SIGHT in-flight magazine ATA
March 2008


by Shane Luitjens

Nestled in the Garden Isle’s lush southern coast and minutes from Poipu beaches, Ka Hale O Luina’s Polynesian-style longhouse pushes out from the hillside, offering a panorama that extends from the hills of Kalaheo to the ocean’s edge. Covering 11 acres, only grazing horses and cows share the island’s privacy (no signs at the entrance; outdoor shower and Jacuzzi).

Ka Hale O Luina (which means “Home of the Mariner”) houses an art collection its owners have gathered during more than 20 years of living on the high seas. Works from local artists are joined by signed Picasso lithographs as well as Australian aboriginal paintings. The building’s dark hardwood frame keeps the house cool in the heat and comfortable each night before you awaken to the soft sounds of the distant animals and the scent of homemade banana bread.