Kohanaiki, A Piece of Hawaiian Golf Perfection

When you create the first new private club community on the Big Island of Hawai`i in nearly a decade, you’d better get it right. Kohanaiki, on 1½ miles of sun-drenched shoreline along the Kona Coast, has hit the mark—and then some.

Open just four years, Kohanaiki boasts one of the island’s very best golf courses (a Rees Jones layout with six holes fronting the ocean), one of the world’s largest—and most luxurious—clubhouses, and has already sold close to $300 million in real estate. The accolades have flowed, including two Robb Report “Best of the Best” awards.

“Our goal from the start was to be the world’s finest club. We feel we’re well on our way,” says General Manager George Punoose.

The waters just off its coast attract anglers from all over the world in pursuit of ono and wahoo. The shores themselves, once the retreat of Hawaiian royalty, are steeped in history. That heritage is proudly displayed in the artifact-filled clubhouse: Opened in December 2016, it checks in at 67,000 square feet, not including the spacious cedar decks and tranquil outdoor spaces.

If you can’t find it at the clubhouse, you probably don’t need it. From a rare-vintage-filled wine-tasting room, to a cigar-and-scotch room with a secret entrance, to a four-lane bowling alley that is a godsend when you want to escape the sun or rain, the amenities go well beyond the expected.

While the spirit of aloha flows freely here, homesites range from $1.3 to $14 million; built homes from $2.7 million up to $25 million.