If we were to compile a list of amenities most desirable for a property – on a Hawaiian island, no less – Kahalawai Custom Home 17 meets the bill, and then some. Wondrous views that encompass Kauai’s vivid green gardens, tropical forests and the ever-alluring blue of the Pacific Ocean are joined by proximity to an 18-hole championship golf course, a 10-acre farm and lake, and even a world-class spa.
And that doesn’t even include what we’d argue is the most interesting aspect of the Kukui’ula luxury development, the first of its kind on the island. The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, which sees pieces in a living space arranged to work in harmony and balance with the natural world, has become a firm presence in the Western sphere, allegedly since Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 trip to China.
Examples of Feng Shui in the property include the replacing of mirrors with art, the placement of the heirlooms of ancestors by the entry to ward off intruders, and even a wall in the front hall to avoid seeing the windows and kitchen upon entry. Water and fire references abound throughout the house through a steady presence of bamboo water features and red and blue accents, paying homage to the concept of Yin and Yang.
Tucked behind a hand-wrought gate, one is welcomed into Kahalawai Custom Home 17 by a gorgeous garden that perfectly balances the manicured with the wild for a sense of blissful serenity, setting a well-met precedent for the rest of the property. The greenery continues behind the house, with a backyard that features a colorful flowerbed and a lit pool.
The four-bedroom, five-bathroom house boasts a gorgeously carved front door, and a seamless passage through to living and dining spaces that feature similarly delicately carved cabinetry and vaulted ceilings. A chef’s kitchen stands pride of place on the ground floor, with a custom-built Japanese tansu designed island, for a space that is as practical for living as it is glorious for hosting.
The second floor, a tower, boasts panoramic views across the great island terrain. There, the master bedroom features a Japanese Ofuro tub and a private outdoor Hamakua shower.
The three other bedrooms are located on the ground floor, with the option to be separated from the main house for privacy, rendering it a perfect space for guests. These rooms will delight even the most difficult to impress of friends, with views across the Japanese gardens in one and an outdoor Hamakua shower in the other.
Beyond the property itself, Kukui’ula presents a thrilling spectrum of amenities for the club community; naturally, the aforementioned golf course, the farm and lake, but also a spa and swimming pool courtesy of the clubhouse, to name a few. Located in between the historic Old Kōloa Town and the National Tropical Botanical Garden, this property is a wonderful, thoughtful piece of real estate in a beautiful region of the world.
Kahalawai Custom Home 17 is on the market for $10,185,000, kukuiula.com