We offer this classic mid-century modern Hawaiian oceanfront home to no more than two adults for no less than 30 days. Come for a month, a season or a year to relax in a one-acre gated estate. Secluded beach, safe harbor on the shore of Kaneohe Bay.
When you come to Villa Lihikai, at the very tip of a peninsula jutting into beautiful Kaneohe Bay, and close the tall gates behind you, you will have travelled like Gauguin as if onto a remote Pacific island of your own, and back to a time before statehood and jet planes made Hawaii a mass tourism destination. No home on Oahu offers so much ocean shore, and this one fronts the carefully preserved estate of one of Hawaii's most prominent businessmen. Smaller buildings and the harbor came in the '50s, and the main house was built in 1965 with old-growth clear heart redwood in the traditional style. Designed by famed architect Mark Potter, the house served as home for a decade for R. M. Towill, founder of the biggest engineering firm in the Pacific. The Towills sold in 1976 to Japanese corporations who simply held the property untouched for decades. That lucky accident kept the house, and the remarkable property itself, away from "developers" who could have ruined the buildings or torn them down and split up the property. The current owner, who bought in 2006, has spent the years since renovating and restoring the entire property.
Visitors will find a lifestyle from pre-statehood days, with shoreline features like deep water channel and beach and harbor and sea walls that could never get past government regulators today.
The result is splendid oceanfront isolation, but still only minutes from every modern service, shopping, entertainment and all the tourist attractions like Waikiki, Polynesian Cultural Center, Waimea's towering waves, Hanauma Bay (although we have humuhumunukunukuapua'a fish of our own) and the "world's best beach" in trendy Kailua.
Accès des voyageurs
Here at Villa Lihikai you will live with all you need in a modern home, including laundry, smooth top cooktop, drawer-style dishwasher, high definition television, full internet, "the whole catastrophe." A family room spreads between the gourmet kitchen, the formal dining room, the "ship's prow" balcony and an enormous living room. Down a hall ventilated old style with wooden louvers lie the three bedrooms (or two and a den) and two baths with soaking tub. Every room has a view, and each view is better than the last. Your own entry garden lies just outside the lanai doors that can open more than 30 feet toward trade winds and sunlight. Then stroll down the private drive to the beach below, the secluded harbor beyond that, the hot tub bubbling in the sun or under the stars, and shady huts for reading or napping. You can fish from the point, or wade hundreds of yards toward deep water with line, net or spear.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
My wife and I also live in our own residence on the property and are available to you at your convenience. We will answer questions and offer any advice you seek. You will doubtless also meet Kea, the only non-adult on the property, our six-year-old Maltese pup. (He believes he is grown up, and I suppose he is in dog years.)
The old Hawaiian name for the largest bay in the Hawaiian chain is Pukapuka Kai, and the reason is clear anytime you look at the changing colors of our fish-rich coral reefs. Puka, you may already know or will soon learn, is the Hawaiian word for "hole," and Pukapuka naturally means "lots and lots of holes," or the dazzlingly different spots of color on the bay, changing constantly with the play of winds and waves and sunlight and clouds. Kaneohe Bay is protected by the only true barrier reef in the archipelago, which made it a natural harbor for the voyaging Tahitian chiefs who formed the second wave of migration to the islands hundreds of years ago. Their landing spot, visible across the water from our point, is today the site of a regional park with sandy beaches, and the launching place for "Hokulea," the replica canoe built in modern times and still voyaging under her own sails around the world.
We value our unmatched peace and quiet, and it's what you came for, so we ask you to help preserve it. Serious cooking or laundry should probably stop by 10 p.m. so we all can hear the trade winds rustling the palm leaves, or the little waves splashing on the shore. There is, of course, no smoking, and Kea the pup is the only animal allowed in his little kingdom. (He is available for cuddling and playing by arrangement.) We are renting to you alone, so you may have overnight guests only by permission. We may allow some, but we don't want Lihikai to become "vacation central" for too many of those old friends who've found out where you are. (There are accommodations at the inn, and in short term vacation rentals nearby, as well as in the island's thousands of resort hotel rooms.)
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As a writer and real estate entrepreneur, I know the island from my 30 years as an investigative reporter on the morning daily newspaper and from buying, renovating, designing and building more than 20 residences here. I was born in a plantation hospital on the Big Island of Hawaii, and returned to my native islands in 1976. I've run the marathons, climbed the peaks, enjoyed all we have to share and can tell you how to do the same. Educated at University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.
I can't live without my architecture books, literature, 50s music, the occasional martini, great films, and foreign travel. Miss most my grandson in Seattle and, when I travel, my Maltese pup, Kea.
I'll tell you stories, and listen to yours. My motto when traveling is go until you are tired, stay until you are bored, and then go again. It's a vacation, not a stamp collection. Life, my beautiful daughter tells me, is a gift, and meant to be enjoyed. As your host, I will stay out of your way, respect your privacy, but always remain ready to serve you when needed. My heroine: my wife Jane, whose prominent family survived the fall of Saigon in 1975, and immediately made successful lives here starting with nothing but solid values and fierce determination.