When you think of Holualoa, located mauka (up slope) from Kailua-Kona and Keauhou on the Big Island of Hawaii on the slopes of dormant Hualalai Volcano, you may think of the abundance of coffee farms that produce some of the world’s best Kona coffee. You would also think of the beautiful artists community that is fostered and celebrated in the downtown with weekly events and holiday happenings. Then, you may also think of the cooler temperatures enjoyed at this 1,400 foot elevation and the abundance of tropical foliage along with acres and acres of coffee trees that provide its residents room to breathe and get away from the “city” life below. With ample rainfall, gardeners delight in growing a bevy of tropical fruits and vegetables.
Visit during the annual Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll in November, when you can taste exotic Kona coffee blends while you shop for handcrafted goods and meet local farmers and artists. The most popular restaurant is Holuakoa Cafe, which has a “locovore” themed menu and is a central hub for local residents under large banyan trees. (Ask any local in West Hawaii what their favorite restaurant is in the area and this restaurant is usually on the list..especially for their Sunday brunch!)
The village is primarily a single road called Mamalahoa Highway or Hwy 180 lined with quaint galleries and interesting workshops. The entire village measures a total of 15.2 square miles with a 7% comprised of inland water sources. As a census-designated area of Hawaii County, the population of the village as of the latest census (2000) reached the 6,107 mark. Like the rest of Hawaii, Holualoa’s population is a colorful collection of people with American, African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander blood.
Homes in Holualoa can range anywhere between a million dollars and more for grand estates and acres of coffee fields, to bungalows tucked into old growth banyan forests. Most real estate in Holuloa has acreage due to the general “farm culture” that is prevalent in this area. Here is a current snapshot of sales in 2017 in the area:
$335,000 for 5.14 acres-Uluwehi Place
$409,000 for 5.44 acres-Uluwehi Place
$410,000 for 5.04 acres-Keaopu Mauka Dr.
$430,000 Mamalohoa Hwy- 5 acres, 2 bedrooms
$575,00 Mamalohaoa Hwy, 10,106 sq ft land, 2,992 sq ft home, 3 bedrooms
$699.000 Hahai St-5 acres, 1200 sq ft, 1 bed
$780,000 Keopu Mauka St, 1.24 ares, 3.400 sq ft, 2 bedrooms
$988,000 Mauka Meadow Farms, 4.11 acres, 2,882 sq ft, 3 bedrooms
$2,350,000 Hiona St, 3.43 acres, 4,458 sq ft, 4 bedrooms
Things to do in Holualoa:
Tour coffee plantations and get a taste of some of the best coffee in the world!
Holualoa Kona Coffee Company is an organic coffee plantation offering free tours of the orchard & mill, plus tastings & a retail shop.
Mauka Meadows charges $5 for a tour, and has a scenic over look to the Pacific Ocean.
Tour the art galleries:
Stop in and see the work of Hawaii’s local artisans. The galleries here hold art that you won’t find in many other places on the island.
Stay in luxury and walk to everything!
The Holualoa Inn is one of the best luxury B&B experiences in all of Hawaii. The view is spectacular, the service is amazing and the Inn itself has beautiful rooms and cuisine and coffee grown right on the property. The views and amenities make you want to stay on property, but don’t, because the Inn is within walking distance of all the fun things to see and do in Holualoa.
A flavor of the holidays from the eyes of a local:
Here is a first person account of what the holidays are like in Holualoa during the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
As you can see, Holualoa is a town to discover and make your home if you are ready to get away from city crowds and traffic and want a slower pace of life at a cool elevation.
Contact LUVA Real Estate for available listings or more information about this beautiful and charming town.