Build To Last
In 1978, the year Brad Hamasaki was born, his dad and his uncle launched a general contracting company that ran for more than 35 years.
“I grew up around that company,” says Hamasaki. “It afforded me a fantastic childhood and life. When my dad and I formed our own company in 2016, my main concern was to ensure that all of our employees still had a place to work. It was really important for me to give back, and to carry the company forward with those same values.”
Today Hamasaki Construction LLC continues the family tradition of quality, on-time construction. With a tightly knit team of professionals, many of whom have worked together for decades, the company counts some of Oahu’s most recognizable names among its clients, and some of the island’s most breathtaking structures among the projects in its portfolio.
In its first incarnation, Hamasaki’s company focused on high-end custom homes.
“About 15 years ago, we decided to move the company into a more commercial direction,” Hamasaki says. “Since then, a lot of our work has been in Waikiki. We have the good fortune of having been able to work with Zippy’s, and we’ve built almost all of their new locations and done their major renovations for the five years we’ve been in business, and for five to seven years before that (in the old firm).”
Other clients include Servco Pacific, whose Waipahu service lobby the construction firm just finished renovating, and McDonald’s.
“We do quite a bit of work with McDonald’s throughout the year, from maintenance all the way up to full renovation of their buildings,” Hamasaki says.
The contracting firm’s team includes 11 employees in the field and nine in the office.
“It’s been a value from my dad’s days to have everybody a little bit cross-trained, so almost everybody here can do a lot of carpentry; and also a little painting, a little drywall, etc.,” says Hamasaki. “I’m president of the company and my brother, Brent, works with us as director of operations. He’s my right-hand man.”
A peek at Hamasaki’s website yields images of stunning commercial projects, like the soaring Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa lobby, with its sculpted wood feature wall and koa furniture, and Kuhio Beach Grill, also at Waikiki Beach Marriott, handsome with intricate mill work, stone floors, and a custom bar and buffet. Other photos document residential projects, including lovely homes on Hawaii Loa Ridge, Old Pali Road and in Waialae.
The firm is currently putting the finishing touches on a 4D cinema in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Tower. Called Soaring Over Hawaii, the cinema is slated for a December opening.
“It’s a super-cool project I’m thrilled to be part of,” says Hamasaki. “We’ve installed six benches; each one rocks on eight different axes; there are two giant fans in the theatre; there’s an effects bar that sprays mist … It’s like you’re flying through places and experiencing them firsthand!”
As a young company whose seasoned employees have decades of experience working as a cohesive team, Hamasaki Construction is still evolving.
“We’re geared toward commercial spaces, and I’d love to get hooked up with a big franchise like Starbucks or 7-Eleven; that’s our target clientele,” says Hamasaki. “But that isn’t to say that we aren’t going to be doing home renovations, or even custom home builds. It’s important in the age of COVID to be as agile and nimble as we can, and to look for opportunities wherever we can find them.”
HAMASAKI CONSTRUCTION LLC
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ADDRESS 2130 Bannister Place, Honolulu