Anyone who has been shopping for flooring knows that we are currently experiencing a huge surge in the popularity of vinyl flooring. Known for durability, ease of installation, low maintenance and being waterproof, many consumers are opting for wood or vinyl looks in this reiteration of old vinyl floors.

While Kahala Pacific Floors carries hundreds of vinyl floors and sells them all day long, company president Shirley Pai Hilton tells us that if one is to be absolutely honest about how these compare to the real thing, there is none. She tells us that natural wood will always have a truly luxurious walk-on quality, a one-of-a-kind random pattern that is yours alone, a better shock absorption ability than the current rigid core vinyl, and the ability to be refinished in the future.


And, best of all, they are more Earth-friendly. Think about where all those vinyl floors will be in 50 years.

But even more than all of these advantages, many folks might not realize that the cost of most quality wood flooring is just a hop, skip and a jump from the cost of quality name-brand vinyl floors.

It makes very good financial sense to seriously look at the cost of a wood floor and compare this with your vinyl selection. Most folks find wood floors to be a much more luxurious and comfortable surface to live on β€” and when it lasts a lifetime, as many wood floors do, you will be adding to the permanent value of your home.


β€œIt’s an investment, instead of an expense,” says Hilton.

The Kahala Pacific Floors line of solid and engineered wood flooring both offer 4mm or greater usable wood that can be refinished several times to give you a lifetime of wood flooring enjoyment. Engineered wood floors make much more sense, especially in Hawaii, due to their greater dimensional stability in moist and humid conditions.

Kahala Pacific Floors invites you to visit its 3,000-square-foot showroom at 926 Kohou St., where hundreds of floors are on display. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., appointments are recommended.


However, you can also learn more about wood, vinyl and other floors virtually at the company’s monthly Great Flooring 101 webinar. You will get a wealth of information, but best of all, attendees get a special private sale price on their materials and installation.

The next session of Great Flooring 101 is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8. Please call 808-847-7711 to register or email See you soon!

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