HUALĀLAI SUMMER ⁄ FALL 2019
FIRST LOOK The Groundbreaking New Golf Academy
CHEF FEST RETURNS
S A N D A LWO O D ’ S C O M E B A C K S T O R Y
D I S C OV E R I N G T H E F I N E A R T O F T H E F O U R S E A S O N S
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6 T HE FRONT NINE
20 A FESTIVAL FOR THE SENSES
Chef Fest 2019 promises four delicious days of beachside receptions, cooking classes, wine tastings, and world-class cuisine.
14 A DRIVING FORCE
24 FAMILY TREE
A local family’s focus on reforestation is helping Hawai‘i’s rare sandalwood tree take root once again.
Serious and not-so-serious golfers alike will find
BY AMANDA MILLIN
guidance and good fun at Hualālai’s soon-to-debut golf academy.
BY JAMES A . FR ANK
P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N N A PA C H E C O
P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N N A PA C H E C O
28 NOBLE WORKS
The Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s Hawaiian artworks and artifacts form a museum-quality collection of royal dimensions. B Y M U R T I V I N AYA G A
PHOTOGR APHY BY RON HA AKE
CHEF FEST RECEPTION AND GOLF: ANNA PACHECO;
and happenings at Hualālai.
INTERIOR: HENRY HOUGHTON; GOBLETS: RON HAAKE
BY SHEIL A GIBSON STOODLEY
A quick swing through the latest news, views,
SUMMER ⁄ FA LL 2019
35 H OT PROPERTIES From fairway villas to coastline estates, Hualālai’s current listings capture the essence of Hawai‘i.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
The Pacific panorama from this Hualālai address proves that the home’s masterminds had their priorities in order.
ON THE COVER
Newly appointed director of instruction Eddie Lee coaches
a student on the Hualālai Golf Course. P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A N N A PA C H E C O
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S A V O R the
M O M E N T
aloha OUR STORY CONTINUES Patrick Fitzgerald President and CEO
Rob Kildow Director of Residential Sales, Principal Broker
Colin Clark General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai
Violet Terawaki Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Jason David Marketing Coordinator
HUALĀLAI MAGAZINE Lori Bryan Editor
Mary Franz Art Director
Nikki Prange Copy Editor Contributing Writers
James A. Frank Sheila Gibson Stoodley Margaret Kearns Amanda Millin Murti Vinayaga
WITH WARMEST ALOHA, we welcome you to Hualālai, and we invite you to peruse the second issue of our new Hualālai magazine. Launched last fall, our biannual publication has been created especially for you, our ‘ohana (family) of resort guests and residential Members, to share our community’s most interesting stories and incomparable experiences. As we usher in the second half of 2019, we’re thrilled to introduce new offerings and enhanced services that will make your time at Hualālai truly exceptional. In this issue, we preview the groundbreaking Hualālai Golf Academy (see “A Driving Force,” page 14). Debuting late this year, the new academy—the first of its kind on the island of Hawai‘i— will feature state-of-the-art training equipment and much more, from personalized coaching to places for relaxing with family and friends. It will also provide exclusive access to some of the best golf professionals in the world. We’re excited to partner with PGA pro Eddie Lee, Hualālai’s newly appointed director of instruction, on a unique education-and-training program, the caliber of which is matched only by the beauty of Hualālai’s pristine ocean-view courses. In addition to delving into golf’s future here at the resort, we hope you’ll also immerse yourself in the Hualālai Spa’s new White Flowering ‘Iliahi treatment featuring sandalwood oil from a local family’s reforestation project (see “Family Tree,” page 24). A rare Hawaiian tree with a rich history, ‘iliahi is growing abundantly once again in the mountains south of our resort, and our spa has harnessed the power of the tree’s oil in a restorative treatment with sustainable and cultural roots. At the spa and throughout Hualālai, our ‘ohana of team members work together to provide your ‘ohana with a most memorable and extraordinary stay, and here we shine a light on three of our incredible crew (see “Faces of Hualālai,” page 12). Charmaine Kiiwaikapu “Kapu” Hoapili, a mea ho‘okipa (hospitality ambassador) at the Ka‘ūpūlehu Cultural Center, dances hula, sings, and weaves lauhala, sharing her inspired performances and knowledge of Hawaiian culture with our guests and Members. Golf starter Derek “Brown Bear” Haspe—Hualālai Resort’s Employee of the Year in 2016—embodies aloha and has a sincere and gracious ability to make everyone feel special before they begin their round of golf. And swim instructor Rita Hirai, who has taught hundreds of our Members and their families and guests, is yet another friendly face, helping all of her students, from kids to competitive athletes, embrace the water. Mahalo for staying with us, living with us, and evolving with us. We plan to keep providing new services and amenities while perfecting your favorite parts of Hualālai. As always, our doors are open, and we invite you to let us know how we can help make your time with us inspirational, recuperative, and filled with aloha.
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1 PICK OF THE CROP The Hualālai Farmers’ Market brings an incredible array of seasonal produce to Hualālai Club Members each Wednesday (except in September) from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the Ke‘olu Clubhouse event lawn. The resort’s relationships with first-rate boutique farmers in Waimea and Kealakekua ensure that only the highest-quality, naturally grown products are on offer. Complementing the farmers’ delectable offerings are tasty delights from Ke‘olu’s culinary team, including chef Junior Ulep’s jams—in flavors such as white pineapple with vanilla and honey, poha berry with honey, and Hilo papaya—and pastry chef Lisa Siu’s scones, quiches, chicken potpies, and more. Chef Junior also mans the stoves, creating made-to-order omelets and fruit pancakes that give market-goers still more reasons to linger. 808.325.8450
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2 Train with a Legend Dave Scott—the six-time Ironman World Champion and USA Triathlon Hall of Famer—has returned to the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai for the fourth consecutive year with his Dave Scott Triathlon Training Experience. “I’m thrilled to bring this triathlon training experience back to Hualālai,” says Scott. “Each participant will learn my personal methods for training more deliberately and more efficiently and will leave with the confidence of knowing how to train fewer hours to become better and faster triathletes.” The five-day clinics led by Scott and his team stress individualized coaching for the triathlon’s races—swimming, cycling, and running—plus strength training, flexibility, and nutrition. New this year: participants will take on the Ironman’s official 2.4-mile swim course in Kailua-Kona Bay. The last two clinics of 2019 are scheduled for June 17 to 21 and July 29 to August 2 and include a pre-camp consultation, video analysis, group meals, triathlon apparel, and a postcamp training prescription. The price is $2,000 per person (accommodations are additional), and each clinic is limited to 10 participants. 808.325.8000 or 888.340.5662
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3 Ace of Clubs This summer and fall, the Hualālai Tennis Club has something for
club’s pros. “If they take the set, the fee is refunded,” says Willman.
players of all skill levels. Head tennis pro Mark Willman and his team
“It’s not only good fun, but it keeps us on top of our game.” Giving
of esteemed coaches—including two top players in Hawai‘i, Gannon
back to the community is also part of the club’s game plan each Sep-
Nicoll and Spencer Mendoza—offer individual lessons and group
tember, when a one-day doubles tournament is held to benefit cancer
clinics for adults and kids alike. Those who are up for a seriously
research in Hawai‘i. To schedule court time, sign up for a lesson, or
enjoyable match may wish to consider the Play the Pro Challenge:
learn more about special exhibitions and tournaments, contact the
For a small fee, a Member or resort guest can go against one of the
Club Concierge. 808.325.8450
4 LAND OF DREAMS Hualālai’s latest enclave, Pi‘iuka Estates, has just 12 lots—the last ocean-view, fairway-fronting homesites at the resort—and the first six have been released. “With the introduction of this newest neighborhood, we are committed to maintaining low-density development and protecting the exclusivity of our Hualālai community,” says Robert Kildow, Hualālai Realty’s director of residential sales and principal broker. The initial releases, one of which has already sold, are priced from $2 million to $2.4 million and range in size from about 23,000 square feet to more than 47,000 square feet. The last six lots will be released later this year. All of the custom-home lots are situated along the 14th fairway of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course, within walking distance of the Ke‘olu Clubhouse. The amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai are a short golf-cart ride away, as are those of the private Hualālai Club. 808.325.8500, hualalairealty.com
3) AND 5) DANA EDMUNDS; 4) ETHAN TWEEDIE
5 That’s Entertainment The Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s Beach Tree restaurant is serving up music and entertainment for the whole family. “On Friday and Saturday evenings, hula dancers join the musicians from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., while live music continues nightly until 9 p.m.,” says Kekoa Kapua, Beach Tree’s general manager. “We’re a family-friendly venue, and it’s not unusual for kids to join the dancers while their parents get to relax over cocktails and dinner while keeping a close watch on their children playing and dancing nearby,” he says. Beach Tree, with its swaying palms and expansive lawns leading directly to the beach, is pure paradise, and the menu is equally satisfying, offering tropical- inspired Italian cuisine, signature cocktails, and a sophisticated wine list. Contemporary acoustic tunes by Vaughn Valentino and Hawaiian
classics by Kevin Kealoha (left) and Kunia Galdeira (right) are among the distinctive sounds that often round out the scene. 808.325.8000
6 INGREDIENTS Every Wednesday in the summer, Ke’olu restaurant’s chef Junior Ulep shares his talents—and culinary secrets—with Hualālai Members during dynamic, hands-on cooking classes. Limited to just eight participants, the O‘ahu native’s Cooking with Chef Junior sessions typically take place on the oceanview restaurant’s lānai, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and featuring a lunch with the day’s special dish at 12:30 p.m. “With our warm climate and our Members’ active lifestyle, we typically feature a lighter dish for this midday meal,” says Ulep. “And with a variety of awesome Hawaiian fish to choose from, that’s almost always a top-pick featured ingredient.” Classically trained in French cooking, he admits to “going off recipe” all the time and encourages participants to do the same: “Be creative! With the highest-quality, morning-fresh ingredients, you can’t go wrong.” The class with lunch is priced at $45 to $50 per person, depending on the menu, and reservations are a must. 808.325.8450
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7 TASTE OF HAWKE’S BAY Mark your calendar for the week of November 17 (stay tuned for the exact date), when the Hualālai Grille cohosts the Craggy Range Wine Dinner with Terry and Mary Peabody. Longtime guests of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, the Peabodys are vintner proprietors of the renowned Craggy Range winery in Hawke’s Bay, a premier wine-growing region on New Zealand’s North Island. “They’re two of the kindest, most genuine people you will ever have the good fortune to meet,” says Shelley Smith, Hualālai Resort’s assistant director of food and beverage. “We’re delighted to have them here with us again, sharing their delicious wines with our Members and guests.” Smith says the evening will begin with a sunset reception and pupus (appetizers), followed by a five-course tasting menu paired with such Craggy Range varietals as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The menu will be created and prepared by executive sous chef James Ebreo, a veteran member of the resort’s culinary team. Space is limited to 30 guests in Hualālai Grille’s private dining room. 808.325.8000
8 Happy Campers Founded in Maine in 1947, Camp Manitou is once again camping out at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. The Hualālai summer camp, which is also hosted at the resort during other peak seasons (festive and spring break), is designed for children ages 9 to 15, but it also offers adventures for the entire family—parents, too. The all-inclusive, single- and multi-day programming features an array of cultural, recreational, and explorative activities both on and off the property. “Some of the children-only off-site activities include visiting secret beaches, exploring lava tubes and waterfalls, kayaking and snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay, and public relations at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. Family Day Adventures, such as hiking in the enchanting Pololū Valley at the north end of Hawai‘i Island, are private, fullday excursions customized for the individual guest family. Camp Manitou’s Hawai‘i summer dates are set for July 2 to August 24 but subject to change. 808.325.8000
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9 Always a Splash Hit Now in its 17th year, Hualālai’s Annual Canoe Regatta moves from its
of Hualālai’s Alaka‘i Nalu, noting that the resort’s peak time for Members
traditional first-Friday-in-August date (commemorating the 2002 opening
being in-house during the summer has shifted a bit, from August to
of the Hualālai Canoe Club) to Friday, July 5, in 2019. “To ensure as many
July. The action gets underway with six-man outrigger canoe races and
Members as possible get to enjoy this great day out on the water, we’ve
stand-up paddleboarding races, and an awards lunch takes place at the
switched the date to the first Friday in July,” says Trent Fischer, director
Hualālai Canoe Club once the last contest finishes. 808.325.8450 SECTION BY MARGARET KEARNS
FACES OF HUALĀLAI The wonderful Hualālai staff likely need no introduction—they’ve probably had the pleasure of serving you before, maybe you’ve known each other for years. So instead of an introduction, consider the below a chance to catch up with a few friends, before the resort reunites you once again. This summer, Charmaine Kiiwaikapu “Kapu”
“A Driving Force,” page 14). “I think it’ll be a really
Hoapili will welcome guests to the Ka‘ūpūlehu
nice option for golfers and our Members,” he
Cultural Center—located across from the lobby
says. “I’m excited to see what they have avail-
of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, next to the
able.” Still, what the onetime desk jockey and
golf pro shop and looking out on the 18th
accomplished marathoner and triathlete most
hole—for a special premiere. “On June 11, we’re
eagerly anticipates is prepping each golfer for a
going to celebrate King Kamehameha Day here
great game: “I’m the last one they see, basically,
at the property,” says Mea Ho‘okipa (hospitality
before they get out on the course, so whatever’s
ambassador) Hoapili, who is also a former
happened before that, I try to get them in the
Hualālai Club concierge, a kumu hula (teacher
right frame of mind and get them out there.”
of hula), and an award-winning hula dancer (she’s been practicing the art form since she
Where there’s water, there’s Rita Hirai. “I came
was about three years old). “We’ll have different
to Hawai‘i in 1974,” says the swim coach and
types of hulas and share some of his special
New York native. “I was always in the ocean
music. Kamehameha was a great part of Hawai‘i
and swimming back [East]. I like to say, ‘I think
history, so we’re excited to share his legacy.”
the stork dropped me off in the wrong place
Reservations are not needed for the day’s two
and I found my way home.’ ” During college,
performances. “Everything at the cultural center
she worked in Honolulu. “I got to help with
is complimentary to our guests,” she says. “You
a lot of the big surf contests, teach kids how to recreate safely in the ocean,” she says. “We
our sayings here.”
used to build paipo boards from plywood and teach the kids how to do it. Then we’d take
“Everybody kind of knows me as Brown Bear,”
them down to the Wall in WaikĪkĪ where they’d
says Hualālai’s golf starter, Derek “Brown Bear”
go paipo boarding.” This summer, safety and
Haspe. “I used to participate in this golf tourna-
fun will be the focus of her Keiki swim classes
ment, and everyone had nicknames, so since I
at the Hualālai Canoe Club. “I’ve been here
was a fan of Jack Nicklaus, aka the Golden Bear,
20 years, so I’ve started teaching some of my
I told them, ‘Since the Golden Bear is taken, call
earliest clients’ children. It’s amazing to walk
me the Brown Bear.’ ” A fixture at Hualālai—
through the property and have a man come up
he came aboard 23 years ago, when only the
Hualālai’s team of talented
Nicklaus course had been built—he’s looking
professionals includes (from top)
forward to the resort’s new golf academy (see
Hoapili, Haspe, and Hirai.
to me and say, ‘Rita! You taught me to swim!’ It’s very cool. I have these relationships, and I think that’s what Hualālai is about.”
HOAPILI: DANA EDMUNDS; HASPE AND HIRAI: ANNA PACHECO
cannot buy aloha; aloha is shared—that’s one of
A Driving FORCE When it opens later this year, Hualālai’s leading-edge golf academy will be much more than a place to better your game. BY JAMES A. FRANK
PGA pro Eddie Lee (left) has signed on as director of instruction of the soon-to-debut Hualālai Golf Academy.
n a matter of months, golfers at Hualālai will see firsthand how their sport is shifting from tradition-bound to something that’s more family friendly, casual, and fun. At the forefront of this trend, the soon-to-debut Hualālai Golf Academy will set just that kind
of upbeat tone. The innovative new facility—the only golf academy of its kind on the island of Hawai‘i—will provide not only the ultimate destination for players to learn and improve, but also a lively atmosphere ideally suited to soaking up the spirit of the game.
a driving force
“We’re all wired differently, but certain parameters and constraints never change in the eight feet of the golf swing.” —EDDIE LEE, DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION
“We have the opportunity to make the academy cutting- edge for teaching but also cutting-edge for fun,” says
unique in the world of golf instruction, taking it to the next step.”
Debbie Casey, general manager of the Hualālai Club, the
The 3,000-square-foot, one-story facility will be located
private club for owners of Hualālai’s 380 residential units.
just a five-minute walk from the front desk of the Four
(The academy will be accessible to both club Members and
Seasons Resort Hualālai, at the driving range serving the
resort guests.) “It’s not just about teaching and improv-
18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Hualālai Golf Course.
ing their golf games, but a place for group get-togethers,
With the plans drawn and construction commencing, the
multigenerational family involvement, a venue for spe-
project’s masterminds are now dreaming up unique pro-
cial events. We put a lot of thought into doing something
gramming for the one-of-a-kind space. PGA pro Eddie Lee
TOP AND PREVIOUS SPREAD: ANNA PACHECO; BOTTOM RIGHT: ETHAN TWEEDIE
a driving force has come aboard as director of instruction after 23 years at
the range. The two outside bays will open up for hitting
Maui’s Wailea Golf Club, and he says while his focus will
onto the range or, with their doors down, function as pri-
be helping golfers get better, the academy will emphasize
vate classrooms. Each will feature TrackMan launch mon-
“fitness, fun, and fundamentals” (see “Turning to a Pro,”
itors, which record club speed, ball spin rate, shot launch
page 19). The team is mulling over everything from club
angle, carry distance, and a host of other factors that coach
fittings and simulator competitions—imagine watching the
and student can use to foster and measure improvement.
pros play Pebble Beach on TV while you play a projected
(The entire practice area also will be fitted with TrackMan
version of the course’s iconic seventh hole—to night golf,
Range, allowing those working on their own to track their
weeklong “boot camps,” and bachelor parties.
stats through a free app.)
Three hitting bays will line the side of the building along
The middle bay will feature the Topgolf Swing Suite, an indoor golf simulator and lounge. The only one in Hawai‘i, the tech-laden Swing Suite combines food, fun, serious instruction, and a menu of games, both golf and non-golf, designed for all ages. Fun will also be front and center in the building’s lounge and comfort station. The space will boast a full kitchen, drinks and snacks, plus plenty of tables, chairs, and couches for hanging out, eating, and watching the many mounted, large-screen TVs. A small merchandise area will sell gloves and balls, while the open area will stretch outdoors under a shaded trellis lighted for night use. “Whether you’re a hard-core or not-so-hard-core golfer, we’ll take your experience to another level,” says Casey. “Because that’s what we do at Hualālai.”
Whether playing the spectacular Hualālai Golf Course, working with Lee on proper pivot, or simply partaking in the conviviality of the soon-to-open academy’s lounge, golfers and non-golfers alike are sure to have a great time.
CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE TOP: RENDERING COURTESY OF EDG; ANNA PACHECO; ETHAN TWEEDIE
TURNING TO A PRO For its new golf academy, Hualālai has
as they move), and pivot (the body’s
enlisted none other than Eddie Lee
rotation and how the hands and arms
as director of instruction. Lee grew up
move around the body). “The pivot is the
playing the famed Presidio course in
engine—it moves the club, not the other
San Francisco, studied to be a pro in San
way around. That applies to the long game
Diego, worked for five years at Maui’s
and also pitching, chipping, even putting.”
Kapalua Resort, then spent more than
So, what advice does Lee have for
two decades at Maui’s Wailea Golf Club
players of the Jack Nicklaus Signature
before joining Hualālai this spring. “I like
Hualālai Golf Course? He recommends
to say the weather got better with each
bringing an assortment of hybrids, which
job,” Lee says with a smile. The current
hit the ball higher than long irons, so
president of the PGA of America’s Aloha
shots land softly. (With bunkers around
Section, he has long been devoted to
many of the greens, shots need to get
growing the game—a crusade he’s con-
over them, then stay on the putting sur-
tinuing with the soon-to-open Hualālai
face.) He suggests using a high-bounce
wedge with a wide flange to handle short
Lee says that a fun, casual atmosphere
shots off the perfect turf; also, “skin”
will prevail at the new academy, making
your wedges, picking them off the grass
both experienced golfers and those
certain parameters and constraints never
rather than digging into the turf. And
who’ve never picked up a club feel at
change in the eight feet of the golf swing.”
aim for the center of the greens: Most
Lee’s teaching emphasizes the “three
are undulating, and it’s easier to get to
home. He describes his teaching philosophy as “holistic,” and it starts with under-
P’s”: preparation (the static positions of
the hole from the heart of the green. “It’s
standing the individual’s capabilities.
grip, stance, posture, ball), position (the
what Jack Nicklaus did his entire career,”
“We’re all wired differently,” he says, “but
club shaft in relation to the club head
says Lee. “It worked for him.” —J.A.F.
Lovers of fine food and drink won’t want to miss the culinary wonders of Chef Fest 2019. BY SHEILA GIBSON STOODLEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNA PACHECO
efore you see it, you smell it. Cocktail in hand, you wheel around and stride across Hawai‘i’s idyllic Kumukea Beach in search of the source
of the mouthwatering aroma. Almost instantly, you spot chef Andy Ricker, founder of the Pok Pok restaurants in Oregon and New York and an expert in Northern Thai cuisine. He’s standing behind a grill and roasting a fish—whole—while preparing a chili dipping sauce to go with it. It’s a salt-crusted moi, a native delicacy known as the “fish of kings” because it was once
Chef Fest 2018’s reception and
forbidden to all but Hawaiian royalty. You’re now
cookout at Kumukea Beach.
a festival for the senses
Chef Hugh Acheson (left) offers a beachside view of his artistry. Highlights of past Chef Fests include (below, from top) chef Brooke Williamson’s charred tako, Acheson’s braised and grilled lamb, chef Andy Ricker’s coconut-smoked Hualālai oysters, and (previous spread) Four Seasons Resort Hualālai executive chef Thomas Bellec’s yellowfin tuna with kabayaki gravy and preserved local quail egg.
part of a crowd watching Ricker work, and you’re
class is very intimate,” he says. “We want it to be
hungering to taste the results.
Ricker’s spectacular fish was a highlight of
Unsurprisingly, Bellec doesn’t have much trou-
Chef Fest 2017—and it only hints at the delights
ble convincing chefs to come cook in Hawai‘i.
in store for guests of this year’s event, which
The 2019 lineup (see “Look Who’s Cooking,”
takes place November 13 through 16 at the Four
page 23) includes returnees from past Chef Fests,
Seasons Resort Hualālai.
including Charles Phan of the Slanted Door in
Launched seven years ago, the annual food-
San Francisco, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune in
and-wine festival has been helmed since 2017
New York City, and Cyrille Pannier of the Four
by Thomas Bellec, executive chef at the Four
Seasons Hotel San Francisco. The chefs partici-
Seasons Resort Hualālai. The 20-year veteran of
pate not just to enjoy the resort, but also for the
Four Seasons properties is once again eagerly
chance to work with Hawaiian ingredients. “I
readying four delicious days of tastings, recep-
send a list of all the products available on the Big
tions, cooking classes, demonstrations, and much
Island and the Hawaiian chain so the chefs can
more. But as the conductor of this culinary sym-
base their menus on that,” says Bellec. “If they’re
phony, Bellec is letting the guest chefs run free.
very, very adamant about getting product on the
“They have carte blanche,” says Bellec. “It’s very
mainland, I will allow that, but I’m very big on
important for the chefs to cook in their own style.
carrying the flag of Hawaiian produce. The chefs,
That’s why we want to bring them here.” Also
when we do the orientation, are inspired most of
key, he points out, is chefs and guests having the
the time when they tour the herb garden and see
chance to truly connect. One of the ways Chef
the amazing product we have here.”
Fest accomplishes this is by capping the size of
Though it’s too early to know what recipes will
its classes at just 20 students. “We limit it, so the
show up on Chef Fest menus and class rosters
this fall, it’s fair to speculate that some of the
of wine and spirits. The venerated house of Louis
highlights of past events—local ingredients such
Roederer, which participated in last year’s event,
as liliko‘i (passion fruit), ahi, turmeric, Kona cof-
will reprise its role as host of the Chef Fest Cham-
fee, and Hualālai oysters, the latter of which are
LOOK WHO’S COOKING
grown on-site at the resort—will make an appear-
With the preparations for Chef Fest 2019
ance. Kanpachi fish promises to be a feature,
well underway, there’s a whiff of suspense
Hualālai this fall, the following
and a trip once reserved for chefs—a visit to local
in the air. No doubt, Bellec and his team are
chefs will be on hand to
Kanpachi Farms, including snorkeling around the
up to the challenge. “Chef Fest demands a lot
create the menus—and
cages—will be opened up to a handful of Chef
of juggling, being able to manage different
chefs’ expectations and guests’ expectations,”
When Chef Fest returns to
memories—of a lifetime.
Spending time with the chefs outside of the
he says. “It’s like building a big card castle or
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kitchen is a big draw for Chef Fest ticket holders.
a puzzle, with many moving parts. But when
Bellec is planning a Hawaiian coffee tasting and
we put everything together, it’s magic.”
other laid-back experiences that are still being orchestrated. In general, the format will follow
Guests are invited to reserve in advance the 2019
that of Chef Fest 2018, which included cocktail-
event’s Taste of Chef Fest package including
making demonstrations, a grand tasting in the
accommodations and a resort credit, which may be
Hōkū Amphitheater, an ‘Ohana dinner at Beach
applied toward the multitude of Chef Fest
Tree, a casual reception and cookout at Kumukea
activities. For additional information or to book
Beach, and a gala dinner on the final day.
the Taste of Chef Fest package, contact the Four
Mixology classes, which first joined the Chef Fest schedule in 2016, will return, as will tastings
Seasons Resort Hualālai’s reservations department at 808.325.8000.
The Slanted Door San Francisco Gabrielle Hamilton Prune New York City Kris Yenbamroong Night + Market Los Angeles Claude Le Tohic ONE65 San Francisco Mashama Bailey The Grey Savannah
Cook Sean grills Hualālai oysters at
chef Andy Ricker’s station.
Contra New York City VISITING FOUR SEASONS GUEST CHEFS Cyrille Pannier Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco Luca Moriconi Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills FOUR SEASONS RESORT HUALĀLAI’S HOST CHEFS Thomas Bellec Executive Chef Kalani Garcia Executive Pastry Chef
Half a million sandalwood trees are now thriving on Hawai‘i Island, owing to the conservation and expansion efforts of Hāloa ‘Āina, which extracts oil from naturally deceased trees and puts the dust left from extraction (opposite) to good use.
FAMILYTREE The rare sandalwood tree so rooted in the history of the Hawaiian Islands is seeing a resurgence, thanks to a local family’s focus on reforestation. BY AMANDA MILLIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNA PACHECO
f you call it a farm again, I’m going to kick you off the land,” says Wade Lee, a cofounder of Hāloa ‘Āina, a forestry organization working to replant Hawai‘i’s sandalwood trees—and he’s only partly joking. “It’s a reforestation project,” he continues with a smile. “I’ve been fighting the terms farm and ranch for years.” Seeing firsthand Lee’s roughly 500,000 sandalwood trees on the leeward side of the island of Hawai‘i makes it easy to understand his conviction. Farms and ranches are in business to harvest. Plantations genetically select specimens with ideal traits. Lee, his three sons,
“We only move as fast and produce as much as the land gives us, and it’s not dictated by how much oil we need.” —WADE LEE, HĀLOA ‘ĀINA
and his wife, Lillian, with the rest of the Hāloa
genus’s 18 species are found exclusively. Locals
‘Āina team of 12 (many of whom are scientists),
once referred to sandalwood as lā ‘au ‘ala (fra-
do neither. Their mission is to expand and con-
grant plant) and harvested it mindfully, chanting
serve a native Hawaiian species that is interwoven
in the forest to ask ancestral permission before
into the archipelago’s, and the world’s, culture.
cutting any trees down. Shavings were used for
Gandhi was cremated with sandalwood. Hin-
tattoos, to treat fungus and lice, and to preserve
dus use sandalwood paste to create the tilaka on
documents, such as Lee’s royal family tree. (His
their foreheads, and Buddhists count prayers on
great-great-grandmother was queen for a day.)
sandalwood-bead bracelets. Ayurvedic doctors
That changed in the 1790s, when the American
prescribe the tree’s oil for skin conditions. (Lillian,
sea captain John Kendrick landed in Hawai‘i and
a wound specialist, attests to its antibacterial qual-
discovered the island’s trees. Not long thereafter,
ities, and Hāloa ‘Āina has done studies through
trade with China exploded.
BioScreen in California and Zurko in Spain on the
The trade lasted only 30 years, but in that time,
efficacy of sandalwood’s antimicrobial effects.) The
sandalwood became Hawai‘i’s first major export
Kama Sutra lauds it as an aphrodisiac.
and first tax. Paying it was Hawai‘i’s first written
At the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, not far
law. Even sandalwood’s name changed: To this
from the Lees’ operation, spa-goers partake of
day, it is known as ‘iliahi (loose translation: fire
skin-nourishing treatments suffused with the
blisters, a reference to the wounds locals sus-
family’s sandalwood oil (see “Wellness That
tained from carrying the wood). Money flowed
Means Well,” page 27). “Before, if you wanted
into the islands, and royals bought silks and other
oil, you had to kill the tree,” says Cecilia Hercik,
luxuries on sandalwood credit. By 1840, Hawai‘i’s
who is both the spa director at the Four Seasons
sandalwood supply was devastated, forcing the
Resort Hualālai and president of the Hawai‘i Spa
kingdom to auction land to pay the debt. In 1853,
Association. “But not at [Hāloa ‘Āina]. The oil we
this included Lee’s ancestral property.
get from them is so pure. It’s a win-win.”
More than 150 years later, in 2009, through an
Hāloa ‘Āina extracts its oil from naturally
incredible stroke of luck—or perhaps ancestral
deceased trees—a sustainable practice that
intervention—Lee bought back his family’s land
recalls the sustainably minded methods used
and turned it into Hāloa ‘Āina. “The lineage of
historically in Hawai‘i, where one-third of the
the land has come full circle,” he says. “We took
Sandalwood planting is ongoing at Hāloa ‘Āina, on the Lee family’s ancestral land. In the main house, a Hawaiian painting and the group’s mission statement (opposite) have pride of place. The operation includes an on-site nursery and facilities for extracting oil from naturally deceased trees.
out a second and third mortgage. We did every-
as the land gives us, and it’s not dictated by how
thing we could to buy this land back.”
much oil we need,” says Lee. “We take care of the
Thanks to Hāloa ‘Āina’s ongoing planting, 2,888
land, and we utilize what it provides.” His is the
acres of native dryland forests that include San-
ancient Hawaiian ethos: I nā mālama ‘oe i ka ‘āina,
talum paniculatum—a rare Hawaiian sandalwood
na ka ‘āina mālama iā ‘oe (if you take care of the
that grows primarily on the island of Hawai‘i’s
land, the land will take care of you).
leeward side—once again cover this land. But sandalwood is hemiparasitic, meaning it kills other
Hāloa ‘Āina, 808.896.6307, haloaaina.com;
trees to grow. To restore sandalwood, a whole
Hualālai Spa, 808.325.8000, fourseasons.com
tropical dry forest must be regrown—a 100-year undertaking. Lee, who is a biologist and a former professor with years of experience with
WELLNESS THAT MEANS WELL
forestry preservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is just the person for the task (and
Sandalwood oil from the Lee family’s reforestation operation, Hāloa ʻĀina, infuses the Hualālai Spa’s newest indulgence: the 80-minute White Flowering ‘Iliahi treatment. The extracted oil mixed with white pikake (jasmine) flowers and other local ingredients warms the skin while a dusting of sandalwood powder cools it. The rich paste gets massaged in and is left to soak with a warm, wet cocoon of blankets. A rinse from a horizontal bar over the massage table mimics the sound and feel of rain, and a final application of sandalwood oil and hydrosol leaves the body velvety soft and glowing. Knowing the treatment is helping revive Hawai‘i’s rare sandalwood trees is just as nourishing. —A.M.
his sons will continue the work), but the logistics are challenging. Also labor-intensive is Hāloa ‘Āina’s process of extracting the highly concentrated oil: It takes about 100 hours (20 to 27 hours in the still and 72 hours in a warm-water bath) and produces 1.5 percent of the wood’s volume in oil. Though it’s neither the fastest approach nor the most lucrative, it works, and it is in line with traditional Hawaiian values. To keep waste to a minimum, Lillian uses the sandalwood dust left from extraction to make skin-healing salves and hydrosol sprays by hand. Incense and wipes are also produced, and proceeds from these products fund forest regrowth. “We only move as fast and produce as much
Patrick Horimoto, mahiole helmet, 1996. Woven ‘ie‘ie vine and pheasant feathers.
For years, artisan and researcher Patrick Horimoto has been employing materials and techniques used by ancient Hawaiians to create helmets such as this one. In ancient Hawai‘i, warriors wore protective head coverings that often were adorned with elaborate crests or a row of mushroom-shaped woven ornaments. High-ranking chiefs and kings wore feathered helmets that matched their feather capes or cloaks. The helmets were woven from the split aerial rootlets of the ‘ie‘ie vine, which grows symbiotically with ‘ōhi‘a trees in the upland forests. Feathers, when used, were tied to a fine mesh netting made of olonā fiber.
From a traditional feather helmet to turn-of-the-century watercolors, Hualālai’s collection of art and artifacts captures the true majesty of Hawai‘i. BY MURTI VINAYAGA , ART CURATOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY RON HAAKE
Helen Whitney Kelley, Double Hull Canoe, circa 1896. Watercolor, 12½ × 19½ in.
While visiting relatives at Onomea Bay on the windward side of Hawai‘i Island, Helen Whitney
ore than 20 years ago, in advance of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s grand opening, we had a clear aim: to provide guests with the unique visual flavor of the Hawaiian Islands
Kelley (1852–1910)—daughter of Honolulu Advertiser founder Henry Whitney—produced this and several other watercolors depicting actual scenes of the area. A native of O‘ahu, Kelley
through authentic artifacts and artworks. So our art-acquisition
studied at the Mark Hopkins
team, fueled by the original vision of art adviser Julie Cline,
Institute of Art in San Francisco
went to work, scouring the archipelago for ancient-to-mid-
and exhibited a number of her
(the school was later renamed)
20th-century treasures that reflect the region’s rich culture
watercolors in the Bay Area
and aesthetic sensibilities. The result is a distinctive collection
her husband, Luke Kelley. She
before returning to Hawai‘i with
that pervades the property, from the lobby and ballroom foyer
painted a wide variety of subject
to the restaurants and guest suites. Its more than 100 pieces,
matter, from flower studies and
including the seven detailed here—rarities such as irreproduc-
and sensitive portraits, and her
leis to picturesque landscapes
ible woodblock prints and royal coconut goblets—not only
representations of the islands
adorn the resort but also speak to its historical significance.
sought-after. Other examples
in the days of old are highly
The pristine oceanside location, with its understated, elegant
of her work are in the collection
architecture, is a profound venue in which to present the
of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop
Hualālai Art and Artifact Collection: The beach at Ka‘ūpūlehu was enjoyed by Hawaiian nobility and has been recognized as a site of ali’i, or royalty, for hundreds of years. 29
Museum in Honolulu.
Lionel Walden, Lamp Fires, 1932. Oil on canvas, 53¾ × 48 in.
This and other Hawaiian works by the Connecticut-born artist Lionel Walden (1861–1933) are highly regarded and are included in the Honolulu Museum of Art and in corporate and private collections. He arrived in Hawai‘i in 1911 at the invitation of James Austin “Kimo” Wilder, a Hawai‘iborn artist whom the Boston- educated Walden met in Paris. Walden—a celebrated artist in France, where he studied with the renowned French painter Carolus-Duran—found inspiration in Hawai‘i’s lush beauty, vivid colors, and quality of light, and earned a reputation among his fellow artists as “the supreme interpreter of the Hawaiian seas.”
Pair of goblets from the former collection of King David Kalākaua, 1886. Coconut shells and kou wood.
These goblets are believed, based on all available evidence, to have been a gift to King David Kalākaua for his 50th birthday celebration, a two-week affair referred to as the Silver Jubilee. Branded with the king’s monogram, the pair feature drinking vessels fashioned from coconut shells and pedestals and lids made of highly prized lathe-turned kou wood. The Silver Jubilee’s festivities included the revival of Hawaiian chanting and hula dancing in public—activities that had been suppressed by Christian missionaries for decades. The grand parade wended through downtown Honolulu to ‘Iolani Palace, where well-wishers and loyal supporters offered gifts to the king.
Makaloa sleeping mat from the island of Ni‘ihau, circa 1850. Woven sedge, 80 × 80 in.
The sedge known as makaloa is a delicate plant (pictured below center) with slender, reedlike leaves that grows on the banks of anchialine ponds along the Kona Coast and in other wetland areas throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In ancient Hawai‘i, weavers gathered the longest leaves and made a range of items, most notably large sleeping mats with intricate geometric designs painstakingly woven into the upper surface. Hawaiian royalty favored makaloa mats from the island of Ni‘ihau, like this one, for their softness, pliability, and pleasant fragrance.
Charles W. Bartlett, The Surf Rider, circa 1920. Woodblock print, 15½ × 10¾ in.
Around 1920, in collaboration with the Tokyo print publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō, three watercolors by the English painter Charles W. Bartlett (1860–1940) were rendered as woodblock prints, including this depiction of the legendary surfer and swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Duke Kahanamoku. Before Bartlett became well known for his watercolors and etchings, he studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Julian Academy in Paris. He also traveled in China, India, and Japan prior to his arrival in Hawai‘i in 1917. Though he intended to return to England, he continually postponed his departure from the islands because of how enthusiastically he was welcomed there. He and his wife, Catherine, ultimately decided to stay.
David Howard Hitchcock, Inter-Island Steamer off the Hāmākua Coast, 1935. Oil on canvas, 24 × 30 in.
The steep cliffs of the Hāmākua Coast are on the windward side of Hawai‘i Island, north of the city of Hilo—the birthplace of artist David Howard Hitchcock (1861–1943). For works such as this striking oil on canvas, he is regarded as one of the most important interpreters of the Hawaiian Islands. Early on in his formal training, Hitchcock studied under the French artist Jules Tavernier, who had become well known for his paintings of the Kīlauea volcano. Years later, after the death of Tavernier, Hitchcock returned to the country of his onetime teacher to undertake professional training in Paris. Upon his eventual return to Hawai‘i, he began a lengthy and prolific artistic career.
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72-415 Ka‘ūpūlehu Drive (see page 36)
PRICE: $14,950,000 BEDROOMS: 5 BATHROOMS: 5 full, 2 powder ADDITIONAL ROOMS: media/family room, office INTERIOR LIVING: 7,070 sq. ft. COVERED LÄ€NAI: 2,437 sq. ft. GARAGE: 1,034 sq. ft. UNDER ROOF: 10,541 sq. ft.
LOT SIZE: 40,777 sq. ft.
72-415 KA‘ŪPŪLEHU DRIVE Located in one of Hualālai’s premier residential communities, where oversize homesites offer drop-away golf-course vistas and sweeping coastline views, this new custom residence features an art collection valued at $350,000, as well as the inspired design of Gina Willman, of Hawai‘i Island’s Willman Interiors. The home highlights the island’s natural elements through its use of Hawaiian quilted- lava-stone accent walls in the living and dining room, koa wood furnishings throughout, and lush tropical landscaping. Exterior finishes by the Hawai‘i Island–based builder ‘Āina Ola also grace the property, which fosters outdoor living at its finest. Amenities include an outdoor kitchen with Brown Jordan cabinetry, a Kalamazoo barbecue and pizza oven, an Evo grill, two refrigerators, an ice maker, and a commercial bar system. The home also has a large photovoltaic system, solar water heating, Sonos audio system, Lutron lighting, and an air-conditioned, three-car garage. Installed under the driveway is a radiant heating system that heats the glass-tiled swimming pool.
72-3557 KULANAKAUHALE PLACE One of only two homes available on Kulanakauhale Place, this showstopper is part of Hualālai’s latest residential community of 11 new single-family homes. The amazing neighborhood is located a short golf-cart ride away from Hualālai’s Members-only club facilities, the Ke‘olu Clubhouse and golf course, and the oceanfront Hualālai Canoe Club. Highlights of the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home include a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, custom African mahogany cabinetry, travertine flooring, and Medeira concrete shake roofs. Rounding out the property are such topof-the-line appliances as a Wolf six-burner gas rangetop, Sub-Zero side-byside refrigerator and undercounter wine storage, ASKO single-door
dishwasher, and Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer.
PRICE: $4,000,000 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 4 full, 1 powder INTERIOR LIVING: 3,466 sq. ft. COVERED LÄ€NAI: 715 sq. ft. GARAGE: 540 sq. ft. UNDER ROOF: 4,721 sq. ft. LOT SIZE: 17,339 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
72-3548 KULANAKAUHALE PLACE This property at Kulanakauhale—Hualālai’s newest community of 11 single-family homes—serves up spectacular views not only of the Pacific Ocean and Maui, but also of Hualālai, Maunakea, and the Kohala Mountains. Furnished by Willman Interiors’ Gina Willman, the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home (one of only two available on Kulanakauhale Place) features a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, custom African mahogany cabinetry, travertine flooring, Medeira concrete shake roofs, and vaulted mahogany-trim ceilings. A short golf-cart ride brings residents to the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse and golf course and the Hualālai Canoe Club.
PRICE: $4,900,000 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 4 full, 1 powder THIS PAGE: HENRY HOUGHTON; OPPOSITE: TIM RICE
INTERIOR LIVING: 3,466 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 715 sq. ft. GARAGE: 540 sq. ft. UNDER ROOF: 4,721 sq. ft. LOT SIZE: 17,081 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
PRICE: $7,150,000 BEDROOMS: 5 BATHROOMS: 5 full, 1 powder
72-158 LĪPOA PLACE
ADDITIONAL ROOMS: office, media room
Thanks to its position above the second fairway of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course, this custom residence with unique architectural elements and luxe finishes offers clear views of the
INTERIOR LIVING: 5,040 sq. ft.
golf course, the Pacific, and Maui. Ocean vistas are on display in the great room, dining room,
COVERED LĀNAI: 523 sq. ft.
kitchen, master bedroom, and sunset garden terrace. All bedrooms have outdoor shower gardens,
GARAGE: 758 sq. ft.
and a media room and an office are among the conveniences. Distinctive touches abound, from Shell Reef limestone flooring in the living area to hand-hewn walnut floors in the bedrooms. Special features include the home’s touchscreen stereo system with iPod docks and panels; integrated negative-edge pool and oversize spa; and tiki torches, fire pots, and lotus-filled koi pond.
UNDER ROOF: 6,321 sq. ft. LOT SIZE: 28,112 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
hot properties PRICE: $1,475,000 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 2 INTERIOR LIVING: 1,678 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 377 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
HAINOA VILLA 2901A Picturesque sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and an abundance of privacy are just some of the perks of calling this single-level, downstairs corner villa home. From the great room, step out to the residence’s large covered lānai and barbecue area. A spacious master suite features a walk-in closet, soaking tub, and outdoor shower garden. The Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse is located within walking distance.
Overlooking the 18th green of HualĂ¤lai Golf Course, our American steakhouse offers an intimate, club-like ambience and a menu of choice, grass-fed meat. Chateaubriand
72-122 HAINOA PLACE This spacious, newly furnished villa presents a wonderful floor plan for families, with a media room, open lawn areas around the private swimming pool, and a large covered lānai. A detached guesthouse plus a garage that fits two cars and a number of golf carts are also among the property’s highlights. Located on the first fairway of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course, the home offers views not only of the course but also of the ocean and Maui. An added bonus: The Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse is just a
ETHAN TWEEDIE (EXTERIOR), HENRY HOUGHTON (INTERIORS)
short walk from home.
PRICE: $4,575,000 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 4 full, 1 powder ADDITIONAL ROOMS: media room INTERIOR LIVING: 3,572 sq. ft. COVERED LÄ€NAI: 1,467 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
72-101 LAU‘EKĪ PLACE One of only two residences on Lau‘ekī Place, this custom-built beauty is surrounded by expansive lawns, flowering plants, and mature fruit trees. It also has the distinction of being located alongside the eighth fairway of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course. The home affords panoramic views spanning from Maunakea Mountain along the Kona Coast to south of Kūki‘o Bay, and it sits on an oversize lot, allowing for the option of adding more rooms. A gated entry opens to a roundabout driveway and courtyard where large, teak-plank double doors greet residents and their guests. Exterior touches include a rock wall that encompasses the property, ‘ōhi‘a wood posts, and single-hung wood-framed windows, and the interior showcases vaulted wood ceilings and tile flooring throughout. This home’s unique floor plan grants private access to all guest bedrooms from the center courtyard, while all common areas and the master bedroom can be PRICE: $8,950,000
found through the main entry. Member-only amenities at the Ke‘olu Clubhouse and Hualālai
Canoe Club are a short golf-cart ride away.
BATHROOMS: 4 full, 1 powder ADDITIONAL ROOMS: office, media room THIS PAGE: RYAN FLETCHER; OPPOSITE: HENRY HOUGHTON
INTERIOR LIVING: 6,456 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 1,500 sq. ft. GARAGE: 832 sq. ft. UNDER ROOF: 8,788 sq. ft. LOT SIZE: 42,868 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
PRICE: $1,695,000 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 2 ADDITIONAL ROOMS: utility room INTERIOR LIVING: 1,868 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 467 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
WAIULU VILLA 119A From its enviable perch above the fifth fairway of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course, this garden-level corner villa provides ample room—including more than 1,800 square feet of inside living space—for enjoying the finest of island lifestyles. Seamlessly connecting the interiors with the outdoors are large pocket doors that lead you to the covered lānai. A recreational pool area is located just a short walk from the villa, and the Members-only Hualālai Canoe Club is right down the street. A short golf-cart ride also takes you to the Ke‘olu Clubhouse and the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s amenities.
hot properties PRICE: $10,995,000 BEDROOMS: 6 BATHROOMS: 6 full, 2 powder ADDITIONAL ROOMS: media room INTERIOR LIVING: 6,832 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 1,828 sq. ft. GARAGE: 786 sq. ft. UNDER ROOF: 9,446 sq. ft. LOT SIZE: 33,481 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
72-122 LAU‘EKĪ STREET William S. Long and Associates designed this custom-built residence to offer the best in open-concept living. Complemented by contemporary Indonesian styling and appointments, with panoramic ocean views and amazing year-round sunsets, the luxurious pod-style home features six en suite bedrooms, four (including the master) with outdoor shower gardens. The central pod includes the great room, dining room, and master suite, all of which flow onto the spacious covered lānai with adjacent infinity-edge pool and spa, and awe-inspiring views of Maui. A chef’s kitchen—replete with Thermador Professional appliances, locally built custom cabinets with Blum Blumotion hardware, and a center island with a prep sink and bar seating— gives onto a formal dining area. There is also casual dining space on the lānai. The ocean-facing master suite with office has its own deck and a calming wraparound water feature, and the en suite bathroom has custom stone sinks, koa and mango wood cabinetry, and a freestanding soaking tub. Most of the home’s functions, including lighting, audiovisual components, tiki torches, and pool settings, are controlled remotely by a Savant smart-home system.
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72-147 PAKU‘I STREET Residents of this elegantly appointed residence will look out on the ninth fairway of the Hualālai Golf Course and well beyond—to the Pacific Ocean, Maui, and the Kohala Mountains. Sliding pocket doors in the great room open the home to the stunning panorama. Both of the guest bedrooms can be accessed from the garden courtyard. The home’s thought-out floor plan maximizes space for both everyday and entertainment use. Features and amenities include vaulted ceilings with mahogany-trim soffits, a built-in barbecue on the covered lānai, in-ceiling surround-sound speakers, automated window shades and AC controls, and an infinity-edge pool with raised hot tub. Located within walking distance of the amenities at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, the property also is conveniently situated not far from the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse and Hualālai Canoe Club, both of which are just a short drive away by golf cart. PRICE: $3,975,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 full, 1 powder INTERIOR LIVING: 3,297 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 668 sq. ft. GARAGE: 484 sq. ft. UNDER ROOF: 4,449 sq. ft. LOT SIZE: 12,902 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
HAINOA VILLA 2905B Open-concept living is at its peak in this upper-floor villa. Large windows and pocket doors make for a light-filled interior, which is furnished by Henderson Design Group. Stay home and enjoy panoramic Pacific Ocean and Maui views, as well as brilliant sunsets, or go for a short walk and take in the scenery at the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse. Also easily accessible from the residence (via a quick golf-cart ride) are the amenities at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.
PRICE: $1,445,000 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 2 INTERIOR LIVING: 1,778 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 328 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
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KE ALAULA VILLA 219A Relaxing mornings are part of life in this beautifully upgraded corner townhome, thanks to a well-designed kitchen that offers both a roomy interior and an alfresco area located just off the space. Throughout the villa, large windows and pocket doors blur the lines between inside and out, creating a seamless environment full of natural light. From the home’s upper and lower floors, views of the Pacific Ocean and the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course are on display, as are the island’s breathtaking sunsets. Highlights include a lower-level bonus family room that leads to a covered lānai, an upper-level covered lānai with built-in barbecue, and a private garden shower off the master bathroom. A second bedroom on the villa’s upper level offers serene vistas of lush landscaping and Hualālai Mountain. The amenities of the Hualālai Club and the resort’s ocean and shore activities can be reached via a short golf-cart ride. PRICE: $2,775,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 ADDITIONAL ROOMS: bonus family room INTERIOR LIVING: 2,755 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAIS: 1,240 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
WAIULU VILLA 137B Wraparound views of Hualālai Mountain, the fifth hole of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course, Pūnāwai Lake, and southwest Pacific Ocean sunsets are the cornerstones of this upper-level corner villa. Showcasing a spacious floor plan designed by Warren Sunnland and interiors furnished by Saint Dizier Design, the Waiulu Street home is within walking distance of the Members-only Hualālai Canoe Club and the shore, with the amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai and Hualālai Club accessible via a short golf-cart ride.
PRICE: $2,175,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 full, 1 powder ADDITIONAL ROOMS: utility room INTERIOR LIVING: 2,703 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 432 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
HAINOA VILLA 2905C Walk to the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse from this home—if you can tear yourself away from the residence’s stunning ocean views. The vistas make this one of the best locations in the Hainoa Villa neighborhood. The elegantly furnished garden-level end unit boasts an outdoor kitchen, as well as large pocket doors, stone floors, granite counters, and mahogany finishes. Amenities in the comfortable master suite include a walk-in closet, soaking tub, and outdoor shower.
PRICE: $1,875,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 INTERIOR LIVING: 2,015 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 370 sq. ft.
HANS KLETT (KITCHEN), HENRY HOUGHTON; OPPOSITE PAGE: RYAN FLETCHER (LIVING ROOM), TIM RICE (BEDROOM AND EXTERIOR)
72-461 KA‘ŪPŪLEHU DRIVE
PRICE: $9,500,000 BEDROOMS: 5
When the Hawai‘i-based builder ‘Āina Ola finishes this elegant and unique five-bedroom residence, it will feature a luxurious infinity-edge pool, a sunken wet bar, and a spa, among other highly coveted amenities. Large sliding pocket doors will provide residents and their guests unfettered access to the outdoors. Affording a view of the Ke‘olu Golf Course’s par-3 11th hole,
BATHROOMS: 5 full, 1 powder ADDITIONAL ROOMS: ‘ohana great room INTERIOR LIVING: 5,614 sq. ft.
home with furniture by
COVERED LĀNAI: 1,496 sq. ft.
Willman Interiors will
GARAGE: 758 sq. ft.
also offer ocean, mountain, and Maui vistas, as
UNDER ROOF: 7,868 sq. ft.
well as proximity to the
LOT SIZE: 50,045 sq. ft.
Members-on ly Ke‘olu
Clubhouse, which is just a short golf-cart ride away.
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LOT 01, PUKA PĀ ESTATES The Puka pā neighborhood’s last available offering is this lot overlooking the 15th and 16th holes of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course. Visible from this vantage point are the Pacific Ocean, Maui, and Kohala Mountains. PRICE: $2,100,000 LOT SIZE: 27,547 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
LOTS 11–16, PI‘IUKA ESTATES Hualālai Resort’s last available fairway-fronting, ocean-view lots are these six parcels at Pi‘iuka Estates. Numbered 11 through 16, they are located along the 14th hole of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course and are sited to take full advantage of the cool breezes and views of the horizon, Maui, and Kohala Mountains. A short golf-cart ride puts the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse and the rest of the resort’s amenities and shoreline activities well within reach. PRICES: From $2,000,000 to $2,400,000 LOT SIZES: From 32,513 sq. ft. to 47,661 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
LOT 16, KAIMUPŪLEHU ESTATES A one-of-a-kind “Membership lot,” this parcel is available at a price 50 percent less than that of any other homesite at Hualālai. The lot has deed restrictions that restrict building a home; however, the lot’s buyer will be able to join the Hualālai Club and access its amenities at a greatly reduced cost of purchase, annual taxes, and overall carrying costs. PRICE: $950,000 LOT SIZE: 64,512 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com
room with a view
SITTING PRETTY Talk about keeping things in perspective. The masterminds of this Hualālai address knew what in the horizon’s brilliant band of blue. The Pacific seems held aloft by a sweep of trees just beyond the lānai, pool, and spa. On the market for $10.995 million (see “Hot Properties,” page 48), the six-bedroom Lau’ekī Street property has no shortage of spectacular lookouts.
mattered: Even from well within the great room, at the center of the home’s main entry, one takes
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