Big Island Real Estate – South Kohala
South Kohala also offers some of the best Big Island Real Estate for those looking for a full-time residence or a second home within a resort environment.
Like a string of pearls along the warm clear waters of the Kohala Coast, the Waikoloa, Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea Resorts have been enchanting visitors with their luxurious comforts and idyllic lifestyles for decades. Carved out of the starkly beautiful lava flows at the foot of the world’s tallest volcano, the resorts of South Kohala have pursued their lofty ambitions to both protect nature and perfect it.
South Kohala covers a diverse range of landscapes and climate from the arid 100-year old lava flows along the coast to the lush rolling pastures of Waimea. Midway between the two, the small community of Waikoloa Village enjoys the best of both worlds.
The lower elevations of Mauna Kea’s leeward flank are some of the most arid areas of the island. Resorts along the coast typically see less than 10 inches of rain per year and winds often reach 20-30 mph in the afternoon with occasional blustery days seeing gusts to 60 mph. Daytime highs range from the low to high 80s throughout the year with the odd windless day feeling much warmer.
As you travel east and gain elevation the temperature first becomes cooler and then you reach the edge of the volcano’s rain shadow as you enter Waimea, headquarters of the Parker Ranch. Here the daily high temperature averages just over 70F in the summer and it receives upwards of 80 inches of precipitation a year, much of it in the form of a fine cloudy mist.
Restaurants & Shopping
Located inside the resorts along the Kohala Coast you will find a wealth of dining and shopping options. Although primarily geared toward serving guests of the resort, retail centers like the Shops at Mauna Lani, King’s Shops and the Queen’s marketplace have a wide variety of eateries and services.
The full service Foodland Farms grocery store at the Mauna Lani is available for things you may have run out of since your last visit to town and the weekly farmers market at the Queen’s Marketplace brings the country to your door with a selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and local products. You can also find everything from oceanfront fine dining to take-out sushi shops scattered throughout the resorts.
Located a few miles uphill from the Waikoloa Beach Resort, Waikoloa Village has its own Village Market, post office and retail center serving the local community.
For a small town community, Waimea has an impressive array of dining options. Several top chefs like Peter Merriman of Merriman’s Restaurant and David Abrahams of the Red Water Cafe lure many resort guests and Kona locals to trek up the mountain to Waimea. Specializing in Hawaiian regional cuisine, expect to see plenty of Big Island beef, locally caught fish and fresh picked fruits and vegetables on the menu.
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