Contractor home show goes green

With concern rising over the environment, this year’s home show theme involved building green for homeowners and prospective homeowners.

More than 20 representatives and vendors of the Contractors Association of Kaua‘i opened the 15th-Annual expo Friday at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center with the displays centered on the environment and how construction and construction materials can be earth-friendly.

Asia Gallery, represented by Peter McClaren, earned honors for “Best Attention Getter” with its offerings of Oriental furniture complimented with the parakeet who appeared last year.

“Best Design and Use of Space” honors went to the James W. Glover, who actually had its display bins painted green in keeping with this year’s theme.

A new award, for “Best Building Green and Display,” was presented to Bruce Grantham and the staff at Window Trends where many of the window trimming offerings were certified green.

Sean Andrade, this year’s chairman, headed up the Ferguson effort that earned the “Best in Show” award.

Bill Dahle, who officiated at the first CAK expo, continued to govern the opening, this year having to speak without an amplifier system.

Bobby Ayonon, a contractor who has been absent from the show for several years, came to check out the offerings, and ended up a winner as he pocketed one of the grand prizes being offered up by the Home Show sponsor, First Hawaiian Bank.

“It was the first roll,” Ayonon said, displaying the envelope containing an inter-island airline trip.

The CAK Home Show was through yesterday.

On tap were seminar sessions including Introduction to the Build Green Program, Site Planning and Design Ideas, by architect Caven Raco, Energy Conservation, presented by Ed Nakaya of the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative, and Water Conservation and Landscaping with Less Water, by Faith Shiramizu.

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