State opens historic home for revenue


HONOLULU (AP) — A historic Oahu home is being opened up to generate revenue for state parks, Hawaii officials said.

The Nutridge Estate was built in 1922 for Ernest Shelton Van Tassel, who leased out 22 acres of land for Hawaii’s macadamia nut industry.

Through the years, the estate attracted celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and Clark Gable. The mountaintop property features picturesque views of Honolulu. The home is hidden among the trees and foliage of Puu Ualakaa State Park.

The estate was restored and maintained during the past few decades. Now, the piece of history represents additional revenue for the state, which teamed up with a private partner for the venture.

Plans for the Nutridge Estate include renting it out for functions such as weddings and company retreats and making it available to community groups.

 

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