Spotlight On Contemporary Island Architecture – Na Pali Haweo
Na Pali Haweo, the neighborhood sometimes described as “East Oahu’s best kept secret,” uniquely overlooks a dramatic panorama dominated by majestic Koko Crater peaking at nearly 1,200 feet. Topping Kamehame Ridge, the subdivision of approximately 190 lots extends up the ridgeline to reach the highest point at approximately 700 feet. The view embraces ocean and mountains, Kalama and Kamiloiki Valleys, Hawaii Kai, Koko Head, and the crater with its ever-changing aspect of light and shadow.
Custom homes have been built on most of the lots, which are a minimum of 10,000 square feet, and conform to architectural and landscaping criteria overseen by the homeowners association. A luxury home on Hoahana Place, designed by architect Tom Hackett and built in 2001, has recently been updated by the owners and placed on the market with Choi International.
Listing Realtor Julianna Garris said she considers this home, which is located on one of the larger lots and priced at $1,998,000, “the best value in East Oahu.” “Magnificent views, light, space, and functionality blend harmoniously in this delightful, move-in ready home,” she notes. With a total of 3,122 interior square feet, the home includes four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 612 square foot covered lanai. She is showing the property by appointment.
Architect’s Design Statement
When the lots at Na Pali Haweo came on the market, I was asked to design the model home for the developers. That home went on to win two awards in the BIA Parade of Homes, and I designed two more custom homes on the same street soon after. It was an exciting time with the opportunity to design beautiful homes to take advantage of the spectacular panoramic views of Koko Crater and the south shore. This Hoahana Place house, with its stucco exterior, tile roof and arched openings, combines elements of Mediterranean style with contemporary tropical. Its large open spaces, high ceilings, and gorgeous views give it a luxurious feel. There was much attention to detail to ensure everything was of high quality. Boyett Aguilar, an architectural designer, contributed substantially to the original design. Our objective was to both optimize the views and create a comfortable and convenient family home. – Tom Hackett
Originally from Ohio, Tom Hackett was involved early on in industrial design and influenced by classes taught by Buckminster Fuller. After living in Thailand for several years he became interested in tropical design and came to the University of Hawaii to finish his education with a degree in Environmental Design. His first architectural job was with his future father-in-law, Lou Pursel, a Honolulu architect noted for designing the La Pietra residences. Subsequently he worked for several well-known Honolulu architects before striking out on his own. He has been designing homes for over 40 years and has projects throughout the islands, including commercial work. As a result of his knowledge of feng shui principles and commitment to meeting clients’ needs, many Hawaii homeowners are enjoying the long-term benefit of the good flow and comfortable feeling of their interior spaces. He measures the success of his projects by how well they serve the unique interests and special needs of his clients.