Hawaii Island Hopping

Recently, the Hawaiian Islands have experienced a cultural evolution within all areas, including design. Once thought of as a sun-and-fun oasis, Hawaii has quickly become a compelling design destination. Check out the full story in our spring issue! 



When driving the long winding road to Manele Bay, through the mountainous geography, you descend upon the revitalized Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Offering the best panoramic views of the bay, the property was redesigned by Gino Castaño and David Lasker of Paletteur, an up-and-coming San Francisco–based design/architecture firm. They reworked the resort’s 13 penthouse suites, spa and restaurant at the Challenge, Manele golf course. Paletteur’s design choices of color, texture, and architectural details highlight the beauty and cultural elements of Lanai.

A view of the grand dining room at the Four Seasons.

A view of a guest room balcony at the Four Seasons.

Craig Steely



Craig Steely, principal of Craig Steely Architecture, has studios in Hawaii and San Francisco with active projects on the Big Island and Maui. Here he shares with us his perspective on the new Hawaii design renaissance.

What are the current design or architecture trends emerging in Hawaii?

It’s great to see the next generation of Hawaiians in touch with their Island roots, while still appreciating modern design and technology. They are combining these disparate voices to create the new Hawaiian Modern style.

What is your favorite building or public space that is a must-see in all of Hawaii?

I particularly like the Hawaiian State Capitol building by John Carl Warnecke in Honolulu along with Belt, Lemmon, & Lo. Vladimir Ossipoff’s IBM building, (recently saved from demolition by public support) is fantastic with its cast concrete sun shade. 

Any myth about Hawaiian interior architecture you want to debunk?

Plantation style is not traditional Hawaiian architecture, but rather the archaeology left over from a time when Hawaiian culture and resources were plundered. True Hawaiian architecture has always been about using the technologies and materials at hand to live with the climate and manage the limited resources of an island.

A Rendering of Craig Steely's Musubi house.

Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park.




• Marukame Udon in Honolulu, for the best udon outside of Japan

• Mama's Fish House on Maui has amazing food and perfect Hawaiian kitsch

• Sporting Club of the Pacific in Maui serves magical cold-drip coffee and cold press juices



• Aloha Got Soul is a Honolulu record label and store that has rare Hawaiian funk, soul, and disco from the ’70s and ’80s

• Pearl Butik in Maui, for their properly curated beach décor

• Puka Puka, the raddest gallery for surf art on Maui



• Lumeria Maui, a chic retreat reflecting the international bohemian health nuts found in this area of Maui

• Andaz Maui at Wailea, which exemplifies the Hawaiian Modern aesthetic



• Kahanu Gardens on Maui, is a massive lava-rock structure that is believed to be the largest ancient place of worship

• Pu´uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the Big Island is a place of refuge where your sins can be forgiven

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