The BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards, established in 1986, celebrates excellence in design and construction of new and remodeled projects in Hawaii. This showcase recognizes competing categories including Details, Kitchen & Bath, Landscaping, New & Remodeled Commercial Building, New & Remodeled Residential Building, Public Works, Hawaii BuiltGreen™ and Historical Remodeling.

This year’s entrants were judged on creativity, use of materials, environmental and sustainability, functionality, design principles, value, interior space, overall quality and workmanship, and the top five awards included four Overall Grand Awards and the Carl Reppun Award. Today’s column will feature the winner of the Overall Grand Award for Residential Remodeling, Lively Architects & Complete Construction Services Corporation for “Hale Ala Honu.”


The transformation of this compartmentalized residence into an inviting and sustainable home for three generations, while retaining key exterior elements suited to the neighborhood’s character, began by removing interior walls and relocating a stairway to maximize open space. The new airy ground level with wood floors, multiple sliding glass doors and thoughtfully placed low E glazed windows offer access to cooling breezes, views of the Marina, the slate-tiled lanai and salt water pool. The open kitchen, separated by a 15-foot bar, includes a breakfast nook and island. A ground level master suite is designed for the senior family member while the second level master suite includes an elegant master bath, cedar-lined walk-in closet, executive office and lanai with panoramic Marina views. Sustainable design elements included salvaging and repurposing removed materials, Solatube skylighting, solar attic fans, solar water heating, Energy Star appliances, a variable speed intelli-pump for the pool, Trex decking and trims and Azek lanai ceilings.

We expect three generations to enjoy this home for years to come!

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