At some point in our travels abroad we have all wondered what it would be like to go off the beaten path. The Big Island is home to some of the finest luxury resorts in the world. At stay at Four Seasons Hualalai and the new Auberge at Mauna Lani would not be the same if one was to opt out of doing so. However, there is a completely different part of the Big Island and one that many will never get to see. We decided to take the time to write about the Hamakua Coast and hidden beaches of North Hilo and South Hilo. Imagine a day frolicking in the white sand of crystal clear aqua colored lagoon waters waist height all while enjoying our beloved Honu (Sea Turtle) swimming by. Hilo also has an international airport making it much more convenient for those second home owners flying in from afar. Real Estate is considered to be really unique in that it is hard to find a home that is a duplicate or mere image of your neighbors. Each high end luxury new construction home is typically built custom and comes with the best ocean and coastline views possible.
This is not a a dreamy novel being described here, this is a Big Island delight and more than anything a reality. The east and windward side of the Big Island is home to thousand foot sea cliffs with pounding shoreline waves and ancient years old palm trees swaying along secluded beaches. Surf spots such as Honolii are home to it's loyal surfer patrons and beach goers to places like Four Mile and Richardson's are plenty. Along the way is a sleepy little town yet quaint in every way called Honokaa. The fine and small space shops cater to the perfect tourists delight. If you are tired of the same old large brand stores and typical tourist locations, try having an early lunch at Andrade's Honokaa Cafe. This side of the island is super lush and green and offers incredible landscaping with most large homes. Flowers such as bird of paradise and heliconia are so common that we almost start taking them for granted.
The real estate in Honokaa is beyond charming and exhibits beautiful little plantation era homes within prices unimaginable. There are still some excellent deals to be found in the $500,000 to $1 million price range. There are also the impressive oceanfront homes in Pepeekeo Point Subdivision commanding prices as high as $4 million dollars for the finest in class and luxury. Down in Keaukaha you will not only find 5-7 of the most exotic beaches and lagoons, but you will also be able to explore the possibility of buying luxury high rise condos on the beach and amazing waterfront estates galore. The Hamakua Coast is home large acreage living that offers serene privacy and sweeping ocean views. The many residents who live here full and part time all know how special this little community really is. Waipio Valley is a sacred and impressive historical destination. As are the many spectacular waterfalls in the area. Take the time to explore the entire Big Island and you will realize what truly makes it what is is today.
Contributed by Paul Adams, Realtor - Luxury Big Island