, there is an area up above Kailua-Kona called Kaloko Mauka. Starting at about 1,600 feet, Kaloko Drive winds its way up Hualalai mountain, rising to more than 3,000 feet. (It goes up higher, but you need to book a tour with Hawaii Forest & Trail to see the rest).
The lush forest of upper Kaloko
The higher elevation of the Kaloko area is forested and lush with rainforest flora, and has a cool climate year-round. The lower elevations are drier, and many lots have big ocean views. The things I love about this lower area, what I call “the sweet spot,” are:
1. The Climate
Most of the year you get typically clear, blue sky mornings that turn to overcast afternoons, which keeps the temperature moderate all day long. Homes at this elevation do not need air conditioning, but many do have some type of fireplace. Winter mornings can dip into the low 60’s, but by afternoon, the winter days are dry and clear.
Kaloko house located in the “sweet spot!”
2. The Location
On the north end of Kailua-Kona, you are just minutes to Keahole Kona International Airport, Kohanaiki and Pine Trees Beaches, Kua Bay, and Costco (the only one on the island)! In town, you will also find a scattering of beaches that are easy to access and about 20 minutes away.
Kahaluu Beach Park
3. The Sunsets
Gorgeous, guaranteed almost every night of the year. From those strategic locations that have the full on ocean view, you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see!
Typical Kaloko Sunset
For the Farming Enthusiast
With lot sizes ranging from 1 to 20+ acres, and agriculture zoning, you can pursue your dreams of gentleman farmer, or keep horses and other livestock. Kaloko mauka for upcountry living in Hawai’i is a great alternative to the hotter climates at lower elevations!