Written By Anita Broennimann (retired and missed)
CENTRAL AND SOUTH KONA. HONALO TO HO`OKENA
This area often called the “Kona green belt”, or the “Heart of Kona” stretches approximately 13 miles from Honalo to Ho`okena.
Central and South Kona, is home of the world-class Kona Coffee, and many of the farms also grow an abundance of mangos, papayas, macadamia nuts, avocados, bananas, and citrus of every variety.
A large percentage of land in Central and South Kona is Bishop Estate lease-hold, with pockets of fee-simple.
Cultural opportunities abound with the Aloha Theatre for performing arts, the Art Center, the Kona Historical Society, the South Kona Educational Association and Pu`uhonau o`Honaunau National Park.
The commerce centers of Kainaliu, Kealakekua, and Captain Cook offer State, County and Health services.
Electricity and Telephone service are available throughout the area. many of the roads are private and do not meet county standards. County water is obtainable up to about the 1200 foot elevation and as far South as Ho`okena. The cost of land varies with size, view, availability of utilities and if it is lease-hold or fee-simple.
OPIHIHALE: PAPA BAY ESTATES: LANI KONA: MILOLI`I HEIGHTS: HONOMALINO ACRES: HO`OPULOA: MILOLI`I BEACH LOTS.
The area is located approximately 35 miles South of Kailua-Kona. There are a good variety of Fee Simple parcels ranging in size from one half to thirty plus acres available. Many of them well suited for agricultural purposes, such as coffee, avocado and mango. Elevations of available land range from about 700 to 1800 feet above sea level. The soil here is rocky and fertile. The water systems are catchment.
Electricity and Telephone are available throughout Honomalino Acres and near the highway in Papa Bay, Miloli`i Heights, Lani Kona, and Ho`opuloa subdivisions. The cost of land varies with size, view and availability of utilities. Private roads.
PAPA BAY ESTATES
One of South Kona’s finest subdivisions consists of 48 three acres Fee Simple parcels of beautiful Ohia trees and other tropical growth, county streets, overhead electricity and telephone. The water systems are catchment. Each lot has deeded access to the oceanfront along a gated four wheel drive only road. Vacant land form $95,000, homes from $125,000.
This is the largest subdivision in the state, consisting of approximately 11,500 Fee Simple acres, zoned for one acre agricultural parcels. It is located about 45 miles South of Kailua-Kona on the
mauka (mountain) side of Highway 11. The terrain varies from rugged lava (from which there is often sensational ocean and coast line views) to heavily forested areas of tree ferns and native Ohia trees, many of them well over 200 years old. Elevation ranges from 1,900 ft. to 5,000+ ft., allowing a variety of agricultural products to be grown from tropical plants to fruits and vegetables usually associated with temperate climates.
Electricity and telephone service are scattered throughout the subdivision. The individual water systems are catchment. Roads are privately owned by lot owners and maintained by a Road Corporation. There is an annual road maintenance fee currently assessed at $95.00 on each lot in the subdivision.
Land is priced from approximately $3,000-$35.000 per acre, depending on accessibility to the highway, utilities, and coastal and ocean views. Homes in the area range from luxurious estates with modern amenities to simple cabins with malternative energy systems. Prices range between $35,000 to $300,000+. There is a voluntary community association, HOVECA, which owns a large community building available for meetings and social activities. Association dues are $15.00 a year.
Along the highway are two shopping centers, Ocean View Town Center in hawaiian Ocean View Estates and Pohue Plaza in Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos, both offer a wide variety of services including gas stations, feed store, garden supplies, groceries, hardware, auto parts, hair salon, convenient store, clothing, tool rental, electronics, computer store, alternative energy supplies, a U.S. Post Office and restaurants.
HAWAIIAN OCEAN VIEW RANCHOS (HOVR)
This subdivision contains approximately 3,999 acres on the makai side (sea side) of Highway 11. It is extending
about three miles down towards the ocean. The elevation is from approximately 800 feet to 2000 feet. The land is divided into three acre parcels. The majority of these parcels have a good ocean and mountain view. Rugged lava is the prevailing terrain in the lower two thirds of the subdivision. Most parcels are easy to bulldoze for building and landscaping.
Almost all lots have access to electricity and telephone. The roads are privately maintained and the road maintenance fee is $105.00 per year. There is an active homeowner’s association in the Ranchos with yearly dues of $20.00.
Parcels are presently priced between $13,000 and $35,000 depending on view, vegetation and elevation.
Kahuku Country Estates: Kula Kai View Estates
These subdivisions on the makai side (sea side) of Highway 11 in the Ocean View area are comprised of 3 acre Fee Simple lots. Some of the upper elevation parcels are forested, the lower parcels are generally bare a`a with excellent coastline and mountain views.
Electricity and telephone varies throughout these subdivisions. The water supply is catchment systems. Prices for 3 acre Fee Simple begin at
KONA GARDEN ESTATES
This is a security gated subdivision consisting of 3 acre Fee Simple lots. All lots have deeded access to the Road to the Sea, which leads to the beach at the bottom of that road. Electricity is available throughout the subdivision. Water is by catchment. Main road is paved but does not meet current county standards, side roads are grated.
These parcels are presently priced from $30,000 depending on elevation, vegetation and views.
This is a subdivision designed around a golf course and features county roadways, county water, electricity and telephone service to each of the 800+ Fee Simple lots. Lots are approximately 14,000 sq. ft., most of them covered in Christmas berry bushes. Nearly all lots have an ocean and mountain view. Residents can take advantage of the golf course and the club house, tennis courts, and firehouse with its community meeting room. Covenants, Codes and Restrictions (CC&R’s) exist to insure that quality homes are built within the subdivision. All lot owners are members of the Community Association.
Vacant lots are presently priced from $11,000+ depending on their proximity to the golf course and their view.