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Enjoying Your ZZZZ's In Kauai

By Richard Carroll
Photography: Donna Carroll

Selecting a holiday homebase can be confusing. Kauai's variety of accommodations simplifies the decision.

Steve Hunt's Kilauea Lakeside Estate

Impossibly romantic and free-spirited, Steve Hunt, who's Great Uncle Poindexter was Governor of Hawaii, has maintained a passionate love affair with Kauai and the North Shore most of his life. Hunt offers the only lakefront home in Hawaii, a secluded love nest overlooking a 20-acre freshwater lake, only minutes from the beach and the spiffy Princeville Hotel.

Great for a family, or two or three couples, the three bedroom, three bath estate, located within the Kilauea Bird Sanctuary, is the ultimate Hawaiian escape complete with a treehouse and a 3-par, 100 yard golf hole shared with ducks, coots, red breasted cardinals and snowy egrets that strut around as if they owned the place. The spacious grounds are meticulously maintained and dotted with colorful flowers, a sweeping lawn, and mature trees that dapple the light and shelter the wild and raucous roosters.

Guests stroll up the rock-strewn Waiakalua Stream that snakes through the property to a small waterfall and verdant rainforest alive with wild flowers and mossy ferns feeling like a native islander on a back country exploration. Horsebackride on an adjoining ranch, cast a line for bass, skinny dip in the lake under a drooping breadfruit tree or from an inflatable boat, and then snooze in the comfy hammock and dream that the world is on vacation. The house is designed island-style, with a cathedral ceiling, pastel colors, rattan furniture, full open kitchen, a number of dining choices and a washer and dryer.

Shoes not allowed in the house, but memories of good times are.