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n addition to being a solar company, Pacific Islands Construction is a general and roofing contractor, which makes it better able to install and maintain your solar system. Pacific Islands Solar is a division of the company that takes the approach that doing what is right for the customer is what is best for the company. Pacific Islands Solar looks at the products that can be used and only uses what is determined to be the best. It keeps abreast of the latest issues and is prepared to provide prospective buyers with information that makes them informed buyers. There are many issues regarding the solar industry that the consumer should understand before he or she makes an investment in a photovoltaic (PV) system. As a customer or prospective buyer, having a company that provides the greatest value and service is important when there are so many options. The following information is provided to help educate you to know if you’re getting a great deal or not. Product bankability is a new buzz word in the solar industry that customers consider because of the large expenditure and/or potential risk these projects expose investors or buyers to. Initially the evaluation focused on the financial strength of the manufacturer and the long-term value there is for warranties, etc. Bankability has taken on another value, as product quality is being considered because of a rising number of product defects. Since longterm service life is considered in the valuation and product defects need to be avoided, bankability considers both the financial strength of the manufacturer and also its ability to provide proven product quality. The industry has become enamored with “cost per watt” and the downward spiral in prices. Solar modules are being sold as if they are all equal or just a commodity. Experts are warning that the fallout from the price-per-watt mentality has manufacturers using inferior components to get to these price points and the consumer will have purchased equipment with a short life expectancy in the long run. The consolidation of the PV module manufacturing industry continues with

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Islands Solar and it believes that its customers should only be provided with solutions from financially sound sources. Pacific Islands Solar believes that a company like Kyocera, a Japanese company that has been manufacturing solar modules for more than 37 years and is diversified in its industries, is the best choices for solar modules. Kyocera is among the select few solar manufactures that are profitable. These modules are not known to fail and aren’t returned because of failure. Modules that were manufactured more than 25 years ago are still producing more than 90 percent of their original rated output. No

other company in the industry can match Kyocera’s performance, and new testing standards confirm that Kyocera’s quality excels in the stringent testing others are failing in. There is a lot to consider when purchasing a PV system. Price is often a reflection of poor installation practices and using lower quality manufacturers who will not be in business in the future. Pacific Islands Solar feels that it is our responsibility to provide what is right for its customers, not what is the cheapest thing that can be installed. Pacific Islands Solar can be reached by calling 841-7756 if you are interested in discussing your PV needs. You can also visit www.pacificislandsconstruc tion.net or email pic05@hawaii.com.

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In 2008, all of that changed — using state of the art technology, Discount Windows & Doors developed a window system designed for the 21st century and beyond — its Makai series of windows and doors. The company not only improved every facet of existing windows, but also developed a window system never used in Hawaii before. Hawaii has some of the most extreme UV exposure on earth, capable of destroying all but the very best vinyl. Pure virgin vinyl, with its high percentage of titanium dioxide, is the only vinyl able to stand up to the harsh exposure of Hawaiian sunshine. Hawaii is in a hurricane zone — meaning it is likely to experience a direct hit from a hurricane in the near future. Most existing vinyl windows will be all but destroyed when that happens. The vinyl frame of the Makai window series has a high-impact profile able to withstand considerable impact without failing.To complement the strong frame, double strength glass is used, which is twice as thick as the common glass used in the vast

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6 MAY 5 • 2013 ESSENTIAL CABINET REFACING INC.

Let your creativity unfold with a new set of cabinets I t’s time to give your kitchen — the most visited room in the house — a new look. Since you are spending so much time there, don’t you deserve a room that is efficient, modern and pleasant? Undoubtedly, you want to make improvements that make sense and fall within your budget.You also want quality within a price you can afford. Most of all, you need an experienced licensed contractor who has proven to be capable of completing the job at an affordable price time and time again. Essential Cabinet Refacing Inc. (ECR) is in its 23rd year of business. For owners Ringo and Michele Pauly, the first advice they got as young

entrepreneurs came from Lex Brodie, who encouraged them to run their business with integrity. To them, this meant listening to their customers, sharing their remodeling expertise with clients to ensure the job performed was the right match for the customer and doing the job at a competitive, yet fair price. Since then, their mission has been to have satisfied customers at the end of every project. Over the years, materials and remodeling methods have changed a great deal. ECR has kept current in the industry and offers up-to-date styles, designs and materials. ECR has offered refacing as an economical option for upgrading cabinets

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Sunny-side up in Ewa or many Ewa residents staying comfortable from the constant heat requires air conditioning units that run for hours and hours throughout the day. While homeowners benefit from the instant relief of a cool and comfortable home, they end up even more hot around the collar when they receive their electric bill at the end of the month. RevoluSun has a solution with affordable residential PV systems. “We have been working with Ewa homeowners for years and installed hundreds of PV systems in the Ewa Beach community,” said Eric Carlson of RevoluSun. “Many of our customers tell their neighbors about their experience with us and we end up installing a number of systems on one street.” William Wright of Ewa Beach has experienced the benefits of solar in his sunny region of Oahu. “We have been up and running since April,” he says. “It’s such a

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Tips to upgrade the outdoor living space for deck DIYers F rom grilling and dining to simply relaxing, your home’s deck is frequently the center of family life during warm weather months. That’s why there’s no better time to give your outdoor living space the upgrade it deserves. Whether you’re building a dream deck from scratch or sprucing up an existing space, here are five tips for do-ityourselfers who want to start turning their outdoor living aspirations into reality this weekend.

Discover your inspiration Your deck is a natural extension of your home and your style. Think about the type of design elements that will best fit your family’s activities and complement both outdoor views and the layout of your yard. Flip through favorite magazines to find photos that jumpstart your inner designer, go online to experiment with virtual planners that allow you to try out different colors and configurations or use mobile apps to create outdoor living space designs anywhere at any time.

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The Power of ‘No’ Do you have trouble putting your own needs first? Drawing from your inner strength and sense of self can reveal a solution that’s fair to you and others

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Alice Inoue QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I want to start saying “no” to others because I am beginning to tire of doing things for everyone else all the time and putting myself last. You always talk about using the home to support our new endeavors. Is there anything I can do to support this change in what I want to say? I feel like a doormat of sorts, yet I just can’t say “no” because I feel guilty if I do. I don’t know where to start. Can you help?

es, I can help. What a great question, and I’m sure you are not the only one who feels this way. Many of us face this challenge, and when you reach the point where you are feeling drained, it’s time to seriously address it. The greatest gifts you can give yourself are to recognize who you are and the value of your time. In my daily work with clients, I have noticed a trend toward becoming more focused on our own needs and looking for ways to make changes without feeling selfish or offending others along the way.

Practice saying no Your time is yours to spend the way you want, and no one has a claim on it, unless you allow it. William Ury wrote a wonderful book entitled, “The Power of a Positive No.” In it, he reminds us that the first “yes” should be to ourselves. It shows respect for your own time and space, allows you to embrace your own personal interests, and sets the stage for a positive no. The second “yes” is designed to keep the relationship mutually beneficial. That means showing the other person respect by treating him or her as you would want to be treated when someone says no. Finally, saying no should be a positive experience for you and the other person. A positive no means you encourage the other person’s strengths and ability to handle the situation, speaking from the heart, rather than reacting, building your own confidence in the process.

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Engage your environment for support Once you are intent on a new course of action, start the process of change by engaging your environment for support. Subconsciously, we respond to the messages of our environment on an energetic level. The key here is to ensure that your environment supports the change you want.

Drawing stronger boundaries In order to support yourself in drawing stronger boundaries with others, look around your home or office and implement the following:

• Group any scattered or miscellaneous items in plain view. Put them in a decorative basket or pretty container, creating

constant visual support that you are “containing” your energy, not dispersing it all over the place. • Stack random magazines or papers in an orderly fashion, showing symbolic alignment, or balance, between what you are doing and what you are feeling. • Group like items, such as a collection of dog figurines, or decorative items that have the same color, for power, symbolically focusing your energy and ability to act from a strong sense of self. • Place images of strength—artwork of a bamboo forest, a strong tree or a shining sun—on your walls to remind you of your own inner fortitude and power. • Get a new doormat, one that is “healthy” and not worn down. People step on doormats before they enter the home, and a new doormat sets the intent to change the past. Dealing with feelings of guilt As for feelings of guilt, saying no is difficult because we feel responsible for others’ challenges, especially if they have come to depend on us, but if we look deeper, we may discover the positive side of saying no, not just for you, but for the person on the receiving end.

To get over some of the guilt, take the time to consider what you truly want. When you introspect to discover the benefits of saying no, you might discover that they far outweigh the negatives. Balancing Perceptions Consider the bigger picture. Balance your perception of the situation by making a list of the benefits of saying no. For example, ask yourself if it could possibly be an opportunity for someone who actually wants to help to step in for a change? Will it foster more openness in your relationship and diminish any resentment that could erode it? When you fail to even consider the benefits of saying no, you are probably focusing on the negatives: the disservice to the other person or the fact that you are being selfish. But the benefits can be far more inspiring: freeing yourself up to do the things you really want to do and

Saying no Creating the right energetic support and learning to say “no” clearly but fairly will help you heal the “disease to please” in a healthy and positive way. The more you know who you are and what you want, the easier it becomes to say no. It really is okay to choose yourself when you need to! Just remember to do it so that everyone feels better in the end.

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 www.aliceinspired.com to read her blog, sign up for her newsletters and download useful feng shui tips. MAY 5, 2013 • 11


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• Add a glass shelf: Another way to keep bathroom necessities close at hand is by installing a decorative glass shelf near your sink and vanity. Not only will it help to clear the clutter from your countertop, but it can also be a place to display small decorative touches. For more information, visit moen.com. This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

he best bathrooms are more than just functional areas — they’re sanctuaries where you can escape, reset and recharge. And as one of the smallest and mostused rooms in the home, that’s likely why they’ve become the most popular remodeling project (78 percent), according to the National Association of Home Builders. Luckily, simple updates can breathe new life into this small space. Transform your boring bath by incorporating these fast, fresh updates that don’t cost a fortune. Create a focal point with updated faucets It’s a focal point, one of the most frequently used

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our moods and thoughts — so choose wisely. Add a splash of color to the walls with a fresh coat of highgloss paint to give the space an instant facelift. Create a zen retreat by enhancing your bath with shades of yellow, which are energizing and uplifting; or soft blues, which are calming, relaxing and serene. Next, add coordinating textiles; a fabric shower curtain, plush bath towels, rugs and bath mat can add

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very once in a while, a project comes along that’s extra special. Recently I completed a project for a sweet local couple who asked me to design the interior of their family beach house. It was their reason for undertaking this project, and their reaction when we revealed their new home away from home, that made this one so memorable. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing with you photos from this project, along with tips not on how to create your own beach house, but how you can take some of the ideas and translate them into your own space. Let’s start with my one tip for this column: how to turn a negative into a positive, and then personalize it. This was a house that had been in the family for over 40 years. My clients had decided to tear it down and build anew, which took a few years. My job was to select all the finishes and furnish the interior and exterior. When I met with them, the first question I asked was why they were doing this. Why

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house. It’s their special time and place. That’s how I got my inspiration for a problem space in the house. The pantry cabinets in the kitchen are very tall, as are the ceilings. That left an empty stretch about 10 feet long and five feet deep to fill between ceiling and cabinets. I kept looking at the gaping space and thinking, what in the world am I going to do with that? I thought about going with a beachy theme and displaying a surfboard or a little outrigger canoe. But I wanted something that was more meaningful. And there was so much white in the cabinets, I needed something in a deeper, richer color to bring

depth to that side of the room. Then it came to me. On one of my buying trips, I saw these large letters that are three feet in height and instantly knew what I was going to do. I was going to turn that negative into a positive and personalize it. I bought some letters, had them painted in bronze and mounted above the cabinets to spell “ohana.” After all, that’s what this beach house is all about. Then, reinforcing the theme, I arranged the word “family” with their family picture on a nearby console, painting those letters white to tie in with the kitchen cabinets. Now every time the homeowners are in the kitchen with the ohana gathered around, whether they’re eating, playing or just hanging out, they’ll always remember why this home was built. When the construction phase was complete, I asked them to stay away and give me a few weeks to finish the house. We worked furiously in those weeks to perfect the house, then had them come back with their family for the reveal. The couple walked through the doors into their new beach home and saw the love and attention that had gone into creating something special for their family. Tearfully, the wife said, “You thought of everything, I can’t believe this is our home.” So take a look at your space. Is there a spot that’s a décor problem? Is there a way to turn that negative into something positive? Sometimes these challenges can turn into unexpected triumphs.

Cathy Lee is president and designer of Cathy Lee Style and Cathy's Marketplace, a furniture and accessories showroom with design services at 1110 University Ave. She recently opened reStyle Hawaii, an affordable, style-conscious consignment warehouse with upholstering and repurposing services at 420 Keawe St. Visit www.cathyleestyle.com.

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Last but not least, finish a renovation with a flourish E ven though landscaping is the last step after the rest of your home renovation has been completed, don’t sell short the importance of planning ahead to make sure you have saved money to redo your yard. More than any room in your house, your outdoor aesthetics will bring you satisfaction and tranquility as you connect back to nature in your own private corner of the world. The time to start thinking about landscaping is when you begin planning the budget for your home renovation. Talk to your landscaper early on about your ideas and your vision for your yard. Be realistic about how much you can afford, but don’t limit yourself in fantasizing about what your ideal landscaping would look like. By knowing what it will cost to create your dream projects, you can start planning your landscaping budget and find out early on if you will be able to afford your goal all at once or if you will better off building it incrementally. Think of it as dressing your yard: buy the outfit first, then accessorize as funds permit.

Another reason to start planning for your landscaping early on is that there are many decisions to be made. Should you plant stolon grass or sod, and what are the differences? Do you need a high tech sprinkler system or do you live in a part of the island that receives higher than normal rainfall? If you can wait for your plants to grow, you will save money by buying smaller plants. If you can’t afford to landscape your yard all at once, you can consider doing it in sections. Depending on where you live, a well-landscaped yard can even minimize flood damage to your home by incorporating proper drainage. The experts at LanaiScapes pride themselves in working with budgets of all sizes.They can help you make the best decisions by showing you the cost and practicality of each of the many options.They provide drawings, specs and cost estimates. They can bring down your budget by giving you expert advice that may help you take more advantage of the natural features of your environment, such as rainfall amounts or what grows best in your soil. They can help you plan out your landscaping so that items that may be beyond your current budget could be integrated at a later date.They will help you stay on budget once you have made your decisions. Whether you landscape your yard all at once or in stages, you will want to have the whole picture before you start. LanaiScapes will work with you from the outset to make sure that you have the full benefit of a realistic budget. The colors, the form, the texture and the focal points are all part of the artistry you will eventually want to achieve so that your yard is not only an art piece, it is also a reflection of you.

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Builder, owner work to transform older home Part one of a two-part series ebuilding a 70-year-old Waikiki single family home was a challenging project for the Homeworks design/build team — the objective, to make the unique vision of the owner a reality in a difficult location with limited space. Owner Stafford Lau worked with Homeworks architect Mario Tadeo AIA, project manager James Mitchell and selections specialist Sarah VanDeVanter toward a successful conclusion — transformation of a single wall, board and batten cottage into an elegant stucco “Hawaiian/Tuscan revival” two story home. “I grew up in Waikiki when there were a number of single family homes with a Mediterranean look ... white stucco exterior, tile roof, wrought iron gates, arched windows and brick courtyards,” Lau said. “To get ideas for authentic detailing, we took a trip to Italy. Capri was particularly inspirational. The Homeworks designers and builders were able to interpret exactly what we wanted.” The 1,100 square foot home with 550 square feet upstairs and downstairs is

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designed for only around 70 to 100 amps. “Now, with all the extra electrical appliances we use, basic houses should be designed to carry a 100- to 200-amp load. You should check that your home can carry that sort of load or whether it needs to be upgraded.” Common symptoms of a home exceeding its load are that your circuit breaker constantly trips or that it won’t re-engage or that it won’t break at all (which is the worst, because then the wires will just burn through). Another hazard Ron said to watch for is electrical arcing from your wall outlet.

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their wiring in good shape because rewiring a house can be costly — anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000.” Ron is dedicated to providing the best service possible, even when it means correcting another contractor’s mistakes to help the customer out. “At one house we were re-wiring in Hawaii Kai, the previous firm had put in too many ’90s (wires bent at 90-degree angles), so we had to fix that. “Then another problem we saw was that the earlier contractor had incorrectly connected the line for the solar system, which could’ve caused an overload. My crew is trained to correct these small things so we provide the most professional service possible to the customer.” RE-ROOFING REPAIR INSPECTIONS

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A clear view on windows, siding W hen it’s time to change your old windows or spruce up the exterior of your home with vinyl siding, call Tropical Wholesale (Tropical). The company is an expert exterior contractor that not only provides the very best products, but the best installation as well. Here are a few reasons to call Tropical: • Tropical is the Hawaii distributor for Simonton Windows, the No. 1-rated window in the U.S. with the only lifetime warranty in Hawaii. • The company carries Norandex and Gentec siding products, the best in the business and the thickest vinyl made. All of Tropical’s products are Energy Star-certified windows and siding. With Tropical’s products, you will save money on energy,

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1. Save money, add value to your home and earn 15,000 free HawaiianMiles. Why pay money to the electric company every month when you can make the power of the sun work for you? When you go solar with Bonterra, you’ll begin saving money on your electric bill immediately. With the help of generous federal and state tax credits, the average consumer can save up to 65 percent off the cost. For the typical solar household, your solar system will pay for itself in three to four years. The rest is money back into your pocket. Plus, when you install solar with Bonterra, you’ll be utilizing qualified local craftsmen and actually increasing the value of your home. As an added bonus, we’ve partnered up with Hawaiian Airlines and are currently offering 15,000 free HawaiianMiles when you go solar with Bonterra.

2. Help Hawaii become energy independent. Bonterra maintains a team of expertly trained staff that will happily walk you through all of the benefits of solar power. You may have heard that Hawaii is the most foreign-energy dependent state in the US and that we import an astounding 94 percent of our energy. It’s a startling fact, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here in Hawaii we have a variety of sustainable options that will enable us to become energy independent. The question is, how do we make the most of our natural resources? First, we start by going solar. At Bonterra, with our state-of-the-art panels and certified technicians, we’re able to convert the natural power of the sun to help secure Hawaii’s energy independence, all while saving you money by reducing your electric bill. Together, we have the power to change Hawaii’s future. 3. Bonterra gives back to the community. At Bonterra, we know that running a successful business is about more than just qual-

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‘Orange’ you glad it’s organic? kamai Pest Solutions uses an organic process of treating drywood termites without tenting that is catching on fast. Each situation with termites is different, so the experts at Akamai try to develop a treatment plan for each individual customer. The great thing about not having to tent, other than the obvious inconveniences, is that a one-size-fits-all approach does not have to be used. Why gas an entire house when most of the time very little infestation is present? Since it’s swarm season, keep watch and remember that swarming termites may or may not be coming from inside your house. Oftentimes swarmers are subterranean termites. Here are frequently asked questions Akamai can answer:

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Q: So what can I do to protect against infestations? A: Akamai can do preventative treatments in attics and crawl spaces with a residual material that is not orange oil, which is organic and will biodegrade over time. Homeowners also can make sure cracks around walls and windows, as well as attic vent areas, are sealed. During swarm season, keep lamps and lights to a minimum and put a pan of water under a light to attract and drown termites.

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22 MAY 5 • 2013 BIA HAWAII

How to speak remodeling lingo

• Cost-plus contract. A contract between a contractor and home owner that is based on the accrued cost of labor and materials plus a percentage for profit and overhead — also known as a time-and-materials contract.

BY KAREN NAKAMURA he home building industry celebrates National Remodeling Month in May, but remodeling is popular year-round, and the industry is growing every year. Whether it’s a small cosmetic remodel such as replacing bathroom fixtures, or a major down-to-the-wall-studs overhaul of your kitchen, understanding the terminology your professional remodeler is using can be very helpful to ensure you get the finished project you want. This glossary of common terms used by builders and remodelers will help you understand the language of your remodeling project — and help you avoid miscommunication with your contractor.

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• Draw. A designated payment that is “drawn” from the total project budget to pay for services completed to date. A draw schedule is typically established in the contract.

• Plans and specifications.These are drawings for the project, and a detailed list or description of the known products, materials, quantities and finishes to be used.

• Bid. A proposal to work for a certain amount of money, based on plans and specifications for the project.

through the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers Council™. To attain the CGR designation, a remodeler must take a specified number of continuing education courses and comply with a strict code of ethics.

safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age or ability level. CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a code of ethics and are required to maintain their designation by attending education programs and participating in community service.

• Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). CAPS professionals have learned

• Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR). A professional designation program offered

strategies and techniques to meet the home modification needs of homeowners who want to continue living in their homes

• Change order. This is written authorization to the contractor to make a change or addition to the work described in the original contract. The change order should reflect any changes in cost.

• Allowance. A specific dollar amount allocated by a contractor for specified items in a contract for which the brand, model number, color, size or other details are not yet known.

• Punch list. A list of work items to be completed or corrected by the contractor, typically near or at the end of a project.

• Subcontractor. A person or company hired directly by the general contractor to perform specialized licensed work at the job site.

To find a professional remodeler in your area, contact ktn@biahawaii.org.

Karen Nakamura is CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

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maintain the moisture from the previous wash and create a desirable environment for mold growth. This is especially true for front loaders. • Clean the washing-machine tub. Set it for the largest and dirtiest load you can, and use hot water. Add a quart of vinegar and a cup of baking soda while it fills. Let it mix up then open the top and leave it for one hour. Finish the cycle then run a cold one with a quart of vinegar to clean up any debris left behind. Do this every two to three months. For front loaders, run one large, hot cycle with 2 cups of vinegar, immediately followed by another with 2 cups of bleach.

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KAHALA PACIFIC FLOORS

Have your cake and eat it too with these wood floors I magine that you are a fine pastry chef who is asked to bake a fantastic threelayer cake for a very important person (VIP) who likes your baking. You mix a batter from scratch with only the finest ingredients, you make homemade frosting from fresh butter and you decorate it with handmade candied flowers. You have created a masterpiece set atop a crystal cake plate. Your work is done and you hand it over to the staff members that will be serving it. What happens next? Do they take a nice sharp knife, dipped in warm water to make beautiful, clean cuts and serve it delicately on a fine china plate to your VIP? Or do they carelessly chop it with the side of a fork, cutting messy wedges that are hoisted onto a plate with the help of one of their fingers? Unfortunately, the latter situation of butchering a cake is comparable to what Shirley Pai Hilton of Kahala Pacific Floors has found to be the case too often with her beautiful Kahala Floors products. This motivated her and her family to enter into the flooring installation business. As with any quality product that will become a permanent part of your home, quality installa24 • MAY 5, 2013

tion is the other half of the story. For the homeowner to realize maximum enjoyment from the product (with minimum headaches), it must be installed properly by a knowledgeable and experienced professional.

KAHALA PACIFIC FLOORS contact // 847-7711 address // 926 Kohou St.

The Kahala Floors line of engineered and solid hardwoods is made from the highest grade materials with strict production quality control. If not properly installed, however, all of that doesn’t matter. Even the best materials cannot overcome problems such

as inadequate moisture protection, improper subfloor preparation, aesthetic errors in layout and finishing, squeaking or crackling sounds and sometimes even a lack of glue or nails! “Kahala Floors is our baby and time and again we saw the absolutely crazy things done to our floors and we decided that we had no choice but to try and do it ourselves,” said Hilton. About a year ago, Hilton decided to partner with industry veteran Allen Canter to form Pacific Flooring Contractors LLC (PFC), and together they offer their customers a combined 55 years of experience in flooring products and installation. Canter is also one of only 200-plus NWFA Certified Flooring Inspectors in the country. This certification enables him to perform official investigations on flooring problems and produce reports which are often used for mediation or litigation. PFC is licensed in wood, stone and carpeting and can handle both residential and commercial projects. PFC is located at 926 Kohou St. (with Kahala Pacific Floors). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 847-7711.

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