In Kaneohe, Hawaii there is architecture inspired by Hawaii, Japan, and Bali. I stayed in the beautiful Hale Honua (which means “House of the World”), designed by dear friends, the Tillotson Family. As true students of the world, the Tillotsons integrated architecture and materials from all over the world into their home. The house includes a Hawaiian inspired lanai (outdoor screened in patio), great room with high ceilings, indoor outdoor living. Inspired from the Japanese culture, there is a tea room, and a zen garden. The house is filled with beautiful artwork, statues, and furniture from countries all over the world, including a special gate and furniture from Bali, meditative statues, and even beautiful artwork painted by Renee herself.
In the home’s name, Honua means world, earth, or land. It may also mean fundamental. It is also inspired by the Honu, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, which symbolizes good luck, endurance and long life. When lost, turtles are excellent navigators and often find their way home.