Imagine breaking ground on a new project and finding a treasure. Our design work on Waihonua at Kewalo brought us just such an opportunity. Our goal for the project, to honor the past through the use of local artists and place-sensitive design motifs, merged with reality when we discovered ancient artifacts at the start of construction.
By honoring traditions such as the belief that every element in nature has a spirit, we were able to utilize materials that meshed perfectly with our created environment. Every wall in the fishpond and surrounding area is formed from faux moss rock. In the elevator lobby, a shell limestone wall replaces the use of coral.
From the textured pieces of wall art recalling traditional Hawaiian fishing nets to the lauhala mat patterns of woven wood in the fitness area, the details harken back to the culture and are paid homage at every opportunity.