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Kauhale Kai

Hawaii

The vision for this house was to create a place where architecture, landscape, art and land come together as one.

Location

South Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

Type

Residence

Services

Architecture (including Interior Architecture); Construction Management

Project partners

Jacques St. Dizier, Interior Design; David Tamura, Landscape Architecture

Client

Private Client

Status

Completed

For this site perched above Kaunaoa Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island, design inspiration came from the clients’ affinity for modern art and architecture and their desire to capture Hawaii’s warm sense of aloha in a seaside home to share with extended family. The resulting interpretation of the traditional, close-knit, Hawaiian kauhale settlement is an elevated version of the island’s laid-back style, driven by restraint and understatement while designed for tropical livability.

An architectural pool forms the axis for organizing seven separate modern tropical pavilions, or hales, totaling 6,700 square feet. The hales are linked by outdoor gardens and spaces that act as corridors to create a village. These transitional spaces add a gracious quality to the home and provide a unifying synergy between the hale structures, tropical plantings, large-scale stone exterior elements and the site’s coastal views.

Minimalist finishes reinforce the clean lines, with warm woods complementing cool sand-grained plaster and brushed travertine floors. Easily maintained finishes and floors that welcome bare feet reinforce the aloha factor. The design incorporates cultural cues from ancient Polynesian culture, referencing the homeowners’ years of living in Tahiti. A stacked stone water feature at the entry and monoliths alongside outdoor pavilions evoke ancient Polynesian cultures.

de Reus Architects was honoured with an Award of Excellence in the 2014 AIA Honolulu Design Awards.

de Reus Architects - luxury residence Kauhale Kai exterior
de Reus Architects - luxury residence Kauhale Kai detail

Easily maintained finishes and floors that welcome bare feet reinforce the aloha factor

de Reus Architects - luxury residence Kauhale Kai
de Reus Architects - luxury residence Kauhale Kai

The design incorporates cultural cues from ancient Polynesian culture, referencing the homeowners’ years of living in Tahiti

de Reus Architects - luxury residence Kauhale Kai terrace

Awards

Award of Excellence
AIA Honolulu 2014 Design Awards