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On The Green

With the Waialae Golf Course as a backyard, this house bends and curves to get the best views.


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The raw feel of exposed concrete columns helps balance the rich colors of mahogany and cedar.

Photo: Augie Salbosa

For the interior design, the couple went clean and simple, to match the architecture. As owners of Trendtex Fabrics, a fabric wholesale company that specializes in tropical and floral designs, they might be expected to have a Hawaiian-themed interior, but, as Dwight says, “I’ve been in this business for 30-plus years, so I’m kind of tired of seeing tropical prints. As accents, maybe, but I didn’t want to see the same thing at home that I see all day at work.”

The large, western-facing panels of glass do invite the hot afternoon sun in, but Ida offset some of the oven effect by using gas-filled, double-pane glass throughout the house. Often used in colder climates to keep the heat in a house, it works just as well here to keep heat out. Tinted film on the windows’ interiors offers additional solar protection, and gives the house privacy from passing golfers as well, thanks to its reflectivity.

Dramatic touches, such as this covered entry-way, add a modern feel throughout the house.

Photo: Augie Salbosa

There was another unique environmental factor that Ida and the Hamais had to consider with so many windows. Living next to a golf course sounds like an idyllic existence, but it does come with its own special hazard: errant balls sent flying towards the house by luckless golfers. Dwight says it really hasn’t been as much of a problem as he expected—golf balls have broken just three windows in about two years—but it’s not unusual to find the swimming pool being used as a water hazard.

As for the windows, well, there’s only so much you can do. “In the end, you just have to live with it,” says Dwight. “I ordered about 50 extra glass windows, just in case we have an incursion, so I can replace them almost immediately.”

Other parts of the house are easier to protect. Ida helped shield the roof using rubber shingles by Echostar. “We didn’t want to use metal or slate, because the golf balls would hit and crack them.”

But, by and large, living next to a golf course has been an experience that the Hamais have fallen in love with. They even threw a big party during the last Sony Open, their daughter selling water and snacks to the passing golfers right from their backyard. And, of course, you can’t beat the view. “Looking out of the window, it makes the place feel like a small estate,” says Dwight.      

Architect: John J. Ida, AIA, Urban Works Inc.
Contractor: Lyle Hamasaki Construction Inc.
Interior Design: Shari Saiki Design


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