Entering the Hale Kakahi grounds, you travel down a long drive surrounded by plumeria, monkeypod, banana, and palm trees until you reach the elegant two-story home. The front door opens to the foyer and Great Room, where you are overwhelmed by the spectacular ocean view through floor-to-ceiling windows and across a broad lanai that extends across the entire front of the house.
The interior is a wood-lover's dream with floors, walls, ceilings, counters and cabinets built from nine exotic woods, including koa, mango, Spanish cedar and purple heart. In addition to the view, the Great Room offers a comfortable place to visit and relax, with good reading lights and a TV/DVD for evening entertainment.
The kitchen is well equipped with large and small appliances and plenty of prep, cook, and serving ware. The cooktop/breakfast bar countertop is made from a single piece of monkeypod wood. You'll eat many meals on the lanai, and for indoor dining the travertine marble table in the dining area seats six.
A small office off the Great Room leads to the master bedroom. The bed is a California King, and the room has its own TV and DVD player. The bedroom has an en suite bath with a walk-in shower, Jacuzzi bathtub/spa, and double vanity. The entire house has ceiling fans and lots of floor-to-ceiling windows to keep you comfortable in our temperate climate. An estate wouldn't be complete without a pool and the 30-foot lap pool is just outside the master bedroom.
There are also two suites on the lower level of the home, which provide accommodations for up to four more guests. GUESTS WITH SMALL KIDS PLEASE TAKE NOTE: These suites do not connect to the main part of the house upstairs – you must walk outside and around to the back of the home to access them via their own private entrances. This works great for older or very independent children, however.
The Akahi Suite consists of a main bedroom, adjacent bedroom/sitting room, and private bath. The bedroom has a firm king bed. The adjacent sitting room is equipped with conveniences including a Queen bed – this suite is the best option for young children who need to be close to parents. There's a TV, DVD player, radio/CD and telephone. Both rooms have ocean views and the full bath has a tub shower.
The smaller Elua Suite has the same great ocean view as the Akahi Suite, with a queen bed and a full bath with stall shower. Guests in the Akahi and Elua suites can enjoy their morning coffee on the private lower-level lanai. In the separate Garage building there is also a Billiard's Room for guests to use, so bring your best aim!
Hawaiian Beaches is a quiet residential neighborhood about 20 miles south of historic Hilo town on Hawaii Island. It's a laid back and inviting area where neighbors are out walking most days. The shops and restaurants of Pahoa Village are 10 minutes away. Drive 15 minutes south to Kapoho where you can swim in a thermally heated hot pond or snorkel in protected reefs. See recent lava flows from the Kilauea Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, less than an hour away.