Contractors Association of Kaua‘i celebrates 20 years

Doors to the 20th Annual Contractors Association of Kaua‘i Home Show open at 2:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and again from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at  Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e.

“It’s been 20 years since Hurricane Iniki swept through this island, and a lot of things have happened in the construction industry,” said a spokesperson for the association. “Our population is also aging, and this year the theme will be on how to take care of kupuna through add-ons and rehabilitating homes.”

The Hunt Companies Inc. and the County of Kaua‘i are cooperating sponsors of the annual home show, which was started following Hurricane Iniki to offer home owners who suffered hurricane damage a convenient place to shop for services and products needed to repair home and house damage wrought by the hurricane.

“A lot of people were not here when the hurricane came through,” the spokesperson said. “On top of that, if a child was born in the hurricane year, he’s now coming of age where home buying becomes an important topic.”

The Hunt Companies will be sponsoring the consumer seminars, with the Friday seminars being streamed live on HawaiiStream.com starting at 5:30 p.m. when Landscape Architect Craig Duff will offer tips on “Making Your Yard More Accessible and Easier to Maintain.”

Sgt. Rod Green of the Kaua‘i Police Department, recently promoted to community services, will be joined by Kaua‘i Fire Department Inspector Curtis Langstaff with tips and advice on “Keeping our Kupuna Safe” starting at 6:30 p.m.

Janet Beck of Pacific Source will provide “Bath and Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for Aging in Place” starting at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule of seminars start at 10 a.m., when Milan Rupert of Kaua‘i Nursery and Landscaping will host a seminar on “Maximizing Your Yard Space for Sustainable Fruit Production,” followed by Beck’s encore presentation at 11 a.m.

“A lot of the vendors and exhibitors for the 2012 show have green products and ideas,” the  spokesperson said.

Kaua‘i Lumber, with its HPM line of custom metal roofing and Certainteed’s Apollor Solar Roofing system, which has solar panels inlaid in the roofing system, are part of the new exhibitors and products for this year’s show.

RMA Sales will feature its state-of-the-art Tradewind louver jalousie window system with security and high-wind strength screens for doors and windows. Firstline Security Screens will feature its line of security screens for homes and businesses.

Service Rentals and Supplies is a new Stihl distributor on Kaua‘i and will showcase Stihl’s home and garden line of tools, along with construction-grade implements.

Tropical Warehouse will have windows, roofing and sidings on display. Honsador Lumber will showcase its Island Homes collection of packaged homes including multi-generational home packages, Islander lines of cabinets, vinyl windows and Trex Decking.

Professionals from Simpson Strong Ties can assist consumers, design professionals and contractors on the use of their premium fasteners for decks and roofs.

Pohaku Fabrication will feature natural and engineered stones and recycled glass slabs on display, while Pacific Source will have samples of accessible aids available in the marketplace for the bath and around the home.

Free O‘ahu and Neighbor Island telephone directories will be available at the Hawaiian Telcom booth.

The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative will feature information on energy efficiency programs and incentives, with an iPad to be given away.

The Gas Company will also feature energy efficiency and incentives available.

Sun King will have its solar water systems on display, and Islandwide Solar will feature solar equipment and solar photovoltaic panels.

Gerard Roofing Technologies will showcase metal roofing systems, while Wisteria Lane will feature a display of hardwood, laminate and bamboo wood flooring systems.

The Kaua‘i Community College trades division will offer information about the college’s educational programs in carpentry, renewable energy and computer-aided design systems.

First Hawaiian Bank will have information on financial products and services.

The association will offer game cards for the first 1,000 adults for prizes that include $25,000 in cash, a solar attic fan valued at $800 from The Hunt Companies and RMA Sales, or a Stihl weed-eater valued at $200 from Service Rentals and Supplies.

The association was established in 1957 as a trade association of licensed contractors, suppliers and businesses affiliated with the construction industry of Kaua‘i.

The Contractors Association of Kaua‘i is also affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders.

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