Honua Kai

 

Project Location

Lahina, HI

Architect

Intrawest Vancouver, B.C

Case Study: Honua Kai

Few places in the United States lend themselves to the architectural blending of indoor and outdoor spaces like Hawaii,  just as few places are as likely to encounter severe tropical weather systems.  “Maui has gorgeous sunny weather all year long,” says Erika Alm, principal with PowerPlay, a resort-oriented real estate marketing firm. “But that also comes with some wind and heavy rain showers, given the tropical climate.”

Weather Resistant Solution

While a senior vice president with Playground, Alm worked on the development of Honua Kai, the Maui resort and spa. Of the development of the resort’s condominiums, she recalls, "We were looking for a product that would seamlessly transform an indoor living space into an outdoor space, yet still provide strong assurances against wind and rain.”

“We searched for a long time to find a door that could meet both of these objectives, maintain a visually appealing presence and meet strict guidelines from County Permitting regarding ingress and egress,” Alm recalls.

"We were looking for a product that would seamlessly transform an indoor living space into an outdoor space, yet still provide strong assurances against wind and rain.”

With no other door system able to meet all of these requirements, the Honua Kai development team ultimately selected NanaWall's SL 60 Standard Thermally Broken Aluminum Framed Folding System, combined with a Screen Classic component. The system successfully transforms the living space of each apartment into outdoor living space, while thoroughly resisting the worst of tropical weather systems when closed.

“The system itself is visually appealing, delivers a high level of usability, and weathers the elements thoroughly,” says Alm. “We have been immensely happy with the NanaWall System and would not hesitate to use them again.”

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