February 19, 2010||Big Island Communities: Districts & Subdivisions

Community Spotlight: Ninole, North Hilo District


Oceanfront Ninole - photo courtesy of Christine Makaweo

Waterfalls, seasonal streams, deep soil and panoramic ocean views.

When this is what a client wants, one of the first communities that comes to mind is Ninole on the Hamakua Coast in the North Hilo district of Hawaii’s Big Island.

Because of the abundant rainfall Ninole receives each year, this is one of the most lush sections of the Hamakua Coast.  The location makes it even more desirable–living here means you get the serenity and privacy of country life, but with easy access to town.  Only about 20 miles from Hilo, Ninole is also home to one of the smallest Post Offices in the US and to Waikaumalo Park.

Search all North Hilo listings, Ninole and surrounding areas.

Many residents of this area are exploring off-grid living, solar technology and sustainable lifestyle alternatives.  Property descriptions here often include established orchards of lychee, durian, rambutan and longan trees.  Grazing cattle and sheep are common sights as are seasonal spottings of whales and dolphins playing in the ocean.

Considering a real estate purchase in Ninole requires an understanding of Agricultural zoning and land use regulations.  Some properties are also in Hawaii’s Special Management Area or are zoned as Conservation land.

View Big Island District Map (PDF) or Rainfall Map

We asked a few of our agents who have represented buyers or sellers in past Ninole transactions to share their thoughts about this special community.  Here is what they have to say:

Christine Makaweo, R and Linda West R, GRI: “The Ninole area maintains strong appeal because it offers all the desirable features of the Hamakua coast, the verdant greens of the pastures and valleys and fabulous blues of the ocean and coastline views, together with a great location between the towns of Hilo and Waimea.”

Lora Ayers, R(S), ABR: “To me, Ninole is to the Hamakua Coast what Volcano is to the Puna district:  unique, lush and beautiful.  The differences between the higher elevation and the lower elevation must be experienced to fully appreciate, but both have their advantages.  The coastline views are simply stunning.”

Ron Rigg, R, CRS: “The Post Office in Ninole tells the story.  This is a small, but quaint, community with an interesting history.”

Cynthia Harrison, R: “Ninole is a peaceful haven in the Pacific.  With it’s gently rolling hills, spectacular ocean views, and desirable location, Ninole is a pleasant surprise for those who venture there.  Living here is ideal for those who want to capture the essence of country life without being too far from the amenities of a larger town.  Plus, the drive to Hilo is gorgeous!”

Tags, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Comment

Follow Us
Marketing Partners
  • WQC
  • Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
  • Luxury Portfolio
  • Global Home Search