Before & After: A Honolulu Midcentury Becomes a Designer’s Vivacious Home and Studio

Before & After: A Honolulu Midcentury Becomes a Designer’s Vivacious Home and Studio

By Caitlin Wheeler / Photos by Mariko Reed and Olivier Koning
Interior designer Ginger Lunt revives a 1954 residence that she fell in love with as a young girl growing up in the tropical forests of Mount Tantalus.

A short, steep, and winding road separates Mount Tantalus (Puʻu ʻŌhiʻa) from urban Honolulu—but it is a world away. Designated a forest preserve in the early 20th century, the range has been minimally developed. Thick with undergrowth and canopied by ironwood, guava, pine, and a variety of Hawaiian flowering trees, it gets 160 inches of rain per year compared to Waikiki’s 30.

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