Keeping Up with the Calm

A Kapalua beach house boasts ’60s charm and an open concept.
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Photos: Travis Rowan

When Boyd Construction’s design/build husband-and-wife team of Todd Boyd and Sarah Schmidt purchased a midcentury abode overlooking Kahana Bay, they wanted to update the home while maintaining as much of its original charm as possible.

“There’s some interesting history to the house,” Schmidt says. “It was built in the mid-’60s and then it was purchased by the father of windsurfing. His family were the owners from around 1970. They raised their children there, and a lot of people know the house.” She adds that the home continued to be occupied by the same family until she and Boyd acquired the property in 2019.

Boasting two bedrooms and two baths plus a one-bedroom ohana unit, the house is only 1,400 square feet. Yet its open and breezy concept makes it feel much roomier. Schmidt says it’s one of just a few midcentury modern homes left in the area; because they’re typically smaller than other homes, people tend to tear them down and build bigger houses in their place. “This one is preserved,” she says. “I think that’s one of the things that makes it so interesting.”

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The cedar ceilings really pop in this kitchen in addition to the absolute black granite countertops and original koa wood featured in the island.

The house features new Fleetwood doors and windows, sourced from Pacific Source, as well as a new cedar roof, but much of the original koa wood paneling remains. The original copper gutters are also intact, as are the original wood ceilings. “We painted the beams and the rafters dark — almost black. It makes the cedar stand out on the ceilings,” Schmidt says.

Boyd and Schmidt also kept jalousies throughout, though the home now has new ones from Breezway. “One of the things about these older Hawaiian homes is the use of jalousies, which allow so much air through them,” Schmidt says. “And they’re kind of making a comeback. They really function so well in the Hawaiian environment.”

Jalousies are featured in the outdoor barbecue area, which connects to the indoor kitchen via a pocket door. The interior space boasts absolute black granite countertops, an Ann Sacks tile backsplash and Aristocratic laminate cabinets, as well some of the home’s original koa on the island. In the barbecue area, Nature Cast cabinets offer a sleek and modern look.

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Aristocratic laminate cabinets and an Ann Sacks tile backsplash compliment the style of this midcentury home’s kitchen.

Clay quarry tile has been replaced with terrazzo to keep with the midcentury modern feel. Schmidt also incorporated plugs and switches from Buster + Punch to maintain the look of the period. “They’re very retro feeling,” she says, “and I did them throughout the whole house. It kind of also takes it back to the 1970s and ’60s.”

In the main bathroom, the blue tile as well as the koa are original. The Bellmont Cabinets, Caesarstone Countertops, Restoration Hardware fixtures and Ralph Lauren pendant lights are all brand new. Boyd and Schmidt, whose Boyd Construction company is based in Makawao, also added a skylight as well as a large window next to the Aquatica tub, providing a direct, peaceful view of the home’s walled-in garden.

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Charm and elegance flow through this entire home making it feel welcoming and cozy to everyone who enters.

It’s this overall feeling and sense of serenity that Schmidt says is her favorite thing about the house. “The design is very well thought out,” she says. “As small as it is, it feels large and airy, and keeps with the environment. It works with the environment for the airflow, so it makes you feel calm when you walk in, like you are part of nature — and you haven’t disturbed nature.”

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