Seaside Splendor

A Kapalua estate proves that contemporary luxury and nature don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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The kitchen thrives in its new locale with soffit lighting, sapele-wood cabinetry, backlit onyx walls, and underlit countertops of green onyx and thick-cast glass.

Sara describes the former great room as “dark and introverted.” It’s now lofty and light-filled, and at twice its original size accommodates an expanded living and dining space that opens to a covered lānai and the pool deck. The relocated kitchen had been in the mauka (mountain-facing) wing that is now the kids’ bunk-bed-outfitted space. To make the most of the views, Sara had the deep eaves shortened and raised—a subtle but significant change, she says—and doors and windows replaced with floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood sliders.

Light and glass are recurring themes throughout. Beyond the circular drive, a glass wall twenty feet long spans the front entrance, its wide pivot doors inviting guests inside. Once-opaque walls and doors are now transparent; clear- and frosted-glass enclosures separate showers from elliptical, wood-cradled tubs in the master and guest suites.

In the guest suites, glass enclosures replaced interior walls, creating a more expansive feel, and opening the room to ocean views—all the way to the shower and tub. Crisp white curtains enclose the soaking tub when privacy is desired. Custom stacked green-glass light fixtures give a pleasing glow.

And there are nods to nature everywhere. Sara kept the original floor, whose textured limestone evokes a sandy beach. The old, worn roof has been reframed; new, sparkling blue-green terra cotta tiles mimic the hues of the ocean. (Sara worked with a professional colorist to pin down the right shade, and at one point, had hundreds of samples stacked in a corner of her office.)

The outdated pool has been converted into a heated saline infinity pool lined with iridescent tiles whose colors change in the light. A waterfall feature extends from the lānai to the pool to dial up the ambiance and visually connect the house to the ocean.

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