When a family of five from New York City approached designer Shaolin Low about revamping their property in Honolulu’s Kahala neighborhood, they didn’t intend to make it their permanent home. However, after Low turned the dated Mediterranean-style space into a “coastal contemporary” abode full of crisp whites, light grays and soothing shades of blue, the homeowners quickly fell in love with the bright, breezy layout. It was even fitting to preserve some of the home’s original elements — most notably the monkey pod hardwood floors.

“It just made sense to keep the monkey pod flooring throughout the entire house,…

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