we are a private gated subdivision nestled right outside Mountain View HI. It is 15 highway miles to Hilo. It is described as an active farming subdivision with continually improved roadwork and maintenance. The first homes were built here about 14 years ago so it is a fairly new development. The topography varies widely from bare dry lots to lush vegetation, mud and rare jungle, Views, privacy etc. There are only 109 lots in the sub most are 20 acres. The Farmlots are completely off-grid. The website is www.kopuafarmlots.org The road maintenance dues are $250/yr.
This lots is named for the road it is located on. Nestled at the bottom of Waimakaopele and close to the Forest preserve there is lots of native jungle all around. Driving up the winding cinder driveways will take you into a unique old forest, unlike any of the trees found in the area around us. There are many types and colors of Ohia lehua but this lot showcases some magnificent White-bark ohia ( 2 different varieties ) as well as about half the trees blooming yellow. It is a rare lot and deserves to be caretaken lovingly. There are several clearings as a result of managing/battling the invasive species ( mainly Guava ) that had taken wild hold in some of the really lush areas of the lot. The cottage was built on the clearing that resulted from bulldozing some of the really thick impenetrable strands. As a result the remaining trees and forest has responded with vigor in new growth and green leaves all around.
Local plants that do extremely well here are Bananas, Maile, jade, etc. Greenhouses are needed for growing most vegetables. Water is abundant and the soil is rich. Kava , strawberries and mint grow like weeds, as do all the Hawaiian sweet potato varieties. I amend my soil with cinder and ash from the stove. It produces abundant roses for me.
The Farm is mostly native jungle and about 2 acres cleared for use. The lot dimensions are 533 ft by 1,638 ft. Elevation is 1662 feet. The front roughly 1/5 of the property is more barren, less thick, and has the most clearings and sunshine. The back 1/3 is undiscovered territory. The middle third has the current main living quarters, water tank etc as well as area for future house development. My idea in building this cottage was for a farm-style cabin where one could bake a pizza, and survey the land and work on the Farm whatever is next on the agenda. There is plenty of raw material for commercial as well as personal use. I say commercial because the poles of the smooth white ohia are a sale item used for building and a specialty item, as well as the massive blue rock boulders people use for building rock wall and the lot is abundant in both. I am looking for a buyer who is not interested in stripping away most of this beauty. In any case 20 acres is a LOT of land and there is plenty to do just keeping up with the current clearings> a Forest like this should be preserved and managed.
Clean air and water is a main factor than drew me to Mountain View. The Hawaiian sun and weather is excellent for Growing and there are endless growing seasons per year. Balmy and breezy compared to your average mountain view weather, tucked away about 5 miles below the highway where , yes , it rains.