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A Timeless Polynesian Waterfront Estate On Kauai’s North Shore

Wailana Malie means “Quiet Waters,” which aptly describes this timeless Polynesian-style beachfront estate on Kauai’s North Shore. Think five-star private Hawai’i resort to celebrate life’s landmarks with friends and family. Resting on one prime acre Wailana Maile with towering Palm trees and 240 linear feet of beach frontage life is the quintessential multi-generational estate. Views stretch from the notable Kilauea lighthouse to the tiny island of Moku’ae’ae. The house sits right on the edge of Anini Beach, which is perfect for children with its smooth, quiet waters.  

As a winner of the much-coveted HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2020 in the Curb Appeal category, Wailana Malie got prime-time publicity. HGTV likened the feeling of the estate to “stumbling into paradise, with green lawns and tropical gardens the only thing standing between the house and the beach.” Without a doubt, this is a unique property on the drier side of Hawaii’s Garden Island. “There is a barrier reef 200 yards offshore which creates a natural breakwater, so the water is perfect for all types of activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding and kite surfing,” Ben Welborn, the listing agent with Hawai’i Life, notes. 

Custom designed by Anderson Collier Architects and built by the leading Kauai builder R.S. Weir, the residence displays unique design features throughout, including detailed custom woodwork and Brazilian Cherry plank hardwood flooring. The original owners have treasured Wailana Malie for over 20 years. 

Privacy and security come with the $12,950,000 million asking price, including furnishings. Behind the property’s artisan-crafted iron gates is a Polynesian-inspired three-bedroom, three-bathroom main house with pavilion-style living areas with Japanese ceramic roofs. Add on 1,300 square feet of covered lanais for that authentic Kauai indoor-outdoor lifestyle. In addition to the 2,737-square-foot main house, there is a 500 square-foot guest house and an art studio—all nestled in the quintessential Hawai’i setting.

Native mature flora and fauna like ginger, birds of paradise, plumeria, orchids and fruit trees can be found in the tropical gardens throughout the property. A koi pond and waterfall greet you at the home’s entry. The property is secluded yet only a 10-minute drive to dining and shopping in Hanalei and Princeville. Wailana Maile has easy access to hiking, kayaking and all the attractions and activities that define Kauai’s quiet North Shore. 

The target buyer for Wailana Maile with all the features for today’s lifestyle could be a West Coast-based tech titan whose company embraces an ongoing work-from-home policy. Kauai has non-stop flights from San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. If the buyer flies private Signature Flight Support with Fixed Base Operations (FBO) at Kauai’s Lihue Airport can easily accommodate a Gulfstream IV. 

It’s no surprise Kauai’s market for multi-million-dollar homes and tropical estates is hot. There’s no shortage of HNW buyers looking for their private piece of paradise and willing to pay for it. “Almost everything that comes on the market goes to contact right now. We are seeing a lot of volume in transactions in the $10- to 30-million range,” Welborn explains. “Since travel restrictions have opened up, we are seeing more buyer activity. People in that price range don’t want to buy a home sight unseen,” he adds. 

Recent oceanfront sales in Kauai include a cash deal of $27,525,000 for a 28-acre estate on the North Shore. A private one-plus acre beachfront home on Hanalei Bay recently closed for $21,000,000.

Clearly, there is no shortage of buyers for these trophy beachfront Kauai properties. Wheels up.


Hawai’i Life is a founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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