Hawaiian Islands

Majestic and Chic In Hawaii

Renowned architect Shay Zak designed this custom chic in Hawaii, four-bedroom home situated along the ninth fairway of the Kohanaiki Golf Course.

Now being offered for $3.995 million is this custom Shay Zak-designed home in the invite-only, private club community of Kohanaiki. Found along the ninth fairway of a Rees Jones-designed golf course, the four-bedroom, No. 10 residence was built in 2014 and blends seamlessly with its lush surroundings via the use of natural materials.

Expect 2,000-plus square feet of open living space rife with soaring vaulted cedar ceilings, mahogany finishes, and plentiful windows and pocket doors framing stunning ocean views. An outdoor shower garden can be found off the master suite, while an expansive lanai, and an infinity-edge pool and spa highlight the lushly landscaped yard.

73-2055 Ala Kohanaiki
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740



This private and gated beachfront estate is perfect for entertaining and accommodating extended family.

Actress turned wellness entrepreneur Denise DuBarry Hay is selling her private and gated beachfront estate on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for $29.75 million, complete with sweeping ocean views from every vantage point. “Situated in one of the most desirable locations on Hanalei Bay, on a large 1.1-acre lot, this spacious home has unsurpassed views of the crescent arch of the bay, breaking surf, majestic waterfall-clad mountains and the setting sun,” says listing agent Ben Welborn of Hawaii Life.

The five-bedroom, four-bath residence offers 4,758 square feet of living space featuring an open living room and kitchen area, along with an airy screened-in lanai sporting a hardwood dining table as its centerpiece. A separate two-story accessory building, meanwhile, holds a studio workspace and gym, while an outdoor kitchen boasts a Tiki bar and barbecue ideal for entertaining.

5156 Weke Road
Hanalei, HI



Honolulu Enclave Rising To New Heights

Once a commercial hub filled with warehouses, Honolulu enclave Kaka’ako today is a hip, bustling waterfront district rife with luxe new residential high-rises, high-end vacation rentals, plentiful shopping and dining opportunities, colorful street art, and popular annual events such as the POW! WOW! mural festival and Festa Italiana.

A piece of the past still remains intact amid the revitalization of recent years, however, including SALT at Our Kaka’ako—where Hawaii’s cultural traditions are celebrated monthly at the Pa’akai Marketplace—as well as walking paths and architectural designs complementing the area’s natural surroundings.

“Imagine strolling along the oceanfront and stopping to have a picnic at a park and then heading to enjoy a Mai Tai on a rooftop patio,” says Mark Howard, broker and owner of Hawaii Americana Realty. “Kaka’ako has it all and more, including two stops on Honolulu’s future railway coming soon.”

Nestled between Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu, Kaka’ako has unveiled seven new completed residential towers bringing more than 2,000 units into the neighborhood, with two more towers to be completed at the beginning and middle of 2019. Among them: Anaha, a new 38-story, $400 million residential tower designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz offering 318 units, a 1-acre amenity deck and Hawaii’s largest living wall boasting 8,000 species of tropical plants, as well as Howard Hughes Corp’s new A’ali’i at Ward Village, a 60-acre mixed-use residential development featuring 751 turnkey units, street-level retail and recreational amenities such as Lāna’i 42, a penthouse-level sky deck offering a rooftop fitness club, outdoor yoga studio, sunset lounge and ocean-view event spaces.

Many retail and dining establishments also have joined the scene, including Stokehouse, in the Hyatt Regency building on Kalakaua Avenue, which carries brands by Vissla, Amuse, D’Blanc and Tom Blake, as well as Chuck Wakeman’s Butcher and Bird butcher shop above Mr. Tea Cafe on Auahi Street; Maurizio Roberti and Gianpaolo Raschi’s Le Radici Italian restaurant on Kapiolani Boulevard; and Peter Merriman’s farm-to-table eatery Merriman’s Honolulu on Auahi Street, just to name a few. Also new is the University of Hawaii Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine, where Café Kulia offers culinary student-crafted delicacies to the general public during the week.


Perfect Getaway In Hawaii and Mexico

Crowning Touches

The Queen Kapiolani Hotel near Diamond Head has unveiled the results of its $35 million transformation. Expect an homage to Old Waikiki, complete with hallways filled with vintage and Hawaiiana prints from the Mid-century modern era; a trio of large, original art murals gracing the property’s ground level; and a second-floor gallery offering a visual journey of Hawaii through the decades via classic art, period pieces and modern installations.

Among the other updates at the 19-story getaway: 315 updated guestrooms featuring coastal color palettes, modern amenities, large new windows, vintage art murals created by local artists and individual lanais. “We are thrilled to restore the Queen Kapiolani Hotel to its former glory,” says Jeff Perkins, the hotel’s general manager, “and to share this authentic Waikiki experience with new and repeat guests.” Rates start at $126 per night. queenkapiolani.com 

150 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815

A portrait of day-to-day life in Waikiki by artist Nick Kuchar; Kapiolani Park; a newly renovated guestroom.

Exclusive  Hideaway


When developer Antonio M. Dávila first discovered the Puerta Cortés area of Baja California Sur several years ago, he was mesmerized by its beauty, spectacular scenery and extraordinary amenities. Fast-forward to today, and the president of the Mexican-based asset-management firm Ascendancy is the new owner of the rebranded Puerta Cortés resort and residential destination (formerly the CostaBaja Resort & Spa).


His first order of business: a $5 million revamp, including updates to the property’s Blue Cortés Beach Club; boutique collection of hillside and oceanfront residences; and 18-hole Gary Player-designed links. Plans also call for more fine-dining restaurants. “Part of what makes Puerta Cortés so extraordinary is our authenticity and community feel,” says Dávila. “We’re perfectly positioned as the gateway to the Sea of Cortez, and in addition to our beautiful residences, we offer owners an unparalleled lifestyle with direct access to a world-class marina and the only Gary Player Signature golf course in Mexico.” puertacortes.com 


An oceanfront communal area;
viewpoint from Puerta Cortes and the property’s Beach Club.



Near & Far | Ritz-Carlton of Oahu and Private Costa Rica Resort

Oahu’s Jewel

The ‘Ewa Tower at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach now has a twin. Opened in mid-October, the new Diamond Tower mirrors its 38-story sister building and adds 245 more units to the resort’s 307 luxury hotel suites. Envision a Guerin Glass Architects-designed structure inspired by Hawaii’s natural elements—like facades reflecting the surrounding landscape and a modern, 3-D interpretation of a traditional Hawaiian kapa design wrapping the first three floors—plus studio and one-to-four-bedroom residences and penthouses showcasing contemporary, island-deco interiors by Jon Brent Design, complete with ocean views, kitchens, and washers and dryers. Among the new tower’s amenities and services is a spa with four treatments rooms and a relaxation lounge, plus a 2,900-square-foot infinity pool boasting private cabanas outfitted with TVs, refrigerators and day beds. Coming in early 2019: a gourmet market and pool-side dining venue. ritzcarlton.com/waikiki


383 Kalaimoku St. Waikiki Beach, HI 96815
The new Diamond Tower boasts an infinity-pool with private cabanas, and coming soon, a poolside grill.

Your Own Private Peninsula

Papagayo Aerial


This lush, 1,400-acre resort and residential community in northwest Costa Rica recently unveiled more upgrades as part of its $100 million communitywide transformation.

Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo resort and residential community has unveiled the next phase of its $100 million-plus transformation. “This is an extraordinary destination where rich biodiversity and vivid landscapes meet the highest levels of geo-luxury across Latin America,” says Donald McGregor, senior vice president of development and managing director of the Latin America region for Gencom, the property’s developer. “With our new lineup of amenities and experiences, we are nurturing a strong and cohesive community across the 1,400 acres of this private peninsula.” Meyer Davis-designed enhancements at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica (complete with a new concierge lounge and re-imagined spa); a new beach club at the adjacent Andaz Costa Rica Resort; and an expanded marina village. Also now online: a bike-share program featuring 60 electric bicycles, eco-adventures (including a Cacao Volcano Expedition), as well as an updated golf clubhouse and signature restaurant. peninsulapapagayo.com


BDHM Design’s “Nature Meets Neon” Look and the Revamped Shoreline Hotel Waikiki

BDHM Design’s cutting-edge “Nature Meets Neon” look showcasing bold colors and Hawaii’s tropical flora and fauna now envelopes the revamped Shoreline Hotel Waikiki

Among the highlights at Filament Hospitality’s 135-room, boutique property: a colorful signature ombré wall painted by California-based artist DJ Neff at the entrance, and a reinvented open-air lobby area featuring tropical “jungle” walls, rattan cage light fixtures housing paper sculptures of native birds and geometric-shaped furnishings. An updated rooftop pool deck boasts commissioned neon wall murals, also by Neff, while tropical wallpaper, multicolored floors and fluorescent kinetic hallways lead to redesigned rooms.

“Travelers will want to visit the new Shoreline to experience our take on a unique, vibrant and contemporary hotel in the heart of Waikiki”


Also new is live music, a shave ice cart, pau hana “relax & refresh” hour and artisan markets. “Travelers will want to visit the new Shoreline to experience our take on a unique, vibrant and contemporary hotel in the heart of Waikiki,” says General Manager Alvida Surpia-Jones, adding that the hotel’s ombré wall is particularly popular with guests, a “great spot to capture a memory.” shorelinehotelwaikiki.com

Photographs: Adam Macchia for Shoreline

66-78 Kaunaoa Drive — Former Hawaiian Presidential Suite

66-78 Kaunaoa Drive — Former Hawaiian Presidential Suite

Hapuna Beach Oceanfront  |  4 bedrooms  |  9,250 sq. ft.  |  $18.995 Million

Once the site of the Presidential Suite at the former Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel (now a Westin property), the Hapuna Beach Villa has entered the market for $18.995 million. Situated at 66-78 Kaunaoa Drive—at the Mauna Kea Resort in Kamuela—this four-bedroom oceanfront residence rests atop a lush green lawn leading to the water’s edge.

Expect 9,250 square feet of living space on two levels connected by a grand circular staircase, complete with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling stacking doors that open to create a seamless indoor-outdoor feel.

“Besides sitting right on Hapuna Beach—considered to be one of the best in the world—the villa features 2,018 square feet of lanai and terraces across two floors for sunbathing and outdoor entertaining,” says listing agent Tomo Matsumoto of Hapuna Realty.

Other outdoor features include a private pool and barbecue.

For More Information: maunakealiving.com

Photographs: courtesy of Compass Marketing

3770 Ala’ Oli Way — Palatial Penthouse at Timbers Kauai

Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences

Two-Level Penthouse  |  5,239 sq. ft.  |  $9.75 Million

This three-bedroom, two-level penthouse sets the bar for the entire private residential club of Timbers Kauai. The 5,239 square feet of living space features Sapele hardwood flooring, natural stone vanities and custom cabinetry, and Thermador Masterpiece appliances, combined with expansive stacking glass doors that open to almost 1,800 square feet of lanai space.

Among the amenities: a farm-to-table restaurant, ocean and island adventures via The Beach Club, infinity and Ohana pools, and 17-plus miles of oceanfront hiking and biking trails.

“Perched atop the Kaiholo building, this last penthouse represents the absolute best location within Timbers Kauai – Ocean Club & Residences, and arguably, the best in all of Kauai,” says Gary Moore, managing director of Hokuala.

The property is listed for $9.75 million by Hokuala Realty.

For More Information: timberskauai.com

Photographs: courtesy of Timbers Kauai

2801 Kauapea Road — Haute Tropic

2801 Kauapea Road — Haute Tropic

Modern 14-Acre Estate  |  Running J Farm  |  5,800 sq. ft.  |  $18 million

Modern architectural masterpiece meets tropical Kauai at Running J Farm, an ultra-luxe, contemporary 14-acre estate offered by Neal Norman of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers for $18 million.

Found at 2801 Kauapea Road in Kilauea—near the pristine Secret Beach and a short walk or bike ride from the amenities of Kilauea town—this residence was built in 2000 and offers 5,800 square feet of stylish living space.

Think industrial-strength stainless-steel metal, wood, glass and concrete, paired with high-end fixtures and appliances. Among the outdoor highlights: a resort-style pool and spa, barns, a guesthouse and assorted cabanas. nealnorman.com

Photographs: courtesy of Keani Andrade

72-3458 Kulanakauhale at Hualālai

72-3458 Kulanakauhale at Hualālai

Amenities Galore  |  Kailua-Kona furnished by Gina Willman  |  3,466 sq. ft.  |  $4.9 million

This elegantly appointed, four-bedroom abode at Hualālai is highlighted by a gourmet kitchen boasting granite countertops, custom African mahogany cabinetry, travertine flooring and Madeira concrete shake roofs. Situated at 72-3548 Kulanakauhale Place in Kailua-Kona, the dwelling offers 3,466 square feet of modern living space furnished by award-winning designer Gina Willman.

Bedecking the lush grounds is a 715-square-foot covered lanai, shower gardens, lava stone accent walls, a private courtyard, an outdoor kitchen, and infinity-edge pool and spa—all opening to spectacular views of Hualālai Mountain, Mauna Kea, Kohala Mountains and the Pacific.

Even better: the home’s proximity to member amenities at the Ke‘olu Clubhouse and Hualālai Canoe Club, just a short golf cart ride away.

Offered by Hualālai Realty for $4.9 million. hualalairealty.com

Photographs: courtesy of Hualalai

Westin Hapuna Beach Resort an Island Divine

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Receives Multimillion Dollar Renovation

Following an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation, the former Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel now is seeing new life as The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. The retreat joins its sister property, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, as part of the greater Mauna Kea Resort property along the Kohala Coast.

Expect four new culinary concepts—the Mediterranean-inspired Meridia restaurant (complete with a new HapunaClub/Member Lounge); casual Naupaka Beach Grill, serving Pacific Rim cuisine; open-air breakfast venue ‘Ikena Landing; and Piko Coffee + Bar—along with 17 new suites and 232 redesigned guestrooms overlooking Hapuna Beach. Among the other enhancements: a revamped lobby featuring a custom living wall and vertical garden; an all-new adults-only, infinity-edge pool with private cabanas; and CrossFit and WestinWORKOUT fitness studios featuring Peloton and TRX equipment.

“Guests also are invited to join our Aloha Ambassador to experience a variety of cultural activities,” says the property’s director of sales and marketing, Brad Doell. “Included is ‘E Ala E’, a morning ritual on the Hapuna Beach Lawn to greet the sunrise, clear your thoughts and minds, hear the oli (chant) and find peace within.” westinhapunabeach.com

Photographs: courtesy of The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Most expensive home in Hawaii

Heavenly Retreats on Kauai

A $70 Million Hawaiian Estate with a Secret Beach

Southern California is not a place short on world-class properties. However, one can be forgiven for thinking we are perhaps a bit shortchanged after glancing at this epic Neal Norman Hawaiian estate on the North Shore of Kauai, on what is perhaps the most beautiful oceanfront in the Pacific—Secret Beach

The Most Beautiful Oceanfront Property in the Pacific

The grandeur of the property—over 15 acres studded with exotic palms, citrus and coconut trees—is matched by an impeccable custom home designed by standout Seattle architect team Ross & Ralph Anderson. The residence, just a short bike ride to the quaint town of Kilauea, spans nearly 10,000 square feet of interior living space, which expands when including another 8,000 square feet of fresh-air living spaces (pools, decks and lanais).

Your 12,000 SqFt  Dream Home in Kauai

The aesthetic is Indonesian, with spaces sculpted in tropical hardwoods and carefully adorned with sculpture and artwork that’s been carefully gathered over years of traveling the globe. There are six bedrooms in all, which includes two separate guest pavilions and a master suite that one reaches by taking a charming walk over a covered bridge. Views of the ocean and nearby Kilauea Lighthouse are abundant throughout the residence.

Indonesian Aesthetic & Influences Throughout

Most spectacular is the estate’s deft showcase of Earth’s natural wonders. Trees and flowers; sea and sky—all plentiful wherever one finds themselves.

“When you step off the plane on Kauai, you get this wafting of a garden island, Jasmine filled air,” says real estate agent Neal Norman.

“The light and air here are so special, and unique to this place.”

In the already charmed Kauai, the setting is the estate’s hometown, a small, quiet place called Kilauea, where the estate is found along the area’s most exclusive street: “Kauapea Road is one of the true gems of the North Shore,” notes Norman.

The Most Exclusive Street on the North Shore

What sets the property apart from neighboring oceanfront properties is its wide swath of bluff frontage. The result is an unbridled supply of ocean views and atmosphere—something beautifully exploited by both architecture and landscaping. “It is the most organized and completely finished from head-to-toe project,” says Norman of the estate. (His focus is Kauai properties, luxury ones in particular, and he possesses an intricate knowledge of them all.)

It is from one’s private walkway that one reaches the beach, a heavenly, turquoise world where it’s likely you’ll be the only one around.

“There’s limited access to the beach, so it makes it feel quite remote,” says Norman. “There are very few people ever on the beach.”

Miles of Remote Sandy Beaches, Whales, Dolphins & Oceanviews

One needn’t walk down to the sand to take in a tropical scene of epic proportions. For that, peer out a window or, better yet, walk across the estate’s meticulous green lawn to the edge of the bluff. Standing there, one is greeted by miles of sandy beach and clear waters; whales, dolphins and other sea life. The gentle offshore winds rippling through one’s hair completes the scene.

“There’s almost like a cosmic element to this market,” Norman says of Kauai, adding: “A home waits for the right person. It always seems to wait for the right person.” For whom might this one be waiting?

“The right person will know it when they see it.” 

Presented by

Neal Norman, Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers
2676E Kauapea Rd, Kilauea, Hawaii

List Price: $70,000,000
Sold Price: $46,100,000 
Details: 6 Bed | 8 Bath | 11,708 SqFt living |15.33-acre land
Website: 2676kauapea.com



The Ultimate Hawaiian Retreat

A Well-Tailored Gem on Secret Beach

Overlooking the crystal waters of Secret Beach from its western bluff edge is a well-tailored estate where one can indulge in the ultimate Hawaiian retreat—with many in tow. 

The 18-plus-acre oceanfront haven sits along Secret Beach, its tidy grounds created by award-winning landscape designer Dan Pearson. Each structure is a separate haven, offering visitors a chance to experience paradise from a different perspective.

“It’s actually four different properties with four different homes.”

There’s a four-bedroom beach house with uplifting ocean views, sleek pool deck, countless lanais and separate fitness studio. Visitors take in views of lush gardens and the valley from the sunny four-bedroom guest home, or relax at a comfortable three-bedroom caretaker’s residence.

Award-Winning Design in A Tropical Paradise

Many generations of a family can vacation in supreme comfort, with ample space and privacy. Where everyone comes together in grand style is at the nearly 5,000 square-foot entertainment pavilion, designed by Warner Walker Architects, a San Francisco firm famed for its design-esque structures that meld with their natural surroundings. Glancing around at the striking hilltop spot, with its many gathering places for dining and lounging, and huge, sunlit kitchen, it’s not hard to envision the endless family memories that lie in wait for those who come to this tropical island paradise with those they hold dear.

Presented by
Neal Norman, Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers
Kalihiwai Road, Kilauea, Hawaii

List Price: $35,000,000


A 22-acre Super-Secluded North Shore Estate

Peace, Privacy and Endless Ocean Vistas

Each Kauai property seems to have its own personality. For this 22-acre estate, a rambling expanse of wild, natural beauty with a sunlit four-bedroom home and a poetic stone path leading down to the beach—peaceful and reclusive are the keywords. “It’s ideal if you’re looking for extreme privacy and a super-secluded beach,” says real estate agent Neal Norman.

Whether exploring the endless natural wonders of the place—from the tumbling waterfall that cascades along moss-covered rocks, to the regal palms that wave in the ocean’s soft breeze—one thing is certain: You will not yearn for civilization while in the quiet splendor of this retreat, found in Kilauea along Kauai’s North Shore.

The home is 4,458 square feet with four bedrooms, and is poised atop the property on a green, manicured ridge. Rooms are spacious and bright, with fine custom details. (The great room, for instance, is a harmonious gathering spot with glossy wood floors and a raised, woven-mat ceiling.) Oversized windows expose the bounty of ocean, sky and wildlife on the extensive grounds. Lounging under the home’s many lanais, or along the pool and spa deck, one looks out at blissful ocean scene—calm and crystalline by day; moody and serene after dark. If one is looking for neighbors, no luck: a botanical garden sits to the west, and the east is home to about 22 more tropical acres.

Presented by
Neal Norman, Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers
4228 North Waiakalua Rd, Kilauea, Hawaii

nealnorman.com | List Price: $19 Million

Written by Constance Dunn
Photography Courtesy of
Neal Norman

Kohanaiki—Ultra-luxe along the Kona Coast

Kohanaiki—Ultra-luxe along the Kona Coast

Kohanaiki—Ultra-luxe along the Kona Coast

Jet-setters land on Hawaii’s Big Island and head to the Kona Coast for deep relaxation amid Kohanaiki’s 450 acres of natural landscape. Unspoiled coastal trails, translucent blue waters and white-sand beaches set the stage, while features like a Rees Jones-designed golf course and sprawling, oceanfront clubhouse—complete with a chop house and sushi bar, a private brewery and a holistic spa by design star Tracy Lee—dress it in fine style.


When complete, the members-only community will consist of approximately 400 real estate offerings ranging in size and price—currently starting at $3 million—with postcard views of Pacific Ocean sunsets, the sculpted green golf course and misty peaks of Mount Hualālai. Becoming a member requires the purchase of onsite property—one can buy a turnkey residence or build their Hawaiian home from scratch with Kohanaiki’s dream team of architects—Shay Zak, Warren Sunnland, Jim McLaughin and Khoi Le.


Turnkey models include Hinahina, a three-bedroom getaway of 2,402 square feet, where one can contemplate the 7th fairway from their private infinity pool deck, entertain under an expansive lanai and entertain visitors at a separate guest hale (home).

Kohanaiki—Ultra-luxe along the Kona Coast

An elegant lanai where one can spend the day soaking up lush island views

Non-members can enjoy Kohanaiki via membership at the invite-only Hale Club, with homes ranging from one to four bedrooms and designed by modern Hawaiian master Shay Zak. kohanaiki.com

Written by Constance Dunn
Photographs: courtesy of Kohanaiki

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