In its 80-year history, the home has been lovingly cared for by just three sets of owners. The first owner was Edward Grossman who, with his business partner George Moody, were pioneers of the 1930s to ’50s “Hawaiian Design” movement. Collectors of the era treasured Grossman-Moody designs that included furniture, tableware, silver, ceramics, and jewelry.
Grossman commissioned the renowned architect Albert Ely Ives to design his Old Pali Road estate. The house, discreetly hidden behind a privacy wall, showcases the natural beauty of Nuuanu, with majestic views and intimate garden vignettes from every window and door. The result of the architect-designer collaboration is a rare understated elegance where every element is functional, artistic and of the highest quality, from the carved banisters and moldings to the glass-paned pocket doors leading to the garden. Indoor and outdoor spaces flow seamlessly through the thoughtful use of sitting areas and wrap-around lanais.
In the 50s the Moody family acquired the home, and in the 60s it became available to the public for the first time.The property’s most recent owners have traveled the world gathering specimens for the garden. Combining native Hawaiian plants with exotic flora from Brazil, Costa Rica, Asia, and North America, the owners created a palette that is as peaceful as it is dramatic.
As the venue for many grand galas and intimate gatherings, this wonderful estate continues to be a home that welcomes with beauty and aloha all who enter its doors.
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The backyard lava rock walls and grand staircase
Living room features original hardwood floors, fireplace, and lots of windows that look out to the surrounding gardens
Master bedroom is classic Hawaiiana with original hardwood floors, original sliding windows, and fireplace
Owners have kept the retro kitchen black and white tile floor, butler pantry, and swinging door
Front courtyard sets a peaceful ambiance around the home