Kohanaiki is one of the newest private residential communities on the Big Island of Hawaii. And as I found out during a visit that included a round of golf on its Rees Jones-designed golf course, it’s also one of the most exclusive. Since only club members are allowed to play on the immaculate yet relaxed course, and club membership includes a healthy number of VIPs, my all-too-kind playing partners were not surprised when Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle joined our group on the back nine.
The benefit of belonging to such an exclusive golf club is just one example of Kohanaikiâ€™s special brand of privacy, community, and world-class services that a growing number of individuals and families want in a vacation home.
The adventure team is another example of private membership perfection. As youâ€™d expect, they have more than a few masks and snorkels for guests wanting to explore the nearby reefs. The smiling beach captain who showed me how to paddle and catch waves on an outrigger canoe was none other than two-time longboard surfing World Champion Bonga Perkins. In fact, Kohanaikiâ€™s A-team can arrange anything: surfing, stand-up paddling, snorkeling, and diving and deep-sea fishing on the Kai Kea, Kohanaikiâ€™s powerful 39-foot center console boat. They even organized a fun fishing tournament for kids while I was there.
Meanwhile, Iâ€™m not surprised that active families and professional athletes alike are attracted to Kohanaiki. The comprehensive sports complex includes state-of-the-art tennis and basketball courts as well as countless fitness and yoga classes.
Now if all this activity is making you tired, donâ€™t worry. Kohanaikiâ€™s main clubhouse is a stunning, 67,000-square-foot shrine to relaxation and wellness. It has everything youâ€™ll ever needâ€”full-service spa, infinity pools, hot tubs, yoga lawns, relaxation areas, and sweeping views of the oceanâ€”to ease even the most stressed mind and body. It also features a bowling alley, movie theater, private dining rooms, wine and cheese tasting room, spectacular wine collection, cigar room, and poker room. Thereâ€™s even a master brewer crafting one-of-a-kind beers onsite.
The clubhouse is also home to KĹŤnane, Kohanaikiâ€™s most sophisticated restaurant. But that hardly means the other dining options are anything less than spectacular. Daily menus feature only the finest ingredients from around the world, including the best banana cream pie Iâ€™ve ever tasted! The Beach Bar offers a huge selection of snacks and drinks and the Beach Restaurant is an idyllic spot for a casual dinner under the stars. Kohanaikiâ€™s philosophy is to anticipate membersâ€™ needs, so, the dining staff can fly something special, prepare vegan or gluten-free dishes, or even bake a cake for a birthday. All you need to do is ask.
The Kohanaiki lifestyle sounds pretty great, right? Well, what about the homes? They are as elegant and luxurious as youâ€™d expect. Some owners choose to design and build their own home. Others have Kohanaiki Builders design and build it for them. A wide range of completed homes designed by Zak Architecture, Jim McLaughlin, and Warren Sunnland are available. And best of all, once youâ€™ve decided to buy, Kohanaikiâ€™s exquisite Hale Club homes are move-in ready and provide new owners with full membership privileges during the time their home is under construction.