Hale Lihikai

Enter this charming, private place via an arbor by a small pond festooned with water plants, including cabbage and heliotrope. Walk along a coral-lined path beside thick lau’ae ferns, tall bamboo, graceful palms, colorful crotons, huge bird-of-paradise plants and a giant flowering monkeypod tree. The tree is so large that the entire house is cooled by its majestic canopy, and the sea breezes and ceiling fans keep you comfortable whenever you choose to visit. The front porch offers a restful bench under trellises for viewing the plentiful gardens. This is the home’s main entrance, with a beautiful etched-glass door created by Gary Wagner.

The house is set well back from the street, with ample parking reached by passing through a porte-cochere of a separate structure that creates additional privacy from the road.

House Design

Hale Lihikai is the perfect vacation home for two families or a multi-generation extended family…with two kitchens (both with ocean views) and accommodations for eight. Rattan furniture throughout is designed for easy living and family life. This home provides quiet contemplation in the gardens, grassy yard, cozy spots for private breakfasts, sunny sand and shore, shaded hammocks, picnic tables on your personal beach …even a “lounging pool” (or wading pool for children) created by lava rocks in the shallows of the ocean!

Kona Side

Enter this delightful space from the side lanai, which is an airy, comfortable place covered by trellises and surrounded by lush tropical greenery. With dining table and chairs, this is one of several al fresco dining choices. Longtime lovers of the Hawaii surf scene, the owners decorated throughout the home with their own artwork, posters and collectibles, including photos of the original “Gidget” and famed surfers like Fred Hemmings and Duke Kahanamoku. A Gary Young surfboard handmade from rainforest woods hangs on a wall, along with vintage song sheets, and a koa-wood paddle. A one-of-a-kind koa-wood-and-wrought-iron dining table is beautifully framed by the bamboo wainscoting of the walls.

The master suite’s bed is king-size with a traditional Hawaiian quilt. Soft carpeting, a ceiling fan and vintage Merry Monarch Festival posters lend graceful notes to this room. The guest room’s full-size bed has a hand-sewn coverlet. Lamps filled with Puako shells collected over many happy years add to the homey feel of the room. The full bathroom’s seaside colors are perfectly suited to this location.

But, despite the charm and convenience of the house itself, you will be most likely to spend your time outside it! Hale Lihikai’s sandy “personal beach” is surrounded with naupaka shrubs, on the other side of which lies the ocean with its lava-rock outcroppings—a favorite spot for honu to sun themselves. You’ll be tempted to do the same in the natural ocean pool rimmed by rocks—with or without the kids. Your beach has a hammock and lounge chairs under tall, shady palms, picnic tables and a gas grill.

Kohala Side

This side of Hale Lihikai offers an oceanfront master bedroom with sliding doors to its private lanai with lounge chair and table and chair, its own sandy “mini-beach” and view of the Kohala Mountains. The king-size bed is covered with a colorful Hawaiian quilt. The master bath features pebble flooring, a custom-built koa counter and vanity, shell mirror from the Philippines, ceiling fan and a private outdoor shower.

Décor includes family antiques and stained glass, as well as an antique Tahitian helmet and hula skirt, Tongan tapa cloth (pounded from tree bark) and a handcarved kava bowl. Lining the walls are prints of Hawaiian flowers painted in the 1930s and ’40s by Ted Mundorff, Hawaii’s most eminent vintage airbrush artist.

The guest bedroom, overlooking the garden, has twin beds that can convert to a California king. Shoji sliders partition the room from its bath and walk-in closet with dresser. Decorated with family photos and antiques, this room, too, has a personal lanai with outdoor shower. A sliding door in the hall just outside the guest room leads to the front porch. This section of the house can be closed off from the rest, for additional privacy.

Amenities

Living area:

  • Comfortable rattan couches and chairs
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Rattan floor coverings, carpets
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Telephone

Kitchens

  • Two full kitchens with ocean views
  • Brand-new refrigerator
  • Gary Wagner glass doors on cabinets
  • Skylight
  • Bars and stools
  • Dishwashers
  • Stove/ovens
  • Microwaves
  • Dishes, glassware, cookware, utensils, flatware
  • Rice cookers
  • Blenders
  • Coffee makers
  • Catering Available

Bedrooms

  • 2 King beds
  • 1 Full Bed, this bedroom has a/c
  • Twin/single bed (or California King)
  • Linens provided
  • 3 full baths
  • Multiple ways to create privacy

Out-of-Doors

  • Private beach
  • Sea wall
  • Views of Kohala Mountains, Maui, Mauna Kea
  • Mature landscaped gardens
  • Picnic tables
  • Hammock
  • Lounge chairs
  • 3 lanais (porches)
  • 3 outdoor showers
  • Propane BBQ grill
  • Washer/dryer
  • Off-street parking

Any questions? Call us at 808-882-1366