In up-country Maui (in the most desirable part of the island) in the small Hawaiian town of Kula resplendent in lush tropical vegetation and known for its fresh flowers and produce, the Hawaiian architect Owen Tan has designed an elegant, welcoming, luxurious 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 3,162 sq ft single-level masterpiece of Hawaiian living.
The Kula Golf Estate offers year-round perfect climate, of course, complete luxury and views as breathtaking as they are ubiquitous—from everywhere on this property, the cobalt blue of the Pacific, the emerald of Hawaii, and the azure blue of the sky surround you. From the solar-heated swimming pool look down on the clouds. But this property is unlike any other, because Kula Golf Estate sits in the middle of an exquisitely manicured, private— only accessible to the residents of this property— are three USGA designed greens and T's. The 2000-foot elevation allows for Bent grass, the best golfing species (most Hawaii courses are Bermuda grass). Sand traps are of imported Malaysian white sand, and from the highest of the nine tees, you overlook a thirty-five foot waterfall, fresh Hawaiian water rushing over lava rock, cascading down to the 160-yard fairway. USGA-designed greens cede to the crystalline Pacific Ocean behind them, Lanai Island and the point of Maui beyond that. The entire home, which was built in 1997, features hardwood floors and fireplace mantles of Robusta eucalyptus from the Big Island, installed in 2003— except the guest bedroom, which has tropical bamboo flooring— and ceiling fans throughout. The gourmet kitchen has black-and-tan granite counters—with barstools for casual dining— and Thermidor appliances including griddle, grill, fridge, wine fridge and wine bar, and the deck just outside the kitchen offers a top-of-the-line Lynx gas grill with two-sided burners. The Great Room, also off the kitchen, has a fireplace—the house sits at an elevation of 1,900 feet, and evenings can be wonderfully cool—with kiawe wood, sweet smelling like mesquite, supplied for burning. The Great Room has several works of art by local artists, framed in Koa wood. Its sound system, which extends to the pool area, is Bose, and there is a Sony mega-flat screen TV as well as a new Dell fully wireless computer with ethernet connection and two flat-screen monitors. Sliding glass pocket doors open the living room to the 100-square-foot tile-floored screened-in lanai, furnished with rattan furniture decorated in Hawaiian prints and overlooking the pool. A late-model computer is available in the living room for access by guests, and the art-work is from local artist Avi. The dining room features furniture custom made entirely of Hawaiian koa wood—the dining table seats eight— and makes one big room with the living room. The rugs, which are particularly beautiful throughout, are designed in Hawaii after traditional Hawaiian patterns, and much of the furniture is by Tommy Bahama with Hawaiiana décor. The Master Suite bed is Tommy Bahama with an Asian armoir and walk-in closet, and the Master Bath has a shower and floor of China Gold slate, double sinks, double showers, and dual walk-in closets. The Master Suite has its own private spa just outside, a tropical grotto surrounded by blue ginger, ferns, antheriums, orchids, tropical monstera, all surrounded by Hawaiian lava rock. The second and third bedrooms share a slate-floor bath between them, both having bamboo beds and beautiful views of Haleakala ("house of the sun"), an extinct volcano of 10,030 feet. The guest suite, which the owner calls "The Pineapple Room," has a 150-year-old high-bed and its own private access to the outside (as do all of the bedrooms) and a private bath with granite counters. (For peace of mind, there is an electric entry gate with intercom, a new central alarm system, a solar-power electric pool cover, and low-voltage outdoor lighting.) This is one of the world's most spectacular locations, and not only for the views; Kula is an exquisite town, at once small and sophisticated, local and welcoming, and in a testament to the quality of those owning property nearby, it features world-renown restaurants (the physical beauty of Kula's restaurants means they are often featured in magazines), from Spago to local eateries like The Haili Maile General Store. This property celebrates its natural gifts. The poolside cabana, which has electric Quartzite heaters for cool evenings, fans for warm afternoons, and a Bose sound system, is cantilevered over a seasonal streambed and shaded by jacaranda trees, with their lovely blue blossoms. It claims 2.5 acres of manicured lawns and gardens, and a quarter mile of Hawaiian blue-rock stone walls. It is the essence of Maui and a jewel of the Hawaiian islands.