Treadwell House Vacation Home

The owners of this home are four of the grandchildren of R.T and Gerry Treadwell, who first purchased the property in the 1930’s when R.T was the doctor in Kohala. One is an architect, who designed it to “alight gently on the land,” distilling details to keep the uncluttered, pared-down lifestyle recalled from those childhood summers. Elegant in its simplicity and consistent style, the home is raised on concrete pilings with a butterfly roof, which collects and channels rainwater, an old custom in this arid climate. Designed to capture the trade-wind breezes and give its inhabitants both communal space and privacy, the home is open, airy and thoroughly “old Hawaii.”

House Design

Main House and Common Space

The Treadwell House, built in 1995, has simple wood siding, a corrugated metal roof, an open kitchen/main room plus two bedrooms and two bathrooms. A second structure, with two more bedrooms and shared bath, was added in 2008. The communal space is finished with seven different kinds of wood, all aged for a cohesive blend that suggests quiet woodlands. The butterfly roof heightens the exterior walls of the house, allowing for larger windows, more light and air. Beachside wall shutters open to the covered lanai, extending the kitchen and living area to encompass the outdoors. Ceiling fans throughout, a modern nod, ensure air movement when ocean breezes still.
Punee (Hawaiian daybed) and armoire were built for the house. A dining table and chairs inside offer an alternative to the usual favored eating spot at the table on the lanai. Comfortable seating and a small secretary desk complete the décor. This is a place to kick back, relax and enjoy this amazing location…without worrying about delicate surfaces or showcase décor. This is a place for families at the beach.


The simple kitchen is a pleasure to work in, according to the chef who recently cooked there. There are no upper cabinets to block light and air, but jalousie windows, another modern touch, ensure a comfortable airflow. Counters and extra-large sink, plus refrigerator, are stainless steel for easy use and cleanup.

In keeping with the simplicity of this family’s lifestyle, each bedroom has a basic, camp-style closet: open shelves and hanging space. It’s open for air circulation and encourages minimalist packing: bathing suits and “slippers” (flip-flops) are the daily wear!
Bathrooms, too, are designed for long-term wear and tear beside the ocean: concrete floors, stainless-steel industrial plumbing pipes for towel rods. The main bath and shower room has numerous towel rods for wet bathing suits and damp towels, plenty of space for dripping snorkels and fins, and a large double shower to accommodate those who didn’t get to the outdoor shower first—the design of an architect who really knows beach life! This bathroom—with toilet, sink and toiletries nook—also serves the bayside bedroom off the lanai, which has twin beds (or king).
The second bedroom of the main house has a queen-size bed, built-in closet and private bath/shower.
The ocean-view master bedroom of the separate 2008 addition, with a California king bed, stays cool under the shade of kiawe trees and with the cross breezes of its many windows. The addition’s second bedroom has twin beds, perfect for children, or can be converted to king. These bedrooms share a bath built in keeping with the understated utilitarianism of the other baths.


In addition to the front lanai, wooden decking connects one space to the next, flowing naturally indoors and out and back in again for that seamless indoor/outdoor living. Broad wood steps lead from the large side lanai to a wide “paipai” (from “noho paipai,” which means rocking chair in Hawaiian) or ground-level concrete lanai—a great spot to watch the children play on the soft grass or the francolins (our wild partridge) scratch for bugs among the bushes. The nearby outdoor shower offers hot as well as cold water, another modern update.

The yard leads to a private path to one of Hawaii’s loveliest beaches: Waialea Bay, where snorkelers routinely see coral reef fish, honu (sea turtles) and majestic manta rays. During winter months, sit by the water and watch the performance of visiting whales during their annual sojourn to our warmer waters.

For questions or to book this property, contact us at 808-882-1366


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Living Area:

  • Oceanfront home with privacy
  • Ocean and bay views
  • Indoor/outdoor living with front lanai, large side deck and ground-level “paipai”
  • Two full size punees (day beds)
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Comfortable seating
  • Small secretary’s desk
  • CD player
  • High-definition television (no cable) with DVD player
  • High-speed wireless Internet access
  • Iron/ironing board


  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Spacious stainless-steel counters and extra-large sink
  • Side-by-side stainless refrigerator
  • Stove-top burner
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Coffee grinder
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking utensils provided


  • 5 bedrooms (1 California king bed, 1 queen-size bed, 2 twins that convert to 1 king, 2 additional twins that convert to 1 king)
  • 1 bedroom has private bathroom with shower
  • Large shower room with double shower, multiple towel racks
  • Additional 5th bedroom ohana available for an additional nightly fee
  • Third bathroom in addition has double sinks
  • Built-in closet in each bedroom

Out of Doors

  • Front lanai, with railings all around, overlooks grassy yard and ocean view
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Deck and outdoor furniture
  • Private path to Waialea Bay beach
  • Outside shower with hot and cold water
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Carport for 2 cars
  • Washer/dryer
  • Shade trees
  • Ancient Ala Kahakai walking trail runs right nearby

Any questions? Call us at 808-882-1366