All rooms have a view at this Diamond Head beauty.
For the owners of this diamond head home, leaving London for Hawai’i marked a return to the geography of their wedding. Th eir discovery of the right property to build their dream house on underscored their sentimentality for that day.
“We liked the area because it is almost exactly in the middle between the church where we got married in Waikiki and The Kahala Hotel where we had our wedding reception,” explains the owner. “When we saw the property, we were immediately impressed with the ocean views, and the quiet, local atmosphere of the beach and the surrounding area.”
Hawai’i represents both the beginning of their marriage and a meeting point between their respective birthplaces. One was born in Okinawa while the other grew up in the United Kingdom. They met in London where both worked for investment banks in the early 1990s and married in Hawai’i with 70 of their closest friends and family from around the world in attendance.
Their careers then took them back to London, on to Hong Kong, Tokyo, then back to London, was the right time to come live full time in Honolulu.
“I wanted to live in Hawai’i while the kids were still living with us before going off to college.”
Having found the spot for their future home on the ocean at Diamond Head, they started the design process with a vision of what they had loved in their travels.
From the pool you get a fabulous view of the ocean and of Black Point," note the owners. Being slightly raised up from sea level enhances the view. The curved shape and the large expansive windows and sliding doors all along the public spaces of the house, mean you get to enjoy that view from almost anywhere in the house.
“We’d stayed at many resorts in Asia previously, and were inspired by the rich woods and elegant designs. We wanted the same elegant, yet understated look, and we wanted a family house, not a display piece. But our first inclination on the design of the house was to take advantage of the views.”
A berm built into the property’s landscape gave them the advantage of planning a house, which sat up higher than the ocean, allowing them to capture a spectacular amount of the oceanfront landscape.
They further increased the impact of the home’s setting by giving the ocean-facing side a curvature to mirror the landscape before it.
“The beach is slightly curved in front of the house, so by making the house curved as well it follows the line of the beach, and the windows and the ocean-facing lanai follow it.”
Hawai’i’s geographic isolation presented the greatest challenge in their construction of the home. “Building anything involves multiple challenges, but in Hawai’i, most of the building materials have to be shipped in and are not readily available on-island, so building required lots of patience and compromise.” But the payoff comes in the view they wake up to every morning and enjoy from their open-sided pool structure every afternoon.
“It is our favorite space. You can sit, relax and watch the ocean while being kept cool by the trade winds. Some days, there is a lot of ocean activity with surfers, boaters and windsurfers, and in the winter months, we see whales. You can look at Diamond Head and watch its color change from week to week, depending on how much rain we get.”
They describe the feeling of the house as warm, private, but also good for a hosting parties.