Hawaii play­ground right out­side door

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - CHAN­TAL EUS­TACE

Rain­bows, sandy beaches, ocean views and plenty of mod­ern ameni­ties are just some of the perks that await new home shop­pers at Honua Kai in west Maui, says Erika Alm, of Power-Play Des­ti­na­tion Properties.

“It’s gor­geous,” says Alm. “You are right on one of the best beaches, right out­side your door.”

Lo­cated on about 15 hectares of shore­line on Maui’s famed Kaana­pali Beach, the re­sort in­cludes two 10-storey tow­ers with 628 apart­ment-style homes.

Buy­ers can choose from a range of units — in­clud­ing stu­dios, one-, two- and three-bed­room homes — start­ing at $639,000.

So far, Honua Kai has at­tracted an as­sort­ment of buy­ers, says Alm, par­tic­u­larly semi-re­tired cou­ples with ac­tive life­styles and young, mid-life pro­fes­sion­als with fam­i­lies look­ing to in­vest in a va­ca­tion home and rental prop­erty. Cana­di­ans, of course, have been in­cluded in the mix.

The re­sponse has been good, she says, adding Honua Kai stands out as the new­est condo re­sort prop­erty on Kaana­pali Beach in more than 25 years. It opened in 2009.

The re­sort’s de­sign — by Watan­abe Chun Iopa Takaki of Hawaii and Ray Letke­man and As­so­ciates of Van­cou­ver — fea­tures two build­ings in horse­shoe, or U-shapes, open­ing to the beach.

This helps to max­i­mize views, says Alm. Th­ese range from sandy beaches and is­lands, in­clud­ing Lanai and Molokai, to ex­pan­sive vis­tas of the West Maui Moun­tains.

“There’s no bad view,” she says, adding the shadier moun­tains of­fer plenty of chances to watch for rain­bows while more di­rect ocean-fac­ing homes let oc­cu­pants sit and spot pass­ing whales.

Lo­cated about a 10-minute drive north of La­haina and about 50 min­utes from Maui’s main air­port in Kahu­lui, there are count­less ameni­ties close at hand, in­clud­ing world-class restau­rants and shop­ping. La­haina is also known as an artists’ haven, with many art gal­leries to en­joy.

Great snorkelling is right out your doorstep, and there are many great places to ride your bike and ex­plore the area, in­clud- ing the lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­ket.

There are also golf cour­ses close by and, of course, many nearby beaches.

Not to men­tion the many things to do on-site.

“It’s re­ally got lush land­scap­ing and re­ally mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture for Hawaii,” says Alm, adding every­where you go there’s the sound of wa­ter­falls, or the scent of fresh flow­ers.

“You get a re­ally strong feel­ing of the is­land’s aloha,” says Alm of the en­vi­ron­ment and at­mos­phere at Honua Kai.

In ad­di­tion to the beach, Honua Kai has three dis­tinc­tive pools, one in­fin­ity-edged with ca­banas and hot tubs, one chil­dren’s pool with a wa­ter­slide, and one with a lazy river.

There’s also din­ing on-site, with Dukes Beach House Restau­rant, and open­ing this year, the Ho’ola Spa, which will in­clude out­door and in­door treat­ments, as well as a Hi­malayan salt treat­ment room.

It also has two fit­ness rooms, in­clud­ing a space for yoga classes and three out­door com­mon bar­be­cue ar­eas, Alm adds. Boo­gie boards, standup pad­dle­boards and snorkelling equip­ment are all avail­able to rent on-site.

The re­sort also has an in­fin­ity koi pond and a Fam­ily Fun Club with sched­uled, Hawai­ianthemed ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren aged three to 12.

In­side, homes are bright and mod­ern look­ing.

The stu­dio, one- and twobed­room homes come fur­nished, even with their own house­wares and linens, and fea­ture a fully equipped kitchen with Bosch stain­less steel ap­pli­ances. The three-bed­room homes are un­fur­nished, and come with an up­graded Vik­ing ap­pli­ance pack­age in the kitchen.

In the fur­nished homes, bed­rooms even have their own flatscreen tele­vi­sion, and fea­ture art­work and prints from lo­cal Maui artists.

In all kitchens, buy­ers will find gran­ite coun­ter­tops and nicely tiled floors.

“It’s a full-sized kitchen,” says Alm, adding peo­ple re­ally like be­ing able to cook at home while on hol­i­day. “It feels re­ally lux­u­ri­ous.”

All units fea­ture bath­rooms with con­tem­po­rary fin­ish­ings, like a frame­less glass shower, tile floor­ing, and gran­ite coun­ter­tops.

“They are very spa-like,” says Alm. “That’s what they were go­ing for.”

And, she says, homes have an out­door lanais, or pa­tio, con­nect­ing the in­side liv­ing space. Win­dows are over­sized, bring­ing the views in­side and max­i­miz­ing nat­u­ral light.

“Each unit is ex­tremely mod­ern,” says Alm.

The re­sort’s web­site ex­plains that Honua Kai com­bines two Hawai­ian words, trans­lat­ing Honua as “earth” and Kai as a ref­er­ence to the wa­ter of the Pa­cific Ocean.

“Wa­ter flows from the en­trance on the moun­tain side, through streams, ponds and pools be­fore reach­ing the ocean,” it says, of how th­ese ele­ments are used in the Honua Kai de­sign. “And wind­ing paths lined with na­tive Hawai­ian land­scap­ing and an on­go­ing dune restora­tion pro­gram to restore in­dige­nous species are also part of this de­sign phi­los­o­phy.”

It also paints a colour­ful pic­ture of the Honua Kai ex­pe­ri­ence: “Start each day with a whole new list of ac­tion items: morn­ing beach walks and yoga classes; Maui cof­fee, pas­tries and fresh fruit smooth­ies; Lei-mak­ing at the Fam­ily Fun Club,” it says.

“Wake up in your lux­u­ri­ous con­do­minium res­i­dence that blends in­door and out­door liv­ing in a uniquely Hawai­ian con­tem­po­rary style.”

Visit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Properties,’ for more pho­tos and sto­ries.

Honua Kai Re­sort and Spa

Honua Kai Re­sort and Spa in Kaana­pali on Maui in Hawaii.

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