Kawela Bay Retreat
This oceanfront home surrounded by expansive grounds on the North Shore of Oahu was designed for a family as a weekend getaway in the country. The existing home was fully renovated in conjunction with Geoff Lewis Architects to cater to indoor outdoor living, entertaining, and relaxation. The clients desired a contemporary aesthetic with durable finishes for casual beach living. The generous oceanfront outdoor deck of durable ipe wood opens into the expansive kitchen, dining and living areas when large pocket doors are seamlessly slid back into the walls. Solid surface countertops in the kitchen mimic earthy concrete without the maintenance. Large glass orb lights above the kitchen island are inspired by Japanese glass floats collected in the islands.
Two different pune’e or daybeds in the living areas in durable fabrics invite kids and adults to lounge, watch TV, or read. The clients who are passionate art collectors worked with their close friend and frequent visitor of the home, renowned local art consultant Kelly Sueda to curate the artwork throughout the house. Blue chip artwork by Raymond Pettibon from his well known wave series accompanies local artists such as Peter Shepard Cole, an artist who grew up a few miles down the road. This house manages to bridge the gap between a casual beachfront Hawaii home and a contemporary space with clean lines, fresh color, and every amenity desired.
Photography: Olivier Koning