What Is Hawaiian Home Decor?

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Hawaii is a magical place, and if you are like me, you have some fond memories of visiting the shores of Hawaii and soaking up the sun. Hawaii draws you in, so you naturally want to bring some island home decor flavors home.

The traditional Hawaiian house is known as a Hale. The Hawaiian Hale was made from logs, grass-thatched roofs, and mosaic stone floors. To have all the elements of the traditional Hawaiian home in your home, you should have home decor products from natural materials, the ocean, and stones.

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Exploring Hawaiian Home Decor: Bringing the Island’s Essence Into Your Space

The enchantment of Hawaii captivates many, including myself, who cherish the memories made on its sunny beaches. The allure of Hawaii isn’t just in its breathtaking scenery; it’s also in its unique home decor, which many wish to replicate in their own spaces.

Traditional Hawaiian homes, known as “Hale,” were constructed with natural elements like log structures, grass-thatched roofs, and mosaic stone flooring. To infuse your home with the genuine Hawaiian spirit, consider incorporating decor elements made from natural materials, ocean-inspired pieces, and stone accents, reflecting the essence of the traditional Hawaiian Hale.

All three elements – natural, ocean, and stone help to signify the spirit of the islands and an authentic Hawaiian Hale or home. The elements of raw materials such as rattan or bamboo, mother of pearl from the ocean, and faux agate stones will help bring the islands’ flavors home with you.

An example of the traditional Hawaiian Hale House on the beach in Hawaii. Copyright: melastmohican

The Traditional Hawaiian Hale

We can not really talk or write about the spirit of Hawaii or Hawaiian decor without talking about the traditional Hawaiian house known as the Hale.

The traditional Hawaiian Hale or house was the predominant architectural structure on the Hawaiian islands for hundreds of years. The Hawaiian Hale is made of thatched grass or leaves.

The 19th Century Hawaiian Historian David Malo said this about the Hawaiian Hale and its significance to the Hawaiian Islands:

“Three things were important for the well-being of the kanaka maoli [original Hawaiian people]: The canoe for travel, fishing and warfare, the ‘aina [land] for planting taro, and the hale that provided the place to rest
“We have seen the revitalization of the sailing canoe and farming taro among our people. Now, the revitalization of the hale fulfills the last of the three requirements for a complete and healthy Hawaiian lifestyle and culture

Maui Magazine

This traditional Hale was made from ocean-cured ohi’a logs that were tied or lashed together with sennit. The roof was a thick layer of pili-grass thatching, and the floor was a mosaic of smooth “ili” or small stones gathered from the shoreline.

For a long time, these Hawaiian Hale houses all but disappeared from the islands. In recent years, they have slowly started to make a comeback.

Any home that wants to bring the Hawaiian islands’ spirit it should look at all the Hawaiian Hale elements, including 1) natural materials, 2) products from the ocean, and 3) stones or agates.

Woven Rattan Chair
Woven Rattan Chair Product By Mondoro Company Limited

The Hawaiian Home Decor And Natural Materials

When you think of Hawaii and the traditional Hawaiian Hale house, you think of natural materials: rattan, bamboo materials, teak woods, or woven grasses. All of these materials help to show the spirit of the Hawaiian islands.

The Hawaiian decor is all about bringing these natural materials into your home.

Here are some of our favorite ways that natural materials can bring the spirit of the Hawaiian Hale into your home:

  • Woven baskets – Nothing speaks the islands quite as much as a nice woven basket. All kinds of natural materials, such as rattan, bamboo, sea grass, and water hyacinth.
  • Bamboo products – We have some great bamboo products—everything from spun bamboo to bamboo cups and straws.
  • Woven mats and rugs – Hawaiians always traditionally used woven mats, especailly for eating or sleeping on. So, any kind of natural woven rug makes a wonderful addition to your home,
  • Woven Lampshades – We love the handwoven lampshades that can be used for a lamp or lighting.
  • Handwoven Furniture – Nothing quite speaks the island as much as a handwoven piece of furniture. Whether it is a water hyacinth poof, a woven mirror or handwoven faux rattan furniture that can be used inside and outside the home.
  • Teak Wooden Furniture – Teak is a wonderful island wood. Teak furniture can be used both inside and outside the home.

The Hawaiian Home Decor And Ocean Sea Shells

Hawaii reminds us all of the ocean. For the ancient Hawaiians, the ocean and seaside were the focus of Hawaiian island life.

The Mother of Pearl seashells bring the Hawaiian islands’ spirit directly from the ocean or river beds. They are great natural techniques that help bring the ocean home to you.

One of the great things about Mother of Pearl is that the materials come in many different colors and types; the material is all-natural pearl shells. The mother-of-pearl shells can also be cut into various shapes and sizes and inlay into various home decor and furniture products.

Here are some of our favorite ways that the mother-of-pearl materials can bring the spirit of the Hawaiian Hale into your home:

  • Lampbases – Mother of pearl material on a lamp base is a great way to use the lustrous mother or pearl material.
  • Home Decor Accessories – Mother of pearl can be used to make everything from box trays to other home decor products.
  • Furniture – We have used mother of pearl on the cabinet doors of a piece of furniture. This gives the furniture some added beauty as the natural colors of the mother-of-pearl shine through.
Faux Agate With Gold Leaf Touch
Faux Agate With Gold Leaf Touch

The Hawaiian Home Decor And Faux Agate

Stones were an important part of the Hawaiian Hale; they used them to make mosaic floors. All agate or stone designs are an essential part of the Hawaiian Hale home.

At Mondoro, we manufacture a lot of faux agate. The faux agate technique looks and feels like real agate and stones.

Here are some of our favorite ways that the faux agate materials can bring the spirit of the Hawaiian Hale into your home:

  • Lampbases – Faux agate makes some wonderful lampbases. We apply some gold and silver leafing onto the agate to give it an extra glamour and feel.
  • Home decor accessories – Various home decor accessories can use faux agate material, such as trays, boxes, candleholders, and a host of other items.
  • Furniture – We have used some faux agate to cover part or all the furniture shapes. We really love this look as it has the look and feel of real agate.

When bringing the Hawaiian islands home, we can look at natural materials like bamboo, rattan, and teak wood, products from the ocean – the mother of pearl – and other natural materials such as faux agate. These materials help bring the ocean home to your house as you make your own Hale or Hawaiian house.

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What Is The Eco-Friendly Seagrass Materials Used in Home Decor Products?

Seagrass is, exactly as the name implies, a grass that grows in the sea or in areas that have saltwater. As Vietnam has access to a lot of tropical oceans, seagrass is abundant in Vietnam. Much of the seagrass used for manufacturing home decor products is farmed to be cut and processed specifically for seagrass weaving. This seagrass is cut, dried, spun, dyed, and then woven into various items, including baskets, lampshades, furniture, and area rugs. But seagrass also has some great eco-friendly properties that make it a great alternative to plastic.

By clicking here, you can find out more by reading our blog Eco-Friendly Seagrass Materials Used in Home Decor Products.

How Do You Weave Water Hyacinth Baskets Into Home Décor Products?

Water hyacinths used to be a nuisance on the waterways around Vietnam as the water hyacinth plant grows on the water and is extremely fast-growing. Today the plant is cut and dried and then handwoven into beautiful baskets and other home decor products. The water hyacinth material can be left in its natural color, dyed, or painted in various shapes and forms.

You can find out more by reading our blog About Weaving Water Hyacinth Baskets Into Home Décor Products by clicking here.

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