Hurricane-inspired expo closes today

The passage of Hurricane ‘Iniki over Kaua‘i gave birth to the first Contractors Association of Kaua‘i expo.

Mayor Bill “Kaipo” Asing said one of his sons was scheduled to be wed on Sept. 11, 1992, but since that date, there have been a lot of changes taking place in building technology, and the annual CAK expo is a good way for people to learn about the latest technology.

Following the hurricane in 1992, the first CAK expo was held on the grounds of the Kaua‘i Community College, and since that time, has grown and provided vendors with an opportunity to present its latest technology as well as offer residents a free venue to learn about the latest items and features in the building industry.

As a tribute to former mayor Bryan Baptiste, a strong believer in the CAK, this year’s event returned to the convention hall where an improvised air conditioning system created a gentle breeze that wafted through the lobby of the facility.

One of the vendors, Allan Potter of Hurricane Shields, came straight from a four-day stint at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair.

With hurricanes hovering off the East Coast, Potter’s booth drew interest from shoppers as he showed off his clear Lexan shields which he said they custom-fit to homeowners’ windows.

“Women really like this item because it’s not heavy and bulk like plywood,” Potter said.

Additionally, he uses stainless steel screws to anchor the shields in place. Each shield is labeled and all of the anchors are provided in a toolbox for convenience in storing.

But the biggest selling point is that each shield is clear and allows light to come through, Potter said.

Environmentally-friendly and sustainability are the themes of the sold-out show which opened yesterday afternoon and continues from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

This theme was reinforced as Bruce Grantham repeated as the winner of the Best Building “Green” Display for his Window Trends exhibit which featured the Hunter Douglas line of non-allergenic window coverings.

Best in Show honors went to the Honsador Lumber team for its multi offerings of home package products, windows and cabinets.

Best Designed Use of Space honors was awarded to RSI/Rosa’s Supply and Ferguson Bath and Kitchen Gallery was presented the Best Attention Getter award for its full-line offering centered around the Rinnai propane tankless water heater.

In addition to the free exhibits, residents also have a full slate of free seminars which will center around “building green” issues, today.

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