What is the main thing you need to make a good decision, or at least one that you are satisfied with? For some it may be a glass of wine, but for the majority of us, unbiased information is the key component to helping us make a major decision. This is especially the case when you are spending big bucks on building or remodeling your home.

One of the most popular items on homeowners’ wish lists is wood and stone floors. More and more, consumers are moving away from carpeting and looking to stretch their budgets so that they can put in a good wood or stone floor. The thought of putting down a floor that will last a lifetime appeals to many consumers, and if you can afford the upfront investment, your beautiful wood or stone flooring will end up costing you less than two or three carpet change outs, depending on your selection.


But where to begin? Shirley Pai Hilton is president and CEO of Hawaii’s largest wood flooring wholesaler, Pacific Imports International, and she understands the consumer’s plight. After years of being in the wood-flooring business and educating hundreds of consumers one on one, Hilton decided that one of the best ways to effectively educate her customers would be in the form of a short seminar. Hilton is one of the foremost experts on wood flooring in Hawaii and she is very happy to share in-depth information on the various types of wood flooring, decorating with wood flooring and proper installation of the products. Her expertise is often tapped for local home improvement publications, and she also has consulted on many large flooring projects.

Thus Pacific Imports’ “Wood and Stone Flooring 101” seminars were born. The totally free seminar is held monthly at the company’s beautiful 3,000-square-foot showroom, where guests enjoy a continental breakfast while Hilton walks attendees through valuable information such as the various types of wood flooring, the pros and cons of each type, wood species and their characteristics, installations, moldings, moisture issues and subfloor preparation, among others. Lasting about 90 minutes, feedback from past attendees has always been incredibly positive. Even seasoned professionals, such as contractors and architects, have been in attendance. As Hilton says, “This is not a 90-minutes sales pitch but it’s good, unbiased information that you can use as you shop anywhere in town.”

Wood flooring has been used for hundreds of years all over the world and has evolved to become the elegant floor covering that it is today. Hardwood flooring is currently at the peak of its popularity, and there are no signs of it slowing down. “This is not a fad,” says Hilton, as wood floors have gained a large following because of value and practicality. More and more, homeowners want to dump the dusty old carpets with dust mites and other allergens, and switch over to a surface that can be wiped clean. Additionally, the right wood floor will last a lifetime.


The next session is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. Call 847-7711 to reserve your seat today. Hilton would love to have you as a guest and student!

CONTACT: 847-7711