New Home Developments In Hawaii: Big Island, Maui & Kauai

Posted Feb 17, 2012 at 12:31pm

If you’re looking for a new-construction condo, townhouse, or single family home on the Big Island, Maui, or Kauai, you’ll find them in all sorts of price ranges — from “affordable” to “the sky is the limit.”

Looking for new home construction on Oahu? Read my previous article, New Home Developments In Hawaii: Oahu. Unfortunately, there are no new home developments right now on Molokai or Lana’i, unless you buy a home site and build your own custom home.

All properties listed in this article are fee-simple. I did not include any leaseholds, time shares — also known as “fractional ownership” — or home sites (land only).

With the proliferation of master-planned communities in Hawaii, be aware that most new homes (and not just condos) come with a monthly maintenance fee, in addition to the purchase price. What this fee covers varies from development to development. In some complexes, the fee pays just for the landscaping and building maintenance in common areas, such as a community clubhouse and pool area. In other complexes, it might also pay for all of your utilities, including cable TV and Internet access. In a few cases where the maintenance fee is very high (in the thousands of dollars), it pays for nearly all your living expenses, including meals — much like living in an all-inclusive resort.

The lowest monthly maintenance fee I’ve seen in Hawaii real estate listings was $198, but most seem to be in the $400-$700 range. Before you buy any brand-new home, make sure to ask what your monthly maintenance fee will be and what amenities or services it will cover.

Big Island

Pualani neighborhood with ocean in background.

Starting in the low $300,000s, Pualani Estates are the lowest-priced brand-new homes on the Big Island right now -- and they even come with an ocean view!

All of the current new home developments on the Big Island are located in the northwest quadrant of the island. The northernmost community is in the upcountry town of Waimea, where a higher elevation keeps temperatures cooler. Heading south, you’ll find 2 more developments in Waikoloa Village, where windy conditions have earned the town the nickname “Waiko-blow-a.” Moving westward to the Kohala Coast, 3 communities are nestled among two 2 golf course resorts. Heading even further south, 2 more developments call the dry, sunny (and sometimes voggy) city of Kailua-Kona home.

Starting PriceHousing TypeBuilding TypeSquare Footage of Living SpaceComments
Waimea (also known as Kamuela)
Luala'i at Parker RanchMid-$300,000s + monthly maintenance fee3- and 4-bedroom single family homesLow-rise (1-2 stories high)1074-1742 square feetLocated in upcountry pastureland with views of snow-capped Mauna Kea.
Waikoloa Village
Sunset Ridge at WaikoloaLow $400,000s + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom single family homesLow-rise (1 story high)1572-1798 square feetResidents enjoy Waikoloa Village Association membership and benefits, including discounted green fees at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course.
Sunset Ridge MakaiMid-$300,000s + monthly maintenance fee3-bedroom single family homeLow-rise (1 story high)1,347 square feetLast home left in this phase. Residents enjoy Waikoloa Village Association membership and benefits, including discounted green fees at the Waikoloa Village Golf Course.
Kohala Coast
Kulalani at Mauna Lani$499,000 + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom townhomesLow-rise (2 stories high)1331-2022 square feetFully furnished. Residents enjoy Mauna Lani Resort privileges. Located on golf course fairways.
KaMilo at Mauna Lani Resort$769,000 + monthly maintenance fee3- and 4- bedroom single and paired family homesLow-rise (1-2 stories high)1653-2491 square feetTotal of 137 homes in gated community within golf resort. Residents enjoy Mauna Lani Resort privileges and private 2-acre "Recreation Village" with fitness center, pool/spa, outdoor entertaining area, and barbecue pits.
Hali'ipua Villas at Hualalai$2.25 million + monthly maintenance fee3-bedroom townhomesLow-rise (2 stories high)2601 - 2915 square feetAll homes have ocean views. Located at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort. Residents enjoy resort privileges.
Kailua-Kona
Pualani EstatesLow $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee3- and 4-bedroom single family homes Low-rise (1-2 stories high)1141-1680 square feetIncludes free appliance package.
Ali'i Heights MaukaMid-$600,000s + monthly maintenance fee3-bedroom single family homesLow-rise (1 story high)1893-2221 square feetOcean views.

Maui

Exterior of 3-story Kai Ani condo building

Kai Ani Village offers unique live/work units: 500 square feet of commercial space fronting the street, with 2 additional levels of attached residential living area above the commercial space.

Of all the neighbor islands, Maui has the most new housing developments right now. Like on the Big Island, these new communities are sprouting up on the leeward side of the island. Farthest north is the posh resort community of Kapalua, where a new development is taking advantage of the area’s world renowned beach and golf course. South of that is Lahaina, a former whaling town with historic charm, warm weather, and 2 new housing developments. Moving inland into central Maui, we find 4 new home communities in the adjoining cities of Wailuku and Kahului, which serve as the island’s commercial hub and are home to big-box stores and major shopping centers. And further south on the dry, hot coast we find 5 new housing developments in Kihei, a city that is becoming heavily populated because of its popular beaches and tech companies.

Starting PriceHousing TypeBuilding TypeSquare Footage of Living SpaceComments
Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Kapalua Bay$3 million + monthly maintenance fee3- and 4-bedroom condominiumsMid-rise3002-4271 square feetTotal of 84 condo units. Residents enjoy privileges at Kapalua Resort, including 24-hour concierge services and a la carte services (housekeeping, grocery shopping, catering, dry cleaning, etc.).
Lahaina
The Breakers$223,900 + $276 monthly maintenance feestudio, 2-, and 3-bedroom condominiums/townhomes (1-2 stories)Mid-rise (4 stories high)436-1344 square feetLocated right across from the beach.
Ho'onanea at LahainaMid-$300,000s + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom townhomes (1-3 stories)Low-rise (3 stories high)919 - 1395 square feetIncludes a small, private backyard.
Wailuku
The Villas at KehalaniLow $400,000s + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom townhomes (2 stories)Low-rise (2 stories)1724 to 1853 square feetSee blog for more info. Closeout buyer incentives. Part of Kehalani master-planned community.
Ho'olea Terrace at Kehalani$199,000 + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom condominiumsLow-rise (2 stories high)Up to 953 square feetSee blog for more info. Closeout buyer incentives. Part of Kehalani master-planned community.
Milo Court at KehalaniMid-$300,000s + monthly maintenance fee3-bedroom condominiums/townhomes (1-2 stories)Low-rise (2 stories high)1425-1465 square feetPart of Kehalani master-planned community.
Kahului
New Traditions at Maui Lani$300,000s + monthly maintenance fee3-bedroom single family homesLow-rise (1-2 stories high)Starting at 1250 square feetComing soon. Total of 60 homes. Located in Maui Lani, a master-planned golf community.
Kihei
Kai Ani VillageMid-$300,000s + monthly maintenance fee2-bedroom condominiums/townhomes (1-3 stories)Low-rise (1-3 stories high)886-1845 square feetTotal of 79 homes. Located 1 block from beach. Some of the homes are live/work units: 500 square feet of commercial space fronting street, with 2 additional levels of attached residential living area above commercial space.
Ke Ali'i Ocean VillasLow $500,000s + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom condominiums/townhomes (1-2 stories)Low-rise (1-3 stories high)1233-1717 square feetComplex includes private recreation center with pool/spa, fitness center, barbecue pits, and playground.
Moana Estates$700,000s + monthly maintenance fee3-, 4-, and 5-bedroom single family homesLow-rise (1-2 stories high)1852-2449 square feetLocated a short walk from beach.
Hokulani Golf Villas$999,000 + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom single family homesLow-rise (1-2 stories high)1832-2516 square feetLocated at Elleair Maui Golf Club.
Nu'u AinaAround $1 million + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom single family homes (1-2 stories) and townhomes (2 stories)Low-rise (1-2 stories high)Single family homes: 2047-2402 square feet

Townhomes: 1998-2100 square feet
Total of 68 homes. Private elevator option available for all homes. Located at Elleair Maui Golf Club.

Kauai

Exterior of Koloa Landing condo buildings with swimming pool in foreground.

Koloa Landing is one of three new resort-style home communities near Poipu Beach on Kauai's south shore.

Right now, the only part of Kauai that has any new home developments is the south shore, in the former plantation town of Koloa. What’s so special about the south shore? It’s one of the sunniest spots on Kauai, an island that is known for getting a lot of rain. The south shore is also home to scenic Poipu Beach, a major tourist destination.

Three new developments are being built around golf courses in this area. All of them are luxury resort-style communities, so their homes are far from “affordable.” The lowest priced development, PiliMai, will offer condos and townhomes starting in the $600,000s. The single family homes in Kuku’iula, an ambitious master-planned community that will include its own farm and man-made lake, start at a whopping $2.2 million.

Starting PriceHousing TypeBuilding TypeSquare Footage of Living SpaceComments
Koloa
PiliMai at Poipu$600,000s + monthly maintenance fee2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom condos/townhomes (1-2 stories)Low-rise (3 stories high)1635-2259 square feetComing soon. A total of 191 homes will be built around a golf course in this master-planned community.
Koloa LandingHigh $900,000s + monthly maintenance fee2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom condominiumsLow-rise (4 stories high, with elevators)1346-3825 square feetLuxury resort-style community with 24-hour concierge service, day spa, 4 pools and waterslide, gourmet food store, and sundries shop.
Kukui'ula$2.2 million + monthly maintenance fee2- and 3-bedroom single family homesLow-rise (1-2 stories high)1742-3215 square feetMaster-planned resort community including community farm, lake, golf course, day spa, shops, restaurants, and cafes. Club Cottage models, located adjacent to community clubhouse, come fully furnished.

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