KAANAPALI - When Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern United States, St. Petersburg, Florida residents Chris and Kathy decided they'd had enough of the uncertain weather conditions and hectic lifestyle. It was time for a change. Their search for a new home and a new life led them to Maui, where they fell in love with the Ka`anapali Coffee Farms community.
"We were attracted to the romantic feel of this Napa-like community with its breathtaking views and manicured coffee orchards," said Kathy. "It also offered that laid back and relaxed island lifestyle that we were seeking."
Like Chris and Kathy, other new buyers are also discovering the magnetic allure of Ka`anapali Coffee Farms.
“We feel it’s important to respect the land and cultural
traditions,” said Kathy, who was trained as an anthropologist while attending law school. Chris and Kathy are pictured with Rev. Pomaikai Kaahumanu during the blessing of their Ka`anapali Coffee Farms lot.
Since January of this year alone, nine escrows have been opened, with three already closed. Only a limited number of five- to seven-acre estate lots remain. Prices start from $560,000.
"There's an exciting energy on the farm," said Rohn Stark of Platinum Properties Hawaii. "In addition to increasing sales activity, a number of homes are currently being built, and construction of the community's custom entry gate is in progress."
One of the perks of living at Ka`anapali Coffee Farms is local farmers do all the work on the coffee plantation for homeowners. The fruits of their labor are MauiGrown Coffee's exceptional coffee varietals, including their famous Maui Mokka. Today, their 100 percent MAUI Origin Coffee brand is sold throughout the State of Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Japan, Germany, Korea, Australia, Canada, and right here at home at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store in Lahaina - and the coffee's popularity continues to soar.
Chris and Kathy anticipate moving into their `ohana unit late this summer - the first phase of their dream property at Ka`anapali Coffee Farms. Chris hopes to continue his medical practice and to do his charity work. He is Board-certified and a specialist in wound care.
"Here's to new beginnings," said Kathy.