Richard and Jackie Forde began their search for a Hawaii contractor from 3,000 miles away in Colorado. The Fordes owned a piece of land fronting the majestic Kaneohe Bay and dreamed of building a home away from home. Their biggest obstacle was finding a contractor they could trust completely to build their home without them being present on the Islands. S. Tanaka Construction came highly recommended to them by some of their local friends and family. S. Tanaka Construction is a Honolulu-based, family-owned contractor with more than 30 years of residential building experience. S. Tanaka and the Fordes began extensive communication via a multitude of phone calls, emails and text messages. Renderings of the Forde’s future home were sent back and forth until the Fordes were happy with the design.

“From day one, S. Tanaka was upfront, honest, sincere, helpful and very fair,” they said.


During the design phase, S. Tanaka took into consideration the natural surroundings, light and trade winds offered by the bay-front property. The final design was a two-story home with double, front-entry doors that aligned with 9-foot patio doors across the living room for an instant view of the bay. The Forde’s home included three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a vaulted living room ceiling, double-decker patios and a 500-square-foot deck. The patios included glass panels and aluminum railings, which allowed for unobstructed views of Kaneohe Bay.

The entire course of the project, from their first phone call to completion, took more than a year and only during the final phase of the build did the Fordes set foot in Hawaii to see S. Tanak a’s progress.

“From start to finish, no shortcuts were taken, nothing was overlooked,” the Fordes explained. “We are very happy with the home they built for us and others that have seen the property have been equally impressed. Much of the way the house turned out is because of the way S. Tanaka does business and the expectations they have of others that are involved with the project.”


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