Puamana Condo Purchased Directly from Developer in 1969 & Now Available For Resale!

Puamana Condo For Sale

It’s unbelievable that the current owners purchased this Puamana condo directly from the developer in 1969 and have now put it up for sale for the first time ever!

The owners told me about standing on the cement slab of 5-1 when they were visiting the Puamana construction site and looking out across Front Street to the ocean and Clubhouse. At that time, sleepy Front Street, which is now Pualei Drive, ran right through the middle of Puamana! You can see in the site map above how Front Street now makes a detour up to join the highway. They said the land makai of Pualei and south of the canal was not developed during the first phase of Puamana.

Looking at the ocean and the original Front Street!

The owners had a wide choice of condos in 1969, but they selected 5 Puakukui #1 for the corner location along the canal and the fact there are only two units in the 5 building. They also like the way the building is oriented on the diagonal to allow for breezes, great views, and extra private triangles of garden in the front and back. There are also vistas of the Clubhouse and giant mango tree…to the right in the photo above (when the hau leaf hedge is trimmed).


You will appreciate these views from the bedroom and living room which both open up to a large patio. Gather around the Barbeque on the large back patio with your Ohana and watch the sunsets. If the patio in the photo above looks spacious, that’s because it is! The owners purchased 136 square feet of extra property from Puamana to add on to the patio space.

Prepare meals in the tastefully updated kitchen featuring new stainless appliances, a glass tile backsplash, and granite countertops. The extra windows on the canal side create a cross-breeze and add to the brightness in the open living area. The bath has also been updated with floor-to-ceiling travertine.

Or watch the sunset from the privacy of your bedroom. When you are not on Maui, you can vacation rent this Puamana condo and bring in some extra cash! Short term vacation rentals are allowed in Puamana. There are quite a few full-time homeowners here (like me) and other owners who stay half the year. But keep in mind, as soon as you purchase a property in Puamana, you can rent it out nightly without applying for a permit.

For more information on Puamana: click here.

Stroll the 30 acres of oceanfront grounds under the coconut palms, knowing you can always return home to your quiet oasis at 5-1 Puakukui.

To view all Puamana properties currently for sale, click here.

Walk across the bridge, and you are under the large mango tree by the historical clubhouse. Pick up a novel at the library, work out in the gym upstairs or socialize with your neighbors on the Clubhouse lanai. The Puamana clubhouse was built in 1919 as the home for the Lunas of the Sugar Cane fields (Luna means the Boss in Hawaiian). The clubhouse is rich in traditions and housed many prominent Maui families. Now the clubhouse is alive with new homeowner’s events such as the Christmas House and my favorite — a super fun and safe New Year’s Eve party that ends at 9pm!

Some parts of Puamana have a sandy beach, and other parts rocky with multiple surf breaks. Take the keiki down to play in the sand and shore-break, or learn how to surf near the Park. Or maybe you are ready for the advanced, short-board spot by the ocean pool.

So will you take out a short board, long board or a floaty swan? So many choices…

Bike to Lahaina in a few minutes where you can find many excellent restaurants and fun activities.

You can feel the history in Lahaina as this town was home to the Hawaiian Royalty and Whalers and is one of the richest cultural lands in the Hawaiian Islands.

The Kamehameha lineage ruled the Hawaiian kingdom from the sacred area called Moku’ula, behind 505 Front Street. They lived on a sandbar island surrounded by a fishpond fed by underwater springs coming down from underground lava tubes from Kaua’ula Valley, which is the valley above Puamana.

It is clear why royalty chose this temperate spot for their capital: it’s da kine! The weather here is almost always sunny, in the 80s with the ocean a few degrees cooler, with light trade winds to cool off the beach. The sunsets out front create a colorful evening show before the cool nights.

Before You Come to the Island

The number one thing everyone can do to help is to avoid single-use plastic water bottles or soda bottles. The tap water is fine to drink — it comes from the rainforest in the mountains right above Lahaina. Most condos will have a water filter on the refrigerator or one of those filtered water pitchers and reusable water bottles at your disposal. Please be aware of this and avoid the packs of bottled plastic water at Costco… Contrary to what everyone wants you to believe, Maui does not have a plastic bottle recycling facility so the bottles go straight into our landfill. If trash does get shipped off the island, those people are overwhelmed and they just dump the plastic bottles in the ocean on their end.

Remember the advice from Life’s Little Instruction Book and buy a $2 cup of warm lemonade from the kids under the mango tree!

For a recent market update, click here. For more about Puamana, check out my blog. Thank you for reading. By Anna Severson, your resident real estate specialist — homeowner and full-time Puamana resident for the past 15 years. Join the facebook page: Maui Puamana

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