Kohanaiki: Redefining Island Living

Nature Guide

On the Kona Coast of Hawaii Island a new private community is emerging, aligned with the Big Island’s culture, built around an environmentally sustainable infrastructure and featuring breathtaking golf, unsurpassed ocean activities, architecture of character and healthful cuisine.

The first new development of its kind on Hawaii, the Big Island, in nearly a decade, Kohanaiki is remarkably different, managing luxurious living in a decidedly new way—offering superb quality, comfort and recreational activities in a private resort setting without excess.

  • Cultural Respect

    At Kohanaiki, intelligent luxury is defined not only by the stunning Rees Jones golf course, but also by the preservation of archaeological and cultural sites used by the island’s original Hawaiian people.

  • Environmental Responsibility

    Using best management practices attuned to a higher environmental consciousness, Kohanaiki has developed a natural resource management plan in partnership with Audubon International. Kohanaiki will be the only golf course on the Big Island to receive Audubon’s Silver Signature Course certification.

  • Community Farm & Sustainability

    The creation of an on-site biodynamic organic community farm enhances the healthful, tasty and unique food prepared at Kohanaiki. By using only fresh and wholesome ingredients, including fresh fish caught offshore on the day it’s served, Kohanaiki has achieved the epitome of sustainable operations on a site that is both rare and profoundly special.

    The community farm produces organic fruits, vegetables and herbs used in Kohanaiki’s restaurants and catering services. The farm’s production is also available for owners to enjoy in their homes.

  • Water & Solar

    Since water is both scarce and expensive on the Big Island, Kohanaiki has built eight water wells, a reverse osmosis water filtration plant and a 10.5-million gallon lake that will supply enough water to irrigate the golf course and all of the landscaping throughout the community at a cost far less than the expense of purchasing water elsewhere.  To defray the costs of power needed to pump irrigation water throughout the community, photovoltaic panels will be installed to generate as much renewable energy as possible. Kohanaiki has partnered with VITA Planning & Landscaping Architecture to utilize a plant palate that is sensitive to water conservation and the coastal environment, employing native plants whenever practical.