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3 Things I Love About Upcountry Hawai’i Living in Kaloko

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 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"!

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

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 Sunet

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!

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Randy West

January 7, 2015

Absolutely beautiful. Love ocean views, but not a fan of tsunamis. Positively love lush tropical settings, but without constant rain. RO, I think you’ve nailed it! Like having your cake, and eating it too! My wife and I love the the Big Island, and have made many trips there over the years. My ultimate goal is to retire in Hawaii, and go mainland way, only when necessary. Just need a couple million more bucks,lol, so I can be picky about where we are located above Kona. It’s more about being in the sweet spot, than owning an opulent residence. A nice small/medium size house with a view, and neighbors we could mesh with would be ideal.

Randy West

January 7, 2015

Absolutely beautiful. Love ocean views, but not a fan of tsunamis. Positively love lush tropical settings, but without constant rain. RO, I think you’ve nailed it! Like having your cake, and eating it too! My wife and I love the the Big Island, and have made many trips there over the years. My ultimate goal is to retire in Hawaii, and go mainland way, only when necessary. Just need a couple million more bucks,lol, so I can be picky about where we are located above Kona. It’s more about being in the sweet spot, than owning an opulent residence. A nice small/medium size house with a view, and neighbors we could mesh with would be ideal.

Ro Scarbrough

January 7, 2015

Thanks Randy, yes, Kaloko can be the “sweet spot”! No tsunamis up here! Sounds like you already have the Aloha spirit, good luck with your Hawaii Life dreams!

Ro Scarbrough

January 7, 2015

Thanks Randy, yes, Kaloko can be the “sweet spot”! No tsunamis up here! Sounds like you already have the Aloha spirit, good luck with your Hawaii Life dreams!

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