Representing one of Kauai’s largest legacy properties available on the market today, the 317-acre Makali’i Plantation rests on Kauai’s southern forested foothills just minutes from the Poipu coastline and Lihue Airport. Once part of historic sugar cane and coffee plantation, the property enjoys rich volcanic soils with abundant mountain rain, Pacific sun and gentle Hawaiian trade winds. The plantation style home, guest cottages and manager quarters are centrally located resting at the end of a private land that winds its way from the town of Kalaheo. This rare property is one the last of the private non-conserved properties in area and adjoins historic neighboring farms, botanical gardens, protected private forest preserves and state lands.
Listed by Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers & exclusively marketed by Mirr Ranch Group LLC.
The 317-acre property is an authentic plantation retreat situated in one of the most peaceful and breathtaking settings on the south side of Kauai. Located just north of the town of Kalaheo and the Kaumualii Highway, it was once part of the renown McBryde Plantation, which still adjoins the property to the south. The property has numerous unique trees, plants and adjoins the Olu Pua Botanical Gardens, which once served as the manager’s residence for the Kauai Pineapple Plantation. These neighboring gardens contain more than 5,000 species of tropical plants with orchids, trees, jungle and edible plants, palm and hibiscus collections.
Evidencing its significant conservation values, the Makali’i Plantation adjoins the Wahiawa Valley to the west. To the north is the Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve and privately owned forest preserves as well as a protected bog conserved by The Nature Conservancy. Elevations range from 750 feet to 1,400 feet above sea level and the plantation’s terrain includes rolling farm ground to the south with ridges, canyons and forested slopes on the higher northern ground. The property provides sweeping 180-degree views of the Island’s southern coastline. It is zoned agriculture and has a CPR in place to subdivided the ranch into 10 estates ranging from 20 to 50 acres.
The grounds include a historic 4,122 sq. ft. two story plantation home with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, outdoor courtyard, lanai and porte-cochere entry. Near the main home is a 2-bedroom, 1-bath guest cottage and a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage/office. In addition, there is a workshop, garages and gardens. The improvements are situated near the southern entrance and professionally landscaped with palm trees, exotic plants and lush green lawns.
Kauai is the northern most island in the Hawaiian chain, located 100 miles northwest of Oahu. Known as the Garden Isle, the island is renowned for its agriculture given the rich volcanic soils. The island has a resident population of 67,000 and spans over 562 square miles. From the peak of Mt. Waialeale, known as the wettest spot on earth, to the rugged Na Pali Coast and deep canyons of the Waimea Valley, to beaches at Poipu and Hanalei, Kauai offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Geologically, this is the oldest and fourth largest of the Hawaiian islands and has the greatest abundance of scenic sheer cliffs (pali land) that are formed by millions of years of intense chemical weathering and erosion.
Seventy million years of isolation, and habitats ranging from alpine deserts to tropical rain forests and coastal dunes, have produced more than 10,000 species of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Approximately 88% of the species which inhabit Hawaii’s forests and coastal ecosystems are endemic. In addition, Hawaii has the only tropical rain forests in the 50 states of the USA.
A plethora of recreational activities await on the island of Kauai. The Pacific Ocean is only minutes away from the property and offers surfing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. The island is also resplendent with waterfalls and swimming holes to discover. Hike or take a leisurely drive through the spectacular Waimea Canyon, the largest canyon in the Pacific, rivalling the Grand Canyon in sheer beauty. Fishing awaits at the Waita Reservoir, just north of Old Koloa Town. Or enjoy the sunshine in the resort area of Poipu, home to fine dining, shopping, as well as one of Golf Magazine’s top 18 golf courses in America. Poipu Beach also offers swimming, surfing, and snorkeling in its sheltered coves and gentle surf.
Makali’i Plantation’s history started in the early 1800s as part of the McBryde Sugar Company, one of the first sugar plantations in Hawaii. Macadamia nut trees were added later and it is now operated as a cattle ranch, with grassy pastures lined by nut, fruit, palm and other tropical trees and plants. The property adjoins the famed Kauai Coffee Estate, the largest coffee farm in the islands, and has a myriad of agricultural uses.