A $23 Million View Of Paradise Above Hawaii’s Hanalei Bay

Real Estate

Picturesque Hanalei Bay is known for its seascape.

Sand, waves and mountains meet to create views from Princeville, on the north shore of the Hawaii island of Kauai, that add an intrinsic value to the bluff homes there.

Proof of this is evident at 5121 Hanalei Plantation Road, which provides a panoramic window on this island paradise, framing vistas that change with the time of day, weather and season.

Apropos of the street name and a location with a sugarcane farming history, the 2006 contemporary takes its design cues from Hawaii plantation architecture. The most distinguishable feature of this style is the wide-hipped roof, which has a more gradual pitch than a gabled roof and gives the home a low-profile appearance in keeping with its natural surroundings.

The design surprise is the central outdoor living room, which serves as the focal point for the three sections of the house. The open-air space includes greenery, a dining area, a lounge and an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue. A transparent roof retracts to shelter the room when needed.

Vaulted ceilings cap the 8,173 square feet of indoor space. Their wooden surfaces draw the eye upward, while multiple fireplaces enhance the warm ambiance created by the extensive use of wood.

Natural stone and walls of glass are used throughout the three-structure residence.

The major portion of the house contains an indoor living room, a formal dining room and a center-island kitchen with dual ranges and sinks. Including the den and gym on the lower level, the main structure accounts for nearly 3,800 square feet of the living space.

The separate, primary bedroom suite of about 1,275 square feet has a study, a stand-alone soaking tub and access to a private garden with an outdoor shower.

Two en-suite guestrooms make up the third building for a total of four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a powder room in all.

Deep eaves create a transition from the interiors to additional outdoor living spaces, including a triangular-shaped balcony with glass railings.

Stone patios and wooden terraces ring one side of the saltwater infinity pool. A waterfall spa is set at an angle within the mirror-like swimming pool.

The nearly one-acre gated property is listed for $22.75 million with Ben Welborn and Neal Norman of Hawai’i Life.


Hawai’i Life is an exclusive member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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