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hen it’s time to fix up that older home, you need to trust an experienced and local contractor, who supports Hawaii. Tropical Wholesale has been fixing residents’ homes for more than 30 years. During that period, the company has worked on thousands of homes with a firm commitment to quality workmanship and using the best materials. Here are key reasons to trust your home to Tropical Wholesale: The company is locally owned and operated, serves Hawaii’s homeowners and provides the best home improvement products that money can buy. Tropical Wholesale is not limited to one product, but is a general

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contractor with multiple licenses and products. Tropical Wholesale is a distributor of windows, siding, roofing, patio, bathroom and photovoltaic solar products. This means it gets factory container load prices. Tropical Wholesale also has been trained to install these products at the factories, and is a certified installer. Tropical Wholesale has had to adapt, modify and improve the way products are installed because Hawaii is a very unique place. Where else have you seen a girth board, water table or roof deck made of canec? Most people don’t

even know what it looks like and haven’t worked with it before. So if you renovate your home, be sure to choose a local contractor like Tropical Wholesale, the experts on Hawaii’s homes. Tropical Wholesale is fully licensed, bonded and insured to exceed what is required by the licensing board in Hawaii. The company has had thousands of customers. Some are most likely friends or relatives of yours. Plus, Tropical Wholesale is a Sam’s Club contractor. So if you’re a member, call Tropical Wholesale or visit Sam’s nation-

the salt-air conditions. Too many people buy a product, then later need help, only to find out that the company is out of business and the salesman had falsely told them that the items had warranties. Rest assured that all Tropical Wholesale products have manufacture warranties for Hawaii. Your business with Tropical Wholesale also supports local charities. Last year alone, Tropical Wholesale donated to many charities, including Kamp Hawaii, La Pietra, The Kalima and the Salvation Army. In fact, Tropical Wholesale rebuilt the Robert Lewis Stevenson building for the Salvation Army headquarters in Manoa in 2010 and 2011, to restore the longmissed Hawaii landmark. So when making those final decisions, think local to benefit Hawaii. When the time comes to trust your old home to a contractor, go with Tropical Wholesale. We can do almost any job at a reasonable price, with the best materials available. Remember, vinyl is final. After 37 years of fixing Hawaii’s homes, Tropical Wholesale can prove it. Call Matthew Houar, owner/contractor of Tropical Wholesale. Or, call Mike Houar at 2631252, or Matt Houar at 2922942.


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New home ‘centered’ by surrounding ocean, childhood memories This is the second in a three-part series. lan Nelson and his wife, Cyndi Keller, are in the process of watching Graham Builders bring their dreams for Alan’s childhood home on Spinnaker Isle in Hawaii Kai to fruition. Like so many homeowners in Hawaii, they love the idea of bringing Hawaii’s temperate climate, beautiful water and outdoor living “into” their home. “We asked Graham Builders to design a home reminiscent of my childhood on the water in Hawaii Kai,” said Alan. “I grew up on the water and I work as a marine biologist. I have spent a lifetime enjoying all the gifts that the ocean has to offer, including surfing and just being in it! We wanted to incorporate the open, airy, wonderful fresh feel of our tropical Hawaiian waters into our home.” In his book, “The Hawaiian


GRAHAM BUILDERS ADDRESS: 1144 YOUNG ST. CONTACT: 593-2808 • grahambuilders.com Canoe,” the late Tommy Holmes described Hawaii as “a land of the most geographically isolated culture on earth, discovered and settled thousands of years before Captain Cook was born.” Were it not for the water, none of us would have ever found Hawaii. Alan and Cyndi asked Graham Builders to “build that age-old tradition” into their new home. Simple but impressive touches, like corner windows, exceptionally high ceilings and a large window at the corner of the bathtub in the upstairs master bath, will offer more than just rooms with a view. There is not only the close proximity to the water, but the perception that the home is a part of it. For example, soaking

in the master bathtub will give one the sense of sitting in the middle of the water located just steps away outside. The master bedroom will feature a lanai that seems to “float” over the water below. It is clearly set back from the water, but the views makai and down below make it seem to extend much farther over the water’s edge. “We really wanted the NelsonKeller family to feel their surroundings in a big way,” said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders’ president. “We designed as much see-through view as we

could, without sacrificing privacy, and giving them the feeling that they really do live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.” “Everything about our Graham Builders home- building experience has been positive,” said Cyndi. “It’s exciting to see all the discussions and drawings as they finally become three-dimensional. We feel like this has been a group effort and that Graham Builders is just as excited about the project as we are.” This story is part two of three that follows the Nelson-Kellers in their design+build journey with Graham Builders. The completed

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BUILDNEWORREDO? fter attending a Homeworks Construction Build New Or ReDo seminar, a couple with two young children decided that Homeworks was the right contractor for their project. They had recently purchased a 65-yearold home in Kailua with the intention of remodeling. When Homeworks project coordinator Sarah VanDeVanter was contacted by the couple requesting a consultation, she agreed to meet with them at the home. “Initially, we looked into the possibilities of remodeling, but after a close inspection of the home, inside and out, it became evident that the scales would tip in favor of a complete rebuild,” VanDeVanter said. “When I first proposed looking at building a new house, they were excited about the prospect of owning a brand new custom home, but worried about cost. “Even with a significant budget of approximately $150,000 to $175,000 for the remodel, it would not be possible to turn this house around. The rooms were small and cramped, and the kitchen was completely closed off from the rest of the house with no natural light or ventilation. Also, the house had been poorly maintained and suffered from significant ter-





mite damage ... then we discovered several illegal additions. When we reviewed the problems with the owners and explained what it would take to fix them, it didn’t take them very long to agree that rebuilding was the right decision.” As a design/build firm, Homeworks was able to handle every phase of the project “in house” — from demolition, to plans and permits, to interior finishes. The owner, a professional chef, had specific criteria for his all-new “dream kitchen.” The entire creative process was a collaborative effort with the Homeworks team, including architect Mario Tadeo, kitchen


HOMEWORKS CONSTRUCTION ADDRESS: 2111 S. BERETANIA ST. CONTACT: 955-2777 designer Sean Bradshaw, selections coordinator Tanny Esperas and VanDeVanter. The completed home not only incorporates all the features specified by the clients, but its interior living space is 250 square feet larger than the old house. “Together with Heather Hickox, who managed construction, the team brought the owners’ vision to life,” VanDeVanter said. “The contract was signed in July 2011 and the family moved into their new

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something neutral, negative or of no interest (such as the nosy neighbor’s front door), place something like a piece of artwork that you love in the mirror’s path to draw in more favorable energy.





I am so confused as to what color to paint the rooms in my house. Every book says something different. Is there a simple way to choose the “right” color? When in doubt, choose colors you see in nature: the browns of the earth, the greens of the trees, the vibrancy of the flowers, the peacefulness of the blue sky and the warm golden glow of the sun. How does that make you feel? When your interior colors reflect those of nature, you bring nature’s life force into your home. Avoid colors that are “artificial” or that you wouldn’t find in nature. You will never go wrong using earth tones as your base color and vibrant floral shades as accents.

Water I know water fountains are good feng shui, but I also heard that placing them in certain areas is inadvisable. How do I know where to put the fountain to enhance my home’s energy? Placing fountains around the entrance is excellent. Fountains with a directed water flow should face into the home to mirror your movement as you enter. It also is acceptable to place



What are some good feng shui gifts to give? Can you give me some ideas that would be appropriate for most occasions? Plants are universally feng shuipositive items. In your home, these small pieces of nature create fresh air and fill the space with healthy energy. Look for plants that are full, lush and vibrant. Books represent wisdom and knowledge. Giving the gift of a book is a wonderful way to open someone’s mind to something new and exciting. Fruit or sweets, such as fruit baskets, chocolates and the like symbolize wishes for a full, sweet and abundant life. For couples, anything in pairs symbolizes a strengthening of the union, so give two of something: pictures, lamps, candles, figurines, etc. The key to giving a feng shui-positive gift is the intention and the symbolism. Try not to get so caught up in picking the right color, shape and size that choosing a gift becomes difficult. Go with overall meaning.




Make sure that you have just a few items that represent the relationship energy you want to create. Creating the physical space for a partner helps to align the energy for that person to enter your life. Likewise, make sure to remove from plain view any items associated with past relationships. They could energetically be holding you in the past.

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I am looking for a partner to share my life with. What is the

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BACKPAGECOVERSTORY WALKER-MOODY CONSTRUCTION CONTACT: 839-2781 • construction@walker-moody.com • www.walker-moody.com • www.sealmasterhawaii.com

L SETHA E DEAL inter season was rough this year, with lots of water. In general, our roads and asphalt are wearing down. Since it’s that time of year again, spring, better weather means starting the garden and maintaining your asphalt. Don’t let your investment get oxidized and crumble away. Repair the potholes, fill the cracks, sealcoat the surface and restripe with nice, vibrant paint. Walker-Moody Construction just finished its repair of King Shops at Waikoloa on the Big Island — on time and on budget. The company completed 6,300 square feet of asphalt repairs, crackfilled all cracks larger than 1/4- inch with CrackMaster PL hot crack filler, squeegee-applied one 20 | HAWAII RENOVATION | MAY 20, 2012

BY MAINTAINING YOUR PAVEMENT SURFACES coat of OptiPave Plus sealcoat over 110,000 square feet, spray-applied one coat of MasterSeal Ready-To-Use sealer over 110,000 square feet and striped all traffic lines to match the existing ones. Walker-Moody Construction finished the project in three phases, which only took three weeks. The heart of an effective pavement maintenance program includes periodic sealcoating with an asphaltbased emulsion pavement sealer. Asphalt-based emulsions are not toxic like coal tar, and are water-based, leaving an easier cleanup. If left untreated, asphalt pavement will deteriorate rapidly. This is because it is made of asphalt binder and rock, so immediately after paving, the asphalt binder combines with oxygen and

becomes brittle or oxidized. This leads to cracking and weathering soon after installation because moisture penetrates the asphalt, which causes further damage and deterioration to the pavement. Sealcoating protects against oxidation. An unsealed pavement allows water to penetrate the pavement structure, leading to base erosion and, ultimately, pavement failure. Sealcoating provides a protective barrier to stop water penetration. Also, if left unsealed, oil and gasoline will soften and deteriorate the exposed asphalt binder. Sealcoating provides a protective barrier that resists attack from oil and gasoline. Once the sealcoat begins to wear off and the rock is exposed, it’s time to apply another coat. Walker-Moody Construction has the

latest technology and training to provide asphalt maintenance services. Call 839-2781 to talk to the company’s trained professionals. They will come out and review your property, measure the asphalt for accuracy, provide recommendations in a formal proposal and deliver on-time and on-budget projects. If you are an association or board, they also will talk with directors or attend board meetings to answer questions. Whether you want a quick fix or a long-term solution, give the professionals at WalkerMoody a call because they fix it all. Asphalt maintenance work for the company is now approaching 9 million square feet. Again, call Walker-Moody Construction to receive your free estimate.


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