Wahi Lani


A single road leads to this ‘heavenly place’ near the crystal blue waters of Hanalei Bay.

Surrounded by jungle-capped cliffs and cloud-shrouded peaks, the understated architecture emphasizes the grandeur of its natural surroundings. Designed for easy access to surfing and outdoor recreation, it’s the perfect place to live and play.

The U-shaped form of this jewel box is crowned by a sloping shed roof, complete with clerestory windows and floor-to-ceiling glass. Its heart lies within the courtyard and lanai, nestled between walls clad in the subtle sheen and charcoal effect of Shou Sugi Ban.

“There’s something wonderful about the way the house wraps around the courtyard, ensuring you’re rarely more than a few steps from the cooling waters of the pool.”
Kathy Scott, Partner, Walker Warner

The exterior’s charred wood walls continue inside the home, blurring the lines between inside and out with an interplay of light and shadow. An eclectic assemblage of colorful accents contrasts the interiors, adding visual interest to the inviting, neutral foundation.

“With the infusion of natural light and a palette of warm, textured materials, the home is visually stunning day and night.”
“In the dance of fire and craft, Shou Sugi Ban, a Japanese charring technique, gives a bold skin to the architecture, evoking a lava-inspired texture. Beyond its visual impact, it is a durable, mold-resistant technique that speaks volumes about resilience.”
Rina Wiedenhoeft, Project Manager, Walker Warner

Honey-hued wooden slats punctuate the facade, while an inherent warmth reverberates from the ipe wood deck. From this relaxing perch you can soak in the sights and sounds of the island or easily plunge into the depths of the pool.

This is not just a house, it is an elevated surf shack and neighborhood gathering place, with expansive front gates that beckon passersby inside when wide open, fostering a sense of community, but ensuring privacy when closed.

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Jacob Westbrook, Lauren Winn, Maggie Lee





Boxleaf Design Landscape Architecture

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