Kohala Ranch comprises some 4000 acres on the northwest coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, three miles north of the village of Kawaihae. It ranges in elevation from roughly 350' to over 3000', with restricted-access entry gates at top and bottom. These gates are connected by Kohala Ranch Road, a two-lane agricultural-standard road a little over six miles in length.
All roads in the subdivison are private, and maintained by the Kohala Ranch Community Association through the collection of dues. As of 2017, these amount to $271.67 a month.
The climate becomes cooler, wetter and windier as one travels upward in the Ranch; hotter, drier and less windy as one travels downward. The uppermost lots are covered with green pastures, but the majority of the properties are in the savana area at the bottom (the Heathers) or the dry, open middle elevations (the Meadows).
Cattle range most of the Ranch at various times of the year, which helps to reduce fire hazards and taxes...but also creates a certain amount of manure on the road until it can be cleaned up, and occasional unfortunate encounters between vehicle and livestock.
There are 478 lots of 3, 5, and 10 acres in the agricultural portions of Kohala Ranch, which consists of Projects I, II and III. A large undeveloped area, Project IV, spans the middle elevations and accounts for approximately a third of the Ranch. It has urban zoning for 1490 lots and condos (some six times the density of the rest of the Ranch), as well as a shopping center and golf course. As of 2017, only 41 lots have been created in Project IV (Heathers II).
It was because of the proposed Project IV development and its ramifications that the Concerned Kohala Ranch Property Owners came into being.
Lot sales at the Ranch began in 1986 and the number of homes is moving into the 200s in 2017. Many of these are occupied only part time.
Since individual properties are subject to design guidelines, it's important that you consult the Guidelines and the Architectural Control Committee before you make any changes to your lot or your home. In fact, it's a good idea to consult the Guidelines before you even buy your property. We also recommend that you consult the construction tips on this web site before you buy or build.