Hakalau and Wailea Village: “Old Hawaii” Heritage on the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast

A few days ago, a parcel of land on Hanamalo Loop in Hakalau Plantation Village (MLS 241725) was listed for sale, reminding me what a special place the Wailea-Hakalau community is. Hakalau Plantation Village is a relatively new South Hilo subdivision that has CC&Rs, underground utilities and ocean view lots. Just across the highway is Wailea Village, a community that grew up around the sugar mill that operated here years ago.

Last summer, I met Akiko Masuda, owner of a unique B&B retreat in Wailea Village. As she told me about the history of the area, she also told me about the efforts of the Wailea Village Historic Preservation Community to honor the heritage of Wailea by protecting the village’s old buildings and by organizing community events to help both long time residents and newcomers maintain valuable ties to traditions of the past.

If you are looking for a place to buy or build a home on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, Hakalau is definitely a location to consider. It about a 20-minute drive to Hilo (so access to shopping and restaurants is easy) and Kolekole Beach Park is just a few minutes away if you need a change of pace from the beach at Hakalau Bay.

Other properties available in the area include a 1930 plantation style kama’aina home (MLS 238250) and MLS 239083, a 10.14 acre parcel on Chin Chuck Road in Hakalau Nui. Please contact one of our Hilo agents for more information about available listings and market trends in the area.

Hakalau Bay

What remains of the old Sugar Mill at Hakalau

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Pictured in the slideshow above:  Hakalau Bay and the remains of the old Sugar Mill, Hakalau Post Office (formerly a theatre), Hakalau Plantation Company buildings from the 1920s and Hakalau Veterans Park on the mauka side of the highway.

Read more about Akiko Masuda and her efforts to preserve Wailea Village in this article from the Honolulu Star Bulletin archives.

 


Comments

  1. Was told my grandmother was possibly born on this plantation. Where could I get information or records of this plantation and residents…

    Linda on March 3, 2014 at 9:03 am
  2. Hi Linda,

    Someone from the Preservation Community could probably assist you: https://sites.google.com/site/waileavillage/contact-us

    With aloha,

    Cynthia

    Cynthia Hoskins, R(S) on March 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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