Niulii ocean, cliff, and Maui View
Yesterday, I visited my friends at Vitorino Ranch (Hawaii Paso Finos) in Niulii at the end of the road, almost to Pololu Valley, in North Kohala on the Big Island. The day was crystal clear after a night of gentle trade winds. Their ranch is just below one of the three amazing listings at the top of the market in Kohala (when I say “Kohala” I mean the portion of North Kohala that encompasses Hawi, Kapa’au and all the neighborhoods from there to the end of the road). Looking up at the valleys and green mountains, down at the oceans and cliffs, and across the channel to Maui, I thought “today this is the most beautiful spot on Earth.”
That helps explain why the “Ohana House” (MLS# 229636) is listed at $9.65 million.
- There are three parcels with a total of over 70 acres, stretching from the road down to the ocean. With so much land on which to land, the current owners have been known to arrive by helicopter.
- Three parcels means potentially three houses could be built.
“Ohana House” a Niulii Kohala Landmark
That’s why this arresting residence that stops drivers to Pololu in their tracks, is referred to as the “ohana” or guest house. It was built by Seattle architect Jim Cutler (perhaps best known as the architect for the pool house at Bill and Melinda Gates’s estate), and has the distinction of being named a “Record” house by Architectural Record in 2007. Compact, luxurious, built to honor the elements, setting and views, this guest house alone cost an estimated $3 million.
Although one of the three parcels is a long strip of oceanfront, extending down to Keokea Park and known for rare groves of hala trees, the knowledgeable buyer would be more likely to avoid the difficulties of building in conservation zoned oceanfront land (see my earlier post “What you need to know about buying oceanfront in Hawaii) and consider a main house at a higher elevation, the better to maximize views mauka (mountain-ward) as well as makai (ocean-word).
- Some days, this is the most beautiful spot on Earth. Nani wale Niuli’i kahela i ka la’i (Beautiful Niuli’i lying calm and peaceful) begins the song Maika’i Kamakani O Kohala…
A hui hou,
Beth Thoma Robinson, R(S)