A World Away From Home: Kahala’s Shangri La

A World Away From Home: Kahala's Shangri La

The wonderful thing about Hawaii is its hidden treasures. Profound cultural resources and places that both residents and visitors alike should never take for granted or overlook. Among such places is the Shangri La of Kahala, Oahu.

To an untrained eye, you may perceive this gem to be an ordinary place of residence to a Kahala family. But take a closer look, as this home is far from ordinary. The Shangri La is a sharp contrast to its surroundings as it is immersed with the culture, art, and architecture of Islam. This was the home to Doris Duke, to which she converted into a museum for curious visitors to enjoy pristine Islamic artifacts, richly painted walls, and intricate designs incomparable to many. As you enter the home, you immediately embark on a journey towards a different world.

Comprised of over ten rooms, every prolific detail will leave you captivated. You cannot help but to feel the presence of Islamic history perpetrate within you a sense of profound reverence for something…greater. Each room is an embodiment of the lands of Morocco to Egypt, echoing its commitment to symmetry and detail; it remains an enchanting spectacle at the very least. For more information regarding the Shangri La Center of Islamic Art and Culture visit, http://www.shangrilahawaii.org/Default.aspx.

Again, the beautiful thing about living in Hawaii is its vast array of cultural influences from across the world concealed around every corner. I encourage you to expose yourself to the visual vocabulary of every culture. In return you may not only conjure up a few new ideas for your own home, but also find a hidden treasure along the way.

For details regarding the Kahala area or any other Oahu real estate, please feel welcome to contact me anytime.

About the Author

Brandon Lau grew up in Kailua and currently resides in Honolulu with his wife Andee and children Caylah, Elijah, and David. His eighteen years in real estate led him to become a Partner at ChaneyBrooks Choice Advisors. Over the past 10 years he has developed the team and systems that has created a high level of service and value for his clients.

What differentiates Brandon and his team is his consultative approach to real estate. He advises clients with relevant data and expert insight to help them make the best choices in real estate. Good choices in planning for long term dispositions, negotiating for the best price or knowing when not to pursue an investment are ways his consultative services will give you an advantage in the marketplace. His bottom line is providing service with the utmost integrity and expertise.