It Takes a Village

Environmentally sound and loaded with a wide range of clubhouse amenities, Kohanaiki is a private residential community worth looking into.

Step into the main clubhouse at Kohanaiki, and you’re immediately greeted by sprawling views of the vast Pacific Ocean. The modern-day hale, with its open floor plan and intimate seating could easily be mistaken for someone’s private residence. In this case, it actually will be.

“This is our temporary clubhouse,” says Kohanaiki president Joe Root. “In fact, this is one of our Shay Zak-designed, custom hales.” The actual clubhouse—which began construction in March 2014 and is scheduled to open next year—is going to be a massive 60,000-square-foot facility, complete with a bowling alley, movie theater, restaurant, spa, game room, fitness area and wine storage, just to name a few amenities.


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The clubhouse entrance.

“Amenity” is the operative word. The private, 450-acre community, located off the coast between Kona International Airport and Kailua-Kona, Kohanaiki officially opened in April 2013. However, while those who have already purchased sites for their future not-so-humble abodes (townhomes designed by architect Warren Sunnland will also be available) wait for construction to finish, they can already experience the perks of being club members.

Members and their guests enjoy exclusive access to the Rees Jones-designed golf course, the golf and beach club, Kohanaiki’s spa and fitness center, not to mention the club’s dining sites, whether casual eats by the pool or farm-fresh fare superbly prepared by executive chef Patrick Heymann.

Kohanaiki boasts plenty of luxury features you would expect to find at a five-star resort, from the Ê»Ohana pool and lounge area with a spa and a slide, to the adults-only pool, to the beachside pool area where the Adventure Team staff awaits, offering a full range of activities and recreational gear. Kayaking? Check. Manta ray dives? They’ve got it covered. And for something extra, you’ll find “comfort stations” peppered throughout the property. Depending on which station you stop into, guests can enjoy a cocktail, have a handful of granola or get their dessert fix at the yogurt bar. “It’s just small touch our members can have fun with,” Root adds.

The community is also dedicated to sustainability, cultural preservation and restoration. Aside from having a farm filled with a variety of fruits and produce (whose bounty will be fully utilized onsite) and its own reverse osmosis (RO) plant for water filtration, it is also home to more than 200 anchialine ponds, historically used by Hawaiians to raise fish and shrimp, which Kohanaiki has restored and continues to maintain.

Shay Zak-designed custom Hales are pre-designed three- and four-bedroom finished luxury homes and start at $3.2 million, three-bedroom Hale Maiʻa Town Homes start at $2.5 million and custom, one-acre estate Hale sites are available from $750,000.

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