The Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) honored 11 entries in the 55th Annual BIA Parade of Homes last week, including the 2011 Best in Show Neighbor Island award winner Towne Development of Hawaii Inc. for its entry “Milo Court Haku Plan at Kehalani” in Wailuku, Maui. This home also won the Multi Family Low Rise Category in Division I of up to $399,000.

The free open house tour of new homes, with the 2011 theme, “Sustainable Lifestyle…Sustainable Homes” ends today, Oct. 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 are being showcased in 10 entries located on Oahu in Ewa Beach, Honolulu, Kapolei and Ma‘ili.


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 to win the BIA Parade of Homes grand prize, a $15,000 nine-panel 2.25 KW photo-voltaic 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.