This is part two of a two-part series.

Last month, we shared the story of Rob Taone and his family’s experience of building a multigenerational home in Manoa that would be big enough for three families. After living with his wife’s parents for 15 years, Rob and his family came to the conclusion that their existing house was lacking privacy.


While the original plan called for merely adding a second-level master suite, the plans changed when Rob’s father-in-law decided it was time to replace the house completely. With Rob’s sister-in-law’s family also on board, the three families worked with Graham Builders to design and build a new, two-story house tailored to each families’ separate needs.

“Like many Hawaii families, Rob, with his wife and son, had been living in a multigenerational home for some time. They yearned for a house that afforded them privacy and felt like they had their own home,” said Evan Fujimoto, president of Graham Builders. “After sitting down with Rob and his in-laws, we learned what each family was looking for in the new house and designed a home that included shared and segregated living areas that took personal space into consideration.”


The recently completed house has a total of 3,218 square feet of living area and lanai space. The six bedroom, five bathroom (including one with accessible features) house features one full kitchen, a wet bar, vaulted ceilings, Radianz counter-tops, three living rooms, a carport and large driveway. A fenced-in courtyard provides the families with privacy and seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.


Strategically placed clerestory and sill-vent windows allow for maximized views and ventilation. Other green elements include energy efficient lighting, low-flow water fixtures, reclaimed redwood, solar water heating and PV systems, and Techshield roof sheathing.

“My family and I are very pleased with our new home as it turned out to be what we had envisioned from the start. It has been a pleasure working with Graham Builders and seeing how honest a company in this day and age can be. The openness and responsiveness of the entire staff is what sets them apart from the rest,” said Taone.

To learn more, sign up for Graham Builders’ free upcoming “Building Your Home for Life” seminar Tuesday, July 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Honolulu Country Club. Visit or call 593-2808 to register.

Building Your Home for Life
July 16, 6 p.m., Honolulu Country Club

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