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

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By Michele Koh Morollo
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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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