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Exterior photo of pool and jacuzzi

Hale Palekaiko

This stunning oceanfront property in Kailua, Hawaiʻi is was originally purchased in 2000 with grand plans for building a spectacular “tropical family estate.” Design work and construction was started throughout the mid-2000’s but conflicting priorities and delays halted progress and the property was sold, unfinished, in 2013. The property’s new owners reengaged the project and enthusiastically picked up where they left off.

Covered outdoor seating area

Kailua, Hawaiʻi

  • 2017 AIA Honolulu Honorable Mention Award
  • 2016 BIA Renaissance Merit Award

The original owners’ vision was to create a strong indoor-outdoor relationship while capturing the stunning property views in as many ways possible. The new owners loved the overall design and wanted to build upon it, updating and unifying the various stages of the interiors and renovating areas where necessary.

Pathway to house passing pool

Pathway to house passing pool

Outdoor sitting area with trees in yard
Living room with sofa and staircase

After nearly 15 years, the project was completed in early 2015. The design created a contemporary Hawaiian-style cluster of buildings featuring a two-story main house, guesthouse, pool, BBQ pavilion, and auto court. The layout successfully maximizes natural ventilation and views, while also buffering the living, lanai, and outdoor spaces from the trade winds and optimizing areas for outdoor living.

Kitchen with large center island with bar stools
Bathroom with sink and glass walled shower
Exterior photo of house at dusk
Pool with lounge chairs
Birds-eye view of house and pool