Howeana is owned and operated by fifth generation Islander Anne Kennedy and her husband Tim. Anne is a direct descendent of Nathan Thompson, one of the island's earliest settlers. She is a member of the Whistler family, who have been in the hospitality business on Lord Howe since the 1950s. Tim, a carpenter/artist, originally from Sydney, established the Howeana Gallery from where he sold his art and unique finely-finished souvenirs made from local wood and shells.


The Gallery closed in 2005 when Anne and Tim, with sons Daniel and Vincent, temporarily relocated to Avalon on Sydney's northern beaches so the boys could attend Barrenjoey High School. They currently divide their time between the two places. This close tie to a part of Sydney, famous for its beachhouses, is reflected in the casual comfort and ambience you'll experience at this quality boutique property.

The apartments were designed by Sydney architect Col Griffiths, who came highly recommended to us by Robert Kell of the construction firm Kell & Rigby.

Howeana was built by Michael Scott of Complete Carpentry P/L, Turramurra, with his son Jack and a dedicated team.

The artist's impressions, Kentia fabric and furnishings are by Bruce Goold.

We wish to thank the above people and their families (all long term visitors to the island) for their assistance, advice and expertise.

We also thank Nelson Retmock, Vincent Kennedy and Jack of Jack Shick's Tours for all the photos on this website. Click on the link to find out about Jack's legendary Mt Gower walks & fishing trips.