With Hawaii’s family-centered culture and high housing costs, it’s likely you know someone who resides in a multigenerational home. These residences make up for more than 11 percent of Hawaii homes, and typically provide shelter for grand-parents, adult children and grandchildren. Family property is often passed from generation to generation.

Christin Sumida, a married mother, lives in a multigenerational home designed and built by Graham Builders. When her grandmother passed away, Sumida and her parents bought the property from Sumida’s mother’s siblings.


“It is nearly impossible to qualify for your own house here in Hawaii, especially for our generation,” Sumida says. “Multigenerational living has no stigma attached to it anymore. We are all about asking each other for help. It’s a local tradition. My grandma raised us while my mom and dad worked, now my mom is helping us raise our son and is helping raise my niece. Multigenerational living in Hawaii ensures everyone will be OK, comfortable and that you will always have family around. Plus, this takes a big financial stress off our shoulders.”

Bruce Miyoda and his wife Linda also made the decision to replace a 60-year-old home on family property and add a new residence. The couple had been searching for the right home since moving to Hawaii.

“My aunt was looking to rebuild or renovate a house that was passed on to her from her father,” says Miyoda. “She had gone to one of Graham Builders’ seminars and liked what she heard.

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