Tour the Exclusive, $25,000-a-year Club Where Athletes and A-listers Vacation in Hawaii
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An average of eight million people visit the Hawaiian islands each year. But it's not likely that many of those tourists will have an experience that parallels what members can have at Kohanaiki, an exclusive club near Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
With an annual membership fee of $25,000 (in addition to a one-time entrance fee of $150,000), Kohanaiki offers travelers a plethora of activities and real estate options to enjoy. Members can either purchase pre-constructed, fully furnished homes or build out custom homes themselves.
Several C-suite finance executives, as well as golf legend Ben Crenshaw, former tennis pro Lindsey Davenport, and Jacksonville Jaguar Davon House have all joined the club.
"Our members are a very well-traveled, sophisticated set. This is not the first high-end, private club that they're a member of, and it's not their first vacation home," general manager George Punoose recently told Business Insider. "They've experienced the finest things in life and know what service and luxury is."
Let's take a tour of the 450-acre resort community where entrepreneurs, hedge funders, athletes, and entertainment industry pros vacation together.
Kohanaiki's Beach Restaurant
The bar in Kohanaiki's beach restaurant.
Kohanaiki is surrounded by lava flows, white-sand beaches, and bright blue waters.
The golf course is one obvious draw for vacationers ...
... as is the beach and all of the activities it has to offer. Kohanaiki's "A-Team" will take members surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and hiking.
Kohanaiki currently counts about 140 homeowners among its members, but it will limit the total to just over 380 families. "We're moving faster than the speed of light right now," Punoose said.
One of the newest models is called the Hinahina residence, which has four bedrooms and 2,402 square feet of interior space.
Private Pool Decks
The homes have their own pool deck, which look out on the 7th fairway.
The finishes are modern, yet distinctly Hawaiian.
The Hinahina homes also have an outdoor shower.
"These homes are as custom as custom gets," Punoose said. "Most of our members love the idea that they can just walk into their house, and all they have to bring is their toothbrush."
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