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September 2021

Timbers Kauai at Hoku’ala: Living the Aloha Spirit

By Scott Kauffman

Ever since executive chairman/founder David Burden started Timbers Resorts in 1999, the private company has carved a niche as the leading developer of high-end private residence clubs with a collection of properties that now spans North America, Tuscany and the Caribbean.

And one of the mainstay ingredients of Burden’s ever-growing Timbers Company, whose roots began with the upscale golf community Aspen Glen near Carbondale, Colo., is the commitment to delivering authentic, unique family-oriented experiences and being respectful of each exclusive destination where the Timbers team resides.

One of the latest success stories serving as the epitome of this company culture is Timbers Kauai at Hoku’ala, situated on Hawaii’s westernmost island of Kauai. The Timbers Kauai property is perhaps best known for the spectacular Ocean Course at Hoku’ala.

Designed by Jack Nickalus and originally branded as Marriott’s 27-hole Kauai Lagoons, the course is noted for having the longest stretch of continuous oceanfront holes in Hawaii. After Timbers acquired the golf property in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008-09, the course got a major overhaul in 2015 as part of an expansion of the entire Kauai Lagoons resort community, including the addition of a new clubhouse and restoration of the lagoon waterways.

When Timbers officially reopened the newly-named property in June 2018, the resort course was aptly rebranded as Hoku’ala, which means “rising star” in Hawaiian. Today, the private resort community is soaring with sales with fractional real estate opportunities starting at $430,000 for 1/12 deeded interests and wholly owned homes ranging from $3.99 million to $7.27 million, according to Burden’s son, chief development officer Chris Burden.

By virtue of Hoku’ala’s presence on Kauai, officially known as the “Garden Isle” and a place where the locals treasure their underdeveloped “aina” or land, Timbers and all of its Hoku’ala resident members are keenly attuned to preserving Kauai’s precious land and embracing Hawaii’s overall “Aloha Spirit” in general.

For instance, one of the more unique experiences is when new Hoku’ala resident/members receive a baby coconut tree and take part in a moving tree-planting ceremony with locals from the surrounding Hoku’ala  community or “ohana,” which means family in Hawaiian.

“We take our role as stewards seriously and understand the best way to extend genuine Aloha to our owners and guests is to learn directly from our local ohana,” Chris Burden says.

Another significant way Timbers is helping preserve Kauai’s precious land and paying homage to the “aina” and making rich connections with the Aloha Spirit and giving back to the people of Kauai is through the Farm at Hoku’ala.

The Farm, which used to be the other 9-hole layout until Timbers Kauai shut it down several years ago, is managed by farmer Cody Lee Meyer. Meyer converted the old overgrown course into a full-scale farm to produce food for the main ocean view restaurant Hokulani, including a wide variety of produce, fresh herbs, a fruit orchard and several “canoe crops”.

He also crafted a highly popular agriculture educational program and works with sustainability-focused nonprofit Malama Kauai to provide harvest surpluses to food banks and local schools—all in addition to providing farm-fresh fare to Hualani’s Restaurant.

“We usually give away at least 300 to 400 pounds per month and that’s increasing,” Meyer says. “As production increases, we’re able to give more away.”

In many respects, that’s the ultimate meaning of Aloha.



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