By Mark Pazdur, Executive Golfer, January 2017

KONA, HAWAII | The Empire State Building took a relatively short 14 months to build. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and home to the Dallas Cowboys, was a three-and-one-half year project from groundbreaking to opening day kickoff.

The Kohanaiki clubhouse, quite possibly the finest private club community clubhouse ever to be built, was a five-year endeavor. What started as a grand vision by the Kohanaiki team to create a high-design, yet comfortable social hub of their private residential community, came to fruition last month with the unveiling of Kohanaiki’s ambitious new clubhouse. Perched in the heart of the 450-acre club with views that extend from the snowy peak of Mauna Loa to the waves of the world-famous Pine Trees surf break, the 67,000 square-foot clubhouse embodies an unmatched attention to detail.

“From day one, our focus has been to bring the best from across the world and take the lessons we’ve learned along the way to make this club a truly special place for our mem- bers,” described Joe Root, president and CEO of Kohanaiki. “The response has been tremendous.”

Kohanaiki’s diverse, family-oriented membership drove the development team to create a relaxed environ- ment. The clubhouse incorporates unparalleled amenities ranging from a 21-seat movie theater and four-lane bowl- ing alley to a 10,000 square-foot, ocean-view fitness cen- ter and holistic spa designed by Tracy Lee, a leader in modern spa design.

Kids will find endless entertainment options with video game rooms, shuffleboard, pool tables and the K-Kids Children’s Center while parents can host events in one of two private dining rooms, sip from a rare wine collection in the tasting room, or join a poker tournament in the James Bond-style cigar lounge and scotch bar hidden behind a secret door.