One family’s journey to a successful home build
By Les Wong
Born and raised in Honolulu, I became a licensed general contractor and started doing small renovations and repair jobs in June 1983.
My only daughter, Tanyce, was born around the same time, so needless to say my days and nights were very busy, but also very enjoyable. Over the next several years, Wong Construction grew to where we could handle larger additions and even new homes.
Today, I employ a crew of four skilled craftsmen, including myself, and although I still consider us to be a small business, we are able to handle larger jobs. We have completed projects around the island of Oahu, from Makaha to Portlock to Hawaii Kai, and we can do everything from termite repairs to million-dollar homes.
We work with outstanding subcontractors — plumbers, electricians, etc. — and even draw plans and can design the home of your dreams. We also have great contacts that can provide financing, if the need arises.
Here are some comments from satisfied homeowners Winifred and Norma Calabitin:
“My family and I have lived in our home for almost 10 years and as our grandchildren got older, my wife and I decided it was time for a home expansion. We’ve looked and asked our friends and family members for recommendations of a good and trustworthy contractor, but there was none that would meet our expectations. As a homeowner, a renovation was something big, and we wanted to be sure that we would give it to someone we trust.
“As I was driving around our neighborhood in Pacific Palisades, I noticed several houses that had the Wong Construction sign posted on them. After discussing it with my wife, we decided to give Les Wong a call. After meeting with Les, my wife and I agreed that we (had) finally met the person who would build the new addition to our home. Les was very easy to talk to and was able to work with our budget despite the high cost of renovation in Hawaii.
“As Les and his crew began to work, my family and I noticed several things we never expected to see in a typical construction crew. Les, along with his crew, were very approachable and were willing to listen to our suggestions and concerns regarding the renovation. They were very detail oriented, from the smallest piece to the biggest part of the home; they made sure that it was what we wanted. At the same time, they worked very (quickly) in completing the job. Les and his crew were very professional and neat when it came to working at the job site. They never left our home without cleaning up and (made) sure that our home was tidy at the end of the day.
“My wife and I are very glad and happy that we entrusted Wong Construction with our home expansion. From our initial meeting with Les Wong through the completion of our home, it was never what we expected, but it was everything we’ve always dreamed of. We love our new home addition and for that we are very thankful to Les and his crew for all their hard work.
“We would definitely recommend Wong Construction for any type of home renovation or construction. Les provided all the help we (needed) and made our home expansion experience a remarkable one. Les and his crew are nothing but the best in what they do.”
Thank you, Winifred and Norma Calabitin. As you can see, after more than 30 years in construction, Wong Construction still strives to do the best job possible so remember, “Do it the Wong Way!”
Les Wong is the owner of Wong Construction.