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Building Resources

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

Honolulu, City & County of

Kauai, County of

Maui County

Construction Industry Related Associations

AIA Honolulu– Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

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

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, 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

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)

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

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)

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

Bank of Hawaii

CU Hawaii

First Hawaiian Bank

HFS Federal Credit Union

Island Home Loans

Territorial Savings Bank

Realtor Associations

Hawaii Association of Realtors

Hawaii Island Realtors

Kauai Board of Realtors

West Hawaii Association of Realtors

Realtors Association of Maui

Honolulu Board of Realtors

HPM Better Builder Directory

A searchable database of licensed building professionals: Better Builder Directory

Drafting/Architecture Firms

East Hawaii Drafting:

Bona Design (808) 965-7364

Hilo Drafting Service (808) 935-9118

Stacy’s Drafting (808) 961-4702

West Hawaii Drafting:

Bryan Lindsey, Architect of Hawaii (808) 333-6853

Griffith Drafting & Design (808) 965-8528

Hawaii Island Drafting (808) 959-5722

Piper Design (808) 331-2244

Sundquist Lance C (808) 325-7768

Walter Fullterton, Architect (808) 326-9611

Weigang Marvick & Associates (808) 329-3755

East Hawaii Architects:

Island Style Homes (808) 640-7974

Robert Lantenser Architect (808) 968-7031

West Hawaii Architects:

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

Francois Architects (808) 882-7505

Hawaii Design Group (808) 326-7670

Hawaii Island Architects (808) 324-4141

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

Lee Rhoady (808) 885-9178

Roth Kimura LLP (808) 324-6073

Walter Fullterton, Architect (808) 326-9611

Maui Architects:

George R. Hlavenka, AIA (808) 446-1003

Nick Wagner, iArchitect LLC (808) 242-5720 

Stephen W. Long & Associates (808) 652-8000

Kauai Architects & Other Services:

Stephen W. Long & Associates (808) 652-8000

Chris St. Clair (808) 634-0471

Septic Systems; Samuel Noble, Lox Hawaii LLC (808) 652-7979

Special Inspections; Michael Mahoney, Blue Yonder LLC (808) 378-4181

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

Peter J. Boucher (808) 981-0827

Septic Designs (808) 959-3770

Other Building Material Providers

Carpet Isle (Hilo, Hawaii Island)

Floor Décor (Hilo, Hawaii Island) 

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

Waterworks ( Hawaii Island)

Utility Companies: Public Utilities


Hawaiian Electric Company (Oahu)

Hawaii Electric Light Company (Hawaii Island)

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

Maui Electric Company

Solar: Refer to Better Builder Directory


Kauai County Water Department

Priceville Utilities Company (Kauai)

Hawaii County Department of Water Supply

Board of Water Supply (Honolulu)

Water Works Hawaii (Hawaii)


The Gas Company

Phone, Internet & TV:

Hawaiian Telcom

Oceanic Time Warner Cable

Living & Doing Business in Hawaii

Chambers of Commerce:

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce

Kauai Chamber of Commerce

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce

Maui Chamber of Commerce


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

Do you have a building-related organization in Hawaii? Request to be added to this Building Resource page by emailing Please include your company/organization name, contact name and contact information, website address and the category your organization qualifies under.

If you’re a professional building contractor apply online to be a part of the HPM Better Builder Directory.