Ka’o’o Compound


Set on a hillside overlooking the 14th green of Hokuli’a’s Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and the Pacific Ocean beyond, this house is designed to bring in the stunning views of the coastal scenery as a backdrop to the lush green of the golf course. The design includes large expanses of glass revealing dramatic views in every direction.

Seamless transitions from inside to outside merge the house into its landscape, while broad overhangs provide protection from the tropical sun and occasional tropical rains. The ocean side pool wraps around the house and visually merges with the ocean and includes breathtaking views of the coastline in the distance.

On the uphill side of the house is the arrival court. It leads to a large central courtyard that incorporates a reflecting pool and a formal entry. Flanking that dramatic entry space are the more intimate portions of the house. On one side are the living and dining areas, on the other side are private quarters book-ending the reflecting pool.

Design Concept

Planning Considerations

The Residence is comprised of five main zones:

  1. Arrival Experience
  2. Arrival Court
  3. Family Zone
  4. Guest Zones
  5. Service Zone

The prime objective is for the owners and guest to be able to enjoy tropical living overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Jack Nicklaus Golf Course amongst beautiful gardens with a sense of privacy. Similar to a boutique hotel; the service areas are separated from the gathering to minimize noise disturbance.

The Master, Library/Study and the Main Living areas are near each other, accessed through the Main Lawn and Gardens that are facing the magnificent Ocean and Golf Views.

The two Guest Rooms, Junior Master Suite and their common gardens are slightly pulled back to provide a sense of their own realm.

Zone Key:

(1) Family Room (2) Kitchen (3) Living Room (4) Master Bedroom (5) Detached Guest Room(s) (6) Lana`i (7) Library/Study (8) 3 Car Garage (9) Auto-court (10) Entry Garden (11) Water Feature (12) Negative Edge Pool (13) Lawn (14) Entry Drive (15) Mechanical Room (16) Laundry (17) Street (18) Guest Room (19) Agriculture (20) Theatre.

Developed Plan

Lower Level

Upper Level


(1) Living Room (2) Kitchen (3) Interior Stairs
(4) Master Bedroom (5) Detached Guest Room(s)
(6) Lana`i (7) Entry Lana`i (8) 3 Car Garage
(9) Auto-court (10) Detached Junior Master Suite
(11) Water Feature (12) Negative Edge Pool (13) Lawn
(14) Entry Drive (15) Lava Garden (16) Agriculture
(17) Library/Study (18) Entry Garden (19) Water
Feature (20) Street (21) Golf Course
(22) Family Room (23) Game Room (24) Bunk Room
(25) Guest Room (26) Theatre (27) Pool Vault
(28) Exterior Steps

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