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ISL AND BLISS Five Steps to Your Dream Home Hawaiʻi’s Hyperlocal Fare Hiking the Slopes of Hualālai & More

Helping create wonderful family memories for more than 20 years.

AT HUALĀLAI REALTY, it is our privilege to help you find the perfect Hualālai home. As Hualālai Resort’s exclusive on-site real estate office, we are the experts in this luxury niche market, having closed more than $2.4 BILLION since 1996. We focus 100% of our efforts on sales at Hualālai. We look forward to sharing our insights and unique listings with you, and providing incomparable service for all of your real estate needs at the world’s premier residential resort.


Rob Kildow R(B)

Regina Stuard R(B)

Ku’uipo Valenzuela R(S)

Chieko Madenokoji R(S)

Vivian Tobias R(S)

Jeff Bacawag

April Carty

Shane Stack

STOP BY OUR OFFICE NEAR THE HUALĀLAI TRADING COMPANY WATCH US ON THE IN-ROOM REAL ESTATE CHANNEL 2 CALL US AT 808.325.8500 OR VISIT US AT HUALALAIREALTY.COM Access to and use of private amenities at Hualālai Resort is available only to Hualālai Members. Hualālai Membership is not included with a purchase of a property. See Membership plan and other governing documents for terms, conditions and costs. Obtain the Property Report or its equivalent required by Federal and State law and read it before signing anything. No federal or state agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of the property/properties shown here. Warning: The California Department of Real Estate has not inspected, examined, or qualified this offering. All residential sales offered by Hualālai Residential LLC dba Hualālai Realty. © 2019 Hualālai Realty.

“A sense of welcome seclusion pervades the property, but its spectacular vistas also beg to be shared.”






 Discovering the majestic volcano’s hidden craters only deepens the writer’s reverence for the land of his childhood.

happenings at Hualālai.

Hualālai’s very own marine biologists are helping to revive


Hawaiian aquaculture and taking the resort’s cuisine to

From the foundation to the furnishings, building your dream home at Hualālai takes just a few fun and easy steps. BY SAMANTHA BROOKS

20 SHINING THROUGH Family and friends will find plenty of reasons to nest in this

storied heights. BY AMANDA MILLIN


34  G OOD COMPANY  An all-volunteer fire brigade is always standing by to help

brilliantly designed Hualālai address.

the Hualālai community.










A quick swing through the latest news, views, and

WINTER ⁄ S PR IN G 202 0



41  H OT PROPERTIES  From fairway villas to coastline estates, Hualālai’s current listings capture the essence of Hawai‘i.



 This custom residence’s great room has a corner on some of Hualālai’s most magnificent vistas.


 Lounging on the lānai PHOTOGR APHY BY DANA EDMUNDS



FOUR SEASONS RESORT HUALALAI Reservations 808.325.8000 Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dinner 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Lounge 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


aloha Patrick Fitzgerald President and CEO

Rob Kildow Director of Residential Sales,

ALOHA KĀKOU, WE ARE THRILLED TO PRESENT the latest Hualālai magazine to you,

Principal Broker

our ‘ohana (family), as we approach one of our favorite times of the year: the

Colin Clark

Festive season. For us, the holidays are a time for reconnection, reflection, and

Regional Vice President and General Manager,

gratitude, and here at Hualālai during Festive, this is especially true. We wel-

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

come back our longtime guests and Members and embrace our new friends,

Violet Terawaki

sharing in a cherished tradition while fostering new, special memories. As spring

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Jason David

nears, we’ll see the humpback whales beginning their journey to the Northwest; we’ll see the flowers blooming and, if we’re lucky, a snowcapped Maunakea.

Marketing Coordinator

In this issue, we emphasize gratitude and giving back by sharing our aloha, knowledge, resources, and treasured island with you. You’ll read about Hualālai Resort’s volunteer fire brigade and learn how this special group was founded from a sense of caring for one another.


We hike Hualālai’s slopes with Hawai‘i Forest & Trail, a Kona-based outfitter whose guided


outdoor adventures—authentic, curated, educational—share the essence of Hawai‘i with our

Lori Bryan

guests and Members. And we highlight our resort’s very own natural resources team and their


oyster and shrimp farming and harvesting program, which allows you to enjoy the freshest

Mary Franz Art Director

Diane Mooshoolzadeh Copy Editor Contributing Writers

Samantha Brooks Margaret Kearns Amanda Millin Peter Thoene

pond-to-table seafood in the islands. We trust you’ll enjoy reading about our many friends and colleagues here at Hualālai, as we are so fortunate to have so much talent, passion, and experience among our ‘ohana. Blessedly, our family continues to grow. This year, the Hualālai Club has welcomed 14 new Members, and 10 existing Members purchased additional property at Hualālai, attesting to their enjoyment of the island lifestyle and the pride they feel being a part of the Hualālai ‘ohana. This issue’s Hot Properties section and a special Home Tour–style feature showcase a wonderful selection of available properties, from fairway villas to custom ocean-view homes. From our ‘ohana to yours, mahalo for choosing to spend your time with us at Hualālai. We are grateful, most of all, for you.


Bruce Wallin Chief Content Officer bruce@candrpr.com candrpr.com

Hualālai 72-100 Ka‘ūpūlehu Drive Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 800.983.3880



Colin Clark

Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai


Rob Kildow Director of Residential Sales, Principal Broker


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1 FANTASTIC VOYAGE In January, Hualālai’s Alaka‘i Nalu (Leaders of the Waves) will once again add Whale Watch expeditions to their extensive roster of water-based adventures for the resort’s Members and guests. “Each year, humpback whales migrate from Alaska’s frigid ocean to our warm Hawaiian waters to give birth to their calves and to mate,” says Daniel Perez, one of Alaka‘i Nalu’s experts. “Our 29-foot Ribcraft accommodates up to 14 guests, and tours are scheduled on request. During the 90-minute tour, our quick and maneuverable Zodiac-style craft can cover miles of offshore waters.” Whale watchers can hear the mammals’ songs by hydrophone and might see calves mimicking their mother’s moves— breaching, tail slapping, or just cruising. Tours


continue through March. 808.325.8062


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2 A CULINARY TRADITION CONTINUES For 12 years, Kazuhisa “Kazu” Kitahara has been delighting

room at the Ke‘olu Clubhouse, recently took line cooks

Hualālai’s Members with his exquisite sashimi and sushi

Jued Malagayo and Brandon Uchida under his wing. “Chef

creations, and he’s ensuring that his legacy will endure.

Kazu chose Brandon and Jued because of their respect

“Thanks to Kazu, we now have three generations of accom-

for tradition, their understanding of how each step in the

plished sushi chefs on our culinary team—all trained by the

process is important to ensure consistency and pristine

master himself,” says Hualālai’s executive sous chef James

deliciousness,” says Ebreo. Their delicious sushi and sashimi

Ebreo. Kitahara, the 77-year-old sushi master who has plied

creations are offered for lunch daily at the Hualālai Canoe

his culinary art at the Hualālai Canoe Club and in the dining

Club. 808.325.8450


3 Children at Play Snorkeling in Hualālai’s King’s Pond among thousands of colorful fish is always a hit with the kids, and during the annual Festive Celebrations (December 19 to January 4), the resort’s Kids for All Seasons program lets children ages 5 to 12 dive into many other fun activities as well. “We love seeing many of the kids return year after year, making lifelong memories with family and new friends,” says the program’s assistant manager, Robyn Scott. “Our entire team is committed to providing unique activities and crafts programs.” On December 21, participants in a painting class called Sunset & Slushies will paint their very own sunsets while enjoying

Hualālai’s Kazuhisa Kitahara (below center) is sharing the secrets to his mouthwatering

slushies they blend themselves. New addi-

sashimi and sushi creations with Brandon Uchida (left) and Jued Malagayo (right), and

tions to the program’s Theme Night offerings

together the chefs are delighting diners at the Hualālai Canoe Club.

include Glow Up, where glow-in-the-dark paint will be used to decorate T-shirts, and Chopped—based on the cooking show of the same name—where kids will form teams to create a culinary masterpiece using all of the


ingredients provided to them. 808.325.8000


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4 FISHING FOR KNOWLEDGE Hualālai’s natural resources team, headed by director David Chai, has long been committed to protecting the resort’s traditional ponds, and as stewards of the land and sea, they also are devoted to sharing their passion with Members and guests. “With more than a dozen interactive marine programs created over the years, there is something for the entire family to enjoy,” says marine programs specialist Melissa van der Merwe. Families can partake in the Marine Life Adventures all year long, but during the winter a few programs are especially popular: At the 1.8-million-gallon King’s Pond, explorers can hand-feed Kainalu, a resident spotted eagle ray; help feed 4,000-plus tropical fish; and direct their own “fish training”—yes, the pond’s smart fish can be trained to do tricks. Hualālai’s honu, or green sea turtles, can also be seen up close during a visit to the beach with one of the team’s marine biologists. 808.325.8043

A highlight of the upcoming Waimea Ocean Film Festival, The Big Wave Project features the surfing of Australian pro Mick Corbett.


5 All Teed Up The Hualālai Golf Hale is preparing to make its debut in mid-January, in conjunc-


tion with the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualālai (see “Swinging into Action,” page 12). “This will be a one-of-akind facility for the islands, with state-of the-art, high-tech instructional platforms and engaging programs all located under one roof,” says the new clinic’s director of instruction, PGA pro Eddie Lee. A number of unique golf experiences will be offered

range of the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signa-

and training both inside the facility and out

through the 3,000-square-foot facility,

ture Hualālai Golf Course. Experiences are

on the course (lunch included)—and the

which will boast an indoor golf simula-

expected to include the Full Day Retreat—

Half-Day Mini School, featuring similar

tor and a luxurious lounge, among other

with one-on-one instruction focusing on

training and assessment in a shorter format.

amenities, when it opens at the driving

technique assessment, warm-up exercises,


7 A TASTE OF KONA Members and frequent guests of Hualālai know to stop in for their morning brew at the Hualālai Trading Company but

6 Film Fest Rides

may not realize they can actually visit the farm that filled their

Again at Hualālai

cup. A half-day outing takes coffee lovers to Kona Coffee &

The annual Waimea Ocean Film Festi-

farming methods and milling and roasting practices. Milling

val will return to the Four Seasons Resort

and roasting happen in the company’s Holualoa mill, which

Tea—located on Hualālai’s volcanic slopes—for a tour and an education about the family-owned operation’s sustainable

is just a short drive from the farm. During their visit, guests

Hualālai from January 5 to 8, 2020, bringing

taste the various blends and roasts with the farmers, who

with it more than 70 must-see films, from

share their notes on the nuances of each selection. Once

big-wave-surfing epics to movies about the

back at the resort, guests can peruse a Hualālai pastry chef’s

ocean environment, island cultures, and

desserts—all options for pairing with a local pick-me-up. 808.325.8000

much more. “Everyone loves the time at Hualālai,” says Tania Howard, the festival’s founder and director. That time includes not just the films themselves, but also filmmaker Q&A sessions, special exhibits and presentations, and the festival’s popular Breakfast Talks. These conversations with filmmakers and additional speakers kick off all but the first day of the festival and are held on the Moana Terrace at the oceanfront ‘Ulu restaurant. Films and presentations run from morning through evening—in the ballroom by day and under the stars in Hualālai’s Hōkū Amphitheatre at night. 808.854.6095, waimeaoceanfilm.org


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8 SEASONAL STAPLES For more than a decade, the Seaside Beach and Seaside Luxe

make high-quality sunglasses an essential accessory for protec-

stores at Hualālai have been introducing up-and-coming design-

tion and high style points,” says Susan Welch, Hualālai’s director

ers and hosting trunk shows and pop-ups, and now the in-store

of retail. At Seaside Beach, the James Perse boutique has every-

boutiques at both outlets are providing spot-on styles for the

thing from baseball caps to T-shirts—must-haves for the island’s

current season. Winter in Hawai‘i still calls for shades, and the eye-

balmy winter weather. And the only James Perse designs that are

wear boutique inside Seaside Luxe features signature selections

offered here are exclusive to Hualālai Resort. 808.325.8549

from Tom Ford, Fendi, and Celine, among others. “Our sunny days

9 Swinging into Action In January, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship (MEC) will return to Hualālai Resort—the tournament’s home for more than 20 years. PGA pro Tom Lehman will attempt to defend his 2019 MEC title against a field of elite golfers, including past MEC winners Jerry Kelly, Bernhard Langer, and Miguel Ángel Jiménez. No doubt all will recall playing on the spectacuGolf Course, which, in addition to hosting the pro tourney from January 16 to 18, will also host the MEC Pro-Am from January 14 to 15. Members of the Hualālai Club can play in the Pro-Am for a fee of $3,950 per player, and proceeds benefit the Hualālai ‘Ohana Foundation. Members and their guests can also opt to watch the action on big-screen TVs at the Residents’ Beach House, where a complimentary lunch will be served. One- and three-day spectator passes to the tournament are also available. pgatour.com/mec SECTION BY MARGARET KEARNS



lar oceanfront Jack Nicklaus–designed Hualālai

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, the following is a chance to catch up with a few members of our Hualālai family, or, as we like to say, our ʻohana.

This winter, expert waterman Daniel

team handles large-scale tasks—from

canopied, they’re umbrellas, they’re

Perez will be out on the ocean once again,

replacing sidewalks to redoing shower

high-maintenance. The amount of work

for reasons that are far from routine. A

gardens—that to others may seem

everybody does, that’s the amazing part

longtime member of Hualālai’s Alakaʻi

downright daunting. “When you come

of it all.” Some of Kahoalii’s latest efforts

Nalu (Leaders of the Waves), Perez will

in those gates,” says the Waiakea-born

will be focal points at the forthcoming

greet the humpback whales that travel

Kahoalii, referring to entering the resort

Hualālai Golf Hale: “We planted some

south this time of year to Hawaiʻi’s warm

and taking in the scene, “we do all of it.

cocoa trees, six of them,” he says. Plus, he

waters, giving resort Members and guests

We do the rock walls, we do irrigation, we

and his coworkers are currently replacing

who ride along on his crew’s 29-foot Rib-

do concrete—you name it, we do it all. It’s

a number of golf-cart paths along the

craft the chance for an up-close—but not

a whole team effort.” And a team player

roadways to ensure that Members and

too close—look at the magnificent mam-

he clearly is, diverting attention to his col-

guests always enjoy their surroundings

mals. “Whale season is pretty special,” says

leagues. “In our department, I think there

and get where they’re going with ease.

Perez, who was born and raised in Kohala.

are three tree trimmers and two assis-

“I’m very careful because the moms are

tants,” he says, “and if you look around

From spa attendant some 17 years ago to

trying to nurse babies, and also the whales

at our trees, they’re beautiful—they’re

member services supervisor today, Nora

are enormous—about 40 to 50 feet, and

Calamayan has made Hualālai her home

a ton a foot when they reach adult size.”

away from home. “I love being part of this

Full-body breaches, though rare, have

ʻohana,” says the Hilo native, whose career

been witnessed, he says, and sometimes

trajectory at the resort has also included

the whales do their own observing: “They’ll

positions in retail and a stint as club con-

do something called a spy hop, where

cierge. “This place has the spirit of aloha.

they come up to the boat and pop their

They’re part of my family, too.” So it’s only

head straight out of the water so they

fitting that Calamayan’s current role—a

can look at everybody. You can see the

recent promotion—has her welcoming

pectoral fins moving to hold themselves

new Members into the Hualālai ʻohana.

in place; you can see the bubbles coming

“Once they’re on board and the closing

out of the blowhole.” If such experiences

is done on their home, I invite them

are fairly familiar to Perez, he doesn’t take

over for an orientation,” she says. “It’s an

them for granted. “It’s something I do with

interactive orientation that allows them

complete reverence. You feel small when

to see their benefits, rather than just

you’re out there next to something like

reading them on paper.” She takes them

that. It’s humbling every time.”

by golf cart from the Keʻolu Clubhouse to the Hualālai Canoe Club and touches

For more than five years, Jerod Kahoalii

on all other venues in between. “As we’re

has been working in Hualālai’s landscape

driving, I’m talking to them about the

department on the special projects team, a crew of four who care deftly for the resort’s hundreds of acres. The

Hualālai’s team of talented professionals includes (clockwise from top left) Daniel Perez, Nora Calamayan, and Jerod Kahoalii.


benefits they have for each location.” Her new position keeps her busy, but that, she says, is a good thing. “I just love it here.”







all the right moves


uilding a home from the ground up can be daunt-


ing, but at Hualālai, it’s just the opposite. Across

“Homeownership here begins with guests vis-

hundreds of acres near the lava-rock-edged, whitesand-speckled Kona coast, a select group of homeowners—those who extol the resort’s rare beauty

iting the hotel multiple times,” says Jay Uyeda, Hualālai Resort’s director of development. “They come to love the [Four Seasons] because it’s not a typical hotel structure.” Prospective homeowners immediately understand that this isn’t a typi-

and feeling of community—have created custom

cal resort community either. From luxe town-

residences without the headaches that can accompany such a pro-

homes to sprawling single-family residences,

cess. The secret to their success is Hualālai’s team of experts, who

Hualālai has something for every discerning buyer. Nothing, however, is more unique than a

make each step simple and enjoyable. In that spirit, we offer the

custom build. “A lot of times, they’ll start with a

following quick guide, from the foundation to the furnishings, for

purchasing a custom site,” says Uyeda. “Typically, people visit at least five to eight times—or more— before buying and building a custom home, which from start to finish is about a two-year process.”



making oneself blissfully at home.

townhome property and then decide to look at

2. FIND THE HOMESITE Touring the listings with Hualālai Realty’s on-site


real estate professionals helps buyers select just the right homesite. They see firsthand that the

Building your dream home means first finding the perfect spot. Thankfully,

subdivisions within Hualālai are organized to

Hualālai Realty (hualalairealty.com) has lots to choose from, including these

maximize ocean views. “It’s not an overwhelming

seven future addresses.

process to pick out a site,” says Uyeda. “Generally our homesites are priced from $2 million and up, and most of them are adjacent to the golf course and have enough vertical difference to see across the fairway and have great views of the landscape, mountains, and ocean.” While choosing the perfect homesite, buyers usually bring in a contractor and architect. “We’re typically with the client from the purchase

LOT 01, PUKA PĀ ESTATES The last available offering in the Puka pā neighborhood is this lot overlooking the 15th and 16th holes of the Members-only Keʻolu Golf Course. Views include the Pacific Ocean, Maui, and Kohala Mountain. LOTS 11–16, PIʻIUKA ESTATES Numbered 11 through 16, these six lots in the Piʻiuka Estates enclave are some of Hualālai’s last remaining fairway-fronting, ocean-view lots. They are set along the 14th hole of the Members-only Keʻolu Golf Course and are sited to take advantage of the cool breezes and vistas of the horizon, Maui, and Kohala Mountain. Easily accessible via a short golf-cart

phase,” says Gregg Todd, president of GM Con-

ride are the resort’s amenities and shoreline activities, plus the Members-only

struction, a Kailua-Kona–based luxury-home

Keʻolu Clubhouse. —S.B.


all the right moves builder that has worked extensively at Hualālai. “One of the things that’s great about Hualālai is that all of the sites are graded and ready to build. It shaves off a lot of time and cost.”

3. DESIGN AND BUILD Once the architect and contractor are on board, it’s time to look more deeply at the design. “We can get involved with not just the furnishings but the architectural interiors,” says Gina Willman, of Willman Interiors, who in her 20-plus years working on Hawai‘i island has designed more than 100 homes—most of them at Hualālai. She’s quick to point out the uncommon designs that are possible here, thanks to the consistently warm weather and the security of the resort community. Expansive glass pocket doors and lushly landscaped outdoor showers are only two of the options available to owners for making the most

TRUE COMFORT Hualālai’s custom homes fulfill their owners’ every need and desire. The residence shown on this page was built by the Kailua-Kona–based firm GM Construction and features interiors by Gina Willman, whose eponymous company has designed dozens of homes at the resort.

of the island’s relaxed indoor/outdoor vibe. Uyeda also points to the almost limitless building options for those who go custom. “We have seen where buyers will purchase an acre-plus lot, or two or three lots, and then combine them to



build an estate home,” he says. “One of the greatest things seen in many of the homes here is that you enter through a courtyard, and then you can see through the great room, living room, and then out to the ocean. The pocket doors open up to an expansive covered lānai. You feel immersed with the outdoors.” Indeed, Hualālai homeowners have one of nature’s greatest canvases against which to set their personal retreat: Views to the makai (ocean) side are of the Pacific, Kuki‘o Bay, and Maui, while vistas to the mauka (mountain) side include the volcano for which the resort is named. Naturally, the Hualālai Community Association has put in place development guidelines for roof height and other aesthetics to ensure the homes’ seamlessness with their surroundings.

4. TRACK THE HOME’S PROGRESS Owners have the option of checking on their homes throughout the design-and-build process, but they never need to go out of their way. “We regularly send weekly reports with about 50 photos, including drone shots, of the house and the progression,” says Todd. “Our clients are well-informed and updated on every aspect.” Once building is complete, the home’s interior designer handles the logistics of receiving and storing the furnishings and then performs the install.

5. SETTLE IN When the owners enter their newly finished dream home for the first time, the true feeling of being a Hualālai resident starts to set in. “Most Monday evenings, we have a reception at our Members’ clubhouses—the Ke‘olu Clubhouse or the Hualālai Canoe Club—or their favorite restaurant, Residents’ Beach House, where we invite all of the homeowners to attend,” says Uyeda. “It’s a great way to meet new and existing homeowners, as well as key staff.” Such gatherings and larger events happen throughout the year, including favorites like the annual Rock da Rock holiday bash, and there’s no shortage of other ways to get to know the tight-knit community. Whether with a round of golf on the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course or a round of drinks at the Hualālai Canoe Club, homeowners will quickly come to know not just the place but the people who make living at Hualālai so special.


Shining Through A brilliantly designed HualÄ lai home brings family and friends together. BY LORI BRYAN




shining through sense of welcome seclusion pervades this sprawling

room, a fraction of the nearly 43,000-square-foot lot is on dazzling

ocean-view property, but its spectacular vistas also beg

display through sliding pocket doors. The alfresco area beckons

to be shared. Fortunately, the custom-built, bluff-top

with its expansive covered lānai, an artfully tiled infinity-edge pool

residence—located on Hualālai’s exclusive Lau‘ekī

with raised spa, and plenty more spots for soaking up the sun and

Place, priced at $8.95 million—answers that call,

each other. Single-hung wood-framed windows and substantial

providing ample space for hosting family and friends or entertain-

‘ōhi‘a wood posts help to frame the idyllic views, which include the

ing large groups. Here in the breezy great room (below and previous

property’s expansive poolside lawn, flowering plants and fruit trees,

spread at center), just steps from the large kitchen and elegant dining

and, in the distance, the Ke‘olu Golf Course and the cerulean sea.


Air Time The home’s roofs not only blend well with the lush landscape, but also allow for vaulted wood ceilings and ceiling fans inside—elements that foster an open and airy feel in the great room (below), among other spaces. The great room leads directly to the office (page 24) and the media room, and the residence’s floor plan makes all of the common areas accessible via the main entry. With more than 6,450 square feet of interior living space, the home enables residents and guests to mingle or spread out as they wish. The owners could even build onto the house if they so desire, thanks to the property’s generously sized lot.



shining through 72-101 LAUʻEKĪ PLACE Price: $8,950,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 powder Additional Rooms: office, media room 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

Natural Wonders

open to a covered lānai bordered by bright green lawn that seems

The views are equally grand in the home’s private spaces. The office

to spill into the adjacent golf course. Mountain and ocean make their

(above), which features built-in wood shelves and cabinetry, offers

appearances here, too, creating yet another pull to the outdoors.

an awe-inspiring vantage over abundant greenery and blue sea

Even the master bathroom is in on this design, boasting not just the

to Maunakea, or “White Mountain”—white because it tends to be

expected indoor amenities—dressing area, dual vanities, soaking

snowcapped in winter. In the master bedroom (below), sliding doors

tub—but a gorgeous outdoor shower garden.



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The majestic volcano offers much to explore— and memories to last a lifetime.




n this crisp morning, I’m standing on Hualālai mountain, 6,000 feet above sea level, staring into the rusty black abyss of a volcanic fissure. Lime-green ferns cling to the pit’s vertical walls, and birds chirp overhead, their feath-

ers flashing in my peripheral vision. I close my eyes, letting my mind ponder this land beneath me—both the immense forces that created it and the stories that surround it. Now dormant, Hualālai erupted centuries ago. In 1801, the Ka‘ūpūlehu lava flow—Ka‘ūpūlehu means “the roasted breadfruit” in Hawaiian—started at about 6,000 feet and streamed down to sea. Kona legend says that two sisters, Pāhinahina and Kolomu‘o, were roasting breadfruit on the mountain when an old woman asked for some. Unbeknownst to the sisters, the woman was the fire goddess Pele. Only Pāhi-


nahina shared her breadfruit, and Pele advised her to tell her parents to place


hiking hualālai

a lepa (flag) on the side of their home for protection. That was the night

trek, with one of Hualālai’s massive craters and the magnificent Kohala

Hualālai erupted, destroying the breadfruit grove at Kāmeha‘ikana, but

coast already in view. We walked through a canopy of centuries-old forest—most of its

I open my eyes and take in the view of the trail—a narrow dirt track

plants, such as ‘ōhi‘a lehua and koa trees and ‘ōhelo berry bushes, are

that has delivered me steadily uphill through thickets of native bushes.

found nowhere else on earth—and soon came upon a lava tube. The

Trees with low-hanging branches occasionally bear fluorescent tape to

subterranean cave’s entrance was so camouflaged by bushes, it would

flag twists and turns on the path. Access to this exclusive hike is through

have been easy to miss had Mark not pointed it out. Using ropes, we

the Kona-based adventure-tour company Hawai‘i Forest & Trail, where

descended into the cavern with only the light from our entry point and

I once served as a guide. Today, however, I’m with a group led by Mark

another hole overhead guiding where we could put our hands and feet.

Frazier, one of the outfit’s veteran guides, and soon we’re peering into

As our eyes adjusted, we picked our way through the tube, slowly climb-

yet another huge volcanic crater.

ing up and out of a collapsed section. We emerged into bright daylight

Only hours earlier, we began our expedition at Hawai‘i Forest &

only about 25 yards from where we started, but the time spent underground was a bit disorienting and made the tube seem much longer.

Trail’s headquarters, which is roughly a 20-minute drive from Hualālai Resort. We sipped Kona coffee and hot tea as Mark explained the day’s

Climbing still further up the trail eventually brought us to the

itinerary, and then we loaded ourselves into the company’s van and

awe-inspiring vantage at 6,000 feet, and now we’re heading back down,

began our drive up the volcano. After bumping off-road for a bit, the

looking for a spot to eat lunch. We decide to picnic in the grass under

van parked at an elevation of just over 5,000 feet. We geared up for our

huge old-growth trees, and it’s here that I catch my first-ever glimpse



Pāhinahina’s house was spared.

Trekking to hidden volcanic craters, exploring dimly lit lava tubes, and spotting such rare birds as the ‘i‘iwi are a few of the experiences that hikers are likely to log during a Hawai‘i Forest & Trail–guided hike of Hualālai’s slopes.

of an ‘i‘iwi. The endangered bird with brilliant red and black plumage has all but vanished on several of the islands due to habitat loss, but its cultural significance remains: Hawaiians have long celebrated the After exploring Hualālai’s hidden craters and

bird in song, dance, and stories.

crawling through a lava tube with Hawai‘i Forest

Somehow, Hualālai doesn’t get as much attention as the island’s other

& Trail, our group finishes the day with what else

volcanoes, maybe because it’s not the tallest (Maunakea), not the most

but a beer—and not just any beer. An end-of-

massive (Maunaloa), not the last to erupt (Kīlauea), and not the oldest

hike stop at Ola Brew Co. (olabrewco.com) gives

(Kohala). But Hualālai might just be my favorite. Every day, she hides

us the chance to get off our feet and taste a

her majesty in plain sight. In the district of Kona, we walk, jog, bike,

variety of beers, ciders, and hard seltzers, all of

and drive on Hualālai’s lava flows every day.

which feature local ingredients and are brewed and canned

It’s difficult to leave Hualālai’s enchanting slopes and descend back

in Hawai‘i. The Kailua-Kona brewery supports farmers who

to sea level, but the promise of capping the day off with a tour and

grow fruit on the slopes of the Hualālai volcano, purchasing edible produce that’s not pretty enough to sell on store

tasting at Ola Brew (see “Local Brews,” at right) lessens the sting a bit.

shelves. Ola Brew presses the fruit for juice to craft its delicious

Also comforting is the fact that I’ve never felt as close to Hualālai—the

tropical ciders, and it captures the CO2 naturally created in the

backdrop of my childhood—as I do today. It is the afterglow of a day

brewing process to carbonate its hard seltzer. The brewers do

spent in nature experiencing a hidden slice of what makes Hawai‘i

all the work so we can kick back with a cider and watch the

island unlike any other place in the world.

clouds around Hualālai slowly move upslope. —P.T.



Hualālai is helping to revive Hawaiian aquaculture and taking its cuisine to new heights. BY AMANDA MILLIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANA EDMUNDS

f the 38 storied loko i‘a, or Hawaiian fishponds, in various stages of restoration in the archipelago, the one named Waiakauhi is well known at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai: It’s located right on the property. “Its excavation took over two years,” says David Chai, Hualālai’s director of natural resources. “A lot of work was done by hand, removing invasives like kiawe trees.” Chai, a marine biologist—he has a master’s degree in geography with emphasis on coastal ecology and aquatic resource management from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa—was asked in 1990 to conduct a biophysical survey of the land on which Hualālai now sits.


HualÄ lai cultivates Kumamoto oysters in its on-site ponds; here, husbandry specialist Kelsey Makida, of the resort’s natural resources team, checks the oyster tumbler.

farm to fabled

“Part of the stipulation of building the resort,”

Vast quantities of food were needed to sustain

says the Honolulu-born Chai, “was that we take

the large, isolated Polynesian community, and

care of the traditional ponds.”

the culture demanded that the measures taken

These also included 11 anchialine ponds—

to feed its people be in harmony with nature.

bodies of water with connection to the sea

Waste and environmental harm angered the gods.

underground, not on the surface. Given Chai’s

Loko i‘a helped fill the demand. In the 1700s,

Preserving Hualālai’s traditional

specific expertise and local knowledge, he was

the islands’ many ponds likely produced some

ponds—and supplying the resort’s

asked in 1996, in conjunction with the opening

two million pounds of fish annually. Other cul-

restaurants with seafood raised in

of Hualālai, to stay on full-time. More than two

tures also practiced aquaculture at that time,

decades later, he’s continuing to mālama i ka ‘āina,

but Hawai‘i’s loko i‘a were unique for their resil-

or care for and live in harmony with the land.

iency, sustainabilty, and simple sophistication.

those pristine waters—is the work of director David Chai’s natural resources team, including Makida

In ancient Hawai‘i, hundreds of thousands of

“As do others within the Hawaiian community of

marine programs specialist Melissa

people lived on the islands (the population today

Ka‘ūpūlehu, I, too, want my grandkids to under-

van der Merwe (bottom left, with a

is 1.42 million), with 2,000-plus miles of ocean

stand the ‘ono of this place,” says Chai, referring

net of Pacific white shrimp).

separating them from the nearest continent.

not only to the beauty of the region but also the

(below, with the oyster tumbler) and

deliciousness of the food it produces. Keeping that understanding alive at Hualālai and beyond requires a team effort. Working with Chai are four additional marine biologists— Lauren Nakoa, Kelsey Makida, Nicole Tachibana, and Melissa van der Merwe—and facilities and maintenance specialist Chris Keeling. Together, the natural resources team is part of a growing movement in the islands to restore loko i‘a to their former glory and bring food sovereignty back to Hawai‘i (approximately 90 percent of the state’s food is currently imported). Part of the team’s contribution is supplying Hualālai’s restaurants with seafood that has been cultivated on-site. Raised lava rock ponds—built in the 1990s and set among a garden of seasonal produce, including soursop and ‘ulu (breadfruit)— hold thousands of Pacific white shrimp. Two hundred of the shrimp are harvested weekly for Hualālai’s six restaurants. Oysters are also part of the program. In 2003, Chai had a hands-on role in the digging of Punawai, a three-million-gallon pond intended to serve as both an aquaculture facility and a water feature for hole five of the resort’s Ke‘olu Golf Course. Two years later, the man-made pond won an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for its innovative environmental design. Water travels from two underground wells through hundreds of feet of lava fields, which naturally filter out bacteria. The water emerges pristine, creating an ideal environment for some 60,000 Kumamoto and Pacific oysters.


Executive sous chef James Ebreo’s Farm Raised Hualālai Oyster graces the menu at the Hualālai Grille.

SHELL SHUCKED Each of Hualālai’s six restaurants prepares the oysters and shrimp raised on-site in its own exquisite way, but

The number fluctuates constantly, as 500 oys-

by contrast, oysters are at the mercy of what is

ters are harvested weekly for the resort’s restau-

floating by.

rants and new seed from a local hatchery is added

Although the resort’s historic Waiakauhi

executive sous chef James Ebreo’s Farm Raised Hualālai Oyster at the Hualālai Grille is a beaut. The simply elegant

Pond is not used for farming oysters and

dish is a colorful celebration of

The natural resources team believes their

shrimp, its preservation, together with the

the hyperlocal oyster and its

oysters are the best-tasting bivalves around,

caretaking of other loko i‘a and loko i‘a–inspired

and Hualālai’s executive sous chef James Ebreo

ponds, represents an important step in the right

agrees. “Everything is raised more naturally,”

direction—a step that promotes place-based

says Ebreo. “It makes the saltiness and cream of

fare. “It’s keeping our culture alive,” says chef

the oysters different. They don’t have real bite to

Ebreo, who is part Hawaiian and was born and

and topped with uni and

them.” Also a fan is Kainalu, a 24-year-old spot-

raised in Pa‘auilo on the island of Hawai‘i’s

caviar for one splendid bite.

ted eagle ray living in King’s Pond, the resort’s

northeast coast.

twice yearly.

pristine terroir, or rather what seafood enthusiasts refer to as merroir. A deep-cupped Kumamoto is shucked, drizzled with cucumber water,

Microgreens and edible flowers line the rim of the

1.8-million-gallon “aquarium” where guests can

Guests are welcome to get involved. All of the

snorkel among more than 4,000 tropical fish.

ponds at Hualālai can be visited solo throughout

“Sometimes we give [Kainalu] oysters from the

the day, or formal tours with Chai and his team

pond,” says Makida, the team’s husbandry spe-

can be arranged. The Hualālai Seafood Experi-

the uni. The caviar is more a

cialist. “It’s really good for him.”

ence (808.325.8000) is another delicious option:

texture thing. The cucumber

Chai attributes the oysters’ popularity to what

Champagne in hand, guests enjoy an insider’s

they eat. “We feed them good diatoms [microal-

view of the ponds and are invited to catch their

gae]—the fatty-acid kind,” he says. And it’s not

own oysters and shrimp—a bountiful harvest

in the form of processed pellets. The team grows

that the resort’s chefs will happily prepare as part

the algae they want right in the pond. In the wild,

of a personalized five-course dinner.


bowl. “The oyster has a nice brine on it,” says Ebreo. “I cut the salt with the fattiness of

water is a spin-off of Japanese namasu.” The oyster remains the first and strongest flavor of the dish—a true representation of the ʻono of this place. 


A volunteer fire brigade enhances the safety—and the aloha spirit—of the Hualālai community. BY LORI BRYAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNA PACHECO

his New Year’s Eve, Hualālai’s intimate enclave of homeowners and hotel guests will see a series of spellbinding fireworks—a wondrous show, held at midnight high above the white-sand beach at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s Palm Grove, that would not be possible without the habitual hard work and selfless commitment of an all-volunteer crew. “The only way we can have the fireworks,” says Hualālai’s director of security, Amy Regidor, “is by virtue of the fire brigade.” If anyone understands the true significance of the Hualālai Fire Brigade—a dozen and a half Hualālai employees, each of whom volunteers his or her own time as part of the firefighting team— it’s Regidor. A 35-year veteran of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, she has overseen all iterations

Members of the Hualālai Fire Brigade include (from left) Curtis Black, Robby Henriques, Ken Stover, Carl Stewart, brigade chief Ralph Yawata, Earl Regidor, and John Palos.



good company of the group since 1997, when it was a volunteer company under the Hawai‘i Fire Department. Today, it is an official fire brigade—independently operated, equipped with its own fire truck, dedicated to Hualālai—and as focused as ever on the resort community’s safety. “We’re anywhere from 25 to 40 minutes for EMS [emergency medical services] and fire, and police response could take up to an hour depending on what their volume is,” says Regidor, noting the remoteness of Hualālai’s 865 coastline acres. “So we understood that we would have to provide first response to situations and manage them until the police or fire came in.” Consequently, her security officers are trained as emergency medical responders, or EMRs, and the EMRs, along with the rest of the volunteer crew, receive training specific to fire response. “I have always sought out employees for my department that have backgrounds within fire,” Under the expert direction of

says Regidor. “Since we began, I would hire active

Ralph Yawata (shown at near

firefighters within the county to work on a casual

left), a retired assistant chief of

basis here [at the resort]; so they would work any-

the Hawai‘i Fire Department, the

where from two to three shifts a week, and they

Hualālai Fire Brigade’s volunteer crew members receive hands-on fire-response training monthly at the resort. Some of the crew are also emergency medical responders, and their

came with all the skill sets.” Ralph Yawata, the current chief of the Hualālai brigade, is a prime example of Regidor’s approach. A retired assistant chief of the Hawai‘i Fire Department (he oversaw all of the medical paramedics for

in-house training includes an ini-

the county) and current teacher of a fire-science

tial six-day program followed by

class at Hawai‘i Community College Pālamanui,

recertification every two years.

Yawata works in Hualālai’s security department four days a week and helms the volunteers’ training. The in-house EMR training is six days initially, with recertification required every two years, and fire-response training is held monthly at the resort. “I’m a firm believer in hands-on training,” says Yawata. “I don’t believe in a reading-somethingand-signing-off kind of a thing.” Under his guidance, the volunteers practice everything from driving the fire truck and operating the pump to attacking a live fire, the latter of which the crew will undertake this season at an airport fire station equipped for just such a drill. “They actually have a pit and a makeshift fuselage made out of galvanized material—it’s a hollow thing—and they shoot up contaminated jet fuel that they cannot use, and they light it so you get this black smoke and you get the heat,” explains Yawata. “I just want the guys to feel the heat.”


Such experiences are designed to engender

to assist Ralph with training,” says Tavares.

readiness. “I tell them, ‘I’m not going to be there

“Ladder training, fire hose training, fire stream

when you get the call, so you’ve got to make the

training—we train them in all aspects of fire-

decision about what you’re going to do,’” he says.

fighting,” he says. However, the volunteers are not

He challenges the volunteers to think on their

trained to enter a building and fight an internal

feet, and he tries to help them be safe. “When

fire, he explains, because that requires special-

there’s a fire, I tell you, it just changes things

ized training and gear, including self-contained

inside of you, your mental state. It can cause

breathing apparatuses that the crew do not have.

your heart rate and your blood pressure and your

Tavares was instrumental in bringing the bri-

breathing to go up. Some people may not think

gade’s current fire truck to Hualālai, as well as a

properly. You can only simulate so much.”

prior truck that the county reclaimed before the

Fortunately, the volunteers do think seriously

resort formed its own brigade. The present-day

about their duties because of the expert training

truck came from Dallas and “was a perfect fit

provided by Yawata and his colleague, Gil Tavares.

for our needs,” Tavares says, pointing out that

Tavares—who retired in 1997 as the battalion

the Hualālai community helped raised funds to

chief of training and operations for the Hawai‘i

acquire it. “We had meetings with the commu-

Fire Department’s West Hawai‘i division—came

nity, and they believed that buying a fire truck

to Hualālai in 1999, joining Regidor’s security

was the right thing to do, and to continue to have

team and the brigade. He served as brigade chief

our people trained.”

until he retired from his security post in 2017, and

The community continues to fund the truck’s

now he helps Yawata. “I come in once a month

equipment-related needs, ensuring that the

The women and men of the Hualālai Fire Brigade are employees of Hualālai Resort, but their roles as brigade overseers and crew members are voluntary. Here, several share their thoughts on what it means to have good command of fire safety and to help protect and serve the Hualālai community.





“The volunteers know this

“It’s a brotherhood. It’s guys

“It challenges me because

“The people in a volunteer

isn’t playtime. They come

from various departments—

we only train once a month:

fire department normally

back [from training] and

engineering, security, myself

What can I cover in that two-

live in the community they

they’re sweaty, they’re hot,

in landscape—it’s good

hour period that will chal-

volunteer to protect—that’s

they’re sore. It gives them

training, it’s hard work. You

lenge them, not be boring,

not so here. None of our fire

a sense of pride, everybody

feel responsible. And we

but also keep them safe and

brigade personnel live on

on the brigade. And they’re

have a good leader: Ralph

fulfill what we need to do to

this property. They volunteer

recognized: We do an annual

Yawata is a retired assistant

maintain the brigade? I think

to help protect the commu-

mahalo breakfast, and all of

chief, and so he teaches us

they respect what I teach

nity they work for, and I think

our senior managers come

well. He has a lot of patience.

them, and it’s not a guy or

that’s very commendable.

to acknowledge them and

Some of our volunteers have

boys thing. Everybody’s an

The fact that they’re volun-

their commitment—that

moved on with the training

individual. I know most of

teering makes you feel really

they don’t have to do this,

they got here—they’re now

them, what makes them

good about helping them

but they do it.”


tick—I try to figure that out.”

with their training.”


good company brigade is supplied with a fully operational

scene, the fires were small, and we were able to

vehicle replete with pump and 750-gallon tank.

extinguish them quite rapidly.”

Also part of the crew’s firefighting arsenal is a

Security officer and brigade volunteer Robby

Polaris all-terrain vehicle (ATV), which hooks

Henriques remembers personally being on duty

up to a hydrant and can adroitly maneuver on

when a nearby traffic collision called for quick

narrow pathways or in tight spaces where the

action. “There was a car accident up on the high-

truck simply can’t go.

way that involved a semitruck and a couple of

Volunteers are available to respond to an emer-

passenger cars, and it was pretty bad,” says the

gency 24-7. “There are three separate shifts in a

Kona-born Henriques, who has worked for more

24-hour period,” says Tavares. “We try to recruit

than 10 years at the resort and whose firefighting

for each shift to ensure that, regardless of when

expertise includes some training he had during

we have a fire call or an emergency, at least one

his 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He and another

person on that shift knows how to operate the

brigade member, an engineer, answered the radio

fire truck.” Though alarms going off is fairly rou-

call and responded to the scene with the truck.

tine, he says, the cause is usually minor. “Most

“We were caring for the people until the fire

of the [hotel’s] fire alarms are caused either by

department showed up.”

Brigade members are on standby 24-7 to aid

steam showers or people making toast or popcorn

For landscape manager John Palos, who over-

the Hualālai community in an emergency.

in their rooms.” Outdoors, he notes, the risk of

sees the Four Seasons property’s roughly 35-acre

a brush fire is fairly small because the grounds

footprint, it was a recent training simulation

have so much greenery and so little dry grass,

calling for fire response at King’s Pond that still

and in the residential area, incidents have been

resonates. “Now, the fire truck can’t get to the

few. “The fires we’ve had—and we’ve only had a

scene,” recounts Palos, “so we get the fire truck,

couple of them, fortunately, because of the early

attach to the fire hydrant, the fire hydrant sup-

warning systems—when our units arrived at the

plies the water to the truck, the fire truck pushes the water, and we have a Polaris ATV that has all the hoses. The Polaris ATV team is laying the pipe

The community continues to fund the truck’s

as it gets to the scene and doing all the hookups,

equipment-related needs, ensuring that the

and the engine team is setting up the hookup to

brigade is supplied with a fully operational

the engine supply and feeding the water to the

vehicle replete with pump and 750-gallon tank.

guy on the end.” Suffice it to say, the brigade members must be capable of handling multiple tasks at once under potentially high-pressure circumstances. “There’s a lot of material that you need to know,” says Palos, who’s been a Hualālai employee since 2010 and is also a professional musician. “It could cost people’s property or lives if you don’t do it right.” Doing it right will indeed be the volunteer firefighters’ focus this New Year’s Eve, when the hotel puts up its fireworks over Palm Grove for Hualālai’s residents and guests to enjoy. “We have the fire inspector come down, and we set up our hoses to make sure we can respond,” says Palos. “During the event, we’re in full suit—our full gear—and we [ensure] guests watch safely. They’re curious and want to come in close.” He remembers a single firework going sideways instead of up at a past celebration; luckily, it went toward the pond. “We stand by,” he says. “That’s why we’re in full gear—just in case.”


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72-147 PAKUʻI STREET This elegantly appointed residence looks out on the ninth fairway of the Hualālai Golf Course and well beyond—to the Pacific Ocean, Maui, and Kohala Mountain. 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 everyday use and for entertaining. 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 is also situated not far from the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse and Hualālai


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72-158 LĪPOA PLACE Located above the second fairway of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course, this custom residence with unique architectural elements and luxe finishes offers views of the golf course, the Pacific,

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72-3548 KULANAKAUHALE PLACE Hualālai’s newest community of 11 single-family homes includes this property at Kulanakauhale, which serves up spectacular views not only of the Pacific Ocean and Maui, but also of Hualālai, Maunakea, and Kohala Mountain. 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, Madeira 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.

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KE ALAULA VILLA 228C Situated away from the golf course, this highly desirable corner-unit townhome offers a very private vantage from which to enjoy the stunning ocean and sunset views. The completely renovated home features large windows and pocket doors that bring in an abundance of natural light. The lower floor has the master suite with private shower garden, a second bedroom, and a family room with a wet bar and large pocket doors that open to a covered lānai and a beautifully landscaped yard. On the upper floor, the great room’s pocket doors open to a covered lānai with barbecue. A well-appointed kitchen leads to a separate breakfast lānai. The third bedroom, also located on the upper floor, affords views of lush landscaping and the slopes of Hualālai mountain. The Hualālai Club amenities and the resort’s shoreline and ocean activities are a short golf-cart ride away.


BATHROOMS: 3 INTERIOR LIVING: 2,755 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 1,240 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com


PRICE: $1,750,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 INTERIOR LIVING: 2,139 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 330 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com

HAINOA VILLA 2901D Panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Maui, plus incredible sunsets year-round, are the hallmark of this upper-level corner unit. Newly updated, the home boasts an open-concept layout with large windows and pocket doors that create a breezy, light-filled interior. The villa is within walking distance of the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse, and a short golf-cart ride is all that’s needed to reach the amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.


hot properties PRICE: $2,650,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 full, 1 powder INTERIOR LIVING: 2,644 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 417 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com

FAIRWAY VILLA 116A The Pacific Ocean, Maui, and the Kohala and Maunakea mountains are visible from this upperfloor unit, which fronts the 15th hole of the Hualālai Golf Course. Like each of the Fairway Villas, the home features a private gated entrance, and residents enjoy access to the Waiulu Street pool. Within walking distance are the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai’s amenities, the Members-only Hualālai Canoe Club, and Uluweuweu Bay. A short golf-cart ride makes it easy to reach the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse and the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course.



72-124 HAINOA PLACE An open and airy floor plan replete with sliding pocket doors ensures seamless indoor-outdoor living in this spacious and well-appointed villa, which offers golf, ocean, and Maui views and features a swimming pool and spa, a detached guesthouse, and a garage for two cars plus golf carts. Outside, the highlights include an expansive covered lānai and a roomy lawn area surrounding the pool. The home is situated on the first fairway of the Members-only Ke‘olu Golf Course and located within walking distance of the Ke‘olu Clubhouse.

PRICE: $4,525,000 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 4 full, 1 powder INTERIOR LIVING: 3,452 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 1,381 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com


hot properties PRICE: $1,875,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 INTERIOR LIVING: 2,015 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 370 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com

HAINOA VILLA 2905C From this villa, you can walk to the Members-only Ke‘olu Clubhouse—that is, if you can tear yourself away from the stunning ocean views. The vistas make this one of the best spots in the Hainoa Villa neighborhood. The elegantly furnished garden-level end unit boasts an outdoor kitchen, plus large pocket doors, stone floors, granite counters, and mahogany finishes. Amenities in the cozy master suite include a walk-in closet, soaking tub, and outdoor shower.



72-206 KAHIKOLE STREET Set on a bluff overlooking the Hualālai Golf Course’s eighth hole, with views of the Pacific Ocean and Maui, this residence has a number of appealing features and amenities, including a swimming pool and spa, a mature landscaped garden courtyard, and an open and airy floor plan. Sliding pocket doors, an expansive covered lānai, and a generous lawn area surrounding the pool foster indoor-outdoor living. There is also room to build a detached guest suite should the owner wish to do so. Just a short golf-cart ride away are the Hualālai Club’s amenities and the resort’s shoreline and ocean activities.

PRICE: $3,875,000 BEDROOMS: 3 BATHROOMS: 3 full, 1 powder INTERIOR LIVING: 2,669 sq. ft. COVERED LĀNAI: 1,177 sq. ft. hualalairealty.com


room with a view

AROUND THE CORNER Nothing—not even panes of glass—gets in the way of the knockout vistas that surround this great room. The $7.15 million custom residence on Līpoa Place (see “Hot Properties,” page 46) employs sliding doors to brilliant effect, ensuring that the spacious five-bedroom home can be seamlessly opened to the breezes that blow in off the Pacific and over the second fairway of the Keʻolu Golf Course. Family and friends move freely between the elegant seating area indoors and the negative-edge cozy poolside perch (not shown)—the perfect place to sit back with a cocktail and watch as daylight disappears into the sea.



pool and spa just outside. At dusk, tiki torches and a fire pot lend soft light and gentle warmth to a


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Hualālai Magazine ~ Winter/Spring 2020