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Real estate auction of Ossipoff-designed property

November 4th, 2013

If you have some millions to spare and an interest in Hawaiian history, you might be interested in buying a luxury residential estate on Hawaii Island this month. New York-based Concierge Auctions will be auctioning without reserve a luxury property called Hale Kai, a 2.95-acre oceanfront property with an architectural pedigree and an interesting history.

Courtesy: Concierge Auctions

Courtesy: Concierge Auctions

Designed by renowned architect Vladimir Ossipoff, the mid-century modern home was originally built for one of Hawaii’s first senators, William H. “DOC” Hill and his wife Ouida, and has hosted notable visitors for decades — including John Wayne and Pilar Palette, who were married on the grounds in 1954. Previously offered for $6.8 million, Hale Kai will sell to the highest bidder in cooperation with Bud Norwood, R(B) of Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty and Jim Allison, R(S) of Mauna Kea Realty.

Courtesy: Concierge Auctions

Courtesy: Concierge Auctions

My job has familiarized me with Ossipoff's work, of which I am now a fan (with exception of the pimply Queen Emma Building in downtown Honolulu.) Therefore, this listing piqued my interest - and I thought you might like to see how the "other half" lives.

Beyond the gated private entrance of Hale Kai, the estate includes a main house, a tiled pool, pool house, guest quarters, caretaker’s quarters and tennis courts. In all, the resort-like home totals five bedrooms and six bathrooms.

A master of design, with notable works throughout Hawaii, Ossipoff excelled in the personal interpretation of this home as well as the individuality of the piece of land on which it sits. The principals of Ossipoff design have resulted in his work looking as fresh today as it was when it was first constructed over a half a century ago. According to the press release (and what I know of Ossipoff's work), the layout is open, so that it feels as though Hawaii is a constant visitor. Originally used as a weekend and summer getaway, Ossipoff designed Hale Kai for minimal maintenance and to retain the Hawaiian atmosphere of relaxation and entertaining. Each of the property’s bedrooms is separate and detached, offering the guests ultimate privacy and seclusion.

Meticulously crafted to take full advantage of the year-round tropical environment, Hale Kai seamlessly incorporates 4,321 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space. Every room in each of the four buildings on the property was designed to take maximum advantage of the sea breezes during the day and mountain breezes by night.

The auction of Hale Kai, located at 78-120 Holua Road in Kailua-Kona, will be held live on November 12, 2013. For more information, visit

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