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  • Bathroom: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    Nestled among towering pines and cooling ocean breezes, Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia is a 50-acre, luxury oceanfront destination on the North Kohala coast of Hawaii’s Big…   Read the Blog

  • Exterior: Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho'omaluhia

    Located on Hawaii’s North Kohala Coast, this eco-boutique hotel and spa is set amongst 50 acres of gardens, wild groves and ancient valley trails. Browse photos of this gorgeous vacation getaway.   See the Gallery

  • Front Entrance: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    Jeanne Sunderland, owner of Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho'omaluhia, created a personal Hawaiian resort for herself and her family. Take a tour of the home, which boasts indoor/outdoor living…   See the Gallery

  • Water Entrance: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    Homeowner Jeanne Sunderland is a big believer in feng shui. “As you make your way through the classical columns, you travel over a reflective pool and water fountain,” she says. “One of the most…   See the Image

  • Serenity Room: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    The house’s serenity room overlooks the meandering lily pond and fish sanctuary. Vibrant flowering plants and exotic succulents surround the pond.   See the Image

  • Rainbow and Pool: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    The warm Kohala rains that usually last a few minutes, weekly create the most amazing rainbows. “A common occurrence is that it will be raining on the west side of the house while the sun is bright…   See the Image

  • Puakea Etched Glass: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    Local artist Patty Van Asperen lovingly created this hand-etched glass surrounding the dining room. “The scene features the moon rising over the Pacific Ocean; a moment reflected in the windows…   See the Image

  • View at Sunset: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    A Hawaiian sunset with Maui silhouetted in the background is a sight not to be missed. The palm trees and saltwater pool are beautiful additions.   See the Image

  • Saltwater Pool: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    The saltwater pool features amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Hana, Maui. “Edged by natural lava rock collected from the surrounding land, this is a perfect spot to watch the humpback whales…   See the Image

  • Living Room: Resort-Like Home on Hawaii’s Big Island

    “This is our quintessential family room,” homeowner Jeanne Sunderland says. “Though hard to believe, we often light this fireplace in the winter. The Big Island of Hawaii boasts 10 of the 13 climate…   See the Image