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MULTI LEVEL WAIKIKI PENTHOUSE

Liliuokalani Gardens #IIPH15
Honolulu, HI 96815

Condo/Townhouse  |  2 Beds  |  2.01 Baths  |  1712 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201413322
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Why cramp your style? Move into this exquisitely remodeled penthouse with your very own rooftop lanai. Enjoy this 2bdrm/2.5 bath with all of its upgrades: stainless steel appliances, wine fridge, soft-touch cabinets, solid surface counter tops, beautiful tigerwood floors, marble bathrooms, washer/dryer in the unit & panoramic ocean to mountain views from the lanai. Come enjoy resort-like amenities surrounded by lush gardens & meandering koi ponds. Take a swim in the pool, relax in the whirlpool, or play a little tennis. A wonderful place to relax… a pleasure you will treasure! Multi-level penthouse – entrance on 24th floor.
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Doris Duke’s Shangri La

Shangri La - pool view with Diamond Head

Shangri La is a magnificent five-acre property located in the exclusive oceanfront neighborhood of Diamond Head on the Island of Oahu. Recognized nationally for its high artistic value, Shangri La is one of Hawaii’s most architecturally impressive homes. It combines a 14,000 square-foot house, pool, and playhouse, and is made up of a series of  interlocking spaces, both indoors and outdoors, with rooms, gardens, courtyards, terraces, lanais, and various water features.

Mosaic panel custom made for Shangri La in 1938-39 at a workshop in IranThe contrast between the home’s ornate Moroccan ceiling in the living room and the adjoining glass wall that retracts completely into the basement is just one example of blending tradition and modernism that defines the beauty of the Shangri La.

Born in New York City on November 22, 1912, Doris was an only child who grew up in a 54-room home on Fifth Avenue. Her father, James Duke, was an extremely wealthy and powerful tobacco and hydroelectric businessman. He died when Doris was twelve year’s old. She became known as the “Million Dollar Baby” when she inherited his fortune estimated at $100 million dollars. (Wikipedia)

She married James Campbell in 1935. Their honeymoon took her through the Islamic world for the first time, and included an extended stay in Hawaii. She became enchanted with Hawaii, and captivated by Islamic art and architecture. Enlisting the help and expertise of architect Marion Sims Wyeth, Doris built a home in Honolulu where she was able to enhance the beauty and character of both Hawaii and Islamic art.

While the design and early construction of her home was already in progress, Doris traveled extensively in the Middle East and visited many historical monuments. During her travels she provided her architect with information and photographs of architectural decorations to be used as part of Shangri La’s unique design.Shah Tahmasp Entertains Abdul Muhammed Khan of the Uzbeks, oil on canvas, iran, 1814-1815

For almost 60 years, Doris collected Islamic art, accumulating a collection of about 2,500 objects, many of which have been placed into the structure of the house. The traditional Islamic art and architectural components blend together to create contemporary aesthetic influences.

It was easy for Doris to afford a life of global travel, plus a wide-range of interests including journalism, competitive surfing, jazz piano, and wildlife conservation. She apparently spoke nine languages. At 6’1” tall, she was an American heiress, horticulturalist, art collector, and philanthropist. She shunned the spotlight, but enjoyed a colorful private life. Doris Duke died on October 28, 1993 in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 81. Her fortune was estimated at $1.3 billion dollars.

Guided tours to Shangri La cost $25.00 and advanced ticket reservations are necessary. Tours begin at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania Street near Victoria Street and Ward Avenue, and include transportation by van to Shangri La, as well as admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art’s permanent exhibitions. Tickets are $20.00 for Hawaii residents with a local ID.

For more information, please call (808) 532-3853 or visit the Honolulu Museum of Art and Shangri La websites.


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LUXURY LIVING AT NAPALI HAWEO

1251 Kamehame Drive Honolulu, HI 96825

Single Family  |  4 Beds  |  3.01 Baths  |  3751 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201411436
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Truly a treat. Entertain in 800+sf “GREAT ROOM” w/18′ ceilings, Acacia hardwood floors & inset marble foyer. Gourmet kitchen is just off the Great Room and next to Formal Dining Area. Kitchen features Sub Zero Refrigerator, Thermador double ovens, Bosch DW, etc. Gracious staircase w/ornate detail spirals up to 2nd floor, “Juliet” balcony & 3 of 4 bedrooms, incl spacious Master with sweeping ocean view & a grand Master Bathroom w/spa tub. An over-sized Garage with additional storage, half bath & a 2nd laundry room below. Landscaped yards & gardens plus plenty of room for a pool in the backyard.
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Kahala Associates

The Cliffs of Distinction…

109 Waihili Place Honolulu

Single Family  |  6 Beds  |  6.01 Baths  |  7434 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201412313
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Elegant dream home in Napali Haweo! Huge 18,664 sq ft rim lot provides amazing Diamond Head, ocean, sunrise & sunset views! Recently remodeled in 2012, over 6500 sq ft with dramatic entryway, marble/granite/hardwood floors, pool/hot tub, workshop and storage. Property walled and gated for privacy, plus lush tropical hedging. Ready for immediate occupancy!

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Bob Sigall

Looking Back: Diamond Head

No. 25. View of site of fortifications from sea wall, looking toward Diamond Head, ESE. - NARA - 296064
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Mark Twain

Mark Twain returned to Hawaii in 1895. He was moved by the sight of Diamond Head as his ship approached Oahu.

He wrote:

“On the seventh day out (to sea) we saw a dim vast bulk standing up out of the Pacific and knew that special promontory was Diamond Head, a piece of the world I had not seen before for twenty-nine years. So we were nearing Honolulu, capital city of the Sandwich Islands – those islands, which to me were paradise, a paradise which I had been longing all those years to see again. Not any other thing in the world could have stirred me as the sight of that great rock did.”


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Close to everything!

3045 Pualei Circle B310 Honolulu

Condo/Townhouse  |  2 Beds  |  1 Bath  |  862 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201412376
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Your opportunity to own in Pualei Circle / Diamond Head Gardens! Peaceful and bright living across the street from Kapiolani Park and the ocean. All the work is done with updated laminate floors throughout, an efficient kitchen with new counters and cabinets and a cute double sink vanity in the bath. Plantation shutters open up the entire lanai for indoor/outdoor living right off the living room.

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Perfectly located: One Waterfront Tower

425 South Street #1103  Honolulu

Condo/Townhouse  |  1 Bed  |  1 Bath  |  934 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201413100
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The gateway to “Our Kaka’ako”, so perfectly located and beautifully refreshed for you to move right in. Views will inspire from nearly every room, whether of daytime harbor commerce or twinkling city night lights, fireworks and cruise ships. The generous interior may even allow space for a home office. Updated amenities galore for relaxation, entertaining or a game of tennis. See it today!

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Fox awarded CRB Designation

jeff_NA_thumbJeffrey Fox (R) CLHMS, CRB, CRS, GRI, was recently awarded the coveted CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager) Designation conferred by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB).

The Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), an affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, is the professional organization for brokerage management. The Council is dedicated to providing quality professional development programs, products and services that continually enhance the management productivity and profitability of its more than 7,000 members.

The CRB Designation is recognized throughout the industry as the highest level of professional achievement — a symbol of excellence in brokerage management. The most successful brokerages are owned or managed by professionals having the coveted CRB Designation.

The Council awards the CRB Designation to those individuals who successfully complete the requirements and demonstrate excellence in real estate brokerage management. Candidates must complete academic and professional courses covering such topics as finance, marketing, training, recruiting, and strategic planning.

Jeffrey Fox is Broker/Owner with Kahala Associates and a member of the Honolulu Board of Realtors Board of REALTORS® and the Hawaii ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Jeff Fox is also a Certified Residential Specialist, a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI):

 


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LuxeArchitecture: Neoclassical Style

Symmetrical Beauty

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Private Oasis!

542 Ahina Street Honolulu, HI 96816

Single Family  |  6 Beds  |  4.01 Baths  |  4668 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201406017
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A private Oasis greets you at the front door! This special setting offers the ‘cliffs’ of Diamond Head in your spacious back yard creating a setting reminiscent of resort style living and amazing privacy. A romantic pond with cascading waterfall is the perfect compliment to this amazing contemporary with 3800+ sf of living space. The floor plan lends itself to an extended family along with a variety of visitors.

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Okano and Park Among Honorees

Ward Village, Howard Hughes Corporation, Anaha, Waiea
Recently The Howard Hughes Corporation invited the top selling Ward Village agents to a special celebration dinner at 53 By The Sea, located where the former John Dominis once stood.

Kahala Associates was pleased to have two of our associate-owners so honored.  Among the top selling agents for Ward Village’s Anaha and Waiea projects, were our own Esther Park (R) and Dawn Soderquist Okano (RA).

Esther Park (R), Dawn Soderquist-Okano (RA)

Esther Park (R), Dawn Soderquist-Okano (RA)

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Here, a candid photo with Andy Ardila, Vice President of Residential Sales - The Howard Hughes Corporation.

The Anaha and Waiea projects - two mixed-use residential towers - are the first two offerings from this prestigious group.


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Napali Haweo

1251 Kamehame Drive Honolulu, HI 96825

Single Family  |  4 Beds  |  3.01 Baths  |  3751 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201411436
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Truly a treat. Entertain in 800+sf “GREAT ROOM” w/18′ ceilings, Acacia hardwood floors & inset marble foyer. Gourmet kitchen is just off the Great Room and next to Formal Dining Area. Kitchen features Sub Zero Refrigerator, Thermador double ovens, Bosch DW, etc. Gracious staircase w/ornate detail spirals up to 2nd floor, “Juliet” balcony & 3 of 4 bedrooms, incl spacious Master with sweeping ocean view & a grand Master Bathroom w/spa tub. An over-sized Garage with additional storage, half bath & a 2nd laundry room below. Landscaped yards & gardens plus plenty of room for a pool in the backyard.

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Exceptional Custom Home

47-579 Nukupuu Street Kaneohe, HI 96744

Single Family  |  7 Beds  |  5 Baths  |  4963 Sq. Ft.  |  MLS#  201407628
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Nestled at the base of the majestic Koolau Mountain Range this stately custom built home boasts almost 4700 s.f. of living space. Spacious open living areas perfect for the large or extended family. Includes separate 2 bedroom 1 bath in-law suite complete with wet bar. Exceptional features include large pool and deck, new carpeting, new appliances, and fireplace. Lush tropical landscaped lot with tons of parking and room for a boat. Enjoy peaceful country living with stunning mountain views all within minutes to Downtown Honolulu.

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Bob Sigall

Looking Back: Waialae Kahala

Paul Isenberg (1837-1903)

The Waialae Ranch

The first development in the area was the Waialae Ranch, built by a Captain Ross in the 1850s.

Very little is known about the place until Daniel Paul Rice Isenberg, right, bought the lease in 1888. His friends called him Paul Jr. or Paulo Li’ili’i.

Paul Isenberg’s ranch became one of the largest estates on Oahu. It comprised 3,000 acres, most of which was rocky and barren.

Isenberg was born in Lihue, Kauai on June 11, 1866. His father, Paul Isenberg was a founder of H. Hackfeld and Company, which became American Factors. Paul Jr. was sent to Bremen, Germany to study agriculture and returned to work at the Lihue Plantation.

When he turned 21, he inherited a sizeable amount of money from his mother, who had passed away a few years earlier. He used the money to move to Oahu and develop the Waialae Ranch.

Water was a perennial issue, and to deal with it, Isenberg installed pumps powered by windmills. They produced 2.5 million gallons of water a day. The water transformed Waialae.

Isenberg grew alfalfa as feed on 70 acres. He raised cattle, horses, water buffalo, turkeys, Peking ducks, chickens, hogs and dogs.

Waialae was not easy to get to 110 years ago. Past Kalakaua Avenue and Diamond Head, there was only a narrow, gravel road that many considered to be dangerous in places. The photo of Waialae below shows it nearly treeless, except at the ocean.

The alternative was down old Waialae Road (now Kalanianaole Highway), to Kealaolu Avenue (pictured on the previous page) to Kahala Avenue, which was a winding, curbless, semi-paved street.

Isenberg created an oasis at Waialae and was a genial host. He threw some of the greatest parties and luaus on Oahu, many of which were attended by his friend, King David Kalakaua.

In Kaimuki John Takasaki says that after the annexation of Hawaii, Isenberg “became very active in politics and was an instant success and favorite of the Hawaiian people”. “He was elected to the House of Representatives eight consecutive times, and became a prominent figure in Hawaii. He had a great baritone voice and nothing made the Hawaiians happier than to hear Paulo Li’ili’i sing.”

“Once, when the King came out to Waialae, he brought the words of a song which he had started to write in praise of his genial host. Words and music were finished by Major Kealakai and the lyric was called Pua Ahiahi, “evening flower,” or the wreath placed by a girl around her lover’s neck.

“This song was first sung by the Kawaiahao Glee Club at Waialae Ranch in honor of the King, who in turn dedicated the song to Paulo Li’ili’i.

The song was re-named Waialae, to signify the pleasures of that hospitable ranch and became very popular, especially when Paul Isenberg was singing it.

“When campaigning for election to the senate, his Hawaiian audiences never allowed him to finish a political speech, but soon called out, ‘You are elected, Paulo! Give us Waialae.’ “ They preferred his singing to his speeches.

Isenberg owned one of the first automobiles on Oahu and installed an ingenious automatic gate, which opened for approaching vehicles. He had the first telephone in the area.

After Isenberg passed away in 1919, the ranch continued, before the Territorial Hotel Company took over part of its lands.

According to the book Waialae Country Club, by 1925, there were only about 35 homes in the Kahala area, mostly beach cottages for families who had primary residences in town.

Queen Liliuokalani had a beach house along Kahala beach. Much of Kahala was given to her by her step-sister, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, for use during her lifetime, when she died in 1884. When Queen Liliuokalani passed in 1917, the land reverted to the Bishop Estate.

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