The Department of Land and Natural Resources is banking on the scenic appeal of a historic Oahu home, which is under its care, to help fund Hawaii's state parks.
On the slopes of Tantalus, hidden among the trees and lush foliage of Puu Ualakaa State Park lies a little-known home with a lot of history.
"I consider this one of the best kept secrets in the state," said State Parks Deputy Director Curt Cottrell.
The home is known as the Nutridge Estate. It was built in 1922 for Ernest Shelton Van Tassel, who leased out 22 acres of land to grow Hawaii's macadamia nut industry.
Celebrities like Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra were just some the guests entertained at this mountain-top estate, which features fantastic views of Honolulu.
The home has been maintained and restored over the past few decades, but now the state is trying to turn this piece of history into a moneymaker.
"The only way for the state park's system to survive is to figure out ways to make our own money - the way other state parks and national parks do," said Cottrell.
So the Department of Land and Natural Resources teamed up with a private partner to produce much-needed income.
"We are going to be generating a lot more income off this that we can use across the state for other parks," said Cottrell.
The state will make at least $4,700 a month, which adds up to nearly $60,000 a year.
That revenue would go even higher if operator Discover Hawaii Tours makes more money renting out of the home for various functions like weddings or company retreats.
Along with the historic home, there is also the old macadamia trees which are still producing plenty of nuts.
The Nutridge Estate also contains a treasure trove of citrus, berry and exotic Hawaiian fruit trees.
Additional herbs and vegetables may also be added to the grounds to turn the Nutridge Estate into a destination for a "natural" dining experience.
"it is a great opportunity to take this farm and create a farm-to-table concept," said Kelvin Ro, with Diamond Head Market and Grill.
While the state wants to make the most of this hidden gem, it will also have to balance increased revenue with more potential problems like traffic for the rest of the state park and surrounding neighbors.
Residents interested in seeing the Nutridge Estate won't have to wait for a wedding, as part of the agreement community groups will also be able to access the home and grounds several times a month.