Waiolu is a property with a story to tell. Located in a region admired by generations of Hawaiian chiefs and overlooking natural anchialine ponds that provided sustenance to ancient Hawaiian communities, our challenge was to reflect the site’s rich history and heritage in the design of this extended family home.
The extraordinary views of Uluweuweu Bay and Kikaua Point from all the major living spaces proved a natural focal point. The late 19th century nautical figureheads that form part of our client’s extensive art and craft collection inspired a “navigation” theme. Aiming for a welcoming, Old World environment that blended the spirit of the Arts and Crafts movement with Old Hawaii, we selected materials and finishes including local ohia hardwood, white coral and travertine stone floors, and curated a mix of the family’s existing collection with new procurements to adorn the home.