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160 Nahele, Why We Love This North Shore Estate

Why We Love This Home

Our team has been selling homes on Maui for 40 years and this listing could be one of our favorites...

The Location

160 Nahele is located in Haiku on Maui's North Shore. It's 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from one of the best surfing/windsurfing locations in the world, Hookipa. When big winter swells arrive you can even hear the boulders being rolled by Peahi/Jaws just a half mile away. Haiku has tons of great restaurants (my favorite is Nuka Sushi), shopping and even a gym. If you're looking for a country lifestyle that is not too far removed, Haiku might be your cup of tea.

A photo of Jaws/Peahi I took a few years back

The Land

We are actually selling two lots as a package that are owned by the same entity. The first lot is a 4.22 acre lot with a 4 bedroom/3 bath main home and 2 bedroom/3 bath cottage/ohana, the smaller lot is an adjoining .68 parcel. We are in process of a lot line adjustment, our intent is to have both homes remain on the same lot and adjust the smaller lot to be a 2 acre parcel. Doing this would leave us with the house and cottage on 2+ acres and another 2+ acre lot that would allow another house and cottage. The vacant lot would need to be on water catchment being that the water meter would stay with the original lot. With the vacant lot being two agriculturally zoned acres you could build a full size 1,000 sq. ft. cottage along with a main home. There are over 300 palms growing as nursery stock on along with a multitude of other plants trees such as coconuts and mango. According to the University of Hawaii Rainfall Atlas, 160 Nahele receives 54.81 inches of rain annually, that's pretty ideal for farming and greenery.

Aerial View of Lot And Palm Nursery

The House

The main home was built in 1985 and remodeled in 2011. It's a 4 bedroom/3 bathroom pole house with an amazing view from both levels and the in ground pool. The roof was replaced in 2015 giving it fresh and functional facelift. Tracy (my business partner) even milled some of the Koa kitchen cabinets back in the '80s from his mill on the big island, it's hard to find wood working of this level any longer. A huge benefit to being a "pole home" is the open space, the 2,500 sq. ft. of interior living feels more like 3,000. This home was previously a licensed bed and breakfast, check out this article from 2012 when we sold it last.

Center pole in the living room with Koa cabinets in the background

Master Bedroom

I live about 1 mile from this location and if I had a home to design specifically for Haiku I would incorporate the high ceilings and open floor plan from this home for air flow and light.

View from the living room and second story lanai

Pool at the main house

Cottage/Ohana

What's not to love about it? Even though this cottage was built in 2004 it feels like you're walking into a painting of a 1920s plantation home. The covered lanai in the back is the perfect dining area and even better for hosting cozy get-togethers. The 2 bedroom/2 bath layout leaves multiple possibilities, you can lock off the center of the house and enter from either side (it's perfect for friends, family, and visitors who want their own space), it essentially creates two divided spaces.

Cottage/Ohana

Ohana Kitchen and Dining

Cottage/Ohana lanai

Cottage/Ohana Bedroom

Want To Know More About Haiku?

I hope you feel the same way we do about 160 Nahele. I love living in Haiku, give me a call and we can talk about why.

Why The Stice Team?

The Stice Team has over 45 years of Maui real estate experience. Both Tracy and myself are involved with the Board of Realtors at the state and local level, volunteering on Government Affairs, Technology and multiple other committees. We stay in front of real estate issues and love using our local knowledge to assist our clients. Give us a call, we would love to help with your real estate needs.

Tim Stice-Realtor Broker

timastice@gmail.com

808.268.8511

Just Listed: 10 Acres in Haiku on Maui's North Shore - So Near, Yet Faraway

So near, yet faraway oceanside acreage, ocean view, with power and water in Haiku, Maui Kahiapo Ocean View

10 acres in Haiku offered by the Stice Team for $799,000 (MLS# 362066)

If you are looking for a property on the North Shore of Maui that feels like you are oceanfront, with a beautiful building site, graded and ready to build, with a Maui county water meter installed, and electricity at the site, this is your spot, 112 Kahiapo Place.

Property Features

These 10 acres offer a huge variety of topography with the prime two building sites at the top of the lot, looking directly down the valley to Puniawa Bay in Haiku, which is about 1/2 mile from world famous Peahi Bay, known as Jaws.

Zoning allows two living structures, so you can build a large main home and a separate “farm accessory dwelling" of 1,000 sq. ft. of living area. Zoning still allows multiple farm accessory structures, such as barns, greenhouses, packing sheds, and well houses.

Gardens

There is about a 200 foot vertical drop in to the valley below with a 4-wheel drive access road that leads down to a production vegetable farm that is currently being cultivated by the present owner.

Included also are 15 producing lychee trees, rollinia trees, banana, java plum, and large mature old mango trees along the stream. Most of the cultivable land lies on both sides of the stream along the valley floor and is rich alluvial soil deposited over the eons by periodic flooding. This land has been cleared and is ready to plant.

Prime Location

Most similar properties like this lie much further to the East, with difficult access or longer travel time from Central Maui. This property is located 6 minutes to Haiku Town Center, 8 minutes to Hookipa Beach Park, and 25 minutes to Kahului airport. “So near, yet faraway" is truly an accurate description of this beautiful property. You feel like you are in Hana, yet you have all the convenience of being 6 minutes from the grocery store, restaurants, and the health club.

Aloha from Haiku,

Tracy Stice R(B)
808.281.5411
Tracy@HawaiiLife.com 

Why I Live and Love My North Shore Maui Life

Clients and friends have asked me for years why I live in Haiku “where it rains all the time." Frankly, I reply with a smile and remind them that this is the first place the Hawaiian’s chose to live when they arrived on the islands. When you have adequate rainfall and you have to live off the land and the ocean, the answer is very simple; water is the source of life. Preparing garden with my mother Janet 1980

Me and my late mother preparing for a garden in 1980

After living the first 12 years of my life in the desert in Tucson, Arizona, hiking through dry gulches, dodging jumping cactus, and enduring 110 degree summer days, Maui was an easy transition. The desert does have a beauty all of its own and an amazing amount of life, but it is very difficult to survive in it for long without a source of water.

So, starting with water in two forms - the fresh water from the heavens and the salt water of the sea - Haiku has both. There is a misconception that our Maui soil is fertile. Mostly, it is not as it has largely been depleted by mono-cropping pineapple and sugarcane for years. Poor soil management makes restoring the soil a huge chore.

When I purchased my home in 1978, I bought five acres with a tiny cottage in the middle of an abandoned pineapple field. Nothing would grow. My neighbor, Guy Moen, was successfully growing commercial bananas right next door and we had a conversation that has carried me forward in my farming (and real estate) careers.

Planting  and Plowing 1981

Working the land with my tractor back in 1981

Guy told me to get the soil tested at the local ag extension service at the cottage. He shared that until I supplemented the soil with available nutrients and adjusted the PH from highly acidic soil to a more neutral PH, I would have difficulty even growing a decent weed. I listened and learned.

Adding dolomite lime allowed the soil to become PH neutral and loosened up the existing nutrients in the soil. Adding rock phosphate in large quantities, replaced the phosphate depleted by farming pineapples for years. Adding organic matter, ash, and compost helped build up potassium, and supplementing with all forms of nitrogen, legumes that fix atmospheric nitrogen, and foraging animals all have gradually brought life back to my land.

The same is true of our ocean waters. We have overfished them for years and to earn a living as a fisherman is difficult. My neighbor, Adam, is a commercial fisherman, mostly fishing pelagic tuna, mahi mahi, ono, and swordfish. Adam agrees that reasonable management of the fisheries is the only way to keep feeding us all off the ocean. Recent closings of bottom fishing for onaga, opakapaka, and other bottom fish has started to slowly increase the population of these fishes and now fishermen are reporting better catches in open season.

Maui Sustainable Living and Sustainable Real Estate

Haiku Present Day

I enjoy the lush vegetation that surrounds the same home that I have lived in since 1978, which is quite the contrast from when I first purchased it (see above photos)

Living in an area where there is adequate rain to farm and an ocean that can feed you, offers some opportunities that other parts of Maui don’t have. To farm in Central Maui and Kihei, all the water must come from the windward side. Please peruse my previous article Maui Sustainable Living and Sustainable Real Estate.

Living and Loving the Haiku Life

450 North Holokai Place (MLS# 356689) in Haiku just listed for $1,850,000

A good example of a family that takes advantage of the rainfall is the owner of a new property that I have listed for sale at 450 N. Holoka’i Place in Haiku. Don and Patricia Fisher started with 2 acres of pineapple fields 12 years ago, built their dream home on it, and put in a tremendous fruit orchard and some small gardens.

They have faced the same obstacles that I have, but every day they get to walk out and pick citrus, avocados, lychee, mango, figs, and many other fruits. To farm two acres in Kihei, your water bill would be $600 or $700 per month. They pay $30 per month because they don’t have to irrigate.

Words that Patricia Fisher shared with me, “Why would somebody want to live anyplace but in Haiku? You have peace and quiet with no traffic noise, no burden of the resort commotion, good access to great restaurants, stores and Upcountry Fitness at nearby Haiku Town Center, 10 minutes to the beach at Hookipa, and it is all only 30 minutes from Kahului."

Why Not Consider Haiku?

You have world class windsurfing, the best downwind paddle from Maliko Bay, site of the Olu Kai world competition every year, surfing and kiting at Hookipa, massive winter surf at Peahi Bay aka "Jaws," great cycling and mountain biking, equestrian facilities at Tom Morrow Equestrian Center, rodeo and roping at Kaupakalua Riding Club. 

Best of all, you have top notch both public and private schools as Haiku Elementary consistently scores highly in state ratings and both Montessori and Seabury Hall offer high level, college prep quality private education.

Having lived in Haiku since 1978 (I am still on my 5 acres) and raising my 3 children (all born on the property) with my wife, Laura, I truly have a feel for the land, the community and what it takes to prosper here. My children are now all successful adults and my son, Jeremy, is my business partner in real estate. We work as the “Stice Team" at Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers and we are the top selling agents in Haiku. We know and love the area, so it is logical that we can best share that love with our clients.

If you want to talk about farming, real estate, surfing, cycling, schools, canoe paddling, or living the Haiku life, please reach out to me.

Aloha from the North Shore,

Tracy Stice R(B)
808.281.5411
Tracy@HawaiiLife.com