The Building Industry Association of Hawaii honored 11 entrants at the 55th annual BIA Parade of Homes last week, including the most outstanding home on the market today — the 2011 Grand Champion winner, “Trades by Gentry ‘Olu‘olu,” by Gentry Homes Ltd.

This weekend and next, BIA-Hawaii will offer free open house tours of new homes, with the 2011 theme, “Sustainable Lifestyle … Sustainable Homes.” Held today and again Oct. 15-16, this premier array of new homes will educate consumers on the latest eco-friendly technology, trends and Hawaii BuiltGreen energy innovations in residential construction. Great homes at great values will be showcased in one Wailuku, Maui entry and 10 entries located on Oahu in Ewa Beach, Honolulu, Kapolei and Maili.


The 2011 BIA-Hawaii Parade of Homes “Grand Champion Award” and the “Best in Show Oahu Award” were both presented to the Gentry Homes Ltd. entry “Trades by Gentry ‘Olu‘olu.” This home, located in Ewa Beach, also won the Single Family Detached Category in Division III of $499,001-$599,000, a Gold Level Hawaii BuiltGreen award; the Appraiser Hawaii Chapter 2011 award and the HECO Energy Value Housing Award in the Single Family Detached Category.

Developers and their projects that will be showcased in these open house weekends include Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. and “Kealakai at Kapolei Unit #2″; D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes LLC and”La Hiki at Mehana Plan #3”, “Makalae at Sea Country Pawa” and “Pulewa at Mehana Plan B”; Gentry Homes Ltd. and “Haiku at Haleakea by Gentry,” “Trades by Gentry Aheahe” and “2011 Grand Champion Trades by Gentry ‘Olu‘olu”; Hale Ka Lae LLC and “Hale Ka Lae”; Kisco Senior Living and “Ilima at Leihano “; St. Francis Development Corp. and “Franciscan Vistas Ewa” and “Best in Show Neighbor Island”; and Towne Development of Hawaii Inc. and “Milo Court Haku Plan at Kehalani” in Wailuku, Maui.

When visiting the 2011 new model homes, Hawaii residents will be encouraged to enter and win the BIA Parade of Homes grand prize, a $15,000 nine-panel 2.25 KW photovoltaic system from Bonterra Solar Services. Visit for the locations and driving directions to all 11 model homes and information on the Bonterra Solar Services photovoltaic system grand prize.


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