Hawaiian Ocean View Estates

Covering 18 square miles in the district of Ka‘u, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) is the largest subdivision in the nation. This decidedly “off-the-beaten-track” area presents plentiful opportunities to find the house of your dreams amid the vast, rugged lava fields and mystical ‘ohi‘a forests on the slopes of Mauna Loa.

With no CC&Rs (covenants, codes and restrictions) in the subdivision, HOVE inspires an “anything goes” diverse building style that ranges from sprawling estates to colorful cottages and compounds. Laid out in a grid that extends for miles in all directions, the privately maintained roads seem as new as the day they were built.

Located half way between Captain Cook and Naalehu at least 45 minutes from downtown Kailua-Kona, the town of Ocean View offers convenience amenities including two grocery stores, a post office, gas stations, ACE Hardware, laundry mats, cocktails bars, several coffee shops and a handful of eateries.

The community features a recreation center for events and meetings. There is also a local park for children to play, and to host gatherings. To date, there are no schools in Ocean View; the closest elementary schools are located in Naalehu to the south and Ho‘okena to the north, while Konawaena High School, in Kealakekua, is a good 30-minute drive from HOVE.

Residents who reside in Ocean View relish the remote and affordable lifestyle where resourcefulness is key and catching your own rainwater is the norm, as there is no County water available here. From the makai area of “Ranchos” to the upper elevations of Ocean View at 5,000 feet, HOVE inspires a pioneer spirit among its residents.

(c) Karen Anderson

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