Kona Village

Hawaii

A deferential retreat emerges from the remnants of a storied hideaway, breathing new life into a place frozen in time.

Nestled on sacred lands, where lava fields and coastline converge, this beloved resort embraces both tradition and innovation. As technology advances and tastes evolve, the enduring mana—the special energy of the site—remains safeguarded, enshrined by the architecture once again.

“Our role and responsibility was to not only design a new resort, but to take the lead in respecting and restoring this truly significant piece of land.”
Greg Warner, Partner, Walker Warner

In perfect harmony with the landscape, guests are enveloped in an archetypal island experience that is distinctly Hawaiian. Hales are loosely clustered throughout, strategically sited to follow the contours of the gathering lawns or water’s edge, enhancing the resort’s convivial, camp-like spirit.

Shelters rest lightly on the land, preserving the integrity of the surrounding landscape. The gently sloping roofs draw the eye toward the vast ocean just beyond the front door. Meticulously chosen locations capture the trade winds that have traversed the island for centuries, ensuring a timeless connection to nature.

“Our design is intended to showcase the island’s rich cultural history, while paying homage to its natural heritage—all while raising up the many talented artists and artisans who call Hawaii home.”
Nicole Hollis, Principal, NICOLEHOLLIS

Thatched roofs, artfully crafted from recycled plastic, balance tradition and sustainability. The earthen hues of textured siding, which evoke the husks of fallen coconuts, are further enhanced by richly shaded wood, paying homage to the historic character of the original 1965 design.

“We opted for materials that didn’t demand attention but rather quietly embraced the essence of the land.”
Mike McCabe, Partner, Walker Warner

Project info

Architecture

Design Architect

Walker Warner

Senior Project Managers

John Lacy, Gloria Kim, John Pierson

Project Manager

Chris May

Architectural Staff

Chris Ryan, Larry Raposo, Matthew Yungert, Philip Viana

Collaborators

Client

Kennedy Wilson

Resort Operator

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Architect of Record

Delawie

Interiors

NICOLEHOLLIS

Landscape

VITA Planning & Landscape Architecture

Lighting

The Ruzika Company

Construction

Nordic PCL, Ali'i Builders, Goodfellow Brothers

Photography

Douglas Friedman

Awards

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