Island Hooper Gone to Maui


Basketball great KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR has sold his longtime home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for nearly $2 million, sources say.

Abdul-Jabbar, 48, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last May. He scored more points and played more games than anyone in basketball before or since he retired from the NBA in 1989.

After selling the house in Kauai, the former L.A. Lakers center went to Europe to play a 12-game series with other NBA players against the Harlem Globetrotters.

"He likes to do that as an ambassador of international basketball," said Lorin Pullman, vice president of Kareem Productions, through which Abdul-Jabbar has produced a couple of TV movies and is publishing the book "Profiles in Black Courage," due out this fall.

Abdul-Jabbar's main residence is in the Beverly Hills area, but he has owned property on Kauai for 15 years, according to Pullman.

He sold his house there "because he got a good offer, and he has been spending a lot of time in Maui the past couple of years," she said. "He's looking to buy something there now."

The house he sold is on almost six acres near the Kiluea lighthouse. He owned the land, which has orchards and other agricultural uses, before he built the house in 1986. Later, he added an upstairs bedroom, downstairs living room and a lighted tennis court.

Described as "a plantation-style home" and "two houses connected by a breezeway," the home, designed by California architect Gus Duffy, has three bedrooms in nearly 3,000 square feet, with an ocean view and a pathway to a place called Secret Beach.

The buyers were described as a young California couple with children who plan to make the home their primary residence.

Blachowiak, of Sleeping Giant Realty in Lihue, Kauai, co-listed the home with Mimsy Bouret of Hanalei North Shore Properties.

SYLVESTER STALLONE'S home on Anini Beach on Kauai is on the market at $2.9 million. The actor, 49, built the house, with four bedrooms and five baths in about 4,000 square feet, about five years ago.

"I also have part of his polo ranch and another parcel that he owns on the market," said listing broker Pat Harrington of Harrington's Paradise Properties in Hanalei.

Saudi Arabian financier ESSAM KHASHOGGI, 56, has sold a 169-acre ranch in Kauai to Joyce Doty, former wife of "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz.

Doty has owned property neighboring Khashoggi's for some time. She lives in a wood and glass home with a rock pool on 10 acres, lushly landscaped with a forest of teak and exotic woods, sources say. She also is said to own 52 nearby acres, covered with tropical fruit trees.

Doty paid $4 million in cash for the ranch, which was once for sale at $10 million, sources say. Khashoggi, who lives in Santa Barbara, had owned the ranch since 1987, when he paid $2.3 million for it, a source said.

Kelly Mortan of Hilo Brokers represented Doty, and Pat Harrington of Harrington's Paradise Properties had the listing.

Marine artist CHRISTIAN RIESE LASSEN, who has joined with Disney Art Editions to publish and distribute an "interpretive Disney image" of Mickey Mouse as "Sorcerer of the Seas," has put $1.5 million into a Diamond Head home he bought recently for about $5 million, sources say.

The artist, 38, added a lava-rock pool with waterfalls and a sandy beach; two balconies, each with a spa and entertainment center, and an eight-foot-square TV screen that drops down from the ceiling in the master suite, where he has a circular bed that rotates to face the ocean or the TV. He also created a living room with 20-foot high, sliding doors.

"I own seven homes, all in Hawaii, all on good surfing spots, depending on the time of year" he said.

Lassen was represented in the purchase of his Diamond Head home by his stepmother, Dolores Lassen of Coldwell Banker McCormack in Honolulu.

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