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PARADISE FOUND: HAWAIIAN VACATION PROPERTIES by Darren Elms Kukui'ula hat is it about Hawaii that keeps Californians streaming to its heavenly islands year after year? Is it proximity, a sweet five hours from our state shores? Is it the hospitality and friendly faces that greet you at every turn? What about the fragrant air that intoxicates your senses from the time you arrive? Yes. Yes. Yes…and the list goes on. Even the traveler who prefers the city to sand and surf can’t help but fall under Hawaii’s seductive spell. With a little something for everyone, from exquisite natural beauty and exciting outdoor activities to great shopping, hotels and dining experiences, a vacation to the islands rarely disappoints. Now it’s easier than ever to own a piece of paradise. A number of properties, from family homes to condos to fractional ownership, are springing up in some of Hawaii’s most desirable locations. But, hurry, they’re going fast. Kauai The oldest and northernmost of Hawaii’s main islands, Kauai remains pop- W Kukui'ula ular with travelers who want to avoid touristy Oahu and Maui. With lush tropical settings and turquoise waters at every corner, how could you pass it up? On the island’s south shore, Kukui’ula, a 1000-acre project that will eventually host more than a thousand homes, is already in its second stage of development. These million-dollar-plus residences sit on a former sugar plantation and will enjoy a Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course, clubhouse and spa, as well as an entertainment village hosting a number of boutiques and restaurants. Coco Palms, a legendary property that provided the setting for Elvis’s Blue Hawaii, gets a $320 million transformation in the form of a new luxury resort, boasting 200 residences overlooking the historic Coconut Grove, Wailua Beach and the bay beyond. A onetime playground of royalty and the wealthy, the original resort suffered a devastating blow by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. The highly anticipated redevelopment is slated to open in August 2008. September/October 2007 Luxury Life & Style 87

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