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LIVING TAKING CHARGE Off-grid luxury in Ha‘ikū Kīhei Condo Conversion Build Your Dream Home

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LIVE OCEANFRONT This spectacular Oceanfront Property, steeped in history, is a jewel to behold! Owners are afforded unparalleled privacy and stunning views of Lanai and Kahoolawe, as well as a lifetime of incredible sunsets. This private, 2 acre beachfront lot, builder ready, comes complete with a producing citrus orchard, maturing mango trees as well as coconut trees and attractive monkeypod trees. A private, dual water system provides ample water for both domestic and agricultural uses. Access to a nearby launching site for canoes, kayaks and paddle boards ensures the owners will have ample opportunities to enjoy this unique and special beachfront property. Offered at $5,400,000 MLS #:378468

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TA B L E OF C ON T E N TS There’s plenty of midcentury charm to go around in this historic Kula residence. (Story on page 36.) About our cover: An eco-friendly Ha‘ikū home packs a lot of living into 1,000 square feet. Photo by Tony Novak-Clifford


An environmental entrepreneur goes upscale while downsizing. Story by Sarah Ruppenthal

22 » Great Indoor Finds

THE WOODS ARE LOVELY . . . They may not be what Robert Frost had in mind, but we promise they’re finds you’ll want to keep. Compiled by Marluy Andrade

26 » Gardening

A GARDEN INDOORS We ask an expert for help dusting off our green thumbs. Story by Savy Janssen

32 » Real Estate Trends

48 » At Home A PERFECT FIT

Good things do come in small packages—with planning & care. Story by Sarah Ruppenthal

54 » Gardening THE EDIBLE LĀNAI Story by Emily Bott

56 » Great Outdoor Finds SHORE THINGS Water you wading for? Go get these sundries for your day in the sun! Compiled by Conn Brattain

58 » Architect Q & A HOW TO CREATE

VALUE JUDGEMENTS What happens when conservation is part of a business model? Story by Teya Penniman

THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS We asked a group of architects for insight into building a home on Maui. Interview by Rita Goldman


64 » Resource List

A lovingly restored Upcountry home stands the test of time. Story by Sarah Ruppenthal


44 » Becky’s Backyard MMMMANGOES Aunty Jane’s spicy mango bread recipe exclusive! Story by Becky Speere

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An environmental entrepreneur goes upscale while downsizing. STORY BY SARAH RUPPENTHAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY TONY NOVAK-CLIFFORD


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Graham Hill’s 1,000-square-foot Ha‘ikū home has four bedrooms, two-and-ahalf bathrooms, and enough space to entertain more than twenty guests. On paper, that description might arouse some skepticism—it’s a lot to pack into 1,000 square feet—but in person, the layout makes perfect sense. Graham knows a thing or two about making the most of minimal space. He is the founder and CEO of LifeEdited, a consulting firm that helps homeowners, architects and developers design compact homes and apartments (some as small as 175 square feet). “It’s the way I think,” he explains. “I’m not the kind of guy who would do a big house.” He walks the walk and talks the talk. Literally. In a 2011 TED Talk titled “Less Stuff, More Happiness,” Graham (already on the map for launching the wildly popular eco-blog in 2004) extolled the virtues of pareddown living. Twenty years ago, he and a

At the home’s front entrance, guests can rinse off their sandy toes under the outdoor foot shower and hang their salty gear on Resource Furniture’s wooden coat rack.


What could be better than taking a bubble bath outside? This sleek Kohler tub cozily occupies an outdoor nook on one side of the home. Sliding glass doors lead to the interior, and crisp white curtains can encirle the tub to provide privacy when desired.

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business partner sold their Internet start-up, and Graham used the windfall to purchase a four-story, 3,600-square-foot home in one of Seattle’s trendiest neighborhoods. He soon realized that a supersized house required an inordinate amount of stuff—and upkeep, too. “My life became unnecessarily complicated,” he says. The novelty wore off quickly; Graham sold the home and most of his belongings, packed what remained into a few bags, and set off to travel the world. In 2010, he debuted “LifeEdited1,” a 420-square-foot apartment in New York City that functioned more like 1,000 square feet, thanks to a flexible layout with moveable interior walls and convertible furniture. Later that year, he moved into “LifeEdited2,” a 350-square-foot apartment in the same building. An avid surfer, kiteboarder, and stand-up paddler, Graham would routinely fly from New York to Maui, and would stay with his cousin Chelsea Hill at her home in Ha‘ikū. “I always came in the dead of winter—for obvious reasons,” he laughs. He’d stay in a 200-square-foot cabin—which had neither a kitchen nor a bathroom—on Chelsea’s property. In 2011, his cousin offered to sell him the two-acre vacant parcel behind her home, and he pounced on the opportunity. “I told myself I’d do something with it at some point,” Graham says. That point came in 2016, when he hooked up with architect and engineer David Sellers. They had met years before in New York, but lost touch when David moved to Europe to


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attend graduate school. Neither knew the other was on Maui until one of Graham’s associates spotted David’s updated profile on LinkedIn. (Remarkably, David was living less than a mile from Graham’s property.) The two met for lunch one day and Graham shared his plans for LifeEdited’s first project in Hawai‘i. He wanted to build an off-the-grid family home—one that would harvest more energy and water than it consumed—on his Ha‘ikū property. David signed on as the architect and engineer; Graham also tasked him with designing the home’s water, wastewater and energy systems. Right off the bat, the project presented a strategic challenge. A single dirt driveway was the only way to access the small construction site at the summit of the steeply sloping property. To prevent a congested work area,

David imposed a strict timeline for the delivery and use of materials and equipment. And given the difficult terrain, many components were fabricated off-site. All of the construction equipment operated on 100 percent biodiesel, including a pile driver that pummeled steel columns as much as nine feet into the ground. David and Graham opted to forgo a standard masonry wall in favor of galvanized steel— a more durable material, and one whose scraps could be more easily recycled. (In fact, the only concrete on the property is the garage floor slab and the driveway). Once the home’s skeleton was complete, David handed the project off to general contractor Massimo Pandolfi to finish the structure. Completed in 2017, the fully off-grid residence has more than its share of conversation-worthy features. The roof’s near-invisible, ultra-thin, ten-

Clockwise from top left: Resource Furniture offers flexibility that can transform a living room into sleeping quarters. Hidden bunk beds fold out for sleeping, tucking the sofa out of sight underneath.


Below, left to right: Graham says his Ha‘ikū home gives him plenty of space to live, work, play—and store his surfboards and Magnum electric bikes. In the master bathroom, a luxurious soaking tub sits beneath windows that frame verdant views.



Top: The 1,330-square-foot ground-floor garage houses the 1973 Volkswagen Thing that architect/engineer David Sellers converted into an electric vehicle using old Tesla batteries.

kilowatt solar system powers the home. Custom rain chains direct rainwater from the gutters to a catch basin below, then down to a 15,000-gallon tank on the property. In each bathroom, composting toilets require no water (just some helpful instructions for amateurs). There’s no air conditioning, but when the prevailing trade winds stop, sleek ceiling fans pick up the slack. In the 1,330-square-foot garage,

a maintenance-free battery system captures excess energy from the rooftop solar panels and stores it for use at night; the system has forty-eight kilowatt hours of off-grid storage. Graham wanted the home to have the lowest possible carbon footprint, so there is no generator on the property (and with that much energy storage in the garage, it’s unlikely he’ll ever need one).


Counterclockwise from left: Rain chains direct water to the 15,000-gallon Acer tank below the home; the Sunflare solar panels were manufactured in custom sizes to match the contours of the roof; Blue Planet Energy’s Blue Ion 2.0 battery system powers the home.


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Above: So many possibilities! Bento Build’s wall-mounted lattice system gives Graham the option of reconfiguring the modular kitchen cabinets and drawers. Opposite: The Separett composting toilet requires no water or sewage treatment.

Indoors, Graham outfitted three bedrooms with convertible furniture that creates the functionality of a much larger space. Murphy beds occupy two of the rooms; one folds up to reveal an integrated desk, the other a dining table. In the third bedroom, bunk beds fold separately into the wall; when pulled down, the bottom bunk doubles as a sofa. There’s shapeshifting furniture on the 330-square-foot covered lānai, too, including reconfigurable outdoor sofas with adjustable backrests, and a coffee table that lifts and extends into a dining table. The multifunctional theme extends to the kitchen, where moveable cabinets, shelves, and drawers snap into a lattice system attached to the wall. Then there’s the Thing in the garage. One afternoon, while the home was still under construction, David and Graham were driving along Hāna Highway when a bright yellow Volkswagen Thing zipped past them. “I said, ‘Now there’s the perfect car for an electric conversion,’” David recalls. Graham was instantly intrigued—even more so when he learned that David could do the conversion himself. David logged on to Craigslist that evening and serendipitously found a 1973 Thing for sale on Maui. He forwarded

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These Woods Are Lovely... They may not be what Robert Frost had in mind, but we promise they’re finds you’ll want to keep.












CATCH OUR DRIFT The Darby Lamp adds rustic charm to any room in your home. The natural-driftwood-and-resin base is topped with a 16”x16” white linen shade. $440 at Pacific Home, 221 Lalo St., Kahului, 727-8300,


HELLO, THERE Spread a little aloha anywhere in your home. Soha Living’s sign is made of natural birch and is a welcome addition to bookshelves, end tables . . . even on top of the fridge. 14”x4½”, $28.80; 24”x5½”, $36.80 at Soha Living, The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, 868-3430,


RIGHT ON THE NOSE Carthusia’s 100-milliliter Via Camerelle diffuser fills your home with the fresh scents of lemon and bitter orange, combined with hints of sea moss and cedar wood. $48 at LELE by Adelina a Mare, 20 Baldwin Ave. Pā‘ia, 793-2569,


SCOOP ‘EM UP Kenyan artisans hand-carved these heart-shaped serving spoons from wild African olive wood—giving a whole new meaning to “made with love.” $22.95 each at Home Remedies, 1993 S. Kīhei Rd., Ste. 7, Kīhei, 214-6559,



STRIPS IN THE BATHROOM Bamboo strips set in clean white resin give Pigeon & Poodle’s Ashford bathroom accessories a crisp, graphic look. Brush holder $115, canister $149, soap dish $115 at HUE, 210 Alamaha St., Kahului, 8736910,


X MARKS THE SPOT Handcrafted from Baltic birch, this threedimensional, bathymetric wall map by Tahoe Wood Maps displays Hawai‘i’s ocean channels, plus beaches, forests, landmarks, and more. $495 at The Man Cave, 1993 S. Kīhei Rd., Ste. 18, Kīhei, 7932526,


TRAY CHIC Perfect for entertaining or day-to-day living, this folding coffee table has a riveted metal frame with a removable wood-top tray. $255 at The Mind’s Eye Interiors, 1068 Limahana Pl., Lahaina, 667-7748,


TEAKS FOR ITSELF Made in Bali, this handcrafted teak bowl holds its own as a decorative accent piece, or a conversation-worthy serving dish. $180 at Beach House, 330 Ohukai Rd., Ste. 110, Kīhei, 891-2010, All items subject to availability. Island Living Nov 2018–Apr 2019




HOMEWORLD FURNITURE Meet a new line of reclining furniture that is not only stylish and comfortable, but also innovative. The Edie duo® by La-Z-Boy® reclines at the touch of a button, while built-in USB ports keep you connected. $2,299 at HomeWorld Furniture, 374 Hanakai Street, Kahului | | 808-877-5503

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Beautiful locally handcrafted jewelry from one of Maui’s own, Cathy U‘u of Kachi Jewelry. Cathy creates fun, beachy, everyday jewelry. Each unique piece is handmade in Pā‘ia and sold at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea’s Art Program every Monday. KachiInc. com | Instagram: @Kachi_Inc | Kachi | 808-281-0454

This beautiful credenza is a new arrival to the Mind’s Eye Interiors showroom. Handcrafted in India, this solid mango wood cabinet has internal shelves and three panel doors with carved medallion fronts. The intricate designs are washed with white accents. 69”x35”x18”. $1,995.00 at Mind’s Eye Interiors, 1068 Limahana Place, Lahaina | | 808-667-7748

STUDIO 22K Sherri Dhyan and the goldsmiths at Studio22k are dedicated to the traditions and style of high-karat gold jewelry inspired by ancient Mesopotamian cultures. Our goldsmitahs skillfully recreate techniques of these civilizations, such as granulation, filigree, repoussé/chasing and hand forging. 161B Hāna Highway, Pā‘ia | 808-579-8167 |

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THE FACE PLACE SKINCARE CLINIC At The Face Place, we are changing people’s lives—one face at a time. We offer exclusive corrective and nurturing facial services customized for each individual to provide optimal results. The clinic is located in a private location in Wailea Town Center. 161 Wailea Ike Place, B-103, Wailea | | | 808-875-1000

SWAP MEET AT PAIA BAY Don’t miss the Swap Meet at Paia Bay in the heart of Pā‘ia Town! Part flea market, part craft fair, we feature local gifts, handcrafted jewelry and ‘ono treats at great prices. Check out daily food specials online, including vegetarian ramen and homemade ice cream. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 137 Hāna Highway, Pā‘ia | | Instagram: @ SwapMeetAtPaiaBay

FOREVER H AND A MAUI Owner Romela Agbayani designs and sews these adorable Hawaiian dresses and accessories for 18-inch American Girl dolls, along with matching dresses and accessories for girls of all ages. Find them at Forever H and A Maui, 658 Front Street, Lahaina, or the Maui Swap Meet on Saturdays | | Facebook and Instagram: @ForeverHAndAMaui | 808-661-1760, 808-276-0960 or 808-276-3838

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A Garden Indoors BY SAVY JANSSEN

Aside from the obvious aesthetics, is there a benefit to having plants in your home? Yes. Plants not only beautify a space, they may actually improve air quality, because plants produce oxygen. Indoor plants also improve your mood, and help you relax. I get a lot of happiness from my houseplants. What types of plants are best suited for indoors? Look for slow growers that can stay in their pots for a while. If


you’re new to indoor landscaping, or doubt your green thumb, I recommend plants that can tolerate neglect—philodendrons, kentia palms, and fichus are good options. What tips do you have for maintaining indoor plants? Imitate nature. Give a plant the light it needs; some need more than others, but any plant is going to appreciate sunlight. Don’t close all the windows or blast the air conditioning. Natural light and air are always better. Deep water your houseplants. Put them outside periodically and soak them. (I take mine outside once every two weeks.) This will give them more sunshine, help to keep off insects, and prevent mold. Above: A kentia palm in a large, jade-green pot extends a bold greeting in the spacious entryway. The variegated philodendron perched atop the wardrobe reaches down toward the bromeliad below. Plants, pots and cabinet in similar hues unify the decor, while the bromeliad’s yellow bud plays off the mustard walls.


There are lots of good reasons to add plants to your décor—and more than one reason you might hesitate to do so, from not knowing which greenery will thrive where you live, to not having the time or inclination to maintain them. Sheila McLaughlin is a Maui landscaper and the owner of Na Pua, which specializes in providing and caring for indoor plants. We asked her advice on how to create your personal piece of paradise (ocean breeze not included).


In a hallway that doubles as art gallery, a large round pot sits in its wooden stand, counterbalancing in weight and tone a lava-rock sculpture by Maui artist Hoaka Delos Reyes. Anthurium and bromeliad cluster under the large leaves of a purple Cordyline fruticosa (ti). Farther back, a cylindrical planter sits below a whale sculpture by Randy Puckett, the bromeliads’ greenery a rich contrast to the red accent wall. Island Living Nov 2018–Apr 2019



Rotate your plants. Cycle them in and out of the house. This will give you variety, and keep your plants healthy. Keep a plant in its culture pot—the one it came in—and place that pot inside a decorative one. Be sure to remove for watering; most decorative pots don’t have good drainage. Another advantage to the culture pot is that if the plant fails, it’s easier to remove. What common mistakes do people make with indoor plants? Overwatering. Plants show the same symptom from overwatering as from underwatering: wilting. Feel the soil first; if it’s wet, don’t water. Also, make sure the water is draining—you don’t want to drown the plant. Forgetting to feed plants. Just like people, plants need water and food! When you pour water through a pot, you leach out important nutrients from the soil. You can get plant food at any hardware or gardening store. Finally, people don’t give their indoor plants enough attention. Plants are talking to you; listen to what they need and make changes. Indoor plants will thrive when they get a little love. Any recommendations for making a statement on a small budget? Orchids are good. A group will make a statement, but orchids can also shine individually. They do well in Hawai‘i, but will add a tropical touch anywhere. They also pair nicely with ferns. Neither needs a lot of water, and both are low maintenance. Palms are striking indoors. They are generally more expensive, but you only need one to change the whole aesthetic of a room—perfect for minimal effort and maximum effect. Invest in decorative pots. You can change a pot and change the whole look of a room. This is an easy way to spruce up indoor plants you may already have. For more information, contact Sheila McLaughlin at 283-5866.



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Would you explain Hawai‘i Life’s conservation initiative, and why a realestate company would pursue it? Some of us have been involved in sales where the property ends up going to a public purpose. One seller whose property we were marketing in the traditional way said he had spoken with the Trust for Public

Land, and asked me, “Should we have that conversation?” I realized I couldn’t think of a better use for that property. We worked with the community to raise the funds and donated our commission, which counted toward the seller’s contribution. At closing, the title was turned over to a local nonprofit. That’s how I got involved with conservation uses. Then our CEO, Matt Beall, became chair of the Hawai‘i Island Land Trust (HILT) board. Sarah Bakewell, our director of corporate affairs, also joined the HILT board. What we’re doing is not unique to Hawai‘i Life, but the company has become known for its interest and expertise in conservation and legacy lands. What kinds of properties would qualify as conservation or legacy lands? Lands that clearly should never be developed because of their scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, or cultural or environmental sensitivity. For example, in the 1960s, Laurance Rockefeller donated land containing iconic


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As director of Hawai‘i Life’s Conservation and Legacy Lands initiative, realtor Beth Thoma Robinson is helping buyers and sellers reevaluate the meaning of “highest and best use.”


‘Ōhe‘o Gulch to Haleakalā National Park. Lands may be purchased by a conservation buyer such as a government entity or land trust, or the owner may obtain a conservation easement that limits future development. A legacy property may have a cultural history; the buyer takes on the kuleana [responsibility] for protecting the site beyond their personal use. There’s a current listing in North Kohala: a ninetytwo-acre property that has exceptional recreational, environmental, and scenic values, as well as identified archeological sites. It includes the canoe ramp built by Kamehameha I and a large heiau [temple] where he is said to have trained his warriors. After I explained the significance of the site to the seller, they agreed to pursue a public purchase. The appraisal they ordered deemed the highest and best use to be preservation—a first in my experience. What would you tell potential buyers and sellers who are interested in learning more? If you are looking to buy property that has conservation values, or you want to be part of protecting these lands and their culture, educate yourself about the history and talk to people in the community. Your development has less value if you lose the cultural value, the sense of place. If you’re selling a property that has conservation or legacy values, we are happy to consult and connect you with the right resources. Normally, a seller wants the widest possible exposure, but if there is a

mandate from the seller for how the property is to be used, we will educate agents and prospective buyers to find the right person for that purchase. What makes this initiative unique? What we’re doing in connecting this type of buyer and seller is not unique to Hawai‘i Life. But no other real-estate company in the state has taken the initiative to this level. We’re developing a list of properties with significant conservation values and posting them on our website, along with information about different conservation pathways. We’re happy to collaborate and share what we know with other agents, and we’re working to develop best practices in this area. Hawai‘i Life also sponsors a realestate conference every year. A few years ago, we started talking more about our sense of place, including Hawaiian values and aloha, and these have become our most popular presentations. What does this kuleana mean for you, personally? It means that I have to be a very good listener and involve my peers. We are sensitive to being a place-specific real-estate company within a state that has a set of cultural values. Those values include relationships between people, between people and the land, and even with those who have passed on. It’s both intimidating and humbling to be leading this statewide effort, but we believe that without these special places, without the ‘āina, there is no Hawai‘i Life.

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The home’s ocean-facing façade belies the transformations it’s made since its construction in 1932: a way station for travelers trekking up and down the mountain, a general store, a patriarch’s residence . . . and a meticulously renovated building steeped in island history.


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Above: In its latest iteration, the home includes a small commercial salon; the Preseaults obtained conditional and special-use permits in 2011. Once their children head off to college, they say, they’ll return the building to its roots as a small-business center to serve the rural community. Middle: Taken in the late 1930s, this photograph of the old Morihara Store has turned sepia with age. The Preseaults had the image enlarged and framed; it now hangs on their kitchen wall. Below: Cheerful geraniums dress up the flower box beneath the kitchen window—a carryover from the old general store.

“You live there?”

Todd and Debra Preseault get asked that often—and they answer with obvious delight. “It gives us an opportunity to explain the history of this place,” Debra says. In fact, the couple is so accustomed to the intrigue surrounding their Kula home that they’ve come to expect the occasional passerby peering inquisitively into their streetfacing kitchen window (Debra had an opaque drop-down curtain installed). “We get a few gawkers,” Todd laughs. “Sometimes they’ll apologize and say, ‘I was just wondering what this was.’” And the Preseaults understand their curiosity: Set along a stretch of roadway that meanders past a church, school and community center, the home’s vintage storefront-like façade belies the 3,300-square-foot residence within.


Top: The kitchen’s midcentury appeal is enhanced by the vintage-style mahogany cabinets Todd build from scratch. Debra painted the lower cabinets red to complement the railing of the lānai. Bottom: The couple like to take a break from their busy schedules and relax on the spacious lānai; Todd hewed the fourteen-footlong table from a fallen monkeypod tree.

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Above: Just steps from the kitchen, the covered lānai is a favorite spot for entertaining—and occasional guest room. Left: Wraparound railings open onto expansive views, their Asian-inspired design recalling the home’s history as Morihara Store. Below: Debra calls the kitchen “the heart of the home”; it’s also the go-to place for leisurely breakfasts, algebra homework, and family game nights.

Built in 1932 as a way station for road-weary travelers headed to the summit of Haleakalā, the property was purchased a few years later by the Morihara family, who opened an eponymous general store that served the small rural community. Two decades later, the Moriharas relocated to a new store less than a mile away; they converted the original location into a home for the family patriarch. That renovation, and a second remodel in the 1980s, precludes the structure from being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Todd, a general contractor, and Debra, a certified public accountant, stumbled upon the three-story home nineteen years ago. A realtor was showing them the house next door when Todd spotted the “for sale” sign on the Moriharas’ lot. “I said to Debra, ‘Now that’s something I can work with.’”


Above: The Preseaults painted every room creamy white, a versatile background for accent pieces and the original wood floors that Todd restored to their former sheen. Right: Debra placed a cozy chaise lounge in a sunlit corner of the master bedroom for afternoon naps and rainy-day reading—a fitting throne for the woman whose family affectionately dubbed “the Queen of Comfort.”

The vacant property needed some TLC: Tall weeds choked the yard, the paint was peeling, and broken windows punctuated the top floor. Debra admits she was skeptical at first, but knew her husband’s knack for sussing out potential in unlikely places. “I didn’t see what he was seeing, but I trusted him,” she laughs. The couple bought the home and set out to restore it to its original splendor— and quickly. “We found out Debra was pregnant with twins the week we closed on the house,” Todd says. Given the accelerated nine-month time frame, he had to reprioritize his original to-do list. The first order of business was to widen the steep and narrow staircase so Debra could safely navigate her way to the top floor. Then he tackled the main floor: kitchen and dining area, living room, master bedroom, and a his-andhers office. He converted one of the two bathrooms into a laundry room, ripped Island Living Nov 2018–Apr 2019



Top Left: The once-overgrown property is now a green expanse dotted with fruit trees. (The Preseault kids plant a tree for Debra every Mother’s Day.) Top Right: Lava rock rises sixteen feet from the ground, supporting an outdoor fireplace and a twelve-foot-high chimney wrapped in decorative wood. Left: The fireplace makes for a cozy lānai on chilly Upcountry evenings; it’s also ideal for roasting marshmallows for s’mores.

out the carpet in the living room and office to reveal the original wood flooring, expanded the master bedroom by fourteen feet, and gave every room a fresh coat of paint. And what’s new seamlessly blends with what’s old. “That was my vision from day one,” Todd says. “I wanted to preserve [the building’s] character.” With that in mind, he only replaced what couldn’t be salvaged, and painstakingly ensured every change or addition would harmonize with the home’s historic features. In the kitchen, he swapped out the old flooring for vintagestyle tiles and built wood cabinets that—to the untrained eye—look like vestiges of a bygone era. (Serendipitously, Todd discovered some antique knobs abandoned in a barn, and installed them on the cabinets.) He replaced several of the newer doors


and windows—remnants of the 1980s remodel—with paneled doors and leadweight windows that had been discarded during a renovation of a 1930s cottage in Wailuku; Todd outfitted every door with old-fashioned brass ball-tip hinges. Upstairs, he added more windows to usher in sunlight. Today, the Preseaults’ three teenagers have the run of the top floor, which has three bedrooms, a common area (catchily dubbed “the romper room”) and a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Todd built a street-facing balcony in 2012; the siblings can climb out of their bedroom windows and enjoy the lofty view. Two floors down is the basement he renovated as a commercial space with its own entrance. (The Preseaults were granted a conditional use permit for the property in 2011; they rent the space to a salon owner.)

Todd and Debra painted the home’s cedar-shake shingle exterior a striking shade of charcoal-brown set off by white trim around the doors and windows. The detached, 1,000-square-foot garage—which now houses the family gym, storage area, and a second leased commercial space—received the same treatment. The rear of the house hugs a dry gulch, and when the Preseaults moved in, its edge was perilously close to the back door. To increase the home’s living space—and to keep his family safe—Todd constructed a covered, 670-square-foot, ipe-wood lānai that now extends over the gulch. The lānai doubles as a second living room; there’s plenty of cozy seating, a daybed for overnight guests, and a lava-rock fireplace that rises from the ground floor

Because Debra loves to cook, Todd chose a six-burner Thermador stove for the kitchen.

to the ceiling of the lānai to warm up chilly Kula nights. The lānai’s red Japanese-style railing (an aesthetic choice Todd says is reflective of the property’s cultural history) wraps around the back of the home. Not long after putting the finishing touches on the lānai, the Preseaults hosted a dinner party. To Debra’s dismay, it began to rain—but then she heard the soft pinging of raindrops on the corrugated metal roof. “It’s the most beautiful sound. I love it when it rains here,” she says. And if the clouds roll in, the Preseaults know they’re in for a treat. Depending on how hard it’s raining, the gulch below can become a gently flowing stream or a racing river; the family often falls asleep to the sound of moving water. It’s been nearly two decades since the Preseaults first laid eyes on the property, but

they say the novelty of living in a piece of Maui’s history hasn’t worn off—and it likely never will. “This place holds so many memories,” Debra says, gesturing to a framed black-and-white photo of the old Morihara Store that hangs on the kitchen wall. “And now it holds ours, too.”

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Mangoes were introduced into the Islands in 1824. Today no fewer than fifteen hybrid varieties are on the radar of the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture, and, like the ones above, in backyards all over Maui. The beauties at left are from Yee’s Orchard in Kīhei. Use your own radar to find them at groceries throughout the island.


MMM Mangoes The sixty-foot tree towered over the furo (Japanese bathhouse) of my aunt’s Hilo home, its branches the source of countless mangoes that had hit the corrugated metal roof like bombs. The fruit lay in different stages of decomposition, its fragrance perfuming the sultry air. Carefully searching the slippery mass for edible fruit, I inched my feet among the fallen and smashed mangoes to keep from sliding off the roof and landing ten feet below. Each time I found a perfect gem, I wiped it on my shirt, then tore through the waxy skin with my teeth, peeling it back slowly in long strips. I still remember the bright orange flesh and sweet juice running down my wrists and onto my clothing. I didn’t care. I was in mango heaven. But later in the evening, I began to itch. I raised my blouse to find splotchy red welts covering my belly. I now know that the fruit’s oil and sap

can cause skin rash, as well as more acute reactions, especially if you are sensitive to poison ivy or sumac . . . or overload your immune system and bathe in the juice, as I did. Since that day more than forty years ago, I’ve not had a single adverse reaction to mangoes. But I don’t eat five at one sitting, either. The mango (Mangifera indica) was brought to the Islands in 1824 from India and the Philippines, and it is one of Hawai‘i’s most popular tropical fruits. It’s also highly nutritious. In October 2015, Medical News Today reported that one cup of diced mango contains 100 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin C, 35 percent of vitamin A, 20 percent of folate, 10 percent of vitamin B6, and 8 percent of vitamin K and potassium—all packed into just 100 calories and half a gram of fat. (MedicalNewsToday. com/articles/275921.php)

Maui is host to some of the best mangoes in the Islands. The trees thrive in areas that receive around fifty inches of rain a year, and at elevations from sea level to 1,500 feet. In early spring, they flush a fiery red with new leaf growth. Flowers appear shortly thereafter, with pollinating honeybees in swift pursuit. On hot summer days, you’ll see mangoes growing in backyards, sometimes breaking branches that are pregnant with this succulent bounty. And there are so many ways to enjoy mangoes: blended into smoothies, baked in bread, stirred into salsa or folded into pancakes . . . even dehydrated and sprinkled with li hing mui powder. The list goes on and on. Just be sure you don’t go on and on, eating too many mangoes at once! In 1978, Auntie Jane gave me her recipe for spicy mango bread. You’ll find it on page 92, no roof-climbing necessary. Island Living Nov 2018–Apr 2019



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A tour of Jeff and Rosanna Lucero’s oceanfront condominium doesn’t take very long. There’s one bedroom. One bathroom. One closet. “There’s not much to it,” Jeff laughs. “But that’s why we like it.” The couple’s newly renovated condo measures a cozy 616 square feet (including the lānai), but the small space doesn’t cramp their style. “We don’t need a lot,” Rosanna says. “We like to keep things simple.” The San Francisco natives fell in love with Maui while honeymooning in Kā‘anapali nearly twenty years ago. Jeff, a fitness consultant, was instantly drawn to the bevy of outdoor activities, while Rosanna, a bank senior executive associate, was smitten with—well, pretty much everything. “We were hooked the day we got here,” she says. “We vowed we would do everything in our power to come back every year.” The Luceros have squeezed as many trips as possible into their busy schedules, ever since. “We were coming here so often that people started telling us to just buy a place,” Rosanna says. Two years ago, Jeff and Rosanna decided to purchase a second home here, one they could rent out when they weren’t on the island. After they had spent fruitless months looking at properties along


Maui’s south shore, their realtor took a different tack. “He asked us, ‘How much space do you need?’” Jeff recalls. “I said, ‘Not much.’” So when their realtor told them about a small beachfront condo for sale in Kīhei, Jeff and Rosanna were immediately intrigued. “He said we couldn’t see it until the next day,” Rosanna says. “But when we left his office, we drove straight there to check it out.” The sun was setting as the couple walked through the building’s breezeway and stood on the lawn fronting the beach. “We looked up and saw people having a good time out on their lānais,” Jeff says. “That’s when we knew we’d found the right place.” The next day, they toured the third-floor unit, and as far as first impressions go, the interior left a lot to be desired. “It was very dark and cluttered,” Rosanna recalls. It was also a time capsule: The condo, like the building itself, had been built in 1969, and as far as Jeff and Rosanna could tell, it hadn’t been updated since then. It was a far


Before » Left: The remodeled living room echoes Hawai‘i’s mountain-to-sea topography: Wood reclaimed from old Upcountry flumes accents one wall of a room that is otherwise awash in ocean tones. Throw pillows soften the spare lines of custom sofas by Brownstone, selected for the condo’s compact layout. Tim located the monkeypod slab table at Indolotus; the carved monkeypod tiki is by Folau Tupou. Below: A minimalist’s dream, the kitchen is outfitted with sleek countertops, built-in appliances, and open shelves that create the illusion of extra space.

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Tim Tattersall’s redesign worked like Doctor Who’s Tardis, making the condo appear bigger inside than out. In the bathroom at left, Tim checked off every box on Jeff and Rosanna’s wish list: walk-in shower, double-trough vanity sink, and as much natural light as possible.

Right: The condo’s lean and fluid design brims with character, from a flumewood entry that dramatically juxtaposes a wall of charcoal gray, to strategically placed mirrors that visually expand the space. The round mirror at right reflects another Aeder photo, while a mirror framed in monkeypod, handcarved by Folau Tupou, offers a peek into a bedroom made roomier by not having doors.

« Before cry from the Luceros’ orderly, 1,200-square-foot Art Deco home in San Francisco, but the cramped quarters were offset by the unit’s unobstructed ocean views. “I was sold on the view,” Jeff says. “You walk in the front door and it’s the first thing you see. How does it get any better than that?” Not long after the ink was dry on the sales contract, Jeff and Rosanna recruited Maui interior designer Tim Tattersall to oversee the remodel. The couple had already settled on a design theme inspired by one of their many hotel stays: the clean aesthetic of the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. “We really liked the simplicity and functionality of the Andaz,” Jeff says. “It’s minimal and modern, but it’s also warm and welcoming. That’s the look and feel we wanted.” But they soon discovered that transforming a small unit can be a not-so-diminutive task. For starters, there was no way to expand


upward, outward or otherwise; a footprint of 616 square feet was all they had to work with—and within. “It was a tight squeeze when we had people working in here,” Rosanna says. The logistical challenges didn’t end there. The building has no elevator, so tools and materials had to be lugged up (and down) three narrow flights of stairs. And there was a structural hurdle, too. The condo’s ceilings, floors and walls all had uneven surfaces, so all of the interior construction had to be adjusted accordingly. “This was a very analytical job,” Tim says. First, everything had to go. Work crews gutted the interior, hauling away walls, tile floors, appliances and plumbing; and leaving an empty concrete shell. Once he had carte blanche with the space, Tim created a layout that would maximize every square foot. The first to be reconfigured was the bathroom. Tim’s design made it thirty square feet larger and added a walk-in shower, double-trough sink, and passthrough windows near the ceiling to let in additional light and open up the space. In the kitchen, repositioning the plumbing granted Rosanna’s


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wish that the sink face the seascape. A floorto-ceiling Fleetwood sliding door replaced the unit’s standard patio door, admitting more natural light and taking full advantage of the view. Tim’s design called for charcoalgray Venetian plaster along one wall; a cream finish for the ceiling; and underfoot, washedgray woodgrain porcelain tile. Throughout the planning and renovation, Jeff and Rosanna kept a digital scrapbook of things they liked, including a concrete sink they’d seen in a storefront window (a near-replica now occupies the bathroom), and reclaimed-wood paneling spotted at a restaurant in downtown San Francisco. “I texted a photo of the wall to Tim right away,” Jeff says. “I wasn’t sure how or if it could happen, but we got lucky.” Their lucky break came when the couple’s contractor put them in touch with a local woodworker who had a collection of flume wood from an Upcountry Maui preserve. Arguably one of the condo’s most conversation-worthy features, the salvaged flume wood runs floor to ceiling on accent walls in the bedroom, kitchen and living room. With the floors and walls completed, Tim was ready to transform each room into a welcoming, comfortable space. He started with the bedroom, which had been awkwardly

positioned at the entrance of the unit. “The front door literally opened into the bedroom,” he says. “There was no privacy at all.” Tim’s clever solution: a four-foot-wide flumewood wall that establishes a more formal entry area, encloses the bedroom, and creates more storage space (there are shelves on the bedroom side of the wall). Like the rest of the unit, the bedroom feels larger than it is. To reduce visual clutter, Tim added under-bed storage drawers, and in lieu of space-hogging bedside tables, installed wall-mounted nightstands outfitted with USB ports. To increase the kitchen’s functionality, Tim opted for a Sub-Zero undercounter refrigerator, a two-burner electric cooktop embedded in the counter, and a convection microwave. Woodgrain cabinets and a cheerful mosaic-tile backsplash energize the room, while open shelves on one wall create the illusion of more space. That illusion continues throughout the home, with modern décor selected for the compact layout, including twin sofas tailormade for the living room, trim furniture, and room-brightening artwork. Bulky, unsightly household items are hidden away: The condo’s water heater is stowed in the bedroom closet, and a tall cabinet in the kitchen houses the stackable washer and dryer. Looking back on it now, Tim says all of the high-stress moments were worth it. “It’s the most difficult project I’ve ever done, but it turned out beautifully.” Jeff and Rosanna couldn’t agree more. “It’s beautiful and practical. Tim opened everything up and completely transformed this place,” Jeff says. “I love every square inch.”

Left: A vibrant oil by Tahitian artist Tania Wursig, a boldly striped bedspread from Pearl Butik, and rich wood tones all attract the eye, but the bedroom’s real beauty lies in such space-savvy touches as under-bed storage, built-in shelves, and wall-mounted lamps and nightstands that leave ample clearance around the queen-sized bed. Above: Floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood doors blur the boundary between inside and out. Tim swapped the lāna‘i’s bulky furniture for a table and bench of reclaimed boat lumber that can comfortably accommodate two— while taking advantage of the ocean view.

RESOURCES Akamai Plumbing Maui 61 Keleawe Street, Makawao 808-268-2051 Anaya Tile Co. 510-235-1530 Cano Electric, Inc. 167 Manea Place, #5, Wailuku 808-298-0677 Maui Joinery, Inc. (general contractor) P.O. Box 209, Kīhei • 808-757-2319 Native Trails (sinks) 1-800-786-0862 • Pacific Source (cabinets, Fleetwood doors) 515 East Uahi Way, Wailuku 808-986-0380 • Tim Tattersall Design P.O. Box 1573, Kīhei 808-280-7452 • WaiWood Designs (reclaimed wood) P.O. Box 156, Makawao 808-281-0086 • Island Living Nov 2018–Apr 2019


On floor (from left): rosemary, pineapple, mint, cilantro, garlic chives. On plant stand: Cuban oregano, parsley. On table: aloe, Cuban oregano.

The Edible Lāānai When I was a youngster, my father paid me a nickel a hundred to pull dandelions. They’re still weeds, but now they’re considered an elegant addition to salads. You can buy edible flowers at the grocery (I’ve seen small containers of jasmine and nasturtium petals at Whole Foods), or grow them on your lānai, an arm’s length from your recliner. Mother Nature even throws in free aromatherapy. Urban living doesn’t slam the door on mini-gardening, but you’d better check the rules of your condo association. Where I live, nothing is allowed to show above the railing. Don’t even think about watering hoses or hanging baskets. For the would-be condo gardener, the bigger question is what will grow when your “north forty” is a few square feet of concrete floor with walls on several sides and a ceiling that’s your upstairs neighbor’s lānai. And does it matter whether that lānai is in breezy Mā‘alaea, sunbaked Kīhei, or on a narrow side street in Wailuku, with northern exposure and limited sun? Here’s a simple rule of thumb for us novices: “Big leaves like shade; small leaves like sun”—this from an expert with a long job


title. Lorraine Brooks is Maui County horticultural extension agent for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Cooperative Extension Service. “Taro, lettuce, greens do well in partial shade,” she says. “Herbs need more sun.” She warns against overfertilizing, “which opens the plants to pests. Read all of the labels for everything you buy,” she stresses. “Most plants have information with them. If they don’t, that’s why you shop where the staff is knowledgeable. You want to bring home something that is healthy and well-watered. And be sure to check for pests.” Part of the university’s College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, the Cooperative Extension Service offers free, downloadable publications, including “Edible Plants for Hawai‘i Landscapes,” Jennifer Chirico, former executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute at UH Maui College, has other tips, from the wellknown advice that “marigolds help keep bugs away,” to the more esoteric “edible hibiscus leaf can serve as a wrap for rice or veggies.” Chirico gave me a tour recently of the college’s community







Edible Hibiscus

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garden. Reminiscent of World War II’s victory gardens, the plot nurtures, among other things, the beds that produce herbs for the highly regarded Maui Culinary Academy. Sunflowers and dandelions are on Chirico’s “good” list, as is eggplant (“one in a pot”). If you like your plants decorative as well as nutritious, she suggests geraniums, roses, pansies (at higher elevations), and nasturtiums. “Cherry tomatoes are super easy,” she adds, but “only plant one— they grow out of control.” All the experts I talked to stressed the importance of good potting soil and fertilizer. Containers and garden implements? They’re available everywhere. Plastic is lighter and less expensive, but clay breathes better—important, since roots need oxygen, as well as nutrients and space. Dark colors absorb more sun and heat, which can be bad for roots. And small pots dry out faster than big ones. Wind can also be a problem. Justice Carlson, former communityrelations coordinator for Mālama Maui Nui (formerly Community Work Day), recommends putting plants against the wall for a wind break. If space is tight, he suggests a long, skinny planting bed for root crops such as carrots and beets. If you want to stay with strictly Hawaiian plants and herbs, Tamara Sherrill, garden manager of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, is the one to see. “Canoe plants,” those vital vegetable provisions brought to the Islands by early voyagers, can be grown on your lānai, she notes. “Kalo [taro] does well in pots no smaller than twenty inches in diameter at the opening.” The one thing she doesn’t have is pohole fern, said to grow wild near Hāna. Give her a call if you know a source.

No matter where they live on Maui, “everybody wants tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and eggplant,” says Peggy Schifone, a nursery specialist at Lowe’s. “Lavender doesn’t do well in Kīhei, but most other plants have a way of acclimating to their environment.” So if you want to grow it on your lānai, you can probably buy it on Maui. Does anybody sell dandelions? Schifone laughs. “Not that I know of.”

RESOURCES Home Depot 100 Pakaula St., Kahului | 893-7800 Kula Hardware & Nursery 3100 Lower Kula Rd., Kula | 878-2551 | Lowe’s Home Improvement 214 Ho‘okele St., Kahului | 872-1920 Maui Nui Botanical Gardens 150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului | 249-2798 | University of Hawai‘i Mānoa Cooperative Extension Service UH Maui Campus 310 Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Bldg. 214, Kahului Master Gardener: 244-3242, ext. 228 Island Living Nov 2018–Apr 2019



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ARCHITECT Q&A When the owners of this Wailea home decided they wanted a more tropical look, the architect recommended rethinking the roof form; this design element proved an affordable way to create a Balinese effect.

Interview by Rita Goldman

HOW TO CREATE THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS tects go through rigorous training, maybe fifteen years in the preparatory phases, apprenticeship and licensure. We’re trained to understand the nature of building materials, what they can and can’t do. There’s also the issue of accountability. I’ll give you an example. I was called as an expert witness in a court case. The people I was representing had a home built right in front of them; it was designed by a drafter who didn’t investigate the environment very well. They put a two-story structure as close as they could to the plaintiff’s property, and took out [my clients’] entire view.

Why is it wise to hire an architect when planning a home? Jim: There are a number of reasons. Archi-

Let’s talk about money. How much do an architect’s services add to the cost of a home? I can imagine people thinking they


How did the case resolve? Jim: The plaintiff was successful. But the house was already built! Jim: Yes, but there was a big money award.

can’t afford an architect, even if they’d like to hire one. Jim: Actually, there could be savings. You asked earlier for the best advice we can give a client. Mine is, tell me the truth regarding your budget. Clients will tell you one figure, and have a big shopping list, and when you try to narrow it down, they say, “No, I need this.” [The item] goes back into the plan, and when the numbers come out, they’re 20 or 30 percent over the budget. Then the client will say, “Oh, I guess we can do that.” Why do they do that? Frank: The reputation of the industry is that architects’ fees are based on a percentage of the construction cost. Some architects do that. Others do it on an hourly basis, or on a set-fee basis. It sounds as though not knowing the real budget would adversely affect the whole design. Jim: Exactly.


Granted, if that dwelling is on Maui, you’re, well, halfway home. Still, there’s a lot to designing a residence that will make you happy just being there. We sat down with four Maui architects and asked them to share their advice and insights. Jim Niess, of Maui Architectural Group, and Frank Skowronski, of Territorial Architects, Ltd., have been designing residences and commercial buildings on Maui for decades. Jim’s son, Peter Niess, also with Maui Architectural Group, and Atom Kasprzycki, of Kasprzycki Design, are newer to the profession, but grew up on Maui and have an intimate understanding of the island. All four are members of the American Institute of Architects’ Maui Chapter, and three are past presidents—Peter Niess last year. Atom Kasprzycki is the chapter’s current president.


Above: “Story poles” help a client visualize the height and mass of a home before it’s constructed. The owner of this site wanted to be able to see the ocean as he approached the home, and after looking at the story poles, agreed with lowering the height of the building pad to make that happen. Right: Well-placed wooden louvers take advantage of Maui’s tradewinds to provide cross ventilation.

Initial sketches, like this “bubble diagram” are a quick and easy way to explore a home’s possible spaces and proximity relationships.

Can you give an example? Peter: Yes. A house I’m doing in Central Maui was going to have an artist’s studio above the garage, until the contractor and I determined that the best way to stay on budget was to remove the studio, the home’s only two-story element. The client agreed. A stand-alone studio is a possibility for the future, but even if it’s the same size,

it may end up more costly in the long run. When I sit down with a client, I ask, “What’s the purpose of this home? Are you going to live in it for three, four, five years, and then sell it? Is it something you want to pass down to your kids? Are you going to be here full time or part time?” I’ll write down the scope of their ideal home. Is this entry something they’ll use

daily? Do they want cubbies for shoes? Art lighting? Flagstone? Do they want the kitchen to be the heart of the house? I have clients who rarely cook and don’t want to spend a lot of money on the kitchen, but they want it to look nice. We go through everything, room by room. I take notes, and keep them as a reference. A lot of times, as clients delve into the experience of designing Island Living Nov 2018–Apr 2019


Top: After the client and architect have explored various ideas through the use of bubble diagrams, the next step is a more developed design; this one also illustrates how repetition of certain materials creates flow and ties the home together. Above: Construction starts at the foundation; this is the last opportunity to make any significant changes before costs go up exponentially.

a custom home, they educate themselves, and things morph. It’s important to remind them of their initial goals, and make sure that in the end it’ll come together cohesively. Whoa! How many psychology classes do you guys take? Peter: Neuroscience for architecture is one of my favorite things. What’s “neuroscience for architecture”? Peter: It’s how the lighting in a room affects your mood. It’s the textiles. . . . Frank: Colors, how mirrors make a room look bigger. . . . Is it fair to say that a Maui architect would know things an architect from somewhere else doesn’t? Frank: Well, there is a big difference between designing for a temperate climate and designing for the tropics. Our relationship


to the environment is different; we live outside more, we know what passive cooling is, and that you don’t make the front door open into the tradewinds. It’s not just drawing experience, or building experience. It’s our experience of a lifestyle. A mainland architect has to learn those issues—usually at the client’s expense. Jim: Here’s an example. The client says, “I just bought this property in Hāna, and it’s right on the ocean, and it’s got this gorgeous view, so I want slide-away walls.” And I say, “You’ll never open those doors. I’ll put them on the other side of the house, and give you lots of glass for the ocean view, but [if we install slide-away walls], every time you crack the door this far, you’re going to clear the table, because the wind comes onshore there, hits the cliff, and salt spray covers everything.” Even an O‘ahu architect can’t do that

What’s the highest they can build on O’ahu? Jim: About 1,500 feet. Atom: At sea level, you’re protecting [the home] from the heat. When you’re up in upper Kula, you’re considering the cold at night. Peter: There’s also our ability to navigate the County of Maui’s permitting process, which is hugely valuable—people learn that very quickly if they don’t hire an architect. It’s not like on the mainland, where they can submit a basic set of plans, cross their fingers, and expect to get a building permit two months later. Atom: Most of us have developed a relationship with most of the people at the County. A lot of times we’re on first-name basis, or can send an email request for more information, as opposed to a letter that takes a week to prepare . . . and sits on someone’s desk for two weeks . . . and finally gets mailed out to you . . . and it’s been a month. With most of our correspondence, it’s almost instant. That translates to faster turnaround of permit time, saving money, ultimately. Frank: And keep in mind that there’s a lifestyle at the end of the construction. You may have saved money, but now you don’t have a lānai to sit on and enjoy the sunset or sunrise. The built environment has got a lot more issues than just the price tag. Atom: And this house is going to be here for seventy to one-hundred-plus years. If it’s going to be in your family, it shouldn’t be designed and assembled haphazardly. The money is important, but at the end of the day, so is how the house functions, how it’s put together, and how it looks. Jim: This ties into how a local architect can design more economically. In this climate, we don’t have to protect ourselves from the environment so much. You can live in a


well here, because they don’t know how to design at 4,000 feet.


This custom railing by Padilla Designs provides as much visibility as a glass or cable railing, and adds an attractive design element. Schematic sections illustrate how a home will work with a site’s topography.

smaller space, especially if it’s a vacation home, with outdoor rooms that may be sheltered or not. We can design a smaller footprint, and bring the cost down, but it still can be very well designed, very tasty, and give you delight, which is really what architecture is all about. How do I choose an architect who is right for me? Jim: As a client, you enter into a close relationship with the architect for a good number of months—maybe years, even. So personality has to work. You want to interview the architect, and make sure that they aren’t cutting you off while you’re talking. Check their references, and see some of their work, if possible. Frank: If you see eight different homes that this architect has done, and they all look alike, you don’t want to hire them. You want an architect who is designing for you. Peter: Your home is the largest investment

in your life. Frank: And the most critical in your relationship with your partner. The questions Peter asks his clients are to get unique answers. Every family is different. You’re getting a home that not only meets your budget, but also your lifestyle and your dreams. Peter: Again, it’s about being honest, letting us know the way you live with your partner. A lot more people than you’d think like to have separate bathrooms. And either they’re embarrassed, or shy, or don’t want to let us know that. I know a couple who love each other dearly, but she can’t sleep in the same bedroom because he snores so badly. Atom: That’s more common than you would think. So what’s wrong with just saying, “We want a bedroom over here, and a den over there,” and not telling the architect that

this is actually where he’s gonna sleep? I’ll just put a bed in there, instead of a couch. Frank: That won’t work. Bedrooms should have immediate access to closets and bathrooms. You can’t just say “We’ll put the master bedroom here, with a plushed-out master bathroom, but he’s sleeping down the hall,” maybe with a powder room. No, no, no. The architect doesn’t have to be a marriage counselor, but you have to tell us. This is not a value judgment of how people live. It’s an idea of the customness that has to occur if the structure is going to be successful. Peter: I want to go back to the initial meeting with the client, figuring out how they interact, what their lifestyle is. I’ll go to their existing house, if that’s possible, walk through it with them, and talk about the pros and the cons: Do you like your closet? Do you like having a tub? Do you like having to go upstairs to your bedrooms? I have them do their homework about Island Living Nov 2018–Apr 2019



each of the houses they’ve lived in, all the way back to their childhood home, and pull out their favorite rooms or experiences: how the sun comes up in the morning, where they eat breakfast or drink coffee, and explain it to me, so we can get them their custom home. Frank: And I do almost the opposite. I believe that if you tell me what you don’t like, I can learn more than if you tell me what you do like. Sometimes you like things by accident, whereas, if it doesn’t work, there’s a reason. You know why it doesn’t work. “My kitchen’s on the northwest side of the house, and we’re in Kula, so when I get up in the morning, I’ve got to put on warm clothes. I don’t want that anymore; I want my kitchen to face the rising sun.” They’re clear on that—it’s been bugging them for years—as opposed to, “Yeah, it has a great view; it’s okay.” Well, no. At $300 a square foot, nothing should be just “okay.” Peter: The biggest issue is expectations. You’re not going to be happy if you have unmet expectations, and the only way to avoid that is to have clear communication and trust. We’ve talked about taking the time to interview different architects, and the importance of being honest with them. Is


there anything else that would make the experience of building my dream home more successful? Peter: I have my clients set up a Pinterest account and a Houzz account. Houzz is a room-by-room, graphically oriented website. You say “kitchens,” and there’s 30,000 kitchens to look at, and you narrow it down. The site has different types: traditional, contemporary, tropical. . . . Frank: Large, small, medium, expensive. . . . Peter: The clients go through room by room and select all the things they like, and I have them write what they like about it. Giving clients Houzz and Pinterest as homework [encourages them] to take the time to really think about how they’re going live in this space, and not just wait till they meet with us to go over design development. It’s helpful as a designer to have that information. It also complicates things, because then you have to bring a bunch of scattered design elements together. Frank: With Houzz and Pinterest, you’re pulling their ideas out, synthesizing those ideas and getting some sort of common thread. “You’ve picked these things; did you realize this and this and this are related to each other? Can we put that into the design?” Successful designers realize that the clients are designing the home. With a

good designer, there’s no hidden agenda; there’s hopefully a lack of ego. You’re helping people realize, “Oh, I really don’t need that big of a kitchen,” or “We can get away with three bedrooms, not six.” You’re helping, but they’re designing. That’s the most successful residential design. Peter: When I was a kid, hana bata days, I’d go with my dad to jobsites. He’d say, “We’re going to sit here at this time of day. Notice where the sun is, where it’s going to rise. Notice where the wind is—is today a typical day? Look at the views. Over there you can see Lāna‘i meet the water.” We’d sit there and draw it out, really get to know the site. Every project is unique; every site presents different design issues or possibilities. And when you add the client to the uniqueness of each site, it’s fun. It’s never boring to be an architect. Jim: We’ve been talking a lot about the practical reasons to hire an architect. Here’s a quote by [Swiss-French architect] Le Corbusier that touches on another element of architecture, the mystery, the delight: You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: This is beautiful. That is Architecture. Art enters in.


“It’s always exciting for clients when site grading begins,” says Peter Niess. “We’ve been talking about the home for months, and suddenly it’s becoming real.” Even during construction, architect and builder look for ways to enhance a home’s design. Top: Half-inch acrylic separates a wood post from the concrete on this lānai, and looked so handsome, they decided to keep it. Above: Recessing this slab allowed for a shower without a curbed threshold.


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ARCHITECTS Architects Maui 572-4644 |

The Home Depot 100 Pakaula St., Kahului 893-7800 |


Abbey Carpet & Floor 25 Kahului Beach Rd., Kahului | 427-0830

Artel, Inc. Kīhei | 250-1527 |

Lowe’s Home Improvement 214 Ho‘okele St., Kahului 872-1920 |

Hunton Conrad & Associates, Inc. 1102 Mailuna Pl., Makawao 281-9706 |

Pacific Source 515 E. Uahi Way, Wailuku 986-0380 |

Hawaiian Carpet One Floor & Home 162 Alamaha St., Kahului | 873-2113

Kasprzycki Designs, Inc. 40 Kupuohi St., Ste. 203, Lahaina 667-6116 |


Lahaina Carpet & Interiors, Inc. 1036 Limahana Pl., Ste. 3L, Lahaina 661-4268 |

Jeffrey A. Lundahl 871-4110 | Maui Architectural Group 2331 Main St., Wailuku 244-9011 | Rick Ryniak Architects 50 Pu‘u Anoano, #2104, Lahaina 661-9448 | Territorial Architects, Ltd. Wailuku | 575-2188 Nick Wagner 226 S. Church St., Wailuku | 242-5720

APPLIANCES, BUILDING SUPPLIES & INSTALLATION ABC Supply Co., Inc. 446 Ala Makani St., Kahului 877-6507 | Habitat for Humanity ReStore 970 L. Main St., Wailuku 986-8050 | Hamai Appliance 332 E. Wākea Ave., Kahului 877-6305 |


Bamboo Maui 1878 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku 244-2299 |

Brothers Custom Woodworks & Cabinetry 811 Kolu St., #105A, Wailuku 280-3920 | Cutting Edge Manufacturing, Inc. 1866 Wili Pa Loop, #B, Wailuku 870-1236

Bamboo Maui See “Cabinetry & Woodworking.”


Arrow Glass & Mirrors 792 Alua St., #106, Wailuku 244-3944 California Frameless Shower Door P.O. Box 6186, Kahului 868-6868

DoubleTree Cabinetry 260 Papa Pl., Kahului 893-2578|


Jay Peterson Woodworking 808-553-8381

Read Lighting, Inc. 335 E. Wakea Ave., Kahului 871-8995 |

Maui Custom Woodworks 251 Lalo St., L-1, Kahului 877-0239 |

Strini Art Glass 572-6283

Out of the Woods Fine Cabinetry & Woodworking 280-1421 |

Valley Isle Lighting, Inc. 255 Alamaha St., Kahului 871-1119 |

Pacific Millworks 375 W. Kuiaha Rd., Unit 21, Ha‘ikū 575-7555


WaiWood Designs P.O. Box 156, Makawao 281-0086 |

Da Kine Paints, LLC 250 Alamaha St., Ste. N3, Kahului 871-9381 |

Maui Specialty Lighting 446-0921 |

Ameritone Maui •140 Alamaha St., Kahului | 871-7734 •1058 Limahana Pl., Lahaina | 667-2614

Performance Painting 71A Miner Pl., Makawao 870-4500 |

Maui Marble & Granite 874 Alua St., Wailuku 242-8400 |

Kahe Construction P.O. Box 10277, Lahaina 870-4981 |

Sherwin-Williams Paint Store •173 Alamaha St., Kahului | 877-2468 •910 Honoapi‘ilani Hwy., Ste. R8, Lahaina | 662-0123 |

Miyake Concrete Accessories •250 N. Waiehu Beach Rd., Wailuku | 244-7988 •1035 Makawao Ave., Makawao | 572-7988 •369 Huku Li‘i Pl., Kīhei | 879-7900 •24 Ulupono St., Lahaina | 661-9020

Mark Minney Construction, LLC 4730 Kula Hwy., Kula | 876-1765


Akamai Plumbing Maui 61 Keleawe St., Makawao 268-2051 | Ferguson Plumbing Supply 335 Hukilike St., Kahului 877-4460 |


Finishing Touch Roofing, Inc. 2000 Mokulele Hwy., #209, Kahului | 877-5533 RSI Roofing & Building Supply 221 S. Wakea Ave., Unit 101, Kahului 242-5535


Best Stoneworks, LLC 2000 Mokulele Hwy., #81, Pu‘unēnē 264-6474 | Coastline Stone & Tile, Inc. 907 Malulani St., Kīhei 879-0635 | Exclusively Yours/Ceramic Tile Plus (cabinets, countertops, floors, glass) 25 S. Kahului Beach Rd., Kahului Exclusively Yours: 871-7595 Ceramic Tile Plus: 871-8674 James Tile & Stone 874-9137 Jurassic Stone Works 2000 Mokulele Hwy., Kahului 873-7742 |

Pohaku Masonry 311 Awalau Rd., Ha‘ikū | 283-4156 Precision Tile & Stone 843 Waine‘e St., Lahaina | 870-6994 Worldwide Design Studio (stonework) 360 Papa Pl., Kahului | 871-1440

CONTRACTORS Aloha Remodeling & Construction 870-9682 | Carter Platt Construction 870-0459 | CC&D Builders Hawai‘i 2530 Keka‘a Drive, #A, Kā‘anapali | 667-1807 Cohen Development Group 375 Huku Li‘i Pl., Ste. 204, Kīhei 280-1101 | Cremer Construction (concrete) 440 Ainakula Rd., Kula | 878-6495 Elite Construction 549 Kuanana St., Pā‘ia 268-0563 | Island Tiny Homes 866-4911 |

Maui Joinery, Inc. P.O. Box 209, Kīhei 757-2319 | Pono Building Co., Inc. 4230 L. Kula Rd., Kula 870-7979 | T&S Building Consultants 2733 Pu‘u Ho‘olai St., Kīhei | 879-5453 3D Builders & Design (construction, solar) 353 Hanamau St., Ste. 1, Kahului | 871-5575 | Wildco Construction 283-2371 |


Cano Electric, Inc. 167 Manea Pl., #5, Wailuku | 298-0677 Haleakala Solar 70 E. Ka‘ahumanu Ave., #C-3, Kahului 871-4059 | Maui Pacific Solar P.O. Box 351, Pu‘unēnē 280-6627 | Rising Sun Solar 355 Hukilike St., Ste. 201, Kahului 575-2022 | The Sonshine Solar Corporation 575-7444 | Trident Electric P.O. Box 691, Makawao | 572-4163 West Maui Electric 48 Aholo Rd., Lahaina 463-0063 | Island Living Oct 2018 –Apr 2019


Pacific Audio & Communications 330 Ohukai Rd., #116, Kīhei 870-1619 |

Marshall Design Studio P.O. Box 2547, Wailuku 463-9118 |

Beach House 330 Ohukai Rd., #110, Kīhei 891-2010 |

Pearl Butik 71 Baldwin Ave. & 83 Hāna Hwy., Pā‘ia 579-8899 |

Tim Tattersall Design P.O. Box 1573, Kīhei 280-7452 |

Duck Soup Maui 2000 Mokulele Hwy., Pu‘unēnē 871-7875 |

Pier 1 Imports 270 Dairy Rd., Kahului 873-7878 |

HomeWorld Furniture 374 Hanakai St., Kahului 877-5503 |

Swan Interiors 2103 W. Vineyard St., Wailuku 243-3316 |


HUE 210 Alamaha St., Kahului 873-6910 | Indolotus Imports 145 Halekuai St., Kīhei 879-9997 | Island Attitudes 411 Huku Li‘i Pl., #101, Kīhei 879-4147 | Lifestyle Maui Furniture 703 L. Main St., Wailuku 242-1863 | The Man Cave Island Surf Building 1993 S. Kīhei Rd., Ste.18, Kīhei 793-2526 | Marmac Home & Kitchen 334 Alamaha St., Kahului | 877-3931 Martin & MacArthur • The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr. | 214-9874 • The Shops at Wailea 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr. | 891-8844 • The Westin Maui Resort & Spa 2365 Kā‘anapali Pkwy. | 270-0888 • Whalers Village 2435 Kā‘anapali Pkwy. | 667-7422 The Maui Closet Company 310 Hukilike St., Unit M, Kahului 871-7996 | The Mind’s Eye Interiors, Inc. 1068 Limahana Pl., Lahaina 667-7748 |


OUTDOOR FURNISHINGS K-Deck Canvas Corp. 1942 E. Vineyard St., Wailuku 242-2889 |

Outdoor Living 261 Lalo St., Kahului 873-8325 |

LANDSCAPING & POOLS Chris Curtis Landscape P.O. Box 1278, Ha‘ikū 575-2367 | Chris Hart & Partners, Inc. 115 N. Market St., Wailuku 242-1955 | Cohen Landscaping & Design 375 Huku Li‘i Pl., Ste. 204, Kīhei 280-1101 | Fusion Irrigation Hawai‘i 264-8261 |

Padilla Designs (gates, railings, torches, metal design) 1087 S. Kīhei Rd., Kīhei 879-0938 |

Huber Pools 1367 S. Kīhei Rd., #3-110, Kīhei 879-0822 |


I Dig Maui 245 Kane Rd., Ha‘ikū | 357-1450

Island Window Coverings 300 Ohukai Rd., B308, Kīhei 874-8602 | Ohana Drapery & Upholstery 325 Hukilike St., Kahului |873-8077 Suda Shades & Design P.O. Box 1116, Kīhei 205-7926 | Whitey’s Upholstery 268-9710

INTERIOR DESIGN Brown-Kobayashi 38 N. Market St., Wailuku | 242-0804 Gail Simmons Interior Design 11 Ululani St., Kula 281-2882 | Home Remedies Interior Design 1993 S. Kīhei Rd., Ste. 7, Kīhei |214-6559

Island Plant Company P.O. Box 880360, Pukalani 572-5094 | Maui Waterscapes 312 Alamaha St., Ste. M, Kahului 877-0413 | Rockman 47 Kahoea Pl., Kula 878-2903 |

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Destination Maui, Inc. 380 Huku Li‘i Pl., Ste. 206, Kīhei 879-0080 | MF Management, LLC 281-1341 | Maui Paradise Properties, LLC 727 Waine‘e St., Ste. 206, Lahaina 661-1535 |




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