Issue 6.1 The Great Estate

By Maresa Giovannini

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Nothing depicts Island Style living quite like lounging on your spacious wraparound lanai and admiring the pristine views of the sparkling water and Technicolor sunsets…. without a single distraction. This is the dream for many and the reality for the few, who live in Hawaii’s Estate Homes.

Reminiscent of Old Hawaii, Kama’aina style estate homes combine the romance of the Old South with unique and practical island applications. Although trendy décor and construction have appeared in recent decades, Kama’aina style estate homes are timeless and unwavering in their popularity. True Hawaiian plantation homes exist from the pineapple and sugar cane era, 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 this issue’s cover home is a gem. The Kailua Estate, presented exclusively by Jeff R. Kerr, measures the length of two football fields from the beginning of the private drive to the beach. An impressive 13,778 square feet accounts for the interior and lanais of the main home but not the open courtyard. “When you spend time with people in this house, particularly in the courtyard, there is an intimacy that creates bonds and these bonds last even after you leave the house,” says the homeowner, Steven Connell. Although the expanse of the home and property secludes you from the rest of the neighborhood – and world for that matter – it also creates an unexpected intimacy. Whether hosting a personal or professional event, Connell notes that the layout of this estate encourages you to bond as strangers and leave as friends.

The relaxed elegance of this home, which features plantation shutters for shading and privacy, makes it appropriate for hosting guests or spending time with extended family. The courtyard, kitchen, and front and back lawns act as comfortable gathering areas and with a total of eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, there is room enough for everyone.

Also on the beaches of Oahu, you will find the Ali’i Estate, “Fit for any King” andoffered for vacation rental by Ohana Beach Rentals. Sitting on more than two and a half acres, this quintessential Hawaiian style home and separate two story guest cottage are framed by rows of over 50 tall coconut trees which surround the property like a flower lei. A stroll across the estate grounds reveals an enormous rare Banyan Tree with a total spread of over 75 feet, a large oceanfront pool, and plantation style steps which lead toward the ocean. Although this home boasts the grandeur of Old Hawaii, it was recently remodeled to epitomize comfort and beauty. This rare beachfront estate is perfect for those looking for seclusion and privacy while still enjoying the convenience of living close to Waikiki Beach and downtown Honolulu.

On Maui, where the plantation style carries even more historical significance, you will find an Oceanfront Estate in Spreckelsville, presented by Wendy Peterson. This extraordinary one and a quarter acre estate is shaded by tropical palms and cascading trees. Reminiscent of Old Hawaii, this classic Kama’aina property includes two parcels and two homes. Surrounded by spacious lanais, rolling lawns, lush landscaping, quiet gardens and beautiful pool and spa, this exceptional estate offers a sense of timeless Hawaiian quality and beauty.

These estate homes and other Kama’aina style dwellings encourage a lifestyle of relaxed formality which can only truly be understood in Hawaii. Luxury living in the presence of your ohana never goes out of style.

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