Overlooked Homes in Iao Valley – Maui’s Hana “Lite”

If you don’t have all day to drive the road to Hana, consider going to Iao Valley instead.

Iao Valley is located in the Central Maui town of Wailuku, just minutes from the airport. The road is somewhat windy, there’s a stream, and a waterfall or two…You won’t be disappointed.

Come with me on a tour of Iao Valley…Oh yeah, the answer is 134 steps; You’ll know what I’m talking about

The older I get, the more nostalgic I get. I hear music that reminds me of growing up, and it seems to transport me back in time. Iao Valley is like that for me. As a youngster in the 60′s, our parents would drop us kids off at Kepaniwai State Park for the day to picnic, and hike the stream. (Boy have things changed! You wouldn’t dream of dropping your kids off unattended these days.) One of the smells that is indelibly etched into my memories is the smell of blooming yellow ginger flowers, and fruiting guava trees. If I ever hear Cat Steven’s Peace Train, or Rod Stewart’s Maggie Mae, I’m transported back to being an 8 year old! If you can get to Iao Valley in August, September, or part of October, you too can experience this heavenly scent.

Here is the pic of the JFK profile that I promised

Iao Valley Homes for Sale

What you may not know about Iao Valley is that there are homes in the area. In the 60′s & 70′s, there were a hand full of homes along the road to Kepaniwai State Park. Within the past few years, several areas have been developed along the ridges that overlook the valley. Here are a few listings that are currently available.

Wailuku Height Sentry

One of my favorite areas in the Central/Wailuku area is Old Wailuku Heights. The subdivision was developed in the late 1950′s and some of the islands most progressive architectural designs are located there. Case in point, (MLS# 343153), 3080 Alaneo Place, is classic post-and-beam construction with Asian influences. This home reminds me of the many post-and-beams that I have sold in Los Angeles. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home was built in 1960 at the very top of Old Wailuku Heights.

Wailuku Heights Front

The home is just under 3,000 square feet with an 800 square foot ohana on 2 lots, totaling approximately 3/4 of an acre. Views stretch from Maalaea to Haleakala to the Kahului Harbor. The price has been reduced to $1,100,000 from $1,400,000. It’s a little rough around the edges, but for the collector of fine architecture, this may be for you.

Wailuku Heights Interior

The post-and-beam architectural style allows for large expanses of glass, bringing in views like no other architectural style can.

Polulani Drive Ext

If newer construction is your style, consider (MLS# 340437), 532 Polulani Drive. The home was built in the newer area of Wailuku Heights in 1990. The price has been reduced to $1,190,000 from $1,900,000. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths at 3,260 square feet with a 480 square foot covered lanai.

Polulani Deck

Can you imagine the BBQ’s on this deck!

Malaihi Exterior

Finally, (MLS# 342755), 900 Malaihi Road #A, is an amazing 4.26 acre fenced, and gated agricultural property. The current list price is $1,295,000 reduced from $1,475,000. Clocking in at 2,779 square feet with a 1,146 square foot barn, the main house has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 658 square feet of covered deck.

Malaihi View

A sweeping view of Kahului Harbor to Haleakala is a perfect diversion from tending to your own fruit, or vegetable farm, complete with horses if you choose. Convenient.

So, the next time you contemplate a trip to Hana, spend a fraction of the time at Iao Valley; I can show you any of these properties with all of that extra time. Maui’s Iao Valley is Hana “lite” to me! For more information, contact me.

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11 Responses to “Overlooked Homes in Iao Valley – Maui’s Hana “Lite””

  1. Erik Hinshaw
    October 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    I remember my first visit to Iao Valley. I was about 8 and it was 1972. It was magical. What a dream to live nearby and that post and beam house would suit my grown up self just fine.

  2. Ken Molina R(S)
    October 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    I would live there in a minute. I don’t know why there aren’t more of that style.

  3. Jeremy Stice
    October 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    Epic blog Ken! I have always loved Iao valley as a kid whether it was swimming in the frigid stream water, playing in the Japanese huts, or harassing the Koi-we always had a great time. Now I really enjoy running from the beginning of Iao Road up to the top of the Needle and back. Great work here, I love it :)

  4. Ken Molina R(S)
    October 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    I would do laps in the pool as a kid and thought that was the coldest water ever. The pool is now drained, fenced off and seems so much smaller than when I was a kid. It’s only 3 lanes. Change is good, yet there are things that will never change and that is very good!

  5. Tara Kelly
    October 27, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Beautiful I want one!

  6. Ken Molina R(S)
    October 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Me too!

  7. Diane Chavez
    October 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Hey Ken just checked out the Blog…nice.

  8. Ken Molina R(S)
    October 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Thanks and hopefully all our agents can meet face to face. I’d love to meet you all.

  9. Katie Minkus, R(BIC)
    October 29, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Erik and I are either going to have to learn how to co-exist in that post and beam house, or somehow I’ll have to bog him down with work in Kona so I can have it all to myself… gorgeous!

  10. Erik Hinshaw
    October 29, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    Katie, you may have the sweet guesthouse.

  11. Ken Molina R(S)
    October 29, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    I suppose I get the carport? That could work.

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