Cottages at Ali’i Drive
Craftsman & plantation-style homes located on Ali’i Drive in Kona.
Poised on the world-famous Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, breathtakingly beautiful Kohanaiki is the latest transformation in the private club experience. On 450 acres of incredible lava-carved oceanfront, this gated residential community offers luxurious homes of uncompromising quality. View listings
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Elegant custom estates blend into lava-hardened cliffs, while designer homes and spacious homesites line the rolling hills of the Rees Jones golf course and the amenity- rich clubhouse. Home designs feature indoor-outdoor tropical living infused with Hawaiian motifs.
Bordered by Hawaii County property to the north, Federal land to the south, and the stunning lava-carved coast, Kohanaiki will remain a private oasis despite phenomenal residential growth in the Kailua-Kona area. The community is about 6 miles from the center of Kailua-Kona and Kailua Bay.
Since first welcoming residents in 2013, Kohanaiki has continuously strived to honor the land's natural splendor, regional history, and Hawaiian cultural heritage. This ethos extends to the community's architecture, in which residences embody modern luxury living while evoking the elegant spirit of traditional island homes.
Acclaimed architects from Hawaii and the West Coast have designed stunning contemporary homes that fully embrace Kohanaiki's indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Vaulted ceilings, expansive lanais, and fluid transitions between interior and exterior spaces reflect the community's seamless connection to the surrounding natural beauty.
The finished community will have around 400 homes, with over 100 custom homesites on one-half acre or more along the golf course’s coastal fairways and a few premium oceanfront. Design plans for custom homes must meet design guidelines and approval from Kohanaiki’s Design Review Committee. Custom homesites are available at just under $2 million up to more than $10 million.
There are currently seven elegant neighborhoods in Kohanaiki, all with spectacular views of the ocean, fairways, and mountains. Five designer neighborhoods line the Rees Jones golf course fairways and greens with unique floor plans and features.
While exciting further residential development is planned, currently, only the Hale Alani neighborhood, in its final phase, has new residences, available in the $5 millions.
Neighborhood homes are available when they come on the resale market.
Three- and four-bedroom Hale Alani homes line the 7th and 8th fairways and an enormous course pond. Construction began in 2016 for these lovely Hawaiian-inspired single-level detached and semi-attached homes. An airy open layout spills out onto a spacious covered lanai and backyard oasis with a pool and spa for frequent entertaining, so much a part of the lifestyle. Off the roomy master bedroom is a signature feature in the Kohanaiki residences, an outdoor private garden shower, often enclosed with lava rock walls. Resales begin in the $5 millions.
The Hale Maia paired residences by Warren Sunnland offer a fresh take on island living with reverse floor plans ideal for indoor-outdoor enjoyment. Upstairs, an airy great room, gourmet kitchen, and lavish master suite with spa bath open to a sweeping lanai overlooking panoramic vistas of the lava-edged coast and beautiful golf course.
Downstairs, two roomy bedrooms branch out to a private yard oasis featuring an infinity pool and spa, lush landscaping, and covered lanai living. An attached garage and guest hale complete these thoughtfully designed homes that fully embrace Kohanaiki's connection between living space and natural splendor. Resales also begin in the $5 millions.
Adjacent to the verdant Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Warren Sunnland’s elegant Hinahina homes line Kohanaiki’s 7th fairway. Designed for effortless island living, these reverse floorplan residences begin downstairs with two breezy bedrooms, an attached garage, and an optional standalone guest suite. Upstairs, a gracious great room, dining area, and lovely master suite extend to an expansive lanai, creating seamless indoor-outdoor flow. Private backyard oases complete the homes with infinity dip pools, spas, and outdoor showers surrounded by tranquil gardens. While resales occasionally become available, inventory in this exclusive neighborhood remains scarce.
Poised along the 9th fairway, Shay Zak’s Hales exemplify distinctive Hawaiian-inspired luxury. Ranging from intimate 1,966 square feet to spacious 2,392 square feet, these exclusive homes incorporate natural koa wood, etched lava rock walls, and palm-fringed thatched roofs in homage to traditional island aesthetics. The steeply pitched A-frame roofline epitomizes historic Hawaiian hale dwellings, while private plunge pools channel tranquil Palapalai water features. Inside, Zak’s exemplary use of natural materials and craftsmanship comes through in artistic details like woven lauhala ceilings and hand- carved outrigger canoe woodwork.
The Ohi Kai community includes 15 luxury residences on the makai side of the 10th fairway. These 3- and 4-bedroom homes feature photovoltaic systems powering the house and appliances and solar thermal water heating systems for an environmentally- conscious lifestyle. Hawaiian features are evident in the vaulted ceilings and the breezy indoor-outdoor floor plan.
There are currently just a few residential estates in this area referred to as “front row” properties. These custom homes are generally valued in the $20 millions. Homesite lots begin in the $ millions; however, prices for available lots vary significantly by lot size and specific location.
This neighborhood is located on the property's northern edge and features a few impressively sized homes. Breathtaking panoramic views are guaranteed. Multi- acreage homesites are available.
Daily life becomes attuned to nature’s rhythms - the crash of waves, the scent of tropical blossoms, the dance of palm fronds. Kohanaiki is a casual, outdoor-oriented lifestyle unmistakably Hawaiian.
With a fantastic offering of activities, residents spend their days immersed in recreation. Kohanaiki club memberships offer five-star amenities such as no-charge green fees or cart fees on the beautiful Rees Jones-designed golf course. Riding from tee to tee, carts meander through preserved lava fields, tidepools teeming with aquatic life, and an old donkey-trodden trail.
The sports complex provides tennis and pickleball courts, basketball, a batting cage, and a keiki playground. It can be a hive of activity.
Down by the ocean, the beach is the center of attention. From here, the Adventure Team professionals provide a fun-filled assortment of ocean activities, including deep- sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing. A short hike along the coast leads to the public “Pine Trees” beach, a top surfing spot on the Kona Coast.
Kohanaiki borders the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and is in the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail corridor, a 175-mile ancient Hawaiian trail along the Kona Coast and extending through the island's southeastern shore. Fascinating hiking trails are abundant, some wending past the petroglyphs of Kohanaiki.
Members can also lounge beside the beach at the lovely family-friendly Ohana pool, watching the keikis rumble down the pool slides. The nearby beach bar provides a wide array of cocktails to make the lounging perfect. The surfside open-air restaurant with delectable locally sourced foods and soothing ocean sunsets tops off a terrific day.
Kohanaiki’s healthy lifestyle is augmented by a two-acre organic garden along the golf course’s 10th fairway. Club members can harvest fruits, veggies, and herbs while enjoying the abundance of sweet aromas.
One of Kohanaiki’s most talked about features is its enormous raised clubhouse, embodying the latest sustainability features and techniques. The multi-tier clubhouse, or clubhouse village as its designer San Francisco architect Shay Zak refers to it, provides thoughtful amenities to further enrich the distinctive Kohanaiki lifestyle.
On the entry-level, connected buildings laid out in a leafy tropical landscape house a world-class, full-service Tracy Lee spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center with personal trainers, and a fashionable sportswear shop. The infinity pool on the makai side of the clubhouse provides spectacular views of the rugged coast and azure ocean waters. At night, the pool waters sparkle, reflecting the star-encrusted skies.
The open-air Konane Restaurant holds a premiere location in the clubhouse with views of the golf course, the lava-lined coast, and the beautiful ocean waters. The curated menu by Kohanaiki’s internationally experienced chef features fresh locally sourced ingredients and special selections from regions around the Pacific.
At the day’s end, the clubhouse becomes a lively community gathering spot for cocktails, dining on delicious cuisine, and taking in legendary sunsets.
On the impressive lower level, a four-lane bowling alley, comfortable lounge, game room, and lush movie theatre await, all with various refreshments. For the refined tastes of its members, the lower level also has a cigar and poker den and a private wine- tasting room. A microbrewery made a reality with the member community's help is on the clubhouse's bottom level.
Another important feature of the clubhouse is Kohanaiki’s dedication to its Hawaiian heritage. The Hawaiian artifacts room showcases Hawaiian cultural objects of past generations. An outrigger canoe, rock carvings, hand-carved gourds, and hula items are just a few. Respecting and paying tribute to those before them is cherished by the community. This attitude also extends to volunteering at times in the local Hawaiian community. Kohanaiki includes Hawaiian history, traditions, architecture, art, and values in its lifestyle and vision.
Reservations for both on- and off-site activities, catering service, and returning housekeeping or grocery shopping are just a few of the many on-call concierge services provided to members. And peace of mind is provided by the 24-hour security service in this gated community.
Kohanaiki’s amenities, total privacy, and connection to Hawaii’s natural splendor are unparalleled on the Kona Coast. The Kohanaiki experience redefines the art of living well.
Kohanaiki members are highly successful professionals, from tech entrepreneurs and business leaders to sports personalities, actors, and musicians. Members thrive on community, getting to know each other in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Notoriety or celebrity are put aside to enjoy being a part of this phenomenal community.
Long-term friendships are forged in a beautiful but casual environment, which also extends to a friendly appreciation of the staff. Because Kohanaiki is a private equity club for homeowners, members have a vested interest in the growth, maintenance, and stature of Kohanaiki, extending to their approval of new members.
Members might find themselves scuba diving among the teeming aquatic life or laughing with friends at an awful hook on the golf course. At Kohanaiki, all the stunning natural beauty and the memory-making amenities enjoyed with family and friends make life profoundly rich.
Kohanaiki stands apart for its breathtaking natural landscape and the unrivaled lifestyle only its residents enjoy. Behind the private gates lies a world catered to privacy, service, and unique luxury amenities unlike any other community on the Kona Coast.
Kohanaiki also stands apart for its 450 protected acres and exclusive resident-to-space ratio. Over half its land is dedicated to unspoiled nature accessible only to members.
Kohanaiki has been awarded the Audubon International Silver Signature Status for its sustainable natural resource management practices, preserving natural resources and protecting wildlife. The golf course uses a solar-powered desalination and reverse- osmosis system to water the fairways and greens.
The community also stands apart for its preservation and respect for the natural, historical, and cultural aspects of Kohanaiki. Stewardship is taken very seriously by the members.
The emphasis at Kohanaiki is on community, on getting to know your neighbors, and on bonding as a community. Unlike other Big Island luxury developments, Kohanaiki has no plans to build a resort or boutique hotel, which makes building a close residential community much more difficult. At Kohanaiki, the focus is on the residents. As one happy homeowner has said, “Anyone can build a resort. What’s more valuable is the ability to create a community.”
Blending Hawaiian cultural values, a connection with the natural surroundings, and modern luxury in rare harmony, Kohanaiki delivers a singular island living experience.