An Incredible Home in Hawaii That’s As Much Fun As Summer Camp

By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Dwell

This 5,590-square-foot home on Hawaii's Big Island is a contemporary—and beautiful—take on summer camp.

Sunshine, island breezes, grass skirts, and surfing are just some of the things that this summer camp-inspired home brings to mind. Surrounded by mountain and sea views, it's located at the foot of Pu'u Ku'ili, the Big Island’s old cinder cone that's known for being a good place for spotting whales.

Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

Western red cedar, oversized sliding doors, board-formed concrete, operable wood louvers, and rope lashing contribute to the home's laid-back, camp-like feel. 

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Designed by San Francisco-based practice Walker Warner Architects with interiors by Philpotts Interiors and landscaping by David Y Tamura Associates, the home follows the layout of traditional Hawaiian architecture and is composed of multiple structures. 

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Upon passing an entry bridge, one enters a massive green compound with six separate buildings. 

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Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

The main building features an open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area that boasts high ceilings and is surrounded by a generous outdoor deck. 

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Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

Thanks to a short corridor with a seating area, this living space is connected to the master bedroom in one wing, and a studio space in another wing.

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Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

In the expansive backyard, a large overhang of western red cedar shelters a tiki bar, outdoor seating lounge, and an elongated pool. 

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Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

Next to the bar and lounge area is a barbecue/luau spot where family and friends can enjoy outdoor cooking and feasting under the shade of a Kiawe tree. 

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Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

Other buildings on the property include a large bathhouse with a wooden bath tub and a parking garage.

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Marion Philpotts-Miller, who designed the interiors, used retro elements, rattan chairs, metal bed frames, and summery colors including olive green and flamingo pink in order to create a stylish, surf shack-inspired look. 

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Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

With its open design and alfresco chill zones, this home is set up perfectly to enjoy the best of Hawaii’s stunning landscape and pleasantly warm weather. 

Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

Courtesy of Matthew Millman Photography

Courtesy of Walker Warner Architects

Project Credits: 

 - Architecture: Greg Warner, Clark Sather, and Amadeo Bennetta of Walker Warner Architects 

- Interior Design: Marion Philpotts-Miller and Ginger Lunt Piper of Philpotts Interiors

- Builder: Link Vaughn of Maryl Construction

- Lighting Design: Halina Gruszka of Lighting & Engineering Integrated, Inc.

- Landscape Design: David Tamura of David Y Tamura Associates 

- Structural Engineering: Kris Johnson of GFDS Engineers

- Mechanical Engineering: Mark Morrison of Mark Morrison & Associates 

- Civil Engineering: David Ross of Ross Engineering, Inc. 

- Photography: Matthew Millman Photography

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Michele Koh Morollo is a journalist who has been writing about design, lifestyle and travel for the last twenty years.…
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