By Lauren Jade Hill
Kauai’s south shore luxury resort community Kukui’ula has now officially launched the covetable Kula Makai homesites, their most exclusive real estate offering yet. Located to the east of Poipu, the land borders Hawaii’s National Tropical Botanical Garden, with each homesite providing sweeping 180-degree views. 19 Kula Makai homesites are available in total and each one presents the rare opportunity to design and build a home in this extraordinary setting.
Perched on the coastline’s dramatic cliffs, the homesites here range from 22,998 sq ft to 44,088 sq ft in size, with the price for this land ranging from $4.7m to $12.1m. In addition to being celebrated for its natural beauty this land has a prominent place in Kauai’s history, having been the location for Queen Emma’s summer home, and the clifftop setting provides far-reaching that make the most of sunrise and sunset from the island, as well as the New Year’s Eve fireworks and whale watching season.
The president of Kukui’ula Richard Albrecht says: “We have always known that the Kula Makai site was a very special place within our Kukui’ula resort. Prime oceanfront real estate in a luxury resort community virtually doesn’t exist anymore in Hawaii. We have an opportunity to create a truly exceptional enclave here.”
Jon Sather of Swaback Partners, the architecture, planning and interior design firm overseeing Kukui‘ula’s master plan, then adds: “When we began to look at the property and develop the plan, we knew the Kula Makai land was quite special. We spent a lot of time studying and analyzing the parcel to create unique homesites for those who feel deeply attached to the land.”
Kukui’ula residents then have access to the community’s exclusive amenities. In addition to the clubhouse, which provides dining with ocean and sunset views along with access to sandy-bottom pools, residents have use of the adjacent 20,000 sq ft spa. The Farm at Kukui‘ula offers an array of fresh produce for use in the clubhouse and for residents to pick themselves, and the Golf Course at Kukui‘ula, a private 18-hole award-winning course designed by Tom Weiskopf, comes with expansive views of the ocean, surrounding mountains, coffee fields and orchards.
As Shay Zak of Zak Architecture enthuses, “Inspirational home design can only come from inspirational land and home placement. At Kula Makai you feel like you’re on the edge of the world.”