President Barack Obama and his family showed 2008 the door at Paradise Point Estates at Kailua Bay, a luxury beachfront estate complex in O'ahu. Mr.
President Barack Obama and his family showed 2008 the door at Paradise Point Estates at Kailua Bay, a luxury beachfront estate complex in O'ahu. Mr. Obama vacations annually to the island where he lived from the age of 10 to 18. His half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, still lives in Honolulu and is his closest sibling. Perhaps befitting a president trying to bolster home lending, the villas, located between an inland waterway and the Pacific Ocean, have been put up for sale.
According to the Paradise Point Estates company, the 2.5-mile-long white sand Kailua Beach, where Malia (age 10) and Sasha (now 7) spent their day, is said to be the gathering place of ancient kings and the birthplace of the Hawaiian people. The beach hugs a sheltered bay ideal for swimming or watersports that require strong breezes but gentle surf, such as windsurfing and kite boarding. Rental equipment and instruction is available along the beach.
The Obama family, their retinue and security staff occupied the adjacent "Plantation" and "Balinese" estates. Both of the 7,000-square-foot estates, completed in 2006 and 2007, were rented, fully appointed, with custom finishes and furnishings from around the world. Their wonderful location overlooking Kailua Bay, the Mokulua Islands and the Koolau mountain range makes them the most desirable in the compound. And their new presidential pedigree makes them an unbeatable celebrity item and superstar real estate investment.
The beach community of Kailua is also picturesque, a small town in the shadows of Mount Olomana. The Kawainui Marshland provides abundant wildlife and a scenic walking trail. The Mokulua Islands, known as the ‘Moks’, sit offshore on the horizon framing each brilliant sunrise. An active community with shops, restaurants, excellent schools and friendly citizens, Kailua represents the Aloha spirit of acceptance and optimism.
The Paradise Point Estates at Kailua Bay are just 20 minutes by car from Honolulu. Residents and guests within the community can take advantage of 40 golf courses, beaches for sailing and kite boarding, excellent medical facilities, fine dining/entertainment and a community health club and Spa.
The Estates' developer, Oregon-based Mercury Development president David Zimel, noted that, "The Obama family was delighted with the accommodations. They immediately settled in to enjoy an evening barbeque on the lanai, adorned with lavish gardens, a lagoon-style pool and tiki torches flickering in the warm ocean breeze." Sounds pretty good to us.
For more information and an online video tour of the property, visit the Paradise Point Estates website. If you're into learning more about the Obama family history in Hawai'i, consider booking an "Obama Tour" featured by www.waikiki.com. The company — in an effort to boost tourism — is offering 60-minute mini-tours for only $5 per person. Families can also select from other routes, such as the "Honolulu City & Cultural Highlights" or "Rainforest, Waterfall & Pali Scenic Lookout" tours.
This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.