Hale Aina

House of the Land

Hale Aina earns its name from the 15 species of rare local woods, harvested on Maui and then sawn and dried with a vision of using them in a finely crafted house. Completed in December 2013, the project was a canvas for an artist/designer who blended fine wood and craftsmanship into beautiful whimsical ideas to enlighten utilitarian function. The house is full of unique features, fine finishes and natural edges.

The exterior siding is Maui redwood with undulating edges. In the living room, the walls are broad boards from the blue marble tree with Indian redwood batons and the floor is ironwood that was growing where the house is now. Throughout the house, fine finished window and door casings are made of eucalyptus, pink tacoma, gmelina and lychee. All the doors were handmade in teak, koa, blue marble, lychee, macadamia nut, eucalyptus and pink tacoma. The drawer fronts and shelves in the kitchen are made from incredible mango wood. The staircase to the lower floor is Queensland maple with a eucalyptus handrail. There is more, much more….

A tiled bridge from the street takes you over extensive ornamental plantings to the redwood front deck and the front door entry to the living room. Inside, the beams of the open beam pine deck ceiling are painted with a green tinted varnish that lets the wood grain show through. The far end of the living room is a glass wall looking out onto another redwood deck with views of the ocean, Mount Haleakala and the rainforest. The kitchen is ready for the gourmet cook with ample granite counter top space, plentiful storage, electrical outlets and windows all around. The ground floor downstairs has a BBQ area with a flagstone patio and a massive wood slab table. The details of the house, such as the eucalyptus rooster tail struts supporting the corners of the roof, ducks holding chillum rain chains, Tuscan plaster finish on the walls, are just too numerous to list here. Each of the three bathrooms is a work of art integrating exciting originality in a harmonious overlay on basic utility.

It is a spacious three bedroom house with views from every room and 650sf of decks. It is situated on a 2-acre lot in a very safe neighborhood on the North Shore of Maui, away from the tourist areas. The lot is zoned agricultural and another house can be built on it. Due to the high quality of the house and the simplicity of the yard, the property will be easy to maintain at a very low cost.

This truly is an incomparable house. It is made with woods you just can't buy, with fine details and craftsmanship that can hardly be found these days and creativity that you won't stop appreciating. You can contact Norman, the owner/artist/designer, at 808 572 8053 or by e-mail at nstubbs@hawaii.rr.com.