A Home by the Sea

Her whole life, Deanna Ferguson longed for a secluded cottage by the sea. In 2013 she found it.

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A rustic dining table anchors linen-covered side chairs and a pair of tortoise-bamboo director’s chairs with cotton seats and backs. Below: The property sits on a bluff with wraparound views: ‘Īao Valley to the west, Haleakalā to the south, an ocean horizon to the north, and around the corner, a stretch of sand where sea turtles bask.

One thing you won’t find in the home is a television. Instead, there are stacks of board games and plenty of cozy seating inside and out. “It’s the perfect place for entertaining,” Deanna says. “It reminds me of being at my grandparents’ house, where everything was about family.”

Outside, Adirondack chairs now encircle the portable fire pit, where the Fergusons and their guests like to take in sunsets and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Towering palm trees punctuate the lawn; you could hang a hammock just about anywhere. And along the bluff, Gavin and Deanna planted a thick swath of tall vetiver grass as a barrier (and as a backstop for their three tennis-ball-chasing Jack Russell terriers).

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A cerulean wool area rug and a corner cabinet of recycled pine dial up the vintage personality of the larger of two guest rooms.

Then there was the matter of naming the property. Initially, Deanna suggested the apropos moniker “Turtle Lair,” but after noticing Gavin continuously gazing out to the horizon, she changed her mind. “I decided to call it ‘Sea Vigil,’ because he’s always watching the water,” she explains.

Today, sitting on Sea Vigil’s lānai, it’s possible to imagine that—if you stretch your legs just far enough—you could feel the waves lapping at your toes. “It really is a magical place,” Deanna says. “Sometimes it feels like it’s just you and the sea.”


DoubleTree Cabinetry
(kitchen & bathroom cabinets & counters)
260 Papa Place, Kahului
808-893-2578 • DTCabinetsMaui.com

Ferguson (bathroom fixtures)
335 Hukilike Street, Kahului
808-877-4460 • Ferguson.com

HUE (furnishings & home accessories)
210 Alamaha Street, Kahului
808-873-6910 • MauiHue.com

Lowe’s Home Improvement
(kitchen appliances)
214 Ho‘okele Street, Kahului
808-872-1920 • Lowes.com

RSI Roofing & Building Supply
(cedar-shake shingles)
221 South Wakea Avenue, #101, Kahului

Vetiver Farms Hawai‘i (vetiver grass)
P.O. Box 501, Pāpa“ikou, Hawai‘i Island
808-756-8725 • VetiverFarmsHawaii.com



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