Big Island

Hamakua Coast Land has SAFE Catchment Water

Having recently studied the Hamakua Coast agricultural land for sale for a buyer client, I have come up with a number of interesting conclusions. First, there are not that many 10-80 acre parcels anywhere on the island, let alone the spectacularly scenic Hamakua Coast. Second, to find a property with power, water, and telephone is virtually impossible, and third…why would you want to?!

The search criteria my clients and I were using was that the property could be off the grid (no power or water services). I found it interesting that mainlanders (most of us were at one time) would actually want to find property that did not have the luxury or convenience of services. Rather, it was secondary to the actual property itself having navigable access (not only 4 wheel drive) and preferably ocean views, but at an elevation that would be cool enough to sleep comfortably and with enough rainfall to be sustainable.

My doctor clients (not name dropping, just point of reference for the educated research below) expressed the fact that catchment water was actually a safer choice…

“I have looked into catchment water systems and it is obviously the way to go. Not only is there plenty of water available, it is supposedly safer and cleaner if you spend the money to install a professional system with the proper filtration and sterilizing equipment. There is a full service catchment installation and maintenance company outside Hilo that services the entire Big Island. I’m sure there are others.

Recently, there have been a spate of articles in the news and medical literature about the exploding amount of pharmaceutical wastes in drinking water. This is because most people discard unused medications into toilets. Also, most medications have metabolites that are excreted in urine and these too are in the water supply.

Apparently, with newer drugs coming onto the market regularly, water treatment facilities are having a difficult time keeping up. Catchment water systems do not have this problem with pharmaceutical contaminants. So, for people living in high rainfall areas, this is the way to go.” Read more about water catchment here.

We found the perfect property for them; a 70 acre property at approx. 2,200 ft. elevation with beautiful ocean views, a paved road for access, and waterfalls and a stream through a gulch bordering one side during seasonal rainfall.

They did have a difficult time deciding between two properties, which is why I wanted to share the one they did not choose; this (MLS# 245978) is a 40-acre parcel with ocean views and priced at a comfortable $395,000.

Of the 9 properties in their size and price range ($400K-$600K), this would now be the best choice on the market for the Hamakua large parcels. It is part of a large cattle ranch that was just recently subdivided into 40+ acre lots with a three mile paved access road just off the highway at Paauilo.

Happy to share and show you…as always.

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