The area strangely resembles the background of Lost, that popular American TV drama you watch all the time. But then again, it actually is.
It’s the Hawaiian North Shore of Oahu, a world renowned surfing mecca; home of giant waves, crystal blue waters and gorgeous sunsets. It’s a tropical paradise to say the least. An all-season crowd flocks to the beach – surfers, tourists and TV personalities – to feed off its easy, laidback beach vibe.
The star of this gorgeous beach isn’t the summer sunsets or the sky-high waves, though. It’s the sprawling oceanfront home along North Shore’s Papiloa Road in Haleiwa, not too far from the beach camp where Lost was filmed.
Set to be auctioned on February 25 by Concierge Auctions, Hale Kahakai was originally offered for US$22 million but will sell without reserve.
The six-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bathroom estate was a loving construction by its current owners, whose Hawaiian heritage spans five generations on the island, built with an aura of great history and culture in a glorious marriage with nature. The woody atmosphere is in line with its naturalistic theme, with a generous dose of modern architecture and spacious luxury.
Prior to its construction, a collection of Chinese and Japanese antiques were acquired and now pepper the house with its tranquil, zen-like influence. An 800-year-old Buddha sits in the pond, antique Japanese tiles line the bridge and Milo tree trunks add to the distinctly Hawaiian atmosphere, among other antiquities.
The exterior of Hale Kahakai was remodeled from the Honolulu Museum of Art, with a heavy dose of nature interwoven in the estate: Philippine coral is embedded in its concrete pillars, Koa wood complement the sun’s warmth, Italian floors resemble the softness of sand while green roof tiles embody the sprawling valley and mountains. And, with over 100 feet of coastline right outside, it’s a panoramic heaven at your doorstep.