Whether you’re an experienced, professional builder or a first-time owner-builder, we hope you’ll find this webpage a convenient one-stop collection of indispensable resources for your Hawaii building project,


Government Building Departments

Have questions or just need help with navigating the building code and permitting processes? Contact your local building department:

Hawaii, County of www.hawaiicounty.gov/public-works-building

Honolulu, City & County of http://honoluludpp.org/

Kauai, County of http://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments/PublicWorks/BuildingDivision

Maui County http://www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?nid=1205


Construction Industry Related Associations

AIA Honolulu– Chapter of the American Institute of Architects www.aiahonolulu.org

AIA Honolulu is a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) representing and serving AIA Hawaii members on the island of Oahu, and on the neighboring islands of Hawaii and Kauai. AIA Honolulu represents and serves over 800 individual member architects, associates, and allied design professionals who are working in fields allied to architecture.


APA– The Engineered Wood Association www.apawood.org

APA is focused on helping the industry create structural wood products of exceptional strength, versatility and reliability. With the combined research efforts of scientists at APA’s research center with the knowledge gained from decades of field work, and cooperation with our member manufacturers, APA promotes new solutions and improved processes that benefit the entire industry.

APA has relaunched www.performancewalls.org, a free resource providing builders, architects, specifiers and code officials with tools to design and build safe, durable and code-compliant walls. The site compiles APA’s extensive library of wall-construction content, including how-to instructions, technical information, and CAD details for wood-frame construction, all in one convenient location.


Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii www.biahawaii.org

BIA is the Voice of the Construction Industry representing builders, developers, contractors, suppliers and associates whose business is construction. BIA provides members with business marketing opportunities, peer to peer networking and industry information/education in order to stay competitive.


Contractors Association of Kauai (CAK) www.contractorsassnofkauai.org

The Contractors Association of Kauai is a non-profit trade organization that serves individuals and businesses involved in the construction industry. The CAK strives to improve the construction industry through educational programs, services (contractor insurance/license follow ups and contractors referrals) and public awareness efforts.


General Contractors Association (GCA) of Hawaii www.gcahawaii.org

The General Contractors Association of Hawaii (GCA) was formed in 1932 by general contractors from the four major islands of Hawaii. The GCA is a full service construction association serving General Contractors, Subcontractors, Equipment/Material Suppliers and Associate Members. The GCA of Hawaii is the industry leader dedicated to skill, integrity and responsibility.


Hawaii Island Contractors’ Association (HICA) www.hicassociation.com

HICA is a non-profit organization that has been around for over 50 years comprised of over 150 licensed general contractors, subcontractors, lifetime, hall of fame, honorary and associate members. Among other things, it provides legislative advocacy, industry support and education to its members, scholarships for 2nd year college students in a construction related field, and opportunities for growth.


Financial Institutions

American Savings Bank www.asbhawaii.com

Bank of Hawaii www.boh.com

CU Hawaii www.cuhawaii.com

First Hawaiian Bank www.fhb.com

HFS Federal Credit Union www.hfsfcu.org

Island Home Loans www.islandhomeloansinc.com

Territorial Savings Bank www.territorialsavings.net


Realtor Associations

Hawaii Association of Realtors www.hawaiirealtors.com

Hawaii Island Realtors www.hallislandrealtors.com

Kauai Board of Realtors www.kauaiboard.com

West Hawaii Association of Realtors www.konarealtors.com

Realtors Association of Maui www.ramaui.com

Honolulu Board of Realtors www.hicentral.com


HPM Better Builder Directory

A searchable database of licensed building professionals: www.hpmhawaii.com/better-builder


Drafting/Architecture Firms

East Hawaii Drafting:

Accent Design Services (808) 936-5377 www.accentdesignservices.com

Bryan Lindsey, Architect of Hawaii (808) 333-6853 www.blarchitect.com

Bona Design (808) 965-7364 www.bonadesign.com

David Holbrook Drafting Designs (808) 640-4911

Hilo Drafting Service (808) 935-9118

Polynesian Development (808) 963-5448 www.pdibuilds.com

Stacy’s Drafting (808) 961-4702


West Hawaii Drafting:

Griffith Drafting & Design (808) 965-8528

Hawaii Island Drafting (808) 959-5722

Piper Design (808) 331-2244 www.piperdesigns.net

Sundquist Lance C (808) 325-7768

Walter Fullterton, Architect (808) 326-9611

Weigang Marvick & Associates (808) 329-3755


East Hawaii Architects:

Hetherington Architecture, LLC (808) 938-3498 www.hetharch.com

Island Style Homes (808) 640-7974

Merrill Kittinger Architect (808) 327-9888

Robert Lantenser Architect (808) 968-7031


West Hawaii Architects:

Dinmore & Cisco Architects, Inc. (808) 329-3266 www.bellomoarchitects.com

Francois Architects (808) 882-7505

Hawaii Design Group (808) 326-7670 www.hawaiidesigngroup.com

Hawaii Island Architects (808) 324-4141 www.hiallc.net

Keith A. Winnie Architects, Inc. (808) 329-5565 www.kawarchitects.com

Lee Rhoady (808) 885-9178 www.rlad.net

Merrill Kittinger Architect (808) 327-9888

Richtor J. Reynolds (808) 329-4303 www.richtorreynolds.com

Roth Kimura LLP (808) 324-6073 www.rothkimura.com

Walter Fullterton, Architect (808) 326-9611


Civil Engineering Services:

Aina Engineering (808) 895-6173

Atlas Engineering (808) 965-7350

Harada Engineering, LLC (Hawaii Island - Septic Design) (808) 896-7720

Jeffery M. Smith, P.E. (808) 282-3310

Merrill Kittinger (808) 327-9888

Peter J. Boucher (808) 981-0827

Septic Designs (808) 959-3770


Other Building Material Providers

Carpet Isle (Hilo, Hawaii Island) www.carpetislehawaii.com

Floor Décor (Hilo, Hawaii Island) www.floordecorhilo.com

Warehouse Direct (Kona, Hawaii Island) (808) 331-0010

Waterworks ( Hawaii Island) www.waterworkshawaii.com


Utility Companies


Hawaiian Electric Company (Oahu) www.heco.com

Hawaii Electric Light Company (Hawaii Island) www.helcohi.com

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative www.kiuc.coop

Maui Electric Company www.mauielectric.com

Solar: Refer to Better Builder Directory



Kauai County Water Department www.Kauaiwater.org

Priceville Utilities Company (Kauai) www.princevilleutilities.com

Hawaii County Department of Water Supply www.hawaiidws.org

Board of Water Supply (Honolulu) www.hbws.org

Water Works Hawaii (Hawaii) www.waterworkshawaii.com



The Gas Company www.hawaiigas.com


Phone, Internet & TV:

Hawaiian Telcom www.hawaiiantel.com

Oceanic Time Warner Cable www.oceanic.com


Living & Doing Business in Hawaii

Chambers of Commerce:

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce www.hicc.biz

Kauai Chamber of Commerce www.kauaichamber.org

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce www.kona-kohala.com

Maui Chamber of Commerce www.mauichamber.com



Hawaii Department of Education

State of Hawaii’s Newcomer’s Guide

Hawaii Island Lava Flow Hazard Zone Maps

USGS Map of Flood High Water Condition


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