Travel back in time

Posted by Staff Writer on Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 8:20am


Traveling down the carriage driveway to H.A. Baldwin’s Olinda vacation home is truly like going back in time.

Perched atop the slopes of Haleakala, this historical 60-acre estate was once the vacation home for one of Maui’s most influential families. The home was built in 1912 by Henry Alexander Baldwin, a sugarcane plantation manager and politician who served as congressional delegate during Hawaii’s territorial era.

“When you walk in, it's like you're stepping back into the 1920s or the 1930s,” said Wendy Peterson, the Island Sotheby’s International Realty agent who’s representing the seller.

This timeless property looks as if it’s out of a storybook, with 6,000 square feet that includes spacious living areas, verandas, six bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Solid wood floors and a red brick fireplace adorn the home, which also offers a butler’s bar that dates back to the early 1900s.

Peterson is a relative of the Baldwin family, and recalls her cousins spending holidays at the home when she was growing up. Decades before that, their ancestors would ride horses from the coast to the property, with an ox cart filled with food and refreshments in tow.

“Once there, you could ride to the crater by horse for a day trip,” said Peterson.

Surrounded by Haleakala Ranch pastures and state lands, the private retreat is the ultimate escape for hosting parties and gatherings with family and friends. More than a century after the home was built, it looks as if it’s been untouched for decades, said Peterson.

“It’s so special,” said Peterson. “You walk in and on the bookshelves are 1924 Vogue magazines.”

The historical estate is free from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Stroll through lush fields or read a book in the sanctuary of the garden.

“It takes your breath away when you're there,” said Peterson.

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