by Jon Letman | Modern Luxury Hawai’i magazine | August 29, 2011
Think of Kukui’ula as “extreme comfort.” Hawaii’s largest upscale private residential community, more than three decades in the making, celebrated its grand opening this summer as it welcomed new members to its $100 million Plantation House and golf clubhouse where dining, entertainment, health and fitness converge (2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka, Poipu, 742.0234, kukuiula.com).
In terms of style, scale and attention to fine details, there has never been anything quite like it on the islands. Kukui’ula is not simply a top-tier golf community in a beautiful oceanfront location. It was built to reflect the simple, natural beauty of Kauai in a way that allows its members to experience the island as locals and share that lifestyle with family and friends.
Kukui’ula is outstanding for its execution of quality and taste in every aspect of the 1,010-acre community. Designed around an 18-hole, Tom Weiskopf golf course on Kauai’s south shore, Kukuiula began with a center-focus on ambitious tropical landscaping and a scenic winding road. This ala approaches distinctive mauka and makai residential neighborhoods, intimate club cottages, a peacock bass-filled lake and a working community farm where members can plant, pluck and play in Kauai’s red dirt, if they’re so inclined.
Created with legacy in mind, Kukui’ula is meant for more than simply members’ enjoyment. Its deeper purpose is to be a community where older and younger generations come together. Kukui’ula has also developed what it calls “island pursuits,” meaning the kids can sign up for a mountain bike excursion or surf lesson while adults escape for some serious spa comforts. You’ll find all generations taking in a round of golf, swimming laps, working out in the state-of-the-art gym or refreshing with a steam and sauna—all before lunch.
The well-appointed clubhouse offers exquisite meals, sunset cocktails and pupus and can arrange nearly any special event from a two-person beach picnic to the impulse gotta-have-a-pineapple-teriyaki-cheeseburger-now moment or the grandest, most extravagant gathering, party or musical event you can conjure.
Beyond the clubhouse, nearby Kukui’ula Village offers quality retail shopping, dining and entertainment where members and the public can find everything from fresh, locally grown produce at the weekly gourmet farmers market to home-baked breads, tapas, shave ice and casual lunches to the finest farm-to-table dining in the islands.