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

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