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provides a protective, durable and beautiful finish without obscuring the grain. FURNISHINGS This finish is recognized by ADDRESS: 46-212 KAHUHIPA ST. contractors around the world as being one of the CONTACT: 234-1129 best choices available for • www.AustralisLeisure.com.au preserving the natural beauty of outdoor wood. All prep to a very dry one. Prior to manwork and finishing is carried ufacture, Merbau is kiln-dried to a moisture content of 12 per- out locally in the company’s cent. This stabilizes the struc- Kaneohe facility by specialists ture of the timber so it doesn’t to ensure a long-lasting proteccoat. Island Style warp or crack. Merbau is natu- tive also carries rally rot-resistant and insect- Furnishings proof. The wood is not treated Sikkens Cetol One™ for its or subjected to toxic chemicals. customers and provides them The secret is Merbau’s reddish- with detailed maintenance brown tannin, which is toxic to instructions to keep their furnibugs. The furniture is con- ture looking spectacular. The Australis Leisure brand structed using mortise and furniture uses timeless, classic tenon joints with cross doweling. This prevents the loosen- styles that will always look curing of the components over rent no matter how old the furtime. The furniture is only as niture setting is. The seating is good as the hardware that very comfortable, as the conholds it together. All the hard- tour and shape make sitting for ware is constructed from cor- a long period of time pleasurarosion-resistant stainless steel ble. Cushions also are available as well as some nickel-plated to fit most of the chairs in brass components. The stain- stock, which are constructed less steel chosen is the 304- from water and sun-resistant grade, which is commonly outdoor olefin fabrics. There is found in cookware and marine a full replacement warranty that extends five years from the applications. Proper finishing is crucial to date of purchase. This guaranmaintain the beauty of the fur- tee covers splitting, hardware niture. A multi-step prepara- failure and breakage. Because tion process is used to ensure Island Style Furnishings is the distributor of the best adhesion and penetra- exclusive Australis Leisure all-weather tion of the finish. Each piece is coated with three applications Merbau furniture in Hawaii, of Sikkens Cetol One™, which the company can pass the saving onto its customers, which results in an excellent value for the price. Come visit Island Style Furnishings today at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and receive 10 percent off any setting. This offer will not be extended past today. Call 384-6038 for a free ticket (limited quantity available). The company’s permanent location is in Kaneohe at 46-212 Kahuhipa St., directly across from City Mill. The hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 2341129 or see the online catalog at www.AustralisLeisure.com.au.

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IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD f you have not visited the Home, Garden & Remodeling Show at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall this weekend, then today is your final chance to come down and see what’s new for your house and patio. The outdoor living space is a valued part of the Hawaii home. The lanai is an extension of most families’ living rooms and should be decorated and furnished with this in mind. It’s a waste to spend thousands of dollars on your own little piece of paradise and not equip it with beautiful and durable furniture. Most folks love the classic look and feel of solid-wood outdoor furniture. There are many things to consider when choosing the right deck furniture. Island Style Furnishings of Kaneohe has been exhibiting its unique brand of solid Merbau wood, all-weather furniture at the Blaisdell center this weekend. Island Style

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Furnishings has partnered with a company named Australis Leisure, headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, to produce an outdoor furniture line specifically designed for Hawaii’s environment. Australis Leisure has been producing Merbau-wood furniture, which is designed to survive the harshest conditions imaginable across Australia and the world, for more than 30 years. Island Style Furnishings has been tailoring this high quality furniture to meet the very specific and demanding conditions found here in Hawaii. Merbau wood (also known as Kwila) is regarded as one of the most durable and stable timbers in the world. It grows in Northern Australia and across Southeast Asia. It is well known as the wood of choice for building docks, decks and flooring. Merbau is the perfect wood for outdoor furniture. It is twice as

hard as teak, which makes it resistant to abrasion, pitting or roughening. It is significantly stronger and harder than teak, oak, eucalyptus and meranti, which are other woods commonly used for outdoor furniture. Many different kinds of wood will split if they are moved from a wet environment

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SPLURGE VS. SAVE: Which home improvement projects are worth the expense? here’s no place like home. It’s this sense of pride that drives so many of us to embark on home improvement projects each year, some of which can be extensive and expensive. Before investing in any project, there are several things you should ask yourself to help you evaluate how you’ll live in the space. Think about how long you intend to live in the home, what the space will be used for now and in the future, how the size and dynamic of your family might change and what rooms you use the most. It’s also important to get a handle on your budget from the get-go. After considering some of these things, educate yourself on the actual remodeling process. As you’ll quickly discover, there are countless online resources with ideas and tools to help plan out each

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we consider where to splurge and where to save. Here are a few things to think about as you determine which projects to begin and which you might consider delaying or scaling back on. What can you do yourself? There are some projects you can handle on your own, assuming you do the proper research and preparation. For example, painting is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project that can dramatically change a space. While many homeowners dread the tedious process and prep that go into it, the decision to do it yourself could save you thousands of dollars. What can wait? Think of your home as ever-changing and always improving. For the average person who doesn’t have an unlimited budget, it means having to bench some projects for a while. Sarah Reep, director of designer rela-

tions and education for Merillat, encourages homeowners to come up with a project priority list, starting with “must-haves” and ending with “nice-tohaves.” For example, projects like landscaping typically fall into the “nice-tohave” category and could be delayed or completed in phases. Where should you invest? Consider how you’ll live in the space. Kitchens and bathrooms are investment-worthy because they always serve the same purpose and are two of the most lived-in spaces of the home. Cabinetry, countertops and appliances designed to support the ways you’ll use these spaces are a solid investment both for resell value and everyday enjoyment. For example, choose a countertop material such as DeNova’s Natural Quartz surfacing that stands up to heat, resists

chips and cracks better than other materials and is mold-, mildew- and stainresistant — all characteristics important in these areas of the home. In addition, invest in cabinetry “extras” like Merillat’s storage and organizational solutions to make life in the

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conventional PhotoVoltaic panels because they don’t want to detract from their home’s curb appeal. Now you don’t have to compromise. The Apollo PV shingles don’t use a conventional racking system — they integrate effortlessly into your roof with a sleek, low-profile look. This allows them to offer a 110-mph wind warranty. Apollo generates power from high-efficiency polycrystalline solar cells mounted in arrays that produce 12 watts per square foot — more than double the output of some other technologies. That means significantly smaller arrays are needed to generate the same amount of power, even in

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ust five months after opening its doors, the Asahi Grill at the corner of Keeaumoku and Rycroft in Honolulu was bustling and busy at lunchtime on a recent Thursday. With marble flooring, cherry paneling and darkwood beams suspended from a vaulted ceiling, hung with light fixtures crafted of green glass and metal, the restaurant

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seemed sophisticated and inviting. “We get a lot of compliments,” said Susan Rosario, manager of the new restaurant. “It’s a modern, elegant design. Especially the bathrooms! Ken did a really good job.” Rosario was referring to Ken Lau, architect at Pro Build Hawaii Construction and a designer of the new Asahi Grill. A partner in the 5-year-old design/build firm, Lau says he planned the restaurant’s look with a commitment to elegance and perfection. “The washroom was only supposed to be white with a single washstand, not marble and granite,” said Lau. “As a contractor, I always think about how to make things nicer for clients.” Lau started out building luxury apartments in his native Hong Kong back in the 1990s, and then in China, Japan and Singapore. “Apartments there can be three or four times more expensive than in Hawaii, so there’s great demand for high-quality

contractors.” He would eventually bring his construction and renovation expertise to Hawaii. Pro Build, Lau’s fullservice Honolulu firm, has found its niche in world-class construction, additions and renovation, offering services such as architecture and design, permitting, construction management, electrical and plumbing services and interior design. With a team of 10 that includes architects, construction managers and skilled carpenters, the company specializes in exotic materials like marble, porcelain and stone tile; oak, bamboo hardwood, and engineered laminate flooring; and granite and marble countertops. The company’s current projects include a 4,000square-foot glass and metal Aina Haina oceanfront home designed for a Japanese client. It’s modern and sparse, with bedrooms on the ground floor and kitchen, living and dining area on the second floor, connected by a huge exterior spiral staircase. The firm specializes in elegant international style, according to Joseph Jovenal, a project manager and architectural designer with Pro Build. “We listen to our clients, in terms of the style, color, materials and finish work they prefer, and we try to mix American/local style with that.” Jovenal and Lau have done many projects under

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cabinet lines are on sale and, as always, if you buy a set of kitchen cabinets, you get the granite free (for select colors). Ohana Building Supply is having a blowout sale on its Maple Shaker cabinets, which are being offered at $39.99 per linear foot (some exclusions apply, not valid with free granite promotion). This promo won’t last long and only applies to stock on hand. If you’re on a budget or are thinking of remodeling a rental unit, these cabinets will be the perfect fit. Ohana Building Supply also stocks a selection of

granite countertops starting at $99, such as Taisan White, Bainbrook Peach, White Galaxy, River White, Jurparana Golden Kam and Lapidus, just to name a few. Finished with an elegant bull-nose edge, these stylish countertops add character to any kitchen and bath. While supplies last, Ohana is offering free granite (select styles to choose from) with the

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counter controls, perch over two elegant glass vessel sinks. Above each sink I placed large mirrors, each framed by two lovely sconces that pick up the mosaic motif of the mother-of-pearl tiles. These tiles run along part of the backsplash, and continue down in a wide strip across the floor, extending up the outer wall of the shower. To continue the outdoorsy theme, we installed a new toilet embossed with a floral pattern. But the piece de resistance is the gorgeous soaker tub, which I

framed with a rustic barnboard wall and custom Caesarstone decking. Overhead, a whimsical antler-themed chandelier speaks to the homeowners’ love of the great outdoors, as does the artwork we chose to hang beside the tub. The Caesarstone decking extends into a spacious shower surrounded by all-glass seamless walls. Inside the enclosure, I incorporated a wonderful stone bench and a luxurious rain showerhead. Let’s just say that showering in Jon and Kris’ new bathroom is a spalike experience about as far from the everyday as

you can get! To access this restful and relaxing retreat, Jon and Kris only need to slide open their customdesigned barn-board door, and as soon as they step through they’ll be transported into their own personal space, where natural materials and modern finishes combine to create a perfect balance of function and elegance. All the various finishes are key to making this bathroom work. The barn board is especially important because it introduces a lot of warmth, which counterbalances the coolness of glass and chrome used throughout this

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ish. Additional choices are available in the slightly higher priced Shaker style in both natural and Cherry finishes. On the higher end of the spectrum sits the Kamalani product, which is made from genuine Walnut species and a modest raised-panel door style. All Islander Cabinetry

is constructed using 5/8inch-thick Hardwood plywood. There is no particle board in the Islander product line. Cabinets feature a strong face frame design in Mortise and Tenon construction. The quality features continue to the adjustable and concealed chrome hinges that open beyond 90 degrees for easy access to cabinet interiors. Drawer slides are heavy duty and come in either standard or softclose function. Dovetail is standard. Shelving is constructed from sturdy 3/4-inch hardwood plywood with finished edging. Cabinets are completely assembled — ready for easy installation. Quality was a major concern, and the only

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s the sluggish economy trudges along, families continue to come together and support one another. As the aloha spirit extends, so does the size of households as relatives move in, thus minimizing available space within a home. For those faced with this dilemma, or homeowners simply looking to efficiently utilize space, Frank Duarte is ready to help. As the owner of D’s Plumbing and Ohana Home Additions and Remodeling, the general contractor has been honing his craft as an integral cog in the family business since before Hawaii was declared a state. Duarte and his knowledgeable staff, including his son Aaron, will work with customers to improve their homes while also accommodating various budgetary constraints. “You will be in the hands of someone who has been in the business for over 31 years,” says Duarte. “We will take a project from the very beginning until it’s completed, and no job is too small. We take pride in our work.” Duarte adds that customers must be wary of fly-by-night operations that promise a service, but fail to deliver. The 73-year-old recounts stories of

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thing to them where they won’t have to struggle down the road.” At a recent job, Duarte was asked to expand a shower and make it accessible so that the customer could wheel her father in and out without additional strain. Duarte suggested taking some space from an overhead pipe chase wall, and also expanding into a neighboring closet. By utilizing the space provided from the two areas, the customer was

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you understand tax credits: First of all, tax credits are not tax deductions. Unlike deductions, which take money off your taxable income and vary in

value depending on what your income is, a credit reduces your tax bill by a set dollar amount.  The federal tax credit is very straightforward and simple to understand. The tax credits are for 30 percent of the cost of the system, with no cap based on how much you paid initially or how large your system is. Simply put, if you spent $10,000 on your PV system, you will be eligible for a tax credit of $3,000. Unused tax credits also can be rolled over into the following year if not exhausted, but presently they are only eligible until 2016. The state tax credit is a little more complex, as there are limits on what you can claim. The state grants a 35-percent tax credit off the cost of your system, with a maximum of $5,000 per circuit. This is where it gets a little tricky. You might ask yourself, what defines a circuit? PV panel manufacturers set limits as to

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HELPING HAWAII SWITCH TO SOLAR By Sarah Pacheco n 1988, Poncho’s Solar Service was established as a licensed solar contractor on Oahu by Poncho Safranca, who boasts more than 30 years’ experience in the solar industry. Twenty years later in 2008, Safranca began a business partnership with Kaimi Chung of Walter’s Electric Inc., a full-service, licensed electrical contracting company based in Hilo that specializes in residential and commercial electrical services. Today, the two locally owned and operated companies help customers make the switch to solar and save up to 50 percent on their electric bill each month, thanks to Poncho’s Solar and Walter’s Electric’s large assortment of

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“We perform a full home solar evaluation,” Chung adds. “It takes time to do things right from the beginning.” Homeowners will see instant savings as soon as their Enphase Microinverter system is switched on, and they can check up on their system any time through their computer or iPhone/smart phone (depending on if they have Internet service at home). This technology also allows Poncho’s Solar and Walter’s Electric to monitor each home’s panels online and detect a problem early on. “We monitor all of our systems,” Safranca says. “We have the ability and capability to stay on the same page as our customers with service issues and are able to trou-

available information about individual panel health. “If one panel goes bad, it all stops, and that can be a two- or threeday service to correct,” he says. Enphase pioneered a new way of managing solar power with its microinverter system, which replaces the large central inverters with small microelectronics attached to each solar panel. Known as microinverters, these devices allow each panel to operate independently, making the entire solar system smarter and more efficient. However, “some homes may not be eligible for PV installation without updating or repairing the existing electrical service to meet the latest code requirements,” Safranca notes.

PONCHO’SSOLAR SERVICE ADDRESS: 650 KAKOI ST. CONTACT: 422-4266 • www.ponchosolar.com name-brand solar products, including solar thermal water heating systems and photovoltaic systems. One specific product the companies proudly support is Enphase Microinverters (see graphic). Traditionally, solar panels are connected together in a series of circuits that are fed into a single, central inverter, controlling the tens, hundreds, even thousands of panels as if they were one unit operating at the same power level. However, as Safranca explains, this approach reduces the overall system efficiency and limits the

bleshoot problems more seamlessly and easily. Basically, it’s a serviceman’s dream!” To learn more about the Enphase Microinverter system, visit Poncho’s at 650 Kakoi St. or call 4224266. He and Chung also want to remind Hawaii

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ago to step out on their own, feeling they could benefit their customers better in this way. Elite Design Group centers its work on both commercial and residential projects; however, what sets the company apart from others is its one-on-one relationship with clients, which allows Elite Design Group and

its team of 30 employees to arrive at the best final outcome for everyone involved. The Elite Design Group team sets out to build a relationship with its clientele in order to educate them and give them the knowledge they need to work within a budget that is right for them. The company does this by walking clients step-by-step through the entire construction phase. This way, if a conflict in design or price point arises, the team will be able to find a solution without sacrificing the clients’ vision.

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UNLOCKING A GARDENFUL OF TREASURES ake your way to Kapolei’s F.D. Roosevelt Avenue and discover a hidden gem you’ll wish you knew about before. Tropical Garden Accents is 70,000 square feet of ceramic planters, fountains, lily bowls and garden accents, all available at wholesale prices to the public.

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Humble beginnings Founded in 2006 by owner David Staub, Tropical Garden Accents began humbly out of David’s home in Waimanalo. As a world traveler, he found beauty in garden accents from Asia, and decided to merge those with the tropical garden décor in Hawaii. From David’s home to an outlet in Waimanalo, the company’s rapid expansion created an opportunity to move to another area. In 2010, just four short years after opening, the thriving pottery outlet expanded to its 70,000-square-foot Kapolei location, offering a shopping experience with wholesale prices and an endless inventory.

he does that he’s there every day with the helpful staff. If you’re looking to redesign your garden space, Tropical Garden Accents should be your first stop. Browse the rustic earthenware pottery, brightly glazed planters, Balinese statues, stone carvings, beautiful garden fountains and lily bowls, and you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your home. You may go for a specific item, but you’ll surely find many garden accents to inspire you.

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Easy on the eyes and pocketbook As the largest importer of ceramics in the state, Kapolei’s Tropical Garden Accents is in a class of its own when it comes to volume and variety. The garden center’s bulk-purchasing system allows it to pass on major savings — and the enormous weekly shipments ensure a constant influx of new and different products. As a company standard, the pricing at Tropical Garden Accents is always 35 percent off retail. There also is always an expansive clearance area with discounts well above 50 percent. Walk through the gates at Tropical Garden Accents and see its expansive yard with rows and rows of pottery. The yard is truly inspirational, and the layout makes it easy to explore the latest additions. There also is a shady tropical showroom with ideas and displays, seating to take a quick break and two friendly, docile dogs to greet you by wagging their tails. You’re likely to run into David himself, because after all these years; he’s so passionate about what

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For six years, David has successfully worked to become the largest importer of ceramics in the state. His blood, sweat and tears have gone into every inch of Tropical Garden Accents, and that dedication shows in the quality of service and products at the outlet. Many clients know David by name and continue to visit and see the progress of his business, which has overcome the trials of a tough economy and several relocations. This year, David has decided it will be his last. Tropical Garden Accents will close its doors for good June 1. David has plans to sell the remainder of his inventory at rock bottom prices for the next two months and vacate the Kapolei outlet for good. They are overwhelmingly grateful for the support they’ve received over the years and hope that everyone will visit the Kapolei outlet one last time before they go. As for David’s retirement plans, he’ll sail off into the sunset — literally. He plans to chart new territory in life and on the open water while sailing and seeking the next big idea.

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