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The Cottages at Mauna ‘Olu within Mauna Olu Estates

Nestled in the lush hills of Makaha, nearing the end of the Waia‘ane coast is the tranquil, gated community of Mauna ‘Olu Estates.

By REAL. Updated Aug 03, 2022 | New Homes | 4 min. read

Being developed by Stanford Carr LLC, The Cottages will feature around 120 single-family homes, a recreation center and other amenities on 26 acres. The homes are expected to be moderately-priced and built to enjoy the cool valley breezes and spectacular ocean views.

Quick Facts


Drive approximately two miles off Farrington Highway into the lush, peaceful valley, and you will be greeted by Maunaolu Street and the guarded entrance to Mauna ‘Olu. With mountains on three sides and an elevation of up to 1000 feet, Mauna ‘Olu offers spectacular views of the pristine Pacific Ocean in the distance and overlooks two public 18-hole golf courses, the Makaha Valley Resort and the Makaha Valley East. Its Hawaiian name “pleasant mountain” reflects the rural retreat’s ambiance – with rain offering vegetation and a cooler climate than the coast.

Drive a few minutes and the sandy beaches and famed surf of Makaha await. The Wai‘anae coast offers an abundance of outdoor activities – from surfing to hiking to fishing to whale watching. Mauna ‘Olu evokes a country feel, yet it is only 16 miles from the thriving Kapolei, which has some of Oahu’s best movie theaters, shopping malls, and recreational facilities, the University of Hawaii-West Oahu, The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu, and will soon host a stop on the Honolulu rail. During off-peak traffic times, it is a one-hour drive to Waikiki and 45 minutes to the Honolulu International Airport.


Founded in 1990, Stanford Carr Development has gained a reputation in Hawaii as having a passion for excellence in architectural quality and design. The firm has a history of developing quality new homes in Hawaii, on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island:

Stanford Carr Development is considered a Hawaii industry leader in creating new communities with articulate site planning, architectural design, environmental sensitivity, and cutting-edge technology and building materials. The Cottages at Mauna ‘Olu in Waianae are expected to continue to uphold the firm’s outstanding reputation.

Building Features

The 100+ single-family homes are soon to be constructed. Homebuyers will be able to choose from seven floor plans, ranging from 1,300 to 1,935 square feet of living area. Each of these homes will have three architectural exterior styles: Cottage, Plantation, or Craftsman. And every home will have a private fenced backyard, offering opportunities for relaxing BBQs while enjoying the fresh, Hawaii country air.

The Cottages at Mauna Olu Estates will offer an array of home features, some which may be added with certain packages:


In addition to the natural beauty and cool climate, the Cottages at Mauna ‘Olu will include a recreation center with fitness, dining, and swimming pool amenities. The gated Mauna ‘Olu community offers a resort-like feel, with ocean and mountain vistas, and 24-hour guard gated security.

Construction Update

The floor plans have been developed and sales have begun. Some aspects of the bureaucracy phase of building have been completed and approved by the Honolulu City and County, such as the flood mitigation study. Development has steadily begun to soon create this new gated community within the lush landscapes of Makaha Valley. Roads, electrical, plumbing, the fitness center and model homes have already been constructed along with a gated entrance to offer additional security.

Home Availability

There are only 118 Cottages at Mauna ‘Olu, and these desirable single-family homes are sure to be sold fast as they become available for sale. At the writing of this story on July 21, 2020, there were already eleven cottages sold. Twelve were still for sale. These first homes listed were located near the entrance to the cottages at mauna olu entrance off Mauna ‘Olu Street. The rest of the homes will be released in the future as construction continues.

The Cottages at Mauna Olu developer welcomes prospective buyers to schedule a tour in one of their model homes. Experience the Leeward Coast lifestyle with cool breezes and pristine Pacific waters while enjoying the highest quality architecture to call home.

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