7.6 Plantation Estates

Kama’aina-style estate homes offer timeless elegance for home buyers.



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Plantation-style abodes were born in a period when space
was plentiful, time moved slowly, and family was at the
center of every decision. If you are drawn to the romantic appeal
of homes that summon this era of stately simplicity, you will
surely find what you’re looking for in Hawaii.

Kama’aina-style estate homes combine the romance of the Old
South with unique and practical island applications. Plantation style
decor and construction is now trendy nation-wide but
Kama’aina-style estate homes are timeless and unwavering in
their popularity. True Hawaiian plantation homes exist from
the pineapple and sugar cane eras but estate homes can reflect
any architectural style as long as the utility of the home remains
the same: self-sufficiency with acreage, multiple dwellings, and
pleasant seclusion.

Properties with existing palatial homes and substantial acreage
are a rarity in Hawaii, which is why the availability of this issue’s
cover home is unique. Presented by Nancy J. Callahan (R),
The Simon Estate (formerly known as The Baldwin Estate) is
nearly 40 acres and a piece of Maui history. The property dates
back to 1858 when the original home was built as the plantation
manager’s residence for one of Maui’s first sugar plantations;
the main home and guest cottage were believed to be first
built in 1924 with Hawaiiana architecture in every detail. The
ten-bedroom, ten-and-a-half-bath, furnished home has been
updated throughout the years but maintains the integrity of a
plantation-style estate. With the addition of modern luxuries
such as a tennis court and swimming pool, The Simon Estate
is an historic Maui retreat with impeccable grounds and
peaceful seclusion.

If you’d rather be closer to the action, look for a newly built
plantation-style home such as the Mahinahina, Maui home
presented by Mary Anne Fitch (R) and Nam L. Le Viet (RS).
The gated oceanfront estate is a classic plantation-style residence
with a sweeping staircase, sparkling white interior, and exposed
beams. The relaxed elegance of this fully-furnished home makes
it appropriate for hosting friends or extended family; with five
bedrooms, five baths, 4,793 square feet and a separate ohana,
there is plenty of room for everyone.

These estate homes and other Kama’aina-style dwellings
encourage a lifestyle of relaxed formality which can only be
understood in Hawaii. Sharing your luxury lifestyle with ohana
never goes out of style.

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