Looking for that Rare Exotic feel of Stately Polynesian days gone past? Where: remote seclusion surrounds; life is slow; whales can been seen and heard; sunsets inspire your sense of well being; ocean access for water sports is steps out your back door...and yet you are less than 5 miles away from mainstream civilization with all of its amenities.
If you are looking for a vacation home and property that is full of heart and soul and not ostentatious, yet prestigious and elegant you must come and experience this 1.5 acre OCEANFRONT SANCTUARY. Stay in Maui's resplendent historical location of Olowalu described as rare; storehouse of royalty property and adjacent to one of Hawaii's healthiest and unusual coral reef systems. It's now Maui's newest enclave of only a handful of very exclusive residences.
Like Old Hawaii, with it's deep mana yet offering the privacy and convenience of new. Designed by Glen Mason, an award winning architect renowned for cultural heritage preservation incorporated into new construction. Positioned on the west coast of Maui, the entire property has a wonderful continuance from the progression of a stately yet gradual sense of arrival as you drive under the mature indigenous Hala trees, to the approach at the entry courtyard, to crossing the threshold into the entry hall with the immediate wow factor of the tremendous shoreline ocean views.
The house incorporates authentic design features of 1930s kamaaina architecture wide verandas, wood floors, spacious rooms with high ceilings, and double-pitched roofs.The 9300 s.f. residence (including lanais) is comprised of three buildings around an open space of pools, gardens, and walkways The main home contains: three master suites, each luxuriously rollicking a sitting room, bedroom, bath with shower and tub, private lanai, walk-in closet; each inclusive of washer and dryer, and, all have magnificent ocean views.
The grandness of the great room, which flows into the dining area, balances the more intimate embracing spaces of the library and media rooms upstairs. The public areas such as the dining, great room, pool, and gym are on the north side of the home and the private suites are to the south, which allows for entertaining without sacrificing privacy at all. The Ocean-view Ohana has it's own gate-entrance from the drive, exceptional kitchen, master suite, bath and outdoor shower, masterfully linked to the main house by a trellised walkway The third building houses a gymnasium, steam room, recreation room, and an oversized garage/recreation room.
Nearly all rooms open onto lanais and have sophisticated sound/media systems built into the home's traditional interiors. The dwellings have a modern re-creation of plantation-era , a regal character not just with plantation themes but every single detail such as wide baseboards, crown molding, chocolate heart eucalyptus hardwood floors, etc., make this home feel warm and welcoming not over-designed. A real chef's kitchen, intricately located, connecting the gathering areas of the dining room, great room to the pool terrace easy for group cooking as well as a wonderful space for the many celebrity guest culinary artists, who have delighted both quaint and large dinner parties.
The intimate library has a perfectly framed window vista of the West Maui Mountains with the Dicky signature double-pitched roof-lines, in addition to the entry courtyard mirroring the valley. All the stonework bases are constructed from rocks of the Olowalu Valley, ensuring the house is truly grounded on this land.
The fireplace in the great room represents more than just ambiance it's all about heart and home. The pool is beautifully tiled and is located ever so nicely, weaving it's way around the main home to the gym/yoga area. While you do have a direct view of the ocean from the pool/ built-in hot tub, the way it is set back on the side of the property keeps it very private and connected to the gym and steam room. Due to the unique design features, there is an amazing ocean view no matter which way you face.
The additional aquatic pond provides a nice transition to the sprawling ocean lawn, which has hosted many wonderful parties, special events and several great croquet games. Bocce anyone? You will discover resting in the hammock is one of the great quiet spots. A really special element about this home is that there are fantastic gathering/ entertaining areas, and many quiet little corners to reflect or read. What else is there to love about Olowalu?
Whales, Dolphins, many Turtles, Monk Seals, Spotted Eagle Rays mating on the shoreline, Nene flying overhead, Kolea returning from Alaska every year to the immense lawn, Monarch butterflies and the unique yellow Olowalu butterflies that love the stately Monkeypods. Views of the islands of Kahoolawe, Molokini and on a clear day even vistas of the Big Island. From the beach, Lanai and Molokai are a treat to see as well. On a still morning, there is nothing better than sipping that early coffee on the ocean lanai as you can literally listen to the whales singing. Maui's Olowalu reef system is truly magnificent the double reef creates a really unique lagoon that is almost always calm and walking out to the edge thru the coral heads during a super low tide is an only in Olowalu experience.
Olowalu is peaceful /private and has such a sense of being out in the country, but is so convenient to Lahaina and Central Maui, and living here is not just a house on the beach the old pier, the old plantation manager's house, the ruins of Kamehameha, the 4th's sugar mill, the petroglyphs up the valley, hiking along the river and the cultural reserve, all create a really precious neighborhood. The house has a gated entrance which insures privacy.