Perfectly located between Kaanapali and Kapalua, this oceanfront estate has no equal in the Hawaiian Islands


An extraordinary residence balancing seclusion with accessibility, Maui’s grand Kahana Estateprovides oceanside, year-round living on an opulent scale that’s unparalleled in Hawaii. On a richly planted half-acre site stands a dynamic piece of architecture, grand in structure yet human in design. Hosting 14 guests with ease, it has airy entertaining areas, a master suite with every luxury considered, and six further ocean-facing suites. A swimming pool with spa and waterfalls, beachside cooking area, and fully equipped two-story guesthouse, or ohana, add to the offering. And it is all designed to celebrate the most mesmerizing of views, over the Pacific Ocean and on to the islands of Lanai and Molokai.

The property’s location is part of its bewitching charm, with the estate benefiting from an unusually expansive 250 feet-plus of private waterfront on a premier stretch of Maui coastline.
At the Kahana Estate, residents can relax on the lanai, gaze over the surf, and look out for whales in the distance.

EXPERT VIEW

“There’s something magical about this home. It may be down to the detail—the heat from the sun is countered by shady hideaways and blinds, and those warm trade winds flow freely when the doors are thrown wide. Or the fact that although it’s imposing, it also has a welcoming, informal atmosphere. Even with every suite occupied, there’s room for everyone to have their own space. The architects pictured the property like a mini resort, so once you’ve closed the door to your suite, you have everything you need, including a private lanai. When the sun goes down, the grounds sparkle with well-placed lighting and the indoor–outdoor music system comes into its own. It’s heavenly!”—Mary Anne Fitch, Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers

Every room is oceanfront, offering sweeping views of the neighboring island of Lanai and glimpses of Molokai.

The estate provides oceanside, year-round living on an opulent scale that’s unparalleled in Hawaii.

The grand oceanfront estate has access to some of Maui’s finest dining, shopping, and activities. And less than five minutes away, soft white sands and two championship golf courses await at famed Kapalua.

THE LOCATION

Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaii archipelago and is considered by many to be the best. It has six climate zones and hugely varied landscapes—forests, waterfalls, mountains, and more accessible miles of sandy beach than any other island in Hawaii.

Set within easy reach of the Honoapiilani Highway, which links West Maui’s spectacular array of sun-drenched beaches and resorts.

The Lower Honoapiilani Road estate lies close to the historic town of Lahaina, as well as one of the world’s best beaches, Kaanapali—where green sea turtles often swim close to shore—yet it’s sheltered from the outside world by a lava rock enclosure, leafy palms, and entrances framed by bespoke wooden gates. Less than five minutes north is Kapalua with its crescent beaches and two world-famous golf courses, The Bay and The Plantation.

The ocean in front of the property is home to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and between January and March it’s almost certain that one of these majestic creatures will be spotted arcing through the waves on its migratory journey.

THE DESIGN

Created by California-based Arri/LeCron Architects, noted for its ability to blur divisions between inside and out, the property was built in 2009 and has been consistently improved to maintain its sumptuous feel.

The scale of the home allows for impressive, yet inviting, entertaining areas that include an open-plan dining hall with aquarium, a mezzanine, and multiple bars.

Modern Pacific Rim in style, its clean elevations, soaring ceilings, expanses of glass, and use of indigenous materials create an organic aesthetic. The Kapalua blue rock used in many of the statement walls was quarried from the property’s site, and Brazilian cherry and sapele wood bring warmth to the interiors.

In the great room, walls of glass disappear by sliding into rock walls, revealing a panorama of the beach and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
An expansive kitchen and butler’s pantry enable chefs to cater for large groups, with ample room for staff to work behind the scenes, too.

Outside, a lagoon laps the beach-facing elevation, a private sandy bay lies adjacent to lush gardens, and a lanai has a barbecue, ample seating, and a firepit. Security, climate control, and interconnectivity are, of course, cutting edge.

[ Excerpt from Christie’s International Real Estate’s 2019 Luxury Edition — A curated collection of the world’s finest properties. Explore more properties here ]

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