Established in 1986, the BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards celebrate excellence in design and construction of new and remodeled projects in Hawaii. This showcase recognizes competing categories including Kitchen & Bath, Landscaping, New & Remodeled Commercial Building, New & Remodeled Residential Building and Historical Remodeling.

The 26th annual awards ceremony was held May 5, and 34 entrants from Hawaii, Kauai, Maui and Oahu represented an exciting year of statewide participation.

The entries were judged on creativity, use of materials, environmental and sustainability, functionality, design principles, value, interior space, overall quality and workmanship.


The highlight of the ceremony was the recognition of the top four Overall Grand Awards and the Carl Reppun Award. This column will feature the winner of the Overall Grand Award in New Residential, Marc Taron, AIA for “Murray Residence.”

This home was designed with an open plan based on 45-degree angles, providing privacy while capturing the ocean view corridor framed by Lanai and Molokai and accommodating frequent get-togethers of a large extended family. All main spaces feature large corner-pocketing sliding doors, so while the kitchen/dining area is physically separated from the living area, where the corner pocketing doors are pulled back the whole space feels as one and the entire home opens to the outdoors and view.

The Brazilian cherry floors have travertine borders, allowing a smooth transition to the travertine lanais, and complement the sapili trim on the doors/ windows, cove-lights and the skylights above the living area. The retaining walls, exterior showers and base of the home feature Bluerock, while copper gutters, light sconces and ornamentation tie the slate-colored roof to the beige stucco and stone base that complement this Maui home.

Karen Nakamura is executive vice president / CEO of Building Industry Association of Hawaii.