Princeville to Kilauea

In our previous blog, we brought you the majestic beauty and appeal of the lush and dramatically scenic areas of Hanalei and Haena. In this blog, we will work our way counter-clockwise, back onto the fairways and bluffs of Princeville and explore the historical and diverse Kilauea.

MLS 257887, a beautiful home on Hanalei Plantation Road, Princeville. Photo by Adrian Sear

Princeville’s name stems back to the year of 1860. That year King Kamehameha IV, along with Queen Emma and their two year old son Prince Albert, visited Hanalei Bay and the surrounding area. Robert Wyllie, the owner of the local sugar plantation, named his operation Princeville in honor of this visit. The area has played a host to a variety of differing uses, varying from coffee to Sugar Cane while operating as a cattle ranch. In the 1960’s the plans were made and work began on the Princeville that we know today.

Princeville is now the premier resort destination for Kauai’s North Shore. Along with Poipu to the South, both differ from the other communities on Kauai, in their depth of planning and coordination in development. Even though the area may be highly manicured, it has been done in a way to carefully complement and frame its tropical charm.  Homes and condos have been strategically situated among the green fairways and parks. Some of the sunsets that can be viewed from Princeville are without description. Unbelievable, also, are the aquamarine waters, cascading waterfalls and emerald mountain vistas that are numerous here. Did I mention golf?  If that word strikes a chord, you’ll be quite at home here, too. Numerous walking paths abound and create a healthy option to begin each magnificent day with. Due to Princeville’s concise planning, amenities such as banks, restaurants, along with a large grocery store, gas station and post office can all be conveniently found here. The St. Regis hotel is dramatically located above the entrance of majestic Hanalei Bay. This is THE place to experience an unforgettable Sunday Brunch with a view.

Below Princeville’s Eastern bluffs is Anini Beach. This beach hosts a massive protected reef, which can make for an amazing place to snorkel during the summer months. Please be very careful not to get into contact with the reef as its coral and other inhabitants can easily be damaged by human contact. On a precautionary note, do not venture out into this area or any other coastal waters if the surf is running large. This and the entire North Shore’s waters are only for the highly experienced swimmer or surfer during the winter months.

Condominiums in Princeville range currently from $250K to $2M, with homes starting out in the 600K range and can climb to almost 10M for an outstanding, view-estate off of Hanalei Plantation Road. The offerings here, (as with all of Kauai) are incredibly diverse. Are you starting to see a pattern here?

MLS 248521, Paradise Island Ranch in Kilauea. Photo by Adrian Sear

If your Kauai home purchase is not deemed initially as a primary residence and the thought of vacation renting your home is appealing, then the majority of Princeville could be a great choice. Areas of Princeville, (along with two other areas on the island which will be coming up on upcoming blogs) can have either homes or condos rented in this manner. This differs from the areas outside these districts. Basically everywhere else requires a separate vacation rental permit for short term rentals. As Princeville is a Vacation Destination Area (VDA), all is good.

Our next stop is the historical town of Kilauea but on the way across, Princeville does have a couple more hidden surprises up its sleeves. Anini Vista and previously mentioned, Anini Beach. Both offer some exquisite properties. These range from hidden and gated ocean bluff estates, to award winning oceanfront locales. If rustic and more of a traditional plantation style home is your preference, then some of the homes further along Anini Beach, may just be what you seek. The lots and homes vary in size dramatically here, and the atmosphere here is entirely different from the rest of Princeville.

Kilauea has an interesting and historical past, too. The Lighthouse’s light could be seen from up to 90 miles away in years past and helped steer many a ship to the islands. Situated on the Northern most point of the Hawaiian Islands, it is now part of a 200 acre wildlife refuge that is home to many migratory birds. Kilauea was also once known as being the guava capital of the world, because of Guava Kai Plantation, the largest guava plantation on the planet! If you stop by Kilauea Miniature Golf, you can also enjoy the bike trail that has been kindly opened up to the public. They have a limited amount of bikes available – if you cannot provide your own. The trail will take you through the old guava plantation and through the newer groves of hardwood trees. If you go to the end of the trail, you will end up in a very special place. As for the golf course, it doubles as a botanical garden! Take a notepad and you can jot down the names of the native plants that are clearly labeled. This way, when you are done putting, you can pick up the correct plants and complete your homes own garden oasis.

The slippery slide home, Kilauea. Photo by Adrian Sear.

Kilauea is possibly the most diverse of all the areas of the North Shore. The homes situated in the middle of town are older and possess a lot of character. Mature landscaping is aplenty and it is far more rustic in feel than its neighboring Princeville. It possesses more of a small town, old-world feel. It is also home to some outstanding eateries including the amazing Kilauea Bakery. Try the chocolate éclairs!!

The areas surrounding the town (on both sides of the highway) differ yet again. Large estate size homes and lots run along the many bluffs. Pristine river valleys and long driveways leading to majestic acreages combine to create a tranquility and privacy second to none. This is the charm of Kilauea and without your own trusty guide, most of these amazing options cannot even remotely be seen.  Prices in the Kilauea neighborhood and surrounding area range from $400K to $20M.

From the manicured yet majestic Princeville to the elusive properties residing behind the numerous sculptured wooden gates of Kilauea, though these two areas of the garden isle lay adjacent to each other, the scope of the differing options could not be greater.

Next stop, Moloaa Bay (think Gilligan’s Island) to Kealia…

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