A 5,582-square-foot ohana home has replaced a house built in the 1940s on the eastern slopes of Manoa Valley and now accommodates two families in two separate households.

The three-story home’s unique design evolved through a collaboration between the owner and architect Steven Kutaka. Homeworks Construction was the general contractor for the project, which entailed extensive site work on the small, tight lot. The property was owned previously by the owner’s father and now is home to the third, fourth and fifth generations of the family.


Members of the two households have private access to their own floor via an exterior stairwell with a common entrance through an interior stairwell, separate garage entrances at the ground level and large covered decks, which are accessed from the main living areas. Both the decks and interior spaces enjoy panoramic views of the valley.


The first floor with 2,300 square feet has five bedrooms and three full baths; and the second floor, with 1,800 square feet and vaulted ceilings, has two bedrooms and two full baths. Each floor has its own complete kitchen and a view down the valley to the ocean.

“When Homeworks Construction was ready to begin the demolition of the old house, which had been built by my father, I asked company president Jim Byxbee if he could salvage a 10-inch square piece of the concrete patio in which my father had etched a design consisting of interconnecting circles. Byxbee agreed, and now this link to our family history is incorporated into the foundation of our new home,” the owner said.

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