Hawaii’s de Reus Architects designed the Kaupulehu Residence on the South Kohala Coast of the Big Island to be a tropical sanctuary set among stunningly beautiful black lava fields. As a result, the design and landscape evolved together and a Japanese-like sense of restraint is prevalent throughout. Hipped roofs convey a sense of traditional island architecture and shade the large lanais. Recycled teak roof shingles and warm earth tone painted plaster walls balance the black of the surrounding lava fields. And the large green lawn provides a perfect transition from the starkness of the lava strewn coast to the warm serenity of the home.

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