The Joy of Mauka Living

Most people who are considering purchasing an estate site or custom home in Hawaii envision life in the islands to be all about oceanfront properties with swaying coco palms. Not so surprising as these are the most popular and alluring images circulated worldwide by visitors and our state tourism authority, as well.

  View from the oceanfront community of Pauoa Beach at Mauna Lani Resort in the heart of the Kohala Coast aka “Gold Coast” because of its many toney luxury resorts and homes.

View from the oceanfront community of Pauoa Beach at Mauna Lani Resort in the heart of the Kohala Coast aka “Gold Coast” because of its many toney luxury resorts and homes.

While I represent a number of luxury beach and oceanfront properties up and down Hawaii Island’s acclaimed Kona/Kohala coastline, the number available is finite with new offerings and re-sells shrinking yearly while prices continue to grow.

Meanwhile, those who have spent time in the islands recognize the many benefits of up mauka (towards the mountains) living. A number of exclusive, gated communities, situated at elevations of up to 3,000+ feet above sea level, dot west Hawaii Island’s lush, tropical hillsides. Homes in these neighborhoods command panoramic ocean and coastline views, typically are set on relatively large acreage (ensuring privacy and tranquility) and enjoy cooler temperatures throughout the year.

Many estates are located within Kona’s famous coffee growing district and are perfect for the gentleman farmer lurking inside you! Among the many additional crops growing in the area: avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, lychee, and citrus, along with diverse produce and herbs. These properties offer the opportunity to pursue your dream of growing much of your own food.

  Holualoa | Mamalahoa Estate | $14.5 million | 3BR/3.5BA | 5,391 SF | 90 acres |  MLS#295006

Holualoa | Mamalahoa Estate | $14.5 million | 3BR/3.5BA | 5,391 SF | 90 acres | MLS#295006

This majestic property sits on the slopes of Mt. Hualalai just minutes away from the charming up country town of Holualoa and three miles above bustling Kailua-Kona. Surrounded by lush gardens, the pristine grounds include an orchard of citrus and macadamia nut trees extending from the gated entry. Additional plantings include producing papaya, coffee, and mango trees. Featured in the November 2017 issue of Architectural Digest, this gracious estate encompasses 90 acres at a lofty elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level.

  Kaloko-Mauka | land | $400,000 | 10 Acres |  MLS#613121

Kaloko-Mauka | land | $400,000 | 10 Acres | MLS#613121

Another mauka property currently available is a 10-acre estate site located at an elevation of 3,000 feet. Build your dream home surrounded by a tropical forest made up of Ohia trees, ferns, rhododendrons and hydrangeas on the slopes of Hualalai. The parcel is blissfully tranquil much like a rural property, yet is in close proximity of Kailua-Kona and all of its shops, services, restaurants, beaches, and activities.

Get a closer look at this gorgeous Mauka property: