Summer is here, and temperatures are slowly creeping up outside and inside the home. Homeowners want to know how to make their dwellings as comfortable as possible during the sizzling, hot summer season. Whether building new or renovating, HK Construction, a fourth-generation kamaaina company, offers numerous home design strategies to keep island residents cool.

A homeowner can always install air conditioning to beat the heat. However, many in Hawaii forgo air conditioning, opting instead for trade winds and ceiling fans. Building techniques can go much further in helping keep the inside temperature down.


When building and renovating, it’s important to consider the orientation of the home. Proper orientation and layout can help maximize Hawaii’s tropical breezes, increasing airflow through the home. Plus, HK’s experienced designers understand how the sun will interact with a home during the hottest months, situating large windows accordingly. Use of energy-efficient building materials is very beneficial, and includes windows, insulation and siding.

Adding a large covered lanai to a home will provide shady outdoor accommodations while having a cooling effect on the interior. Sun-soaked windows can be shaded with fixed overhangs, louvers, exterior awnings or plants. Upgrading to energy efficient lighting and appliances will also help keep spaces cool. Pick a light-colored roof to reflect heat. And, finally, while the sun will heat up a home, homeowners can take ad vantage of it by adding solar to save on energy bills!

Contact HK today or sign up to attend one of their complimentary seminars in June to learn how they build dream homes. Several seminars are held at its Honolulu office each week, including on Saturdays. For your safety, seating is limited, and HK Construction follows strict cleanliness and social distancing practices. Registration required; no walk-ins allowed. See the schedule and sign up today at

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