This home recalls the classic designs of Plantation Days of old, complemented by modern construction (completed in 1995) design to the building codes. The spacious lanai at front provides a gracious home greeting, perfect for relaxing, enjoying the mauka flora and fauna, reading, meditation and kanekapila (Hawaiian slack guitar improvising). Ohia lehua (native Hawaiian hardwood) trees, wild orchids hapu'u fern and uluhe fern are part of the natural native forest viewed and enjoyed from this special location, in the mauka Ola'a Forest Reserve of Volcano, Puna, Hawaii Big Island. From the lanai, you are invited into the Living Room area with numerous, spacious windows, allowing an abundance of light to enter this living area. The quality of construction is immediately apparent, with high-end drywall finish and end trim throughout this home, showing attention to detail.
The kitchen area is ergonomically designed, with just the right amount of "turn around space" between cooking area and counter top, for "economy of motion". The dining area is just a few steps beyond the counter top, for convenient, nearby access, with the large windows in the living room complementing the dining setting.
The main bedroom, boasts a unique multi-dimensional design, with easy access to the main bathroom. All bathroom fixtures and tile work showcase craftsmanship. The two additional bedrooms are excellent locations for an office, hobby room, library or guest rooms.
The living room area and kitchen counter connect immediately to the washer and dryer for convenient laundry, connecting to the two car garage, for protected, dry clothes hanging (saving on the electric bill!). The concrete floor of the garage is painted in vermilion finish. This home in the mountain rain forest of Hawaii Big Island beckons.
The fastest growing district in Hawaii, enigmatic Puna is often said to be where the Volcano goddess Pele, of Hawaiian legend, is active in her workshop. Kilauea’s ongoing eruption continues to expand Puna's coastline, spilling layer upon layer of lava into the ocean.
Sometimes called "the last Hawaiian frontier," Puna real estate is considered to be the most affordable in the state. Several large subdivisions in the district were originally developed with minimal infrastructure, so those who thrive in rural East Hawaii quickly learn the importance of living in harmony with the land and weather patterns. Many residents even opt for off-grid living. A stop at the Sunday Maku'u Farmers Market is a great way to see first-hand the community commitment to promoting local food and the local economy.
Crossing into Puna from South Hilo, Keaau is the first commercial center you encounter. Both Keaau and agriculturally fertile Kurtistown are accessed from Highway 11. Orchidland Estates and Hawaiian Paradise Park are the first large rural subdivisions along Highway 130, which branches off to the southeast from Highway 11. Most properties in these subdivisions are in rainwater catchment water areas and many are on unpaved roads.
Puna Makai (makai means “toward the sea”) includes the easternmost point on the Big Island where you will find the Kapoho Kumakahi Lighthouse, the subdivisions of Hawaiian Beaches and Hawaiian Shores, the town of Pahoa and the rugged coastal areas beyond. Pahoa, the eclectic commercial hub of Puna Makai, is a gathering place for rural East Hawaii residents and home to several restaurants, shops, Malama Market and the Pahoa Skatepark.
Higher in elevation is the town of Mountain View and the subdivisions of Hawaiian Acres, Fern Acres, Fern Forest and Eden Roc. These communities comprise Puna Mauka (mauka means “toward the mountain”). While parts of Kurtistown and Mountain View are agriculturally rich areas where deep soil can be found, the subdivisions to the left of Highway 11 sit atop old lava flows. Residents will tell you that the abundant rainfall of this area is a blessing and a challenge. Maintaining a property here takes dedication--and a good arsenal of lawn-care tools.
Surrounded by lush rainforest filled with native trees and green hapu’u ferns, Volcano, at approximately 4,000 ft above sea level, has a very different ecology and climate than coastal Puna. Temperatures can drop dramatically at night so many homes at this elevation are built with fireplaces or cozy wood-stoves. Often, Volcano homes are vacation escapes for owners who live on the mainland or on urban Oahu. There is a thriving Bed and Breakfast economy here, attracting tourists visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Ohia Estates and Mauna Loa Estates are subdivisions located just across the highway from nearby Volcano Village, where Big Island residents and visitors alike gather at Village restaurants or the Sunday morning Cooper Center Farmers Market.