Keiki can be contractors, too

LIHUE — With a theme of “Keiki to Kupuna,” doors to the Contractors Association of Kauai and First Hawaiian Bank 23rd annual home show opened Friday at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

“We need to get Doug Haigh of the county’s Building Division to sign off on these,” said Realtor Julian Coiner. “They’re going on sale from today and the county needs to sign off on them.”

Coiner was talking about the village, including the fire station and a pizzeria, which were created by the Kapaa Elementary School kindergarten class and hosted by the Kauai Board of Realtors.

“This ties in perfectly with the ‘Keiki to Kupuna’ theme,” said Karen Ono of the KBR. “I saw Nadine Rodrick’s project a few years ago and when we found out she did this, we had to have it.”

Rodrick said the kindergarten students created the villages in parallel with the real world contractors.

“They needed to follow work checklists, keep track of the time they spent on it, keep a daily journal of their work, and more,” Rodrick said. “The project touches a lot of the common core standards and gives the students an opportunity to apply what they learn. More importantly, it lets them use their imagination, something which is being lost to technology.”

More than 30 vendors are offering a variety of items and information on home building, home remodeling and renovation.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative won Best Design-Single Booth. It offered free light emitting diode lamps as well as information on energy concerns.

Plus Interiors, formerly signed as Pictures Plus at the Kukui Grove Center, earned the Best in Show honors for the second straight year.

“It’s pretty easy when you design a space using pictures,” said Plus Interiors manager Kris Dela Cruz. “The hard part was getting the Insight dining set here. It was heavy and hard work not to get it scuffed.”

Honsador Lumber, featuring Knotwood, aluminum components resembling wood, was named winner of the Best Design-Use of Space.

Peters also coordinated with Garren Racca of The Home Depot to offer the keiki workshop through the run of the two-day CAK expo.

“Saturday, we’re doing the blessing of a project which will create a ramp for a veteran in need in Omao,” Racca said. “We’re looking for veterans in need. The project is being funded through an award from the Home Depot Foundation and this is the first time this award has been used on Kauai.”

The free CAK FHB home show runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the convention hall.

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