The art of Cottage Life



The new, leasable Club Cottages at Kukui‘ula are getting rave reviews, and one of the reasons is the abundance of original island art on the walls, much of it from Kaua‘i. Come take a look.


Kukui‘ula’s Club Cottages are a fresh, elegant extension of the spectacular clubhouse – perfectly plantation style, they stretch along the entranceway to the community, framing the road and greeting new arrivals. In the first completed cottage, the exteriors exude authentic charm, and inside, every wall tells a story about color, beauty, history and craft.

There are big, intensely-colored hibiscus canvas by Cher McMacken, graphic black and white ink drawings by Steve Mei, historic photography from the Kaua‘i Museum collection, and whimsical 50’s travel-poster-style work – to name a few. It’s as though intrepid travelers came and went from this place over the years, accumulating memories as they went.

“We wanted a majority of Kaua‘i artists, and we managed to do that,” says Dode Martin of MartinRoberts Design, who worked with Anna Ulmer of Halele‘a Gallery, a well-known gallery in the Shops at Kukui‘ula. “Many of the works were done exclusively for us. We’d look at an artist’s collection, and if they didn’t have the piece in the size or color we needed, often they were excited to work out something custom for the space.” That was true of two exclusive graphic black and white prints of hula dancers done by Steve Mei, whose work is well known internationally. The prints are in the master suite, dramatized by much-bigger frames.

Styles range from hyper-realistic to impressionistic to light-hearted. The travel poster images, done by Nick Kuchar in a silkscreen style characteristic of mid-century screen prints, enliven the cool serenity of the bathrooms.

Come see the Club Cottages. You’ll feel the same way.

We’ll be showing more pictures of the striking artwork in the Club Cottages in future posts. In the meantime, if you’d like some of this exclusive work for your own cottage from our array of Kauai luxury real estate – or maybe to remind you of Kukui‘ula when you’re back home – Anna Ulmer, the owner of Halele‘a Gallery, would be more than happy to guide you to some great local work. https://www.haleleagallery.com/