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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Historic home on Tantalus

It would have been enough for me to see how beautiful this rustic, kamaaina-style home on Round Top Drive is. The open, classic design is reminiscent of a bygone era without looking old, and has an amazing view to boot.

But this home is much more; at 105 years old, it’s on the historic registry and was the childhood home of Honolulu heiress Kinau Wilder, an actress who appeared in “Magnum, P.I.” and the original “Hawaii Five-0” series.  The entire family is remarkable, as you can see in the book The Wilders of Waikiki.

The two-story home is called “Melemanuala,” or “with the soaring birds,” because it’s located so high up the mountain. The main house and two cottages comprise 4,075 square feet of living area, and the lot is 2.5 acres (which is like living on more than two football fields).

There are five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a five-car carport. Like many older kamaaina homes, this has a brick fireplace—which sounds ridiculous in Hawaii, but I’m told that some homeowners use theirs on chilly winter nights. It’s a nice touch.

The living room has a built-in day bed and adjoins to a corner office. The dining room, which has a pass-through window to the large country-style kitchen, has built-in cupboards.

The natural light and the wood throughout the home gives it a warm ambience, and the panoramic views from every room are a big plus. Click here to see more about the home.

Money talk: $2.5 million, fee simple
Contact: Jerol Hanson, Century 21 All Islands, 808-953-2100, jerol.hanson@c21allislands.com

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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