Real Estate

In Maui, life revolves around the beach. The $5.5-million plantation-style residence in Wailuku on Hawaii’s second-largest island takes full advantage of its oceanfront setting.

The 4.5-acre property at 490 and 497 Lilihua Place was custom-built in 2020 to maximize access and views. The beach lies right outside the backyard, a perfect location for surfing, kitesurfing, standup paddling and just kicking back and watching sunsets. “There’s big wave activity out there that’s just amazing,” says listing agent Brad MacArthur of Hawaii Life. Love horses? There’s plenty of room for equestrian activities too.

Views abound inside the elevated main house. “As soon as you walk in the front door, all the glass around the hall showcases the ocean view,” MacArthur says. There’s not a bad view from any window in the five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home. The property also has a one-bedroom cottage with a private entrance.

The main house was built for entertaining, inside and out. In the kitchen, ocean views continue to dominate. It has top amenities, such as Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, as well as seating for five and doors that open to the spacious wraparound lanai. The living room, also open plan design, is configured with doors that open outside too.

Interiors are all white, keeping the feel light and airy. There’s also a covered ground-level entertaining area outfitted with chairs and tables. The cottage, also elevated, has a cozy living room, outdoor lounging area and a single bedroom and bathroom. Both units have split-system air conditioning. The property is gated, private and easy to get to—just 15 minutes from Kahului Airport.

This is a home where you can be as adventurous as you like. Far from party life in Lahaina on the opposite coast, this part of Maui boasts rugged, undeveloped beaches and lush valleys.

The property borders the Wailuku River, which flows from the ‘Iao Valley, a protected state park a few miles away. You can see the landmark Haleakala volcano and the West Maui Mountains from the lanai.

Surfers will love the proximity to the nearby breaks, such as Big Lefts. Walkers and nature lovers will enjoy the proximity to state parks and reserves. It’s a short drive to hike to the ‘Iao Needle, a historic high point that offers sweeping ocean views. There are three golf courses nearby too.

Brad MacArthur and Tyler MacArthur of Hawaii Life are the listing agents.