Modern tropical house gets a stunning update on the Big Island of Hawaii

tropical home entry

A dramatic entry features a Koi pond and a sparkling waterfall.

This gorgeous modern-tropical house was completely transformed by Wendi Young Design, situated on a 1.33-acre lot within the private residential community of Kukio on the Big Island of Hawaii. The vision for this beautifully crafted dwelling was one of subtle sophistication while maintaining the Polynesian aesthetic that the homeowners had fallen in love with.

This custom home and its four casitas were originally designed by architect “Lucky Bennett” with luxurious details that include handcrafted millwork and cabinetry, custom finishes, and pretty lighting, so a thoughtfully designed refresh was all that was needed. The finished result is a true resort-like living in their Hawaiian home away from home.

tropical living room

The designer repurposed and reupholstered furnishings where they could, purchased new pieces to meet changing needs inside and out, and added many one-of-a-kind items for a personal touch.

tropical living room

Above: The open-air living room features a vaulted ceiling and travertine floors.

tropical dining room

What We Love: This modern tropical house in Hawaii offers an elegant and luxurious escape for both the family and their guests. The designer did a fabulous job of completely updating this home with beautiful finishes, furnishings, and materials, to create an idyllic sanctuary where the lucky owners can truly enjoy their home away from home. We especially love the outdoor showers, Hawaii is the perfect environment for this invigorating experience.

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on this tropical house renovation project? Would this be your idyllic getaway home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other sensational home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Hawaii: A breezy sustainable beach house perched on the idyllic Maui coastline and A delightful Hawaiian home designed for multi-generational family living.

tropical kitchen

Above: In the kitchen, the mosaic tile by Concept Studio, granite countertops, high-end appliances, and numerous teak cabinets.

tropical kitchen breakfast nook

tropical covered patio with outdoor dining area

tropical home bar and sitting area

Above: The flooring in the home bar area is walnut travertine.

tropical home bar

tropical bedroom

tropical bedroom dresser

tropical bedroom chaise lounge

tropical bathroom

tropical outdoor shower with a lava rock wall

This home has five outdoor showers, including the lava rock garden shower off the owner’s bedroom suite, which also highlights separate his/her bathrooms, offices, and a massage area situated off an inner courtyard.

tropical bedroom

tropical bedroom sitting room

tropical bedroom

tropical bathroom with an outdoor shower

tropical bedroom

tropical bedroom

tropical covered porch

tropical covered patio

tropical bench in front of a koi pond

tropical outdoor patio

tropical patio with lounge chairs

tropical swimming pool

This home includes an expansive lanai, infinity pool, and spa overlooking the Nicklaus #3 fairway to the unobstructed ocean and sunset views beyond.

tropical swimming pool

tropical swimming pool


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2 days ago

I would never leave – ever. The cabinetry and other woodwork throughout the home are phenomenal. Dream home for sure!