In the beach front communities like Wailea, Kihei, Lahaina, Kapalua, Kuau and Haiku the ocean and its light affects every design element from the fabrics on the furniture to paint colors. Stone, wood, metal, glass all play important roles in giving a design the Hawaiian feel and look that say Tropical and not Maine coast. Using a local Interior Designer versus someone who works in the mainland can make the difference between a ?Hawaiian Style? feel for a property to a ?Florida? or ?Southern California? feel.