Travel Age Magazine
October 5, 1998

Kilauea Lakeside Estate Offers a Private Retreat

By Marty Wentzel

For clients seeking the ultimate Kauai escape, the Kilauea Lakeside Estate may be the answer

Located on Kauai's north shore, Kilauea Lakeside Estate is a three-acre gated retreat surrounded by a 20-acre freshwater lake. It's owned by Steve Hunt, who doubles as a resort property developer and travel agent Lakewood, Calif.-based Aaction Travel.

"While I have been involved in the development of a number of large resorts, it's been my experience that many guests to Kauai prefer a more private adn unique vacation experience. That's why I bought this property," said Hunt.

The estate's fully furnished three-bedroom, three bath house is enhanced by lush grounds and the expansivelake. "It's perfect for agents who want to book their clients into a secluded hideaway. It's a very hands-on resor, but without an on-property host," said Hunt, noting that his Kauai staff is on call when guests need them.

In the past three years, the Kilauea Lakeside Estate has hosted retreats, workshops, families traveling together, and more than 50 weddings and honeymoons.

The house sleeps six adults, with futons for additional guests. "It's a fresh idea for small groups and the luxury travel segment," said Hunt.

The Kilauea Lakeside Estate has a open, airy, design with cathedral ceilings, panoramic windows and extensive decks. There's a hot shower outside and a two-person spa tub indoors.

Other amenities include a full kitches, rattan furniture, telephone, stereo, cable TV, VCR, microwave, dishwasher, and washer/dryer.

The estate is one-half mile from the beach and a 10 minute drive from the shops, restaurants and activities of Princeville Resort.

Hunt believes that the natural beauty of the estate is a major selling point. "We want to fulfill dreams." he said.

Presided over by a large treehouse, the lake has a small island, a rope swing, a boat dock, a white-sand beach and small coves. Srounds include a fruit orchard, a bird sanctuary, adn a tropical rain forest with a freshwater stream.

Clients can kayak on the lake, fish for catfish and bass, go swimming, play on a private three-par golf hole and putting green, have picnics and barbecues, or simply lounge in the swings and hammocks.

Hunt can arrange packages with airfares, rental cars and island activities.

Hunt's Kauai roots run deep. His uncle was governor of the Territory of Hawaii during World War II, and Hunt has lived on and off Kauai for 50 years.