We just returned from a glorious ten days in Hawaii, island hopping from The Big Island to Honolulu and, finally, Maui. We survived a tsunami, my first! I’m still on Hawaiian time and mixing Mai Tais. As you know, Hawaii is second home nirvana for the wealthiest of the wealthy. Last week, I got to experience two fabulous second home communities, one Kukio, near Kona, the other on Kaanapali Beach, on Maui. Trust me, you can not go wrong with either.
This is Kukio. How to describe it? I never wanted to leave. No wonder so many turtles poke on over to rest on the Kukio beach: this is by far one of the most luxurious second home communities I have ever experienced.
A private oceanfront club and residential golf community, Kukio is the epitome of relaxed luxury living amid a landscape of the most beautiful nature you can find: wide blue horizons, white sand beaches, and a gracious, warm and welcoming climate. Drive your golf cart on over to the Beach Club and leave the keys in it. Your warm towel is waiting for you after you emerge from the ocean, your snorkel gear is de-fogged and ready.
The only private equity Golf and Beach Club on Hawaii’s Big Island, The Kukio Club includes a full service Member’s Clubhouse, luxurious and I do mean luxurious open-air spa and fitness facilities, dining pavilion, beach bar, a ten-hole Tom Fazio-designed short course my husband says is among the world’s tip top, and Kukio’s signature Outdoor Pursuits program for paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking, whatever. Newsflash: I learned to paddleboard, LOVE IT! The Beach Club has at least 50 paddleboards and I learned these things run about $2000 each! Then upslope from the short course is Kukio’s pride and joy, an eighteen-hole Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course, featuring dramatic panoramic views of the coastlines. Hubby loved this one, too. Amenities at Kukio blend aesthetically with the island’s natural physical features, resulting in a beautiful, well manicured environment. There is lava rock everywhere. Nearby bays – Uluweuweu and Kua – enhance and give you more beach options. Two pristine white sand beaches are to be found at adjacent Kikaua Point Beach Park, an ideal location for swimming, body surfing — I caught two big rides — and a variety of ocean sports activities. This is a public beach but you will never find more than 30 people on it.
And the water is so warm you just walk right in!
Who lives here? Michael Dell, Lance Armstrong, tons of celebs lease homes here, an amazing Who’s Who that’s hard to nail because everyone who works there won’t jeopardize a job in paradise by spilling the beans. Can’t blame them. When you can afford a second home in Kukio, you have arrived.
This little number, affectionately called Lot 85, is on the market for $11,900,00, a major reduction from the original asking price of $12,900,000. That’s the good news about Hawaii right now — it’s a friggin’ bargain. The Japanese, Canadians and Chinese are buying real estate there like hotcakes. Lots in this area start at about $2 million just for the dirt/rock, but I found this little bargain surprise for $995K: the sellers apparently want to offer up a $275,000 golf club membership with the purchase, that’s how motivated they are. That’s what I heard, you’d have to check to be sure.
Get ready for lots of company: the home has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, all with outside rainfall showers, a Pool Papai with Thatched Roofing (basically, what we would call an outdoor kitchen in Texas but with a thatched roof cover), hand hewn teak flooring, stone, marble, louvered Koa Cabinetry, and great outdoor living spaces. Yes, that is a swim-up bar. Everyone needs one in their backyard! Most of the interior doors are pocket, Hawaiian-style, for serenity and clean lines. You get 6,187 square feet, but it’s really an 8,200 square foot plus home because everyone lives outside here. Note the master with that dramatic corner ocean view and the open master spa bath. In Hawaii, you’ll use your indoor kitchen for breakfast and big meals. Almost everyone cooks and entertains outside on the lanai. It’s really a three car garage, one split so you can keep golf carts and paddleboards in the smaller one.
This home was built in 2006 and sits on one acre, loaded with lush landscaping close to the home. Many of the lots in Kukio have lava rock yards, which really grew on me. First of all, they are are aesthetically fascinating and lava is good luck in Hawaii — just do not take it off the island! It is also very close to the Kukio Beach Club and Spa. FYI, when they evacuated the Four Seasons for the tsunami, everyone was put up at the Kukio Golf Club. You are a bit higher here, but just a short golf cart ride to fun.
This home also has a guest cottage, or two, which is vital to keep your future guest, that would be me, in privacy. After all, a girl has to have perfect peace and quiet to blog. But just think of what we have to call our blog when we launch in Kona? CandysRock.com!