THE BEST HOUSES ARE DESIGNED WITH their site in mind, but when it comes to a site as glorious as a 10,000-square-foot lot in a primo Hawaiian resort, that connection is doubly important. Given the fantastic weather there, homes often extend to the far reaches of the great outdoors.

That's certainly the case with this 2,900-square-foot beauty on the big island of Hawaii's Kona-Kohala coast. It's nestled into one of Hualalai Resort's signature kauhale, neighborhoods patterned after Hawaii's ancient coastal villages. Beginning at the ocean and rising to the upper slopes of the resort, each neighborhood has its own view and Hawaiian sense of place.

Architect Bing Hu went for the Lanai island lifestyle with this elegant home, where private gardens, open views, and interior spaces are blended to bring the outside in. The major design objective was to maintain a low roof profile, using forms of traditional Hawaiian architecture. The finish materials were selected to blend seamlessly with the home's spectacular natural surroundings.

Retractable walls reinforce this notion of indoor/outdoor living. They open the home to one of the fairways of the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and the ocean beyond. It's a little slice of heaven.


Award: Grand for best single-family detached home—2,600 to 3,000 square feet; Builder: GM Construction, Holualoa, Hawaii; Developer: Hualalai Resort, Kona, Hawaii; Architect/Land planner: H&S International, Scottsdale, Ariz.

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