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post updated 13 October 2021

Hawaii Architecture

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Hawaii Buildings, USA. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed American Pacific buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the Hawaii islands. The focus is on contemporary American Pacific buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Contemporary Hawaii Architectural Projects, chronological:

Hawaii Architecture Designs – chronological list

October 13, 2021
Four Seasons Resort, Ko Olina, Oahu
Design: de Reus Architects
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Hawaii
photo : Andrea Brizzi
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
The assignment—a $100 million transformation and rebranding of an aging hotel into a five-star Four Seasons Resort in Oahu. Encompassing architecture, interior design, landscape, pools, and signage, the former 617,906-sqft JW Marriott, originally designed by Edward Killingsworth in 1993, the de Reus team lead the massive overhaul.

Aug 18, 2021
Kua Bay Residence, Kona
Design: Walker Warner Architects in collaboration with NICOLEHOLLIS (interiors) and Lutsko Associates (landscape)
Kua Bay Residence on Kona, Hawaii
photograph : Douglas Friedman
Contemporary House on Kona
Situated along a rugged stretch of coastline, the family retreat embraces the spirit of Mauka-Makai—the symbolic flow of lava from mountain to sea—through its direct connections to the volcanic landscape and dramatic vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Kua Bay Residence’s site captures the stark contrasts between land and sea in the Hawaiian topography.

Aug 6, 2021
Kohala Coast Residence, The Big Island
Design: de Reus Architects
Kohala Coast Residence Big Island Hawaii
photo : Matthew Millman
Kohala Coast Residence, Big Island
Situated alongside a lava flow dating from 1801 on the leeward coast of Hawaii, this 10,361-sqft residence was designed as a modern interpretation of indigenous island architecture and a way to connect the occupants to nature, the region, and its culture. Rather than orienting the house directly to the view, the home’s living spaces are set at an angle, resulting in glancing coastal views that reveal the visual drama of the natural setting.

Jun 19, 2021
Wai’olu Residence, North Kohala Coast
Design: de Reus Architects
Wai'olu Residence North Kohala Coast Hawaii
photo : Joe Fletcher
Wai’olu Residence, North Kohala Coast
Overlooking coastal anchialine ponds where ancient Hawai’ians raised fish, this 13,497-square-foot home for an extended family was designed so that all its major living spaces capture views of Uluweu-weu Bay and Kikaua Point. The name Wai’olu comes from the Hawai’ian words wai (fresh water) and olu (pleasant) and means cool, attractive, soft, and gentle.

May 14, 2021
Hale Mau’u, The Big Island
Design: Walker Warner Architects
Hale Mau’u The Big Island Hawaii
photograph : Matthew Millman
Hale Mau’u, The Big Island
For anyone who has never visited Hawaii’s Big Island, it can be surprising to discover that a vast arid plain occupies a significant portion of its western side, sloping gently down from the Hualalai Mountain to the coastline. Tufts of golden-green grass spring from the crumbled bed of black lava rock, with lacy Kiawe trees scattered throughout.

May 5, 2021
Kauhale Kai, The Big Island
Design: de Reus Architects
Kauhale Kai, The Big Island Hawaii
photograph : Joe Fletcher
Kauhale Kai, The Big Island
This private residence sits within the Mauna Kea Resort on the island of Hawai’i, a place full of memories for the client who recalls family vacations to the famous hotel. The clients share an affinity for Hawai’i and Polynesia, for modern art and design, and for the beauty of natural materials and craftsmanship.

8 Feb, 2021
Makani’ Eka, The Big Island
Design: Walker Warner Architects
Makani Eka Hawaii
photography : Matthew Millman
Makani’ Eka, The Big Island
Makani’ Eka is set atop a hardened lava flow with views of sky, sun, and water, this family compound strikes a balance between modernity and tradition. Old and new ebb and flow through a simple composition of small structures linked by a lush courtyard and a series of walkways and patios.

More major contemporary Hawaii Buildings online soon

Hawaii Buildings 2006 – 2020

Oct 29, 2020
Kalihiwai Pavilion, Kauai
Design: Walker Warner Architects
Kalihiwai Pavilion Hawaii
photograph : Matthew Millman
Kalihiwai Pavilion, Kauai
Located on Kauai, also known as “The Garden Isle,” the Kalihiwai Pavilion is the latest architectural addition to a 14-acre coastal property, perched on a scenic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains.

July 27, 2020
Waterfalling Estate Residence, Hamakua Coast, Big Island
Waterfalling Estate Hawaii residence
photo : Concierge
Waterfalling Estate Hawaii Residence
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Mar 17, 2016
Tommy Bahama Honolulu Restaurant, Waikiki
Design: Oz Architects
Tommy Bahama Honolulu Restaurant in Waikiki
photography: Tommy Bahamas
Tommy Bahama Honolulu Restaurant in Waikiki
A stunning new retail and dining space has just opened on Oahu’s southern shore. Tommy Bahama Honolulu Restaurant Bar & Store chose the vibrant beachfront neighbourhood of Waikiki as the location for their newest opening.

Jan 8, 2015
Barack Obama Presidential Center
Design: Snøhetta
Barack Obama Presidential Center in Hawaii
image from architects
Barack Obama Presidential Center in Hawaii
The notion of coral as a diverse collective of individuals growing over generations illustrates the ambitions of the Barack Obama Presidential Center to become a catalyst for growth and community in Hawai‘i, where the president was born and raised.

Sep 19, 2014
New Residence in Hawaii
Design: Belzberg Architects
Kona Residence
photographs : Benny Chan (Fotoworks), Belzberg Architects
Kona Residence
Nestled between cooled lava flows, the Kona residence situates its axis not with the linearity of the property, but rather with the axiality of predominant views available to the site. Within the dichotomy of natural elements and a geometric hardscape, the residence integrates both the surrounding views of volcanic mountain ranges to the east and ocean horizons westward.

Oct 23, 2013
Clifftop House Maui
Design: dekleva gregorič arhitekti
Clifftop House Maui
photo © Cristobal Palma
Clifftop House Maui
The roof concept for this intriguing home is strongly related to the rough climate with plenty of sun and strong ocean winds. The area of the roof is twice the size of the house, so the size of the covered outdoor space equals the size of the indoor space.

Major US Pacific Ocean Buildings, alphabetical:

Davies Memorial Chapel – Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Vladimir Ossipoff

IBM Building, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
Vladimir Ossipoff (latterly Ossipoff Snyder & Rowland Architects)
6 storeys, distinctive concrete grille on the facade

Pacific Club

Vladimir Ossipoff

More Hawaii Building projects online soon

Location: Hawaii, USA

USA Architectural Designs

American Architecture – Selection

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Gehry Partners
Los Angeles Concert Hall Building

Winspear Opera House, Dallas
Foster + Partners
Winspear Opera House Building

Seattle Public Library, Seattle
Rem Koolhaas Architects / OMA
Seattle Library Building

American Architect

American Architecture

Some Projects in other American States:

Illinois Buildings

Iowa Buildings

Michigan Architecture

Buildings / photos for the Hawaii Architecture – Pacific Ocean Buildings page welcome

United States of America