Seaside Zen Cottage Tour

First Floor: Living Room

The living room is presented Hawaiian style; the carved wooden furniture and print cushions are characteristic of casual Hawai’i. The coffee table, by Hiroshi Hiromoto, is a modernist classic. The room is typically indoor outdoor – large screened windows and doors provide a sense of living with nature. The living room has a desk with DSL (plug in or wireless) and a flat screen television cable TV with capability for recording programs. We also provide unlimited long distance telephone service to the US and Canada.

First Floor: Living / Dining

Living and dining share space on the first floor. The living dining space is an excellent example of ‘mauka – makai‘ (mountain-ocean) design. Daily sea breezes and evening mountain air cool the space. There is a bookcase in the corner, where over the years we have collected a lot of “airplane books.” Find your favorite author and feel free to take one or two unfinished books with you when you leave, or leave ones you have finished for the next bookworm to discover.

First Floor: Dining

The game/dining room table can comfortably seat six people. The window is shaded by nanu, or Hawaiian gardenia, which is on the endangered species list. When the nanu are in bloom, the room is filled with the sweet scent of gardenias.

First Floor: Kitchen

The modern kitchen has a disposal, dishwasher, full size oven, gas range, refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven. Most of our guests like to eat outside on the covered lanai or at the picnic table.

First Floor: Lanai

The table on the lanai will seat six people.  From the Balinese daybed on the lanai, you are just steps from the beach. The outdoor lanai is a great place to read, nap, or watch the sunset.

Front Lawn

Immediately outside the kitchen is a gas BBQ grill. You can buy freshly caught fish at KTA in Kailua or in the Keauhou Shopping Center. Organic fruit and veggies are available at the farmers’ market in Kailua, KTA, or at the health food stores in Kailua and the Keauhou Shopping Center. We like to eat al fresco on the picnic table. Our favorite meal is grilled fresh (caught that day) ahi, ono or mahi mahi, an organic garden salad and brown rice.

Front Lawn

The front lawn is a great place to sit on the deck chairs under the heliotrope trees. You can read, sleep, or watch the honu (green sea turtles) swimming in the lagoon or sunning themselves on the beach right in front of you. The lagoon is great for a dip at high tide, or if you like to snorkel, you can cruise around looking at the amazing variety of reef fish and sea creatures. Outside the lagoon, schools of dolphins go by just about every day. In the winter, humpback whales are often seen just past the rocks. It is fun to watch them spout, or if you are lucky, see them breach.

Second Floor: Upstairs Hallway

Our architect friend Emily Jagoda re-imagined what was once a cramped hot sleeping area into an airy sunlit space designed in the Japanese manner. A back bedroom became a beautiful bathroom. The hallway became two bedrooms with queen size beds. The folding doors allow both rooms to open into one large living space. At night, the wooden shoji-style screens can be closed for privacy.

Second Floor: Bedroom One

Both bedrooms One and Two directly overlook the lagoon in front of the Zen Cottage. At night, the sound of the ocean lulls you to sleep.

Second Floor: Bedroom Two

This bedroom is the mirror image of Bedroom One.

Second Floor: Bedroom Three

This bedroom has a queen size bed and its own bathroom and closet. Like the other bedrooms, it closes with shoji screens across the opening, granting privacy without sacrificing the sounds of the ocean waves.

Second Floor: Bathrooms

Second Floor: Balcony

Bedrooms one and two open out onto a covered balcony that overlooks the beach, the lagoon, and the ocean beyond.