Thursday, January 18, 2018

Oahu Ke Aloha

Oahu is my favorite island on the planet. In the Hawaiian language it means: "the gathering place." It is the one place on earth where I can resource and reconnect with nature and with myself.
Truly a beloved place 🌈

I would like to share what inspired me in nature during my last trip there, and bring some of the Hawaiian style into interior decorating.
Nature is an integral part of everyday life on Oahu - people spend lots of time outdoors, and the leaves and flowers find their way onto prints and furniture design.

Acacia Wood Bench (American Rattan)

'Riding the Tides' - bronze sculpture
by Andrea Everhart

Kamuela (Diamond Head Fabrics)

Natural sceneries are so breathtaking in Hawaii that one wishes to sit and watch...

Plumeria Pillow Cover (Etsy)

Rattan Pole Table (Yuni)
'Sky, "'Oh'ia, Earth' by Andrea Pro

...hoping to merge and become one with the sound of the ocean and the songs of the tropical birds.

Marva Teak Dining Set (AllModern)
Hawaiian Quilt Pillow Covers (Aloha Designs)

And when at last you recline and look up through the palms, relaxation is immediate and deep!

Brighton Chair (Wayfair)

Ottoman (AllModern)

Fern (Diamond Head Fabrics)

Koa wood has famously been used in Hawaii as it used to grow abundantly on all the islands.
'Koa' means 'warrior'. The first surf boards were made of koa, as well as all the canoes.

1940's Hawaiian Koa Wood Club Chair (1stdibs)

Koa Honu (Martin & McArthur)

Lanikai Makau Series Koa Ukulele
(Cascio Music)

Please enjoy this beautiful Hawaiian song by Keali'i Reichel:
E O Mai

A hui ho! Me ke aloha 🌴

Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.She can be reached at:

All nature photographs were taken by author.

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1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous, Sophie! I love seeing the juxtaposition of nature images with the designs inspired by them and your reflections on these connections. Not to mention that E O Mai is a favorite song of mine :-) Thank you, Shambhavi


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