Situated along a rugged stretch of coastline, the family retreat embraces the spirit of Mauka-Makai – the symbolic flow of lava from mountain to sea – through its direct connections to the volcanic landscape and dramatic vistas of the Pacific Ocean. The house unfolds as a series of curated experiences. The entry on the mountain side of the property is cut into the lava field to limit its visual impact and establish privacy from surrounding neighbors. The main hale seamlessly frames the ocean with expansive floor-to-ceiling retractable glass doors and wood screens, intended to soften harsh sunlight and provide relief from trade winds without obstructing views. With clean lines, large openings and simple geometries, the horizontal structure mirrors the ocean’s horizon and provides an elegant transition from lava to sea.
Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Greg Warner
Senior Project Manager: John Pierson
Architectural Staff: Dan Baciuska
Landscape: Lutsko Associates
Builder: Ledson Construction
Photography: Douglas Friedman, Laure Joliet, Marion Brenner