If you are looking for a charming Big Island home reminiscent of Old Hawaii, this new listing (MLS 244361) in Keauhou Mauka along Mamalahoa Highway could be just for you.
Vintage homes with this classic character are rare treasures in this historic community. This 1,208 sq ft home was built in 1938. It sits on nearly one-half acre set back from the county road and there are ocean views, an advantage of the elevated house site.
Built in a classic ranch style with board and batten exterior, metal roof, high ceilings and wood floors, this property also has dry-stack lava rock walls running along several of the home’s boundaries as well as mature plantings including Kona coffee, avocado, Surinam Cherry, Night-blooming Cereus and wild orchids.
This property is located on the Kona Heritage Corridor, which runs along Mamalahoa Highway between Pu’uwa’awa’a and Ho’okena. The Kona Heritage Corridor was designated in March 2009 as Hawaii’s first state scenic byway. According to the Historic Hawaii Foundation website, “scenic byways are highway corridors which are determined to have outstanding intrinsic qualities that make them distinctive and integral to their communities.”
The Pulama Ia Kona Heritage Preservation Council (a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the special qualities of Kona’s past through the retention of historic landscapes, architecture, archaeology and view planes) navigated a lengthy application process to get the byway established. They continue to work to improve the 60-mile corridor, where Hawaii residents and visitors can learn about plantation life from the days of Hawaii’s sugar industry and Kona coffee farming.
The council has also produced a new travel guide called Mamalahoa Highway: Traveling the Kona Heritage Corridor which gives facts about stone walls, architecture, general stores, flora, fauna, ranching, immigration and the Kona field system. The guide costs $10 and is available at the Kona Historical Society and the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery, located in the old Holualoa post office building.
Cindy Whittemore is an agent with Clark Realty’s Keauhou office. She has been a resident of Hawaii Island for 22 years, is a member of the Kona Historical Society and previously served as a volunteer docent at the Parker Ranch Historic Homes in Waimea, HI.