Happy Aloha Friday


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Doris Duke’s Shangri-La



[shang-gruh-lah, shang-gruhlah]

1. an imaginary paradise on earth, especially a remote and exotic  utopia.
2. a faraway haven or hideaway of idyllic beauty and tranquility.
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We recently had the opportunity to experience a true hidden gem on the South Shore of O’ahu.  Doris Duke’s Shangri-La is one of the most amazing, breathtakingly beautiful sites to see.  Doris Duke visited Hawai’i on her honeymoon with James Cromwell in 1935.  She fell in love the people, the culture, the spirit and the land.
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The 4.9 acre property they acquired boasts sunset & Diamond Head views and fronts the ocean including the well-known swimming hole “Cromwell’s”.  Doris Duke was said to be friends with the famed Kahanamoku ‘ohana and had a deep love and appreciation for the ocean.
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Doris’ love of Islamic architecture, style, color, history and culture  is infused in almost every aspect of the home.  The collection of cultural and historical items are meticulously displayed throughout and this famed collection is said to be the second largest collection of Islamic Art in the United States, right behind the MET in New York. Details small and large speak volumes to the amount of time, energy, money and imagination that went into every aspect of this estate.
2015-04-09 14.59.04While it was a very private personal residence during Doris’ life, in her later years, she proactively began to prepare it to be a museum of sorts that would be open for generations to come after her passing.  There are a plethora of opportunities to visit the home.  The tour guides are charming storytellers who are passionate about Doris, her legacy, Islamic art and sharing these magical moments with anyone willing to listen.  For more information, visit the Honolulu Museum of Art’s side here: http://honolulumuseum.org/385-about_shangri_la
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While some definitions of shangri-la refer to an imaginary or far away magical land – Doris Duke’s Shangri-La is real and closer than you think.

Mya’s DIY Ombre Beach Art


We LOVE when our readers share their DIY projects!  Our 10-year old friend Mya shared these photos of her ombre canvas beachy wall art pieces.  Please send us pictures of your Hawaiian Style Hale DIY projects, we’d love to share them here.

They look fabulous up in your new bedroom, great job Mya!  You can find the link to the DIY tutorial here.



Color Me Coral


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Mixing up neutral and bright colored elements makes for an energetic yet peaceful space.  The corals and light aquas in the charming bathroom are fitting for a tropical inspired home, beach  cabana or pool house.

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Aloha & Welcome


Aloha friends!  Welcome to my musings on living in Hawaii, home decorating with a Hawaiian flair, DIYing with a local Hawaiian influence and random thoughts on all things Hawaiian (or mostly Hawaiian).  Born and raised  in the islands, living on O’ahu, helping families through the buying and selling process as a full time real estate agent and living each day grateful for the opportunity to be here, now. Welcome to Hawaiian Style Hale!