Trade Winds And Ocean Views Shape Design Of $9.5-Million Home On Kauai

The nearly one-acre oceanside property is located within the private community of Kukuiula. (HAWAII LIFE)

To live on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is to live with a tropical climate, cool trade winds and the ever-present ocean. It’s no wonder that ultra-luxury homes on the island value location, tradition and craftsmanship oversize and grandeur.

The custom-built residence at 3027 Kalahiki St. pays homage to indoor-outdoor living and the local architectural style with its low-slung rectangular shape, louvered windows and spacious lanais. 

Bird-eye view of Hawaiian estate.

It’s on the market for $9.5 million. Lori Decker of Hawaii Life is the listing agent.

“There’s romance around what’s traditionally referred to as the plantation style of architecture,” says Matt Beall, co-founder of Hawaii Life real estate. “That style was primarily influenced by Japanese architects.” 

Orange door with elaborate etching metal handles.

Architect Jon Kegle of Cogent Designs worked with local artisans and woodworkers to use a variety of materials, including Japanese cypress on the exterior and cherry and Douglas fir on the interior, when the house was built in 2018.

It’s located within Kukuiula, a private community with a members-only club, 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course, spa and fitness area, and a 10-acre organic farm where residents can pick flowers and fruits.

Spacious kitchen with large central island and shaker-style cabinetry.

Visitors enter the four-bedroom house through custom mahogany doors designed to resemble flower petals. The doors were hand-made by Italian firm Albertini. Inside, vaulted beamed ceilings, built-in cabinetry and a chef’s kitchen with quartz countertops keep the home light and airy. Wood cutouts and metal fixtures add accents throughout.

“It’s not a super-standout, look-at-me kind of mansion,” Beall says. “It’s a home built with a lot of informed taste and a real focus on details such as hardware, carvings and how the home is laid out. Zoom in on any detail and you realize ‘Wow, that’s cool.’ ”

Open-concept dining room and living area with wall of sliding glass doors.

The primary bedroom on the ground level has an en suite bathroom with a wood-mounted tub and stone floors. Each bedroom has access to a lanai with views of the ocean. (Built-in bunk beds for children have been added in one of the rooms.)

An office on the upper floor is fitted with windows for 360-degree views of the sea and mountains. The office has a cherrywood desk and cabinets as well as space for a couch and chairs. A second office faces the 2-mile-long Mahaulepu Beach and the mountains. 

Hawaii estate bedroom with sliding glass door leading out to deck.

Sliding glass doors open the great room to the main lanai, where there’s an outdoor kitchen and barbecue. A heated pool and outdoor shower are nearby. The lanai’s wood siding features warm textured tones achieved by using a Japanese preservation technique called shou sugi ban

The home also has a two-car garage and a Tesla Powerwall.

Sleek soaking tub with window views.

The house is close to beaches at Poipu as well as Koloa Town, a historic sugar mill town with traditional buildings that now house stores and restaurants. 

Hawaii attracts its fair share of ultra-wealthy residents. Just 37 billionaires, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg, among them, own 11% of the private land on the islands, according to a recent Forbes story

Hawaii estate with swimming pool and views of the ocean.

Billionaire Frank VanderSloot, founder of health-and-wellness business Melaleuca, owns a historic spread on Kauai where he operates a cattle ranch and  meat-processing plants. “Pineapple is gone. Sugarcane is gone. The only thing left, really, right now is cattle,” he said in the story.

 

 

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