Maui Real Estate Blog

Old Hawaii Homes at New Prices

We recently reduced the price on two of our listings. The properties located in Kula and Haiku respectively share something in common beyond price changes. Both homes exhibit the classic Hawaii Plantation Style. While the homes were built 83 and 144 years ago, the charm and appeal of this design style endures through today.

785 Kekaulike, Kula

This Kula Classic consists of a 1936 home on just over 3.1 acres with a separate cottage built in the early 1980s. The 1936 home features design hallmarks of the era including fir floors, double hung windows with counter weights, and crystal door knobs. Originally owned by a ranch manager, subsequent owners have done a fantastic job maintaining the home over the years.

Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula
The original 1936 structure is on the center and right hand side of the photo. The 2006 master suite addition on the left hand side blends in seamlessly with the rest of the home.
The living room of a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home includes a wood burning stove for cooler Upcountry nights
Crown moldings, fir floors, and double hung windows are some of the classic materials and features in the living room.

A previous owner completed a substantial addition to the property in 2006 when they added a new master suite. Their contractor took tremendous pains to ensure that the addition was true to the style of the original construction. The bedroom has fir flooring that matches the rest of the house. The builder used double hung windows with counter weights that they reclaimed from a Plantation home in Wailuku. The bathroom has a clawfoot tub. The tiles from the master bath match the original bathroom tiles on the other side of the house.

A clawfoot tub in a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula
The Master Bathroom was part of a 2006 addition to the home. The clawfoot tub, reclaimed window and tile help the addition blend with the 1936 original home.
View from the lanai of 785 Kekaulike.
One of two covered Lanai spaces located off the back of the home. They are great spaces for taking in the stunning views. The vintage light fixture is pretty cool too.

The seller recently lowered the list price for this Kula classic to $1,530,000. You can take a 3D tour of the main home to see more of the many details. Check you the 785 Kekaulike listing page for more photos.

555 Haiku Road, Haiku

Our listing at 555 Haiku Road is the oldest home that I have been in on Maui. The five bedroom, five bath home is situated on 1.2 beautiful acres with big mature trees, beautiful tropical flowers, citrus trees and bananas. Originally built in 1875, the home served as the residence of the Doctor for the nearby Pineapple Plantation. Most recently, it has been operated as a bed and breakfast. The old cliche that they don’t build them like they used to is certainly appropriate with this home.

The front of 555 Haiku Road
The front of 555 Haiku Road.

The style of the era is evident both on a small scale and a large scale. The gracious front porch is both a gathering place, and a spot to enjoy the cooling trade winds. There is custom woodwork throughout the interior and exterior of the home. You just don’t see this type of craftsmanship with new construction.

Custom woodwork abounds in the living room
A close up of on custom built in at 555 Haiku Road.

Other features and materials include double hung windows, fir floors, crystal door knobs and a clawfoot tub in one of the bathrooms.

A crystal door knob with one of the five bedrooms in the background.

This classic and gracious plantation style home is now listed for $1,220,000. Take a 3D tour to get a better sense of the floor plan and to see more details of the home. Check out the 555 Haiku Road listing page for more photos and details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team with questions or to arrange a showing of either of these historical homes.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Historic Home in Haiku

The Maui Real Estate Team just listed one of Maui’s oldest standing homes . Originally built in the 1870s, the original owner of the five bedroom, five bathroom home was a doctor for the Plantation. The home’s various owners restored and updated the structure throughout the years. It is extremely rare to see homes on Maui from this era still standing let alone offered for sale.

The exterior of 555 Haiku Road, a historic Plantation Home built in the 1870s.

The Living Space of 555 Haiku Road

The home is entered via a spacious covered lanai. This is a beautiful perch to take in the property’s impressive grounds and enjoy the trade winds. From the lanai, you enter a large living area. The home’s high ceilings give the home a sense of grace spaciousness. A living room off the entry includes wall to ceiling glass windows and sliders that open to a large deck.

The porch of 555 Haiku Road
Living Room of 555 Haiku Road

The kitchen of the home is well suited to hosting gatherings of friends and family with a large range and an oversized sink well suited to entertaining larger groups.

The stove in the kitchen of 555 Haiku Road.

The five bedrooms in the home each have their own character. All five bedrooms also include ensuite bathrooms.

A bedroom at 555 Haiku Road
One of the Bedrooms in this historic home at 555 Haiku Road

The home has many features and small details that you won’t find in new construction. Crystal door knobs, a clawfoot tub in one of the bathrooms, built-ins galore and custom woodwork that frames doorways are all quality touches.

A crystal door knob at 555 Haiku Road

The Grounds of 555 Haiku Road.

The Old Hawaii Style evident in the house is just as apparent as you stroll the grounds of this 1.2 acre property. A majestic mango tree, towering royal palms, numerous fruit trees and a small fish pond highlight the landscape. A barbecue gazebo is another good spot to enjoy the beautiful grounds.

Towering Royal Palms on the grounds of 555 Haiku Road

This home is currently a very active bed and breakfast. In Maui County, Bed and Breakfasts licenses are not transferable. That said, it is possible for a future owner to apply for a new Bed and Breakfast license. Buyers interested in operating a bed and breakfast should do their due diligence with the county planning department.

The Location

555 Haiku Road is located within walking distance of the Haiku Town Center. There you will find popular local restaurants like Nuka and Colleens. There is also a yoga studio, fitness center, a small grocery store and other amenities. The property is less than ten minutes to Ho’okipa Beach Park. Paia town is about twelve minutes from the front door.

Find out More About this Historic Haiku Home

This historic Haiku Home is now listed for $1,220,000. Check out the 555 Haiku Road listing page for additional photos of the property. Take a 3D tour of the home to get a better sense of the floor plan. Contact the Maui Real Estate Team if you have questions or to arrange a showing of the property.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

We have a brand new listing in Upcountry Maui. The property includes 3.136 acres of fully fenced, gently sloped land; a classic three bedroom, two bathroom Hawaiian Plantation Style Home and a detached ohana.

Hawaiian Plantation Style in Kula

The front entry of this 1936 construction Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

The main home for this property was originally constructed in 1936. There was a significant addition that added a new master suite in 2006. The builder took considerable effort to ensure that the addition blended seamlessly with the style and charm of the original home. Some of the features of the home include a cedar shake roof, fir floors throughout the home, a wood burning stove in the living room for cooler Upcountry nights and a clawfoot tub in the master suite bathroom. The kitchen was updated in 2013 with butcher block counter tops and subway tile back splash.

The Kitchen Area of a Classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

The living room of a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home includes a wood burning stove for cooler Upcountry nights

Master bedroom of a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

A clawfoot tub in a classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula

There are three generous lanai spaces off the back of the home. The two covered lanai are located in front of the master suite and the living room respectively. There is a large uncovered lanai space in front of the kitchen. The lanai spaces make for great locations to take in the stunning views of both the North Shore and South Maui Coastlines, the big blue ocean, island of Lanai and West Maui Mountains. It is tough to beat watching the sun dip in to the Pacific on a cool evening Upcountry.

An aerial shot showing the back of the Hawaii Plantation Style Home in Kula including the covered and uncovered lanai spaces

The edges of the covered lanai frame the massive ocean view from the classic Hawaii Planataion Style Home in Kula

Other Structures on the Property

The home has a detached two car garage. There is a good space in the garage for a small work shop. There is also an office with a half bath off the back of the garage.

The detached garage of this classic Hawaii Plantation Style Home includes a small office with a half bath

The detached ohana is located downslope from the main home. The distance and topography results in good separation and privacy between the structures. The ohana also has its own discrete entrance to the property.The structure itself is configured as a studios. It has a good sized kitchen with tile floors. The rest of the ohana has laminate flooring. There is a covered lanai space for taking in the ocean and mountain views.

Inside the ohana of a classic plantation style home in Kula

The Land

The 3.14 acres is fully usable. It mixes beautiful landscaping around the home with the rest of the land set up well for agricultural pursuits. The lanscaping includes a number of beautiful native trees including ohia and koa trees. There is a common mango tree in front of the home that has one of the more impressive collections of staghorn ferns, Pele’s Hair (Spanish Moss) and a smattering of colorful orchids. Fruit trees on the property include lemons, avocado, bananas and figs. One of the large avocado trees has a great tree house. There are a number of separate pasture areas that have been set up for goats or even a couple of horses.

Find out More About this Kula Classic

This Upcountry Classic is offered for $1,700,000. You can see more photos and details of the property on the 785 Kekaulike Avenue, Kula listing page. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team if you have questions or you would like to set up a showing. Not on island? You can take a 3D tour of both the main house and the ohana.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Last of its Kind on Kuau Point

Kuau Point stands out as one of the best oceanfront neighborhoods on the island. Quiet streets, a couple of oceanfront access points for water sports, a neighborhood beach and the island’s most renowned restaurant are what puts this community on the list. This new listing offers a special, last of its kind opportunity in the neighborhood.

Aerial Shot of our new listing on Kuau Point with Tavares Bay in the background

Hawaii Plantation Style Home on Kuau Point

The existing home is a restored Hawaii Plantation Style Home. The restoration maintains the charm of the era when it was constructed. The home has three bedrooms and one a half baths. The floors have been refinished and stained dark adding an additional warmth to the home. The home provides more than ample storage for your water toys. Take a 3D Tour of the Home to see more of the interior and to see the floor plan.

Living Room of the Plantation Style Home on Kuau Point

The Kitchen of a Platnation Style Home in Kuau Point

Office in Kuau Point Home

There Aren’t Many Lots Like This left on Kuau Point

This home is located on a large 17,481 square foot lot. The R-1 zoning allows for an additional home and an accessory dwelling. The seller acquired a second water ensuring that there is sufficient water for any new construction. Walk around Kuau Point and you will quickly see that there aren’t many properties with this type of opportunity for additional construction. Develop a family compound, CPR the property or plant more fruit trees. The choice is yours.

Citrus in the Yard at a property on Kuau Point

An Ideal Location on Kuau Point

Walk out the front door of this home and you are roughly 100 feet from the Public Ocean Access and 200 feet from the waters of Tavares Bay. There is another ocean access roughly 1000 feet from the front door. That spot gives you access Noriega’s and the Mama’s Surf breaks which are popular for surf, SUP and windsurfing. It is less than five minutes drive to the waves at Ho’okipa Beach Park. Drive less than a mile to Paia town for restaurants, groceries, shopping and yoga. If you don’t want to venture far from home, the Kuau Store offers sandwiches and tasty Poke. Head to Mama’s Fish House for some of the finest dining available on the island.

ocean access to Tavares Bay from Kuau Point

Tavares Bay looking at an ocean access from Kuau Point

This Last of its Kind Opportunity on Kuau Point is offered for sale for $1,750,000. Check out more photos and details on the 17 Malie Place listing page. Buyers may also Contact The Maui Real Estate Team with questions or to arrange a showing.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

A Few More Pictures from The New Paia Oceanfront Listing

I thought it was worth sharing a few more pictures of our new Paia Oceanfront listing. Our photographer went back to capture a few shots during the magical evening hours on Maui.

Can you envision yourself sitting on the back deck of this oceanfront home watching the last light of the sun fade as the first stars begin to appear in the twilight? This property is offered for $2,995,000. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team Today if you would like to arrange a showing of this vintage Paia Beach cottage.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Paia Area Oceanfront-Hawaii Plantation Home by Mama’s Beach in Kuau

What would your perfect Maui day look like? Wake up with the sun and check the morning surf at Hookipa from your backyard? Play with your kid in the tide pools at Mama’s Beach? Go for an afternoon kite at Lanes or a down wind SUP from Maliko? Take a bike ride into Paia? Walk to dinner at Mama’s? Listen to the sound of the surf from the back deck of your charming, classic plantation cottage overlooking the beach and ocean?

The 14,600 square foot R-1 lot is perched above the crystal blue waters of Maui’s North Shore on Kuau Point. The property features a vintage 2 bedroom 1 bath cottage with fir floors; and the land, plans and approvals to expand. The owners recently obtained a certified shoreline and the SMA exemption to modify the existing home and add a second dwelling. This rare opportunity is available for $2,995,000. Check our our 129 Aleiki Place, Paia listing page for more photos and details. Contact The Maui Real Estate Team to arrange a showing.

Pete Jalbert