Aloha and Happy New Year 2022! It’s the dawn of a new era for the luxury real estate market in Hawaii. The Big Island Luxury portfolio offers gorgeous resort residences making a splash to perspective homeowners having their pick of the top echelon of vacation homes in the country becoming available, the time is now to indulge in island living and invest within the Big Island real estate market.

In this blog, we’re giving a market report on the seven resort properties with turn-key residences that are sure to dazzle in every way.

What the Resort Residences Means for the Big Island Real Estate Market

It’s no secret that 2021 was a massive year for Hawaii’s luxury market. With sales soaring to record highs and homes valued at $3 million or more seeing sales volume rise 235% compared with the same period in 2020 – this momentum is expected to continue into 2022. As a side note in 2021 in the North Kona and South Kohala district sales  41.5% of all sales were either 1031 or cash sales. In condo sales: 52.4% of all sales were either 1031 or cash sales. Over previous years that % has increased dramatically.



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Domestic travelers are returning after pent-up demand during the pandemic. There are record-low interest rates. Equity markets are rising. Not to mention employees with high-paying jobs and disposable income are able to travel more while still being connected to work. This all adds up to be the perfect recipe for increased luxury real estate sales in Hawaii.

On top of that, the resort market is also booming. Tourism is on its way back up, which means more amenity-rich resorts are being built on the Big Island to meet the demand. Amenities are better than ever before. The views are immaculate. These travelers are also extended their stays which means piqued interest for long-term living on the island.

If you’re currently on vacation and are looking for an insider’s look into Big Island real estate, be sure to contact Renee Kraft with all your questions and to schedule a private tour: 808-345-2108.

The Seven Big Island Resort Communities with Ownership Opportunities

World class white sandy beaches. Extraordinary golfing. Oceanside tennis. Island-inspired cuisine and cocktails. Jaw-dropping activities. The list goes on and on. These seven resort properties with ownership opportunities along the Kona and Kohala Coast on Hawaii Island are where the millionaires and billionaires play.

Let’s take a look inside each of these family-friendly destinations:

Mauna Kea Beach Resort:

When they say, “The Crown Jewel of the Kohala Coast”, they aren’t kidding. Comprised of 11 unique subdivisions ranging from two- to seven-bedroom residences, Mauna Kea offers one of the finest collection of luxury properties situated on 1,839 acres of prime Big Island land. Real estate investors

to those looking for an iconic winter destination will need to look no further. From providing residents with some of the most picturesque views of the island to privacy unbound, there is a reason why Mauna Kea Resort is acclaimed as a world-class destination.

While the real estate is sure to entice, the amenity-rich property will win anyone over. Part of the Big Island Resorts portfolio owners have unlimited access to two of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in Hawaii along with two championship 18-hole golf courses, 5-star hotels, picturesque beaches, and deluxe fitness centers. As one can see at the end of the day, there’s few places as mesmerizing as Mauna Kea to soak in the Big Island sun.

Mauna Lani Resort:

Paying homage and deep respect to the land on which it lies, Mauna Lani Resort is another pristine real estate option for homebuyers. Spanning three miles of ocean-front properties, the community is separated into 17 exclusive neighborhoods, varying in style and design, to suite anyone’s lifestyle. From palatial estates and residences with immaculate views to multimillion-dollar condos all just steps away from world-class white sandy beaches, there is a reason why the community’s name translates to ‘Where the Mountains Meet the Heavens.”

Luxury real estate isn’t the only head turner in this development. Part of the Big Island Resorts portfolio the never-ending list of adventures for the entire family coupled with an exhaustive list of amenities will ensure homeowners will never want to leave. From archeological landmarks like lava formations, thriving coral reefs and ancient caves to two championship golf courses, exquisite restaurants, tennis clubs and more, there is fun to be had everyday you wake up at Mauna Lani Resort.

Waikoloa Beach Resort:

Among the most prestigious resort communities on the Big Island, it’s no secret why Waikoloa Beach Resort is considered “The Gathering Place” from homeowners and travelers from all over the world. Situated on the West Coast of the island within the popular South Kohala District, real estate opportunities are abounded within this community. Whether you’re in the market for a custom dream home or ultra-luxury condominium, chances are you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here.

In addition, the community offers ample things to do to inspire residents to get out and enjoy the seasonally warm, year-round weather. The resort is nestled on the shores of one of the Big Island’s most famed beaches, Naeho’omalu Bay. This offers the perfect playground for adventure with access to a variety of water activities, two championship golf courses, an array of shopping experiences and cuisine that will make your culinary heart content. Waikoloa Beach is one of the most sough-after real estate opportunities on the Big Island for a reason.

Hualalai Resort:

For jetsetters looking to start their extended vacation as soon as they land, Hualalai Resort is the real estate opportunity for you. The property is just a short 10-minute ride from the Keahole-Kona International Airport. Offering a wide array of real estate opportunities throughout the 625 pristine beachfront property, you’ll be remiss to find something that doesn’t work for your needs. From single-family estate homes, townhomes, villas, and custom estate lots for those who want to build their dream home, the master plan vision of the community was to create individual unique neighborhood communities each with their own style and level of amenities. Plus, the architecture throughout the community offers a deep connection to the Hawaiian culture and heritage and pays tribute to traditional Hawaiian design.

Part of the Big Island Resorts portfolio the amenities available to residents at Hualalai are impressive. Those that live here enjoy access to the Hualalai Golf Club, the Hualalai Sports Club, a Canoe Club, tennis courts, boutique shops, 5-star dining, and swimming pools. Alongside these incredible features, the resort is home to two world-class golf championship courses, the Tom Weiskopf course, and the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course.

Kukio Golf and Beach Club:

Luxury is an understatement within the gates of the exclusive, private club of Kukio. Located adjacent to the Hualalai Resort, The Kukio Region is split up into three main areas: Kukio, Kukio, Manini’owali, and Kaupulehu. Custom-built estates, villas and homesites within Kukio are some of the most private you’ll find on the Big Island, while still allowing residents to be connected to all the island has to offer. Renowned for its perfect climate, natural beauty, and sporting activities, the Kukio Golf and Beach Club is in an unparalleled beachfront location.

Alongside some of the finest Hawaiian real estate, Kukio’s Private Club offers an impressive range of amenities and facilities to members. Likewise, residents have access to spa centers, two-championship golf courses, fitness facilities, dining areas, a library, tennis and basketball courts, beach volleyball, a sports complex, restaurants, a beach bar, and a clubhouse. These amenities and facilities are for the exclusive use of the Kukio Golf and Beach Club members and their guests.

Shores at Kohanaiki:

If you’re on a mission to fully embrace the Hawaiian-island culture than the Shores at Kohanaiki is the place for you. Part of the Big Island Resorts portfolio a truly unique experience heightened by sacred artifacts, petroglyphs and cultural landmarks, this community is unlike any other on the Big Island. As the newest private resort community on the island, the Shores at Kohanaiki offers custom homesites where residents can design and build their own homes. Lots range from 0.5 to well-over an acre and are subdivided into five community – each offering a different style of living.

Your own little slice of paradise. The lifestyle residents have at the Shores at Kohanaiki is absolutely unparalleled. For example, homeowners have access to a number of amenities that are sure to inspire them to get out and explore the beautiful island. From equipment to participate in water activities to an Adventure Team that ensures residents are living their lives to the fullest, there’s no detail that went overlook within this community. Renowned for its perfect climate, natural beauty, and sporting activities, the Kukio Golf and Beach Club is in an unparalleled beachfront location.


Owning a piece of Hawaiian real estate in Hōkūliʻa is the epitome of luxury. Following suit with the line of luxury mansions that pepper the beachfront of the Kona Coast, the sky is the limit at Hōkūliʻa. Offering homeowners a range of options from magnificent oceanfront houses to purchasing vacant lots of land to build your dream home just steps from the ocean, Hōkūliʻa is where your luxury real estate dreams are answered. Plus, the destination’s tranquility and deep connection to nature will ensure residents get the appropriate rest and relaxation whether they’re stay is short or extended.

The list of amenities also takes centerstage at Hōkūliʻa. Not only do residents have a front row to some of the most gorgeous sunsets and surrounding mountain views on the island, but they can also enjoy the spa center, fitness facilities, dining pavilion, a library, tennis and basketball courts, restaurants, a beach bar, and a clubhouse. These amenities and facilities are for the exclusive use of Hōkūliʻa residents and their guests.

To sum up there are ample opportunities to buy some of the most coveted luxury real estate in the country right here on the big island. Start your new year off on the right foot and embark on a new home journey today. Thinking of upgrading your current property or dipping your toe into the Big Island real estate market, contact me Renee Kraft at 808-345-2108.




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