Protect the 'aina all year round at this Kipahulu retreat

Posted by Staff Writer on Sunday, April 21st, 2019 at 4:30pm


For many people, Earth Day is just a 24-hour period, a time to remember and celebrate the one thing that gives us life: the earth.

At this Kipahulu retreat, you are truly helping to protect the ‘aina all year round. Situated on more than 3 acres, this gem is offered for $2.249 million and allows its residents to live off the land, harnessing the energy of the natural elements, in one of Maui’s most untouched regions. The two-bedroom, plantation-style home is completely off-grid and zoned conservation and agriculture, nestled on a section of the pristine Maui coastline.

“The portion of the land that runs along the coastline is protected, limiting any development on that part of the property,” explained Island Sotheby's International Realty Realtor Mino McLean R(B), who is listing the property with Realtor Sam Utley R(S). “The home captures the simplicity and beauty of the surrounding area.”

On clear days, the revered mountains of Hawaiʻi Island, Kohala, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, are visible from this home’s deck. Oceanfront and bordered on both sides by streams and waterfalls, this thoughtfully planned home will take your breath away. Designed by Alika Romanchak and built in 2012, the home was constructed to allow for consistent and comfortable cross ventilation, harnessing the island’s natural breezes to reduce its energy consumption.

“The property is off-grid with a private well and powered by photovoltaic panels, which include battery back up,” said McLean. “All appliances are energy efficient and lighting is LED.”


But perhaps most significant is the land’s rich history. Located in the Kipahulu Moku of Maui and between the greater Kalepa and Kalena Streams, this secluded property overlooks the Pacific Ocean with expansive views of Kaupo. Kīpahulu is often described as a wahi pana — a storied land — and figures prominently in Hawaiian myth and legends.

Centuries ago, the Hawaiian people regularly traversed the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel, traveling 26 miles by canoe from Maui to Hawai’i Island. At that time, before King Kamehameha became the united ruler of all islands, Kīpahulu and Hana were districts of Hawai’i Island. That lead to warfare between the Maui and Hawai’i Island chiefs — including the battle of Kaʻahuʻahu, when the two chiefs met face to face on the hills of Kipahulu.

In the colonial years, the area became known for sugarcane cultivation, followed by cattle ranching, when the region’s port developed into a critical link for the transportation of cattle and other goods between Maui and the other islands.

And more recently, the community became home to Charles Lindbergh, the first aviator to make a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Forty-one years after that infamous 1927 flight, Lindbergh moved to Maui, settling in the remote paradise of Kipahulu. Today, you can find the graves of Lindbergh and his wife under a Java plum tree at the historic Palapala Hoʻomau Church.

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