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here are hundreds of photovoltaic (PV) companies today selling systems across the state. Some claim to have the best service, some claim to have the best prices and some claim to have the best products. Of course, those are all very important qualities to look for in a PV installer, but EnergyPro Hawaii has taken one step further in priding itself as a company that also delivers results. The bottom line: that’s what every consumer should be looking for. In April 2012, Kaimuki residents Dan and Donna Shimabuku enlisted the help of EnergyPro Hawaii to help reduce their rising electrical costs. Plagued with an average electric bill of more than $500 a month, they were in dire need of a cost-cutting solution. After evaluating their bill and monthly energy usage, EnergyPro Hawaii proposed a Solar Hot Water System and 35-Panel PV System. Fast forward four months to August 2012 and their HECO bill has dropped to the bare minimum of $16 a month. “When I received a bill of $16 from HECO, I was literally blown away,” exclaimed Shimabuku. “I couldn’t wait to tell all my friends and neighbors.” In similar fashion, Bruce and Wendy Shewalter of Wilhelmina were also experiencing high electrical usage and sought out EnergyPro Hawaii to assist them in reducing their monthly HECO bill. “My wife and I had been looking to install a PV system since our bill had been as high as $800. We called John Emery of EnergyPro Hawaii and he delivered for us. Our current bill has dropped to the minimum charge from HECO.” But there are also residents that consume far less electricity than the Shimabukus and Shewalters. In May, the Maeshiro family in Aiea had an average bill of about $180 and also decided that it would be a wise decision to take advantage of the available state and federal tax credits. They went forward in having a PV system installed. Mrs. Maeshiro went on to say, “The results were amazing and it was



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he mantra, “no money down,” has flooded television airways in recent weeks. It’s a reference to solar contractors promoting the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) method of obtaining a photovoltaic (PV) electrical system. First, there are a few basic assumptions: monthly utility bills are $220, monthly power consumption is 618 kWh and the minimum monthly connection charge to utility is $16. The premise behind this method of solar marketing is deceptively simple:The customer enters a “leasing” arrangement, which substitutes the solar company in place of the electric power company. The customer commits to a 20-year contract to buy his or her power from the solar company at a reduced rate (e.g. 25 cents per kWh) that is lower than current utility charges, while the solar company installs and services the PV system. This is expensive for consumers, as they forfeit the renewable-energy tax credits available to those who choose to “buy” their systems. For those who choose to “lease,” there is a minimum FICO credit score of 700 to qualify for the “no money down” plan. There is also an escalation clause of 3 to 4 percent annually on the cost of the power purchased.To avoid

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$20,892 after 10 and $47,340 by the end of the 20-year term.The homeowner still doesn’t own the system. Contrast that with payments to retire a $30,000 home equity loan (HELOC). At an assumed interest rate of 4.5 percent (current initial rates are around 1 percent for the first 12-18 months), applying monthly payments of $204 (the projected utility savings) and the tax credits of the $19,000 reduces the loan period to less than five years, five months and a net outlay of $13,108. The PPA exceeds this total in six years, seven months. It’s a case of “pay me now or pay me later.” $47,340 not owning the system versus $13,108: It’s a no brainer.

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Preparing your home for the next big emergency BY KAREN NAKAMURA he past few years have shown that natural or man-made disasters can hit any family at any time. Ensuring the personal safety of you and your loved ones is your No. 1 priority, but being prepared for the aftermath by organizing your critical documents and communicating their location to designated individuals can save you problems later on, should the unexpected occur. Could you locate all your family’s important documents quickly in the event of an accident, evacuation or disaster? Could they find the documents should you be incapacitated or become separated from each other? If not, it’s a good idea to keep document originals in one location with backup copies stored in at least one additional, equally secure place. A fire- and waterproof box that can be locked and is small enough to carry is a good way to keep documents nearby, but safe from damage or theft. A bank safe deposit box is another secure location. Copies can also be stored with a family member or friend. Critical documents that you should have quick access to include:



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Protect your roof when installing PV mounts O ver the last few years, Murakami’s Roofing has seen a dramatic increase in homeowners installing solar PV systems. It’s great to save on energy costs by taking advantage of Hawaii’s sunny climate, but make sure that PV systems are installed properly so your roof and home are not damaged. Clinton Murakami, who has 25 years of roofing experience, offers tips to avoid compromising the water tightness of your roof or otherwise damaging your home by making sure PV mounts are properly installed.

Monier tile, asphalt shingle and metal roofs Different types of roofing materials require specific installation methods to ensure proper installation. For example, if you have Monier tiles, Clinton has seen a number of PV installers using aluminum clips. It’s better to use stainless-steel bolts that are stronger to avoid having tiles “kick up,” which creates space between the tiles and allows rain to seep in and cause roof damage. For asphalt shingles, sometimes the shingles are not properly overlapped into the PV flashing, leaving spaces between the shingle and the mounting. When shingles don’t overlap the flashing adequately, water may seep in the space and cause

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4. Masonite siding. The idea was to take a bunch of untreated wood byproducts and glue press and paint them. It was a terrible idea that attracted termites, needed painting, was perfect for wood rot and failed miserably.

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t Lokahi Garage Experts and our parent company Lokahi Stone Inc., our business has been all about making concrete look beautiful in Hawaii for almost a decade. From our expertise in pre-casting beautiful concrete countertops, polishing and coloring concrete floors to the placement and finish of commercial and residential decorative concrete installations, we are the experts in the decorative concrete business. We recognize concrete as the one of the most useful and important building blocks of architecture, and we treat it with reverence and pride. However, as much as we love concrete, we know that not all concrete is created equal. Much like the fictional character, Forest Gump, once said in describing life, we like to say “concrete is like a box of Chocolates because ya never know what you’re gonna get.” If you have a concrete surface that is rough and unattractive, chances are that when that surface was placed and finished, the design intention was to cover that concrete surface with another finish material such as tile, carpet, stone, wood or a laminate flooring system. In such cases, the concrete finishers and masons use specific techniques because they know the con-


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Straight Talk About Cleanliness When it comes to the ongoing war between neat freaks and clutter bugs, it’s more important to live together in peace than to bump heads over a “messy” home

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: “When a neat freak and a clutter bug live together, why is it that the messy one is expected to make all the effort to keep things cleaner? Can’t the neat freak try to leave fewer things lying around? How can we get along?”

smiled when I read this question. Usually, I receive mail from others in the household, asking me what they can do to change the habits of messy people. Living together is not easy, especially when cleaning styles and level of tolerance are different.The good news, however, is it’s possible to live together harmoniously, even with contrasting styles. And yes, it’s not just about the messy person being neater. It is also about the neat person being more tolerant. Living together in peace is more about respect for each other and the commitment to the relationship than it is about the feng shui.


Molly and Jerry Molly hired me because she thought she and I were on the same page, and assumed I would side with her “against” Jerry by telling him that his messy habits were creating “bad energy” in the home. When I explained that the issue was more about finding a way for them to accept each other, given their contrasting styles, Molly was not pleased. She pulled me aside and told me that she had hired me to tell Jerry that he was in the wrong and needed to clean up his stuff, not that she had to change. I am often brought in to help settle disagreements over what is “better” energetically. When I am called in to address an environmental issue that the couple disagrees about, the solution is usually not about the proper feng shui but more often about ego, personal taste and individual style. In these cases, I find that some “life guidance” is in order. If you and your mate or roommate are at opposite ends of the cleanliness spectrum and want to improve

“clean is right,” but because you care about the relationship.

your relationship and experience more peace, here is my advice: Recognize that it is natural to have differences When it comes to the cleanliness and orderliness of a home, not everyone in the household will have the same standards. To some people, orderliness is not a priority, while to others it is a top priority. Accept others as they are Acknowledge that you cannot change or control the other person. You can only take responsibility for yourself. If you cannot reach this level of understanding, you will expend all of your energy complaining and judging, creating resistance and chaotic communication, as peace becomes an unfulfilled wish. Start by communicating When contrasting cleaning styles are a source of emotional stress, not dealing with the situation only builds resentment. Talk about the issue and use the following points to guide the conversation: 1. Take turns expressing what you see or don’t see as acceptable, and what “clutter,” “messy” or “dirty” means to you. To estab-

lish where you each are on the “clean ver-

sus messy” spectrum and to gain perspective, focus on the relevant areas of the home and talk about them without judgment or a need to be right. 2. Confine your conversation to what is relevant. Determine how you will manage the

common areas of your home. Be clear about what is most important to your mate or roommate, and to you. 3. Expect to compromise. What can you

Repeat as Needed Once you have made some progress, you will notice a greater sense of appreciation for each other, and your environment will feel lighter on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. Although it can be difficult living with someone so different from you, the greatest level of success will come from a team effort.

Alice Inoue is a life guide at Alice Inoue Life Guidance, LLC, a company committed to assisting people in living empowered lives. Alice shares her wisdom as a professional speaker and personal consultant, and offers a series of instructional DVDs on feng shui, as well as her award-winning books on feng shui, happiness and spiritual life wisdom. Visit for more information.

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f you’ve been eyeing those low interest rates and getting ready to take the plunge by investing in the Hawaii real estate market — then allow me to say “yay!” Buying a home is always an exciting venture. So what should you look for when you’re shopping for a new abode? Any TV show or article about what to consider always starts with location, location, location — so I won’t go there. But let’s just say you’ve already narrowed down your choices. What should you be looking at? Just as a woman with great bone structure doesn’t need a lot of makeup, a well-structured home makes things easier on the homeowner. Take a look at the bones: Is it well-designed? Is there a good floor plan? Does it have a good flow so that it functions well for you and your family? The answers could save you a lot in remodeling costs. Other things to look for: Higher ceilings that give a sense of spaciousness. An attic or some sort of insulation that offers protection from the direct heat of the sun and makes the home cooler. Wider hallways. Decent-size bedrooms. In many condos, storage is a consideration. Did developers include enough closet space? How about built-in storage? That’s always a plus. Also, is there natural light streaming in? What about good cross-ventilation? This is what I mean about the bones of a home. Here’s a fun trick that always gets a giggle from my workshop attendees. Look at the home naked. OK, now don’t get too excited … I’m not saying walk into >> After an open house with no clothes on! What I mean is to coordinated towel sets and the basket of spa amenities on look at a house as if it were completely stripped of all the the vanity that he or she doesn’t see how outdated and pretty things — the furniture, accessories and other things worn the bathroom is. that can stage a home. Unless you’re making an offer for a So look at the home naked. Avoid the temptation to be completely furnished home, the finishing touches won’t sidetracked. In your mind’s eye, strip away everything you necessarily be there when the sale is complete. know will not come with the home. There’s a lot you can do with smoke and mirrors, i.e. Is the basin in good condition? Is the toilet new or will it staging. You see, I’ve been on the other side. I’ve assisted have to be replaced? Are you going to have to install a homeowners and Realtors in creatively distracting potential frameless glass shower enclosure in place of the shower home buyers with wall color, furniture and accessories. It’s curtain that’s there now? amazing what you can create in warmth and ambience Area rugs on the carpet or floor should be lifted up if when you have a well-decorated space. possible to see if they’re hiding a stain or a tear, or even critIt’s almost like becoming a magician. A home buyer might ters who shouldn’t be there! be so taken with the charming pictures on the wall, the


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And what’s the condition of the kitchen appliances? It’s those appliances that will be staying — not the cool coffee machine with the cute tray of coffee cups next to it. Trust me, I’ve done that! Hey, I’m not saying not to appreciate what the homeowner or stager did. If you’re charmed, take away ideas for your eventual home. But as you move through each room, see the space for what it is. Look for things that will end up costing you money to fix up or replace. This simple step can save you a lot of grief and dollars down the road.

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ince opening its doors in 2007, Golden Cabinets has gained a reputation for offering quality, affordable cabinetry to Hawaii’s consumers. Owner Wayne Cao noticed how expensive it had become to purchase cabinets in Hawaii and sought to bring more affordable options to residents looking to either build from scratch or remodel existing spaces. “When we transform a client’s outdated kitchen into a new, more functional kitchen, it is most satisfying seeing their face and hearing how much their whole family enjoys this new element in their home,” Cao said. Golden Cabinets has a new location to serve its customers that have come to appreciate the company’s professional customer service, quality products and reasonable prices. With a larger space at its KalihiPalama store located at 1299 Kaumualii St., Golden Cabinets offers a multitude of cabinetry in addition to 50 varieties of countertops, 30 choices of sinks and high-quality tile varieties — a perfect combination when renovating a bathroom or kitchen.


Golden Cabinets offers seven varieties of wood that are used in designing cabinetry. The Luxurious Cherry offers consumers a fine-grain wood that features a smooth texture and satiny feel. The option closely resembles the coveted Koa wood appearance and is usually finished with a medium or dark stain to bring out the wood’s mahogany-red tones. Cherry is integral in defining the Shaker, Mission and countrystyle cabinets offered at Golden Cabinets. Other styles of Cherry wood that the company offers include the Royal Cherry — the company’s topof-the-line wood option — as well as Golden Cherry, which offers consumers a lighter tone of wood with the same strength as its darker alternatives. Honey Maple is another popular choice among buyers looking for a hard wood (this hard maple is also used in making hardwood floors and bowling alley lanes) that can provide the perfect combination of durability and beauty. The White Oak helps brighten a room, as the wood’s white stain

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Easy tips for achieving your renovation goals BY KYLE GALDEIRA

eciding to remodel a kitchen or bathroom can make a homeowner’s dreams come true. However, the project can become a nightmare if one is overwhelmed by the process of planning and waiting for those dreams to become reality, while also dealing with unexpected alterations and hiccups along the way. With more than 50 years of combined experience, Don Holcomb and Dan Holt formed DH Squared Construction in 2007. In addition to specializing in custom home building and remodeling, DH Squared also produces unique and exquisite made-toorder cabinets. The company is well-versed in the home renovation business and compiled some vital tips to help homeowners with simplifying the course of action. To start the process, a homeowner should gather his or her thoughts, compiling a folder full of photos, concepts and ideas that are gleaned from television, magazines or Hawaii Renovation. This folder should also include current photos of the home and examples of existing spaces and design concepts already utilized so potential designers have a foundation on which to work. Whether a homeowner is making changes to a bathroom, kitchen or both, DH Squared suggests making a list of “needs, wants and desires.” This will solidify aspects of the remodeling job that are absolutely


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Catching on to island-style cabinetry onsador Lumber has designed and imported an exclusive brand of cabinets for kitchens and baths known as Islander Cabinetry. Designed for island living, it is available from island inventories and comes in different door styles, stain finishes and three hardwood species. The line is established and has met with incredible success because of its quality and availability from robust Hawaii inventories. The entry-level cabinet is the Oak Hardwood species in a distinctive raisedpanel door style with a medium-stain finish. The mid-level cabinet features a Shaker Style using a Birch hardwood species and natural finish. 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. Islander Cabinetry is constructed using 5/8-inch-thick Hardwood plywood. There is no particle board in the 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


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in standard or soft-close function. Dovetail is standard and shelving is constructed from sturdy 3/4-inch hardwood plywood with finished edging. Cabinets are completely assembled and ready for easy installation. Quality was a major concern, and the only way you can guarantee seamless quality is to have careful inspection of all the parts that go into each cabinet. That’s how “Quality Touch” was born. Every part is looked at and accepted during the manufacturing phase. The most important part of our “Quality Touch” program is that every cabinet is fumigated to rid all parts of insects such as termites and beetles. Insects could cause serious, unnoticed damage months after installation, when it’s too late and the damage has been done.This is a Honsador exclusive. Islander Cabinetry was created to close the gap between domestic and marginal imported cabinets. Many imported brands leave out certain features found in domestic

(U.S.-produced) cabinetry. Imported brands tend to have thinner cabinet sides, thin shelves that can sag under use, poorly constructed drawer boxes and lightweight drawer slides. There are no short cuts and weak

materials used in Islander Cabinetry products. Islander is truly a high-value, affordable cabinet. Ask about Islander Flooring and Islander Granite, two great companion products to round out the family of Islander products.

A special addition to our early King’s Collection (Oak) and Queen’s Collection (Birch) cabinet products. “Kamalani” features beautiful genuine Walnut Hardwood, Face Frames and Doors.

s Solid Walnut Hardwood Face Frames and Doors s Prefinished Hardwood Plywood interiors s 3/4” Plywood shelving s Durable furniture finish Featuring our “slow close” full extension drawer hardware, standard.

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ranicrete Hawaii is an up-and-coming business that hit the ground running in April 2010. Owner Brad Begonia decided to bring the innovative and unique resurfacing solutions from Granicrete International, one of the nation’s premier decorative finish companies, to Hawaii. As the wholesale distributor of Granicrete for the islands, the company provides DIY (do it yourself) classes for homeowners and has trained a network of certified installers on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Granicrete Hawaii also specializes in custom concrete flooring solutions and utilizes decorative concrete overlays, stamped concrete and staining. Its team of decorative concrete experts combines years of experience with creative and artistic talents to produce stunning results. They are able to simulate naturalstone looks and create one-of-a-kind works of art. Decorative concrete overlays dramatically improve the look of your existing floor in a matter of days. Granicrete Hawaii installers simply resurface your existing concrete with a polymer-modified concrete overlay to completely transform its appearance and texture. They handcraft flooring overlays to create virtually any look, including flagstone, slate, travertine or tiles. Granicrete overlays endure all types of weather and are suitable for uneven surfaces, steps and heavy-traffic areas. If your slab isn’t suitable for an overlay, Granicrete Hawaii can pour a new decorative concrete slab over it. Go simple or add a stain and/or decorative stamping in stone textures, slate and flagstone patterns.

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HOMEOWNERS DESIGN CENTER contact // 847-0216 address // 1030 Kohou St., Ste 201 web //

Taking care of your design from start to finish Forty-plus years of experience coupled with an array of remodeling products means Homeowners Design Center is ready to complete your dream renovation omeowners Design Center has been family owned and operated since 1969. Our experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff is here to help you with all your residential and commercial needs. Whether you are looking for flooring, kitchen or bath cabinets, countertops or window coverings, Homeowners Design Center provides one-stop convenience with a large selection of the latest products.


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enced kitchen and bath designers, along with our flooring and window covering consultants, can help develop a design that fits your lifestyle, space and budget. Choosing the best for our customers Our company’s access to a variety of products and vendors means we will recommend what will work best for you, regardless of the brand. Our constantly updated sample and display materials from local and national vendors means less time in research and less leg work for your project. Everything you need in one place With so many choices for cabinetry, the National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends asking for a cabinet that is KCMA-certified, CARB-compliant and has a long warranty. Homeowners Design Center features many cabinet lines that will meet those guidelines, or exceeds them, with lifetime warranties and U.S.-made materials. With a number of cabinet lines to choose from, we have many choices to meet your budget needs. Whether you prefer the natural variations of granite, marble or maple butcher block, or

the consistency of materials such as Corian, Staron, Silestone or Zodiaq, the company can help you choose the perfect countertop to complement your kitchen or bath. Looking for something warm and rustic, soft and elegant or easy to maintain? Homeowners Design Center can help you pick the right flooring. Wood is classic, warm and natural. Carpet is soft and quiet. Vinyl resists spills and stains. Ceramic and natural stones will last nearly forever. Laminates simulate the look of wood and ceramics, often at a lower cost and with lower maintenance. For the final touch, you may need window coverings. The large showroom of displays at Homeowners Design Center can help you decide what would best suit your home. Choose from elaborate drapery and valance combinations or clean, contemporary lines of vertical blinds as well as a large selection of fabric shades. Luminette, Silhouette, Pirouette, Vignette and Duette From Hunter Douglas are also available. Peace of mind and highest value Homeowners Design Center believes in measuring the value of your investment over

the long term, which has enabled its success for more than 40 years. High-quality products are professionally installed and designed to last, along with worry-free customer service that saves you time and money.This is how we have always done business and this recipe has helped us become a leader in the industry.

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Hawaii Renovation August 26, 2012

Hawaii Renovation August 26, 2012  

Hawaii Renovation August 26, 2012