March 2006

By Todd Vines

Kaua‘i STAY

Ka Hale O Luina Ka Hale O Luina is an
island-style lesson in understated luxury.

Perched on more than 11 acres of rural hillside some 1,000 feet above Kalaheo, this unique retreat offers the discerning traveler a new place to hang their sun hat.

Welcoming guests since last summer, Ka Hale O
Luina — which translates to “home of the mariner” — offers considerable insight into the lives of its well-traveled owners. The duo has an extensive background in the yachting industry, and credit the consistent high level of service they’re accustomed to giving on the boat for the attention to detail in their villa.

Casually known as The Long House, this guest
home’s architecture evokes a feeling of contempo-rary Southeast Asian style fused with Kaua‘i-kine touches. The structure was actually built in Bali and shipped to its location on the Garden Isle in pieces, and was unique enough to get the attention of the Home and Garden Television program “Look What I Did,” which filmed a segment here earlier this year. Editors from Islands Magazine have also taken notice, calling the property a “chic hideaway”in their December 2005 issue. Eclectic accents from around the world highlight the tasteful decor. Original oils adorn the walls and an old Balinese rice chest that lines one wall now holds a small library. One of the focal points of the main room is a hand-carved canoe with the face of an alligator — a souvenir (and a great story)
from Papua, New Guinea’s Sepik River. Among
the books available for perusal is a compilation of the history and stories behind many of the unique pieces throughout the home. Large, glass doors facing makai (towards the sea) bring the outside in, and make for easy access to the elongated lanai, where an inviting array of places to rest await, including a rattan hammock filled with silk pillows.

The efficient use of space is another nod to the owners nautical background. The galley-inspired kitchen is simple in design, yet leaves nothing lack-ing. There’s even an organic herb garden at the guest’s disposal. Those not in the mood to cook can solicit the services of Ka Hale O Luina’s network of gourmet chefs. The owners have also assembled an experienced team of massage therapists, yoga instructors and personal trainers that are but a phone call away.

After the sun falls into the Pacific, the private Jacuzzi tub dropped into a simple hardwood deck becomes the perfect place to enjoy a bottle of red wine and stargaze.

For more information on Ka Hale O Luina visit or call (877) 867-5150. .