According to Hawaiian legend, fishermen once spent time up on the hill at Kahala, fishing for King Kamehameha. Seeing regal estates like Punahele, the royal connection comes as little surprise.
Meaning “favorite,” Punahele was named by the Dohenys, its former owners, known for their luxury homes around the world. “This was their favorite home, out of all those they built,” says Beth Chang, who, together with Anne Hogan Perry and Tracy Allen, has co-listed the estate for Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. “This iconic property is an incredibly rare offering that can’t be recreated, with 165 linear feet of frontage and an unmatched location on a quiet street in Kahala.”
That frontage — and the views it provides — are practically unheard-of today in this coveted area, where many newer lots are only 60 feet wide, and so is the privacy. “Because of the dramatic curve of the coastline and the pie-shaped lot, with the widest part along the ocean, this home feels like it’s all by itself,” says Hogan Perry. “It brings in incredible turquoise water vistas that are unachievable now, because of the 40-foot setback requirements. You can’t get this close to the ocean anymore.”
Nor can you get quite as close to the reef, which offers several distinct advantages. “It creates this nice, calm area, and you can hear…