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Kauai hideaway for $6.8M

  • Gregory Blore / Special to The Garden Island

    The $6.8 million estate above Kauapea (Secret) Beach in Kilauea enjoys sweeping ocean views and a path to the ocean.

  • Gregory Blore / Special to The Garden Island

    The Kauai hideaway above Kauapea (Secret) Beach in Kilauea is on the market for a cool $6.8 million.

KILAUEA — Lee Unkrich, the Oscar-winning director behind “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is listing his Kauai hideaway, complete with big sky viewing platform above a secluded corner of Secret Beach, for $6.8 million.

The property is listed with Hannah Sirois and Sean Ahearn of Elite Pacific Properties.

Built with film set-like detail and devotion to authenticity worthy of its award-winning director owner, this home is itself is a work of art, and its surroundings are like stepping into one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s vibrant, lush depictions of Hawaii. Situated above Secret Beach and adjacent to the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, it is the perfect private family escape.

“My wife and I fell in love the property when we first saw it,” said Unkrich. “The craftsmanship of the home is exquisite, and you can’t oversell the view — it’s simply gorgeous.”

Located on Kauapea Road, one of the most sought after bluff locations on Kaua’i’s North Shore, the gated estate includes a main residence of about 3,600 square feet, three poolside pavilions, two expansive bedrooms, a sleeping loft with expertly crafted built-in trundle beds, 2.5 luxurious bathrooms, and a garage built to the same exceptional standard as the main residence.

The main residence centers around a great room which opens onto a spacious lanai boasting wide-open views of the sky, sea and Kauai’s storied Secret Beach. Custom glass doors off the kitchen, dining and living areas blur the lines between inside and out. The master suite features a magnificent soaking tub, steam shower, spacious cedar closet and spa access.

This is a place to gather, a home built with the intention of entertaining friends and family in tropical splendor. It is the site of many cherished memories for Unkrich, his wife and children, and was his occasional workspace while he edited and directed many of the acclaimed animated films for which he is known.

Built by master Hawaiian craftsman James Antony in “Tropical-Craftsman” style, this airy, welcoming estate features high-quality finishes throughout and an array of tropical hardwoods.

A soaking spa, waterfalls and stream are just off the living area, hammocks, picnic benches, and a fire pit are nearby.

Surrounded by verdant tropical forests and orchards of bananas, avocado, mangoes, noni and papayas, this home invites exploration and organic living.

Known for co-directing some of Pixar’s most fantastical early classics, including “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo,” Unkrich went on to direct the Academy Award-winning, “Toy Story 3” and “Coco.” His famed unerring attention to detail and celebration of local culture resonates in every room of this incomparable home.

  1. Khsgrad June 9, 2019 7:13 am Reply

    Another rich Haole who was allowed to buy up property and impede access to the beach!! Local politicians asleep at the wheel or on the take- Shameful!

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