Construction Started at Kauai's First Private Resort Clubhouse

Construction Started at Kauai's First Private Resort Clubhouse

Vacation News » Vacation & Leisure Real Estate Edition | By Scott Kauffman | December 31, 2008 11:58 AM ET

(KOLOA, Kauai, Hawaii) -- Construction has begun on the $100 million Kukui'ula Plantation House, the 20,000-square-foot clubhouse at Kauai's first private luxury golf resort community.

Work on the Kukui'ula Plantation House and Plantation House Spa kicked off three months ago with traditional Hawaiian blessing festivities. Meanwhile, a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course is well under construction at the 1,010-acre master-planned development.

Kukui'ula's development team anticipates the amenities being completed by late 2010.
"We're excited to begin construction on several of the most critical components of our community," says Richard A. Holtzman, president of Kukui'ula Development Company (Hawaii) LLC, an affiliate of Scottsdale-based DMB Associates, Inc. and an affiliate of A&B Properties, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaii's Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

"Our Plantation House is the gathering place for all of our social and club activities and ensures the family-oriented lifestyle we're offering our owners.  Initiating this phase of our development is a testament to the commitment of the DMB and A&B partnership to creating the most authentic expression of luxurious island living in Hawaii."

Described as "Kauai's Living Garden," with its cool mountain hillsides and sloping fields of blossoming flowers and native plants and trees, Kukui'ula will have 21st-century conveniences to support a simple and gracious lifestyle for people and families who are looking for recreation, relaxation and adventure at their own pace.

The 20,000 square-foot Kukui'ula Plantation House will feature coffered ceilings and wood beams, intimate furniture arrangements, overhanging eaves and a generous wrap-around outdoor lanai with panoramic views of the nearby Spouting Horn blowhole, the Pacific Ocean and the golf course.

A dramatic canopy of monkeypod trees will line the entryway to the Plantation House where a casual dining hale (house, pavilion) and bar, game room, library, keiki (kids) activity area, garden cafe and beach-inspired pools will overlook a spectacular lawn that leads to Kukui'ula Bay.

The Kukui'ula Plantation House Spa, a retreat for both physical and spiritual pursuits, will be shaded by umbrella-sized palm fronds and scented by plumeria and pikake from the spa's private gardens. The indoor/outdoor layout of the spa will feature treatment rooms in garden settings, a glass-walled steam room hidden in a lushly landscaped lava courtyard, fitness facilities with full cardio and strength building equipment, a movement studio, lap pool and a menu of forward-thinking wellness programs.

Of course Kukui'ula's other key amenity is the 18-hole private golf course designed by Weiskopf.  Weiskopf, who has designed over 50 acclaimed courses worldwide, is creating a par-72 course on 200 acres overlooking Kauai's sunny south shore and Poipu beaches and surrounded by tropical flowers, native Hawaiian plants, and fruit, macadamia and coffee trees.

To complement incredible ocean views and expansive fairways, each hole on the 7,006-yard Kukui'ula course will feature unique landscaping themes utilizing thousands of indigenous plants that mirror the "living garden" concept of the entire Kukui'ula community.

Kukui'ula's developers, DMB Associates and Alexander & Baldwin, one of Hawaii's largest private landowners, are investing heavily in creating the island's first legacy community. 

"Kukui'ula is being designed to embrace active family lifestyles, allowing for endless opportunities to reconnect with nature or fulfill personal pursuits," Holtzman says. "We believe our owners will pass these legacies on to future generations."

Kukui'ula's destination gardens and floral sanctuaries will feature over 10,000 native trees and once-endangered flowers and plants - all in collaboration with the Congressionally-chartered National Tropical Botanical Garden located adjacent to the property. 

In addition to Kukui'ula's Plantation House and golf course, residents also will have access to a 25-acre fresh water lake for canoeing or catch and release bass fishing, miles of meandering paths for walking, hiking or biking, and an eight-acre upcountry farm with a resident horticulturist to teach the art and science of growing organic vegetables, herbs, tropical flowers, and even orchids.  Residents will also be invited to have their own space in the hothouse or plots in the garden.

Kukui'ula Village, a pedestrian-friendly retail shopping center for Kauai residents and visitors, will feature a collection of regional cuisine by noted Hawaii chefs, casual family-oriented cafes and a blend of local, national and international apparel and home accessory boutiques.  Kukui'ula Village is scheduled to open in the summer of '09.

The 1,010-acre community includes a collection of Mauka, Makai, Rural and Coastal custom ocean view homesites and one- and two-story Hawaiian plantation-style cottages varying in size from approximately 2,030 to 4,600 square feet.

Linthicum Custom Builders, which operates in Hawaii, California and Arizona, is the general contractor for the Kukui'ula Plantation House and the Kukui'ula Plantation House Spa. 

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