Honokea Surf Villages Selects Key Design Consultants For Coachella Valley Project

Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts is pleased to announce the selection of key design consultants for its Resort Destination project in the Coachella Valley. Texas based design firm Lake|Flato has been selected as the design architect, Los Angeles’s Clear on Black has been named as the Interior Design firm, New York’s Margie Ruddick has been selected as the Landscape Architect.   Additionally, the Rilington Group has been selected as the local real estate development partner.

Artist Conceptual Rendering of Honokea Surf Village in Coachella Valley


The Resort will be the world’s first to create a multi-generational destination centered around sports, retail and hospitality including an authentic Hawaiian culture-centric surfing lagoon. The state-of-the-art wave making technology for this project is by Wavegarden Cove® and features other skill-based recreational elements as well. There is a unique focus on health, wellness, and education by the highly trained Honokea staff. Other resort amenities include retail space, dining, gyms, and boutique lodging, all of which adhere to the highest levels of sustainable design and construction. The result is purpose-driven real estate that benefits both people and the planet while creating a sense of community by incorporating elements of authentic Hawaiian culture and hospitality.


“Selecting the right consultants was absolutely critical for us,” said Honokea CEO Keno Knieriem, adding “Since this project involves so many different elements that have never been combined like this before, we reviewed several fantastic firms before ultimately making our choice. We felt that these 4 firms naturally aligned with our vision and we can’t wait to see them not only bring that vision to life, but take it even further.”


The Honokea team first came into contact with Lake Flato in 2013, while doing pre-development work for the Nland Surf Park in Austin, Texas. Lake|Flato is a nationally recognized firm known for creating memorable destinations that uniquely fit their environments.


These projects embrace the nature of the landscape and particular culture of the place, whether it be in Austin’s funky South Congress district at the Hotel San Jose, the mangrove wetlands of the Florida Keys, or the high Chihuahuan desert of Marfa, Texas. There was an immediate synergy and with the Coachella Valley project we immediately thought of Lake|Flato as an ideal partner to lead our design team.


“The Honokea Surf Village is an amazing opportunity to create a one of a kind destination. It is a project that aligns closely to our design philosophy of building with respect to the environment. We are genuinely excited to work with this dynamic team to bring the vision of Honokea to fruition.” – Bob Harris, Partner, Lake|Flato Architects. Mickie Riley of the Rilington group adds, “As the local real estate development partner we are excited to work with such a world renowned design team to bring this state-of-the-art attraction to our Coachella Valley.”


About Honokea

Honokea Surf Villages & Resorts is the only Real Estate development and Management company that focuses on utilizing engaging outdoor recreation experiences to inspire positive change for people and the planet. The company designs and operates eco-friendly resort destinations that share Hawaii’s traditions of hospitality and beach culture. Honokea development ethos is rooted in the Hawaiian Cultural values of: health & wellness, sustainability, and education, which are at the core of each property’s design. Honokea has a ‘skill over thrill’ approach included in their development concepts that inspire healthy lifestyles and create destinations the whole family can enjoy together. For more information, please visit www.honokea.com


About Lake|Flato

Since its founding in 1984, Lake|Flato has designed buildings that respond to the culture and climate of each unique place. We believe in creating environments that enrich communities and nurture life through our work. The firm has been honored with over 200 design awards, including the American Institute of Architects Firm of the Year Award and ten Top Ten Project Awards from the AIA Committee on the Environment. In 2013, the firm received the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture and in 2014 and recently named one of the Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms in the World by Fast Company. For more information, please visit www.lakeflato.com


About Clear on Black

Clear on Black is a bespoke interior architectural design firm for upscale and luxury hotels and resorts. Their international expertise for the last 20 years is in helping hotel owners, operators, and developers gain dominating market presence and greater profitability by unlocking the hidden potential of their properties. Their philosophy that interior design is not just “art,” nor is it just a story brings a perspective, which is uniquely suited to the Honokea Surf Villages project.   By discovering and designing elements that are solely unique and indisputably true, they bring an authentic basis of design that is deeply relevant for the resort’s guests. Clear on Black has worked with Honokea Principal Steve Yuen on several of the most successful resort and branded residence projects that have been built in Hawaii. In their over 12 years of working together, Clear on Black President & CEO Carl Ross and Steve Yuen have developed a strong symbiotic understanding and respect for the seamless blend of architecture and interior design. www.clearonblack.com


About Margie Ruddick Landscaping

Internationally acclaimed landscape designer Margie Ruddick’s work exists at the crossroads of design, ecology, urban planning and architecture. Ruddick, a Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award–winner, has designed numerous high-profile destination projects such as India’s Shillim Retreat & Institute, the pioneering Living Water Park in Chengdu, China, and the acclaimed Casa Finisterra in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California. She has worked in unique ecologies the world, from subtropical forest to desert to alpine communities; her approach to place-making and planning program builds on ecological systems and landscape qualities.


About the Rilington Group

As an industry leader with a respected reputation that spans over four decades, The Rilington Group is a family owned and operated full-service real estate development firm based in La Quinta, California. Founded in 1989 by Mickie and Hansi Riley, the Rilington family of companies has been highly esteemed by homebuyers, joint venture partners, land owners, investors and subcontractors alike, for its creative insight and corporate excellence as a multi-dimensional Real Estate, Sales, Construction and Land Development Management Company.


The diverse group of companies has been responsible for the successful planning, design, development, construction, sales and marketing of over 9,000 lots and over $2 billion in real estate transactions in the Southern California region. The company has received numerous industry recognition awards including “Builder of the Year” in 2006. Whether a small neighborhood of entry-level homes, a high-end community, or a resort destination, if it’s a Rilington Group development, it is built and managed with pride and a deep commitment to exceed expectations and deliver exceptional results. For additional information visit www.rilingtongroup.com.