If you’re in the market for a one-of-a-kind tropical getaway, this amazing 2.25-acre property in Hawaii ticks every tropical box.
The minimalist residence is surrounded by waterfalls, rocky bluffs, and conservation land that was once home to Hawaiian royalty. In 1861, William Reed purchased a 26-acre enclave along the Wailuku River from King Kamehameha IV.
Reed’s Island (also known as Koloiki) is just one mile from historic downtown Hilo, but it feels like a time capsule of old Hawaii. This fascinating home sits at the end of the road on the secluded island.
An 85-foot waterfall pours into the Wailuku River at the edge of the property and is visible from almost anywhere in the house.
A lush, private garden offers a place to simply sit, watch the river flow, and bask in the verdant setting.
And while the home’s Zen architecture blends seamlessly into its tropical locale, construction was no simple feat.
“From my perspective, it was a vision that resulted in a tremendous construction feat driven by blood, sweat, and tears,” says listing agent Rebecca Keliihoomalu. “They were building in the jungle without electricity or AC, on top of solid rock—on a long, narrow building pad.”
The result is a remarkable home, finished two decades ago, that remains in impeccable condition. It still has nearly all of its original design work, including the sedate interiors and a long cedar breezeway that connects three living pavilions.
“The architect was the first owner but became ill and had to move soon after completion,” says Keliihoomalu. “My sellers are the second owners and have never lived in the house.”
Despite being tucked amidst pristine tropical beauty, the home is still very accessible, with the Hilo airport just a 15-minute drive away.
“The same owners have had the home for the last 20 years,” says Keliihoomalu. “The next owners will likely keep it that long, too—it’s now or never.”