When you arrive at the Lihue Airport in Kaua‘i, you immediately feel the intimacy and warmth of the cozy island (it is only 25 miles long and 33 miles wide). A five-minute drive away is the newly built Timbers Kaua‘i Ocean Club & Residences at Hokuala, a truly unforgettable experience and destination.
Nearly two decades after Hurricane Iniki, the 450-acre property has finally seen development, and it is astonishing indeed. With 47 boutique residences for ownership and a new luxury vacation rental program (rates $1,500 to $6,500 per night), the residence club is making a grand statement. Perched cliffside, ocean views that overlook the historic Ninini Point Lighthouse and the Hau‘pu Ridge, are epic and endless.
I arrived at Timbers Kaua‘i at the tail end of Hurricane Hector (lucky for me!), but as I toured the vast location, I felt a sense of dark, storm-laced beauty in paradise—the ocean waters were a deep, thoughtful dark blue, and bulbous and ripe clouds blanketed the silver sky. Most of the custom residences for sale have floor-to-ceiling windows that perfectly capture panoramic views of Kaua‘i’s south shore.
Having had a privately guided kayak ride and hike canceled due to ill weather, I was taken to view Wailua Falls by adventure guide Gaither Rosser (who can customize any type of swashbuckling, and/or adrenaline-filled activity you’d like), as well as David Nagao, association director for Hokuala. The waterfall was quite tempestuous, as you can imagine, due to Hector, so we spent time gazing at the incredible pounding water, but didn’t venture down to the bottom due to hazardous conditions.
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