This is part three of a three-part series

For the past two months, Graham Builders has been sharing the story of a Honolulu couple’s design and build journey with the company. With the house completed recently, the couple has a new home that is more suitable to their lifestyle and aesthetic.

Building over an environmentally sensitive site resembling a wetland with lo’i kalo and ponds of wild watercress fed by artesian wells posed challenges from the start. However, Graham Builders’ expertise in building homes on difficult sites combined with careful consideration of the couple’s wants and budget resulted in a dramatic yet comfortable three-level dream home.


“This unique property means a lot to us,” said the couple. “There have been many good times and fond memories created here. We are very grateful to have the privilege of building our home here and keeping this property within the family. Graham Builders did an amazing job.”

At nearly 3,000 square feet, the home features three bedrooms, two and a half baths and spacious living, dining and kitchen areas. Vaulted ceilings create a bright, open and airy atmosphere cooled by the trade winds and strategically placed clerestory windows that maximize views and ventilation throughout the home.

Due to the steep topography, the two-car garage and driveway are above ground supported by heavy structural steel columns, girders and concrete. A short flight of steps lead from the garage and entry level to the main living level.


The deck on the middle level overlooks the lo’i kalo and watercress as well as the views of downtown Honolulu. Clerestory windows allow the homeowners to take in the green mountainsides below Pacific Heights from the living and dining rooms.


On the lower level are the bedrooms, bathrooms and laundry room. A doorway provides access to the lower part of the lot. Since the house is built on CMU columns, and the ground under the house was completely covered with gravel, there is adequate space for storage.

“It’s a perfect place to get out from under the hot sun and take a break after working in the ponds harvesting the crops,” said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders’ president. “With fresh watercress all around, all you need is a little shoyu and mayo and you’ve got a healthy lunch waiting for you.”

To learn more about the latest trends in design and renovation, attend Graham Builders’ upcoming “Building Your Home for Life” seminar on Saturday, Nov. 23, 9-11 a.m. at the Honolulu Country Club. Seminars are free, but reservations are required. To register, visit or call 593-2808.


Building Your Home for Life
9 a.m. on Nov. 23 at Honolulu Country Club

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