“Turtle-esque” may not be a common adjective to describe a piece of property, but in the case of this coastal Hawaiian estate, it is a fitting descriptor.
Named Honu Hale, or Turtle House, the oceanfront home located in the heart of Napili on the western shores of Maui shares many traits with its shelled namesake, like longevity, a leisurely pace and a direct connection to the ocean.
Built in 1979, the home has maintained a timeless feel with features like hand-carved wood doors, elaborate tiling and floor-to-ceiling windows.
High vaulted ceilings fitted with wood planks and large beams along with movable walls of glass make for an airy interior.
Touches like inlaid shelves, an arched recessed ceiling in the kitchen and a stained glass window give the home a unique character, while stone accents, lanais and indoor trees further the connection to nature.
Covering 4,285 square feet, the floor-plan houses a variety of separated living areas for both private and gathering spaces, as well as an open-concept kitchen, six bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
A spacious, sun-soaked deck affords a vantage for views of the ocean, sunsets and the neighboring islands that even a seagull would envy.
The one-third-acre property directly backs into a picturesque cove where the sound of the water gently lapping against the rocks can be heard from the house above. At the edge of the lot near the shore stands a gazebo, perfect for ocean-side relaxation.
The name “Honu Hale” is not just metaphorical—the sandy corner of the cove is a regular resting place for literal sea turtles. In addition, seasonal whale watching can be done from the property’s many indoor and outdoor vistas.
Located less than 15 minutes from the heart of the historic Lahaina town center, the seaside home sits between two of West Maui’s renowned golf courses, Kapalua Golf-The Plantation Course and Ka’anapali Golf Course.