No place like home

LIHUE — Frank and Cathy Parrino of Princeville were invited to stop in at the 24th First Hawaiian Bank, Contractors Association of Kauai Home Show Friday at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

“We just had our house treated for termites this week,” Cathy Parrino said. “The people who did the treatment, Akamai Pest Solutions, invited us to visit them at the home show. This is our day in town, and we would have come, anyway.”

The CAK home show opened with a sold-out 23 vendors occupying both inside and outside sites at the convention hall, which now features a conference room.

“Chris Jensen is in there,” said Janice Bond. “He’s probably doing some private interviews. But that was the area used for storage, previously. Now, I think that’s where they’ll be doing the seminars for the two days of the home show. I need to find out how much it costs.”

King Auto Center, one of seven new vendors for this year’s showing, utilized the area right outside of the conference room for its display of Pro Master vans and a new Rebel all-terrain equipped pickup.

Shana Cruz, one of the Kauai Habitat for Humanity’s homeowners, was also browsing the range of offerings.

“This is my first time coming to this show,” Cruz said. “As I said at the Kauai Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Thursday, I didn’t think we would ever be in a position to have a home. But our house is on its way, and this is exciting to see what is available.”

The home show offers advice, services and information on everything and anything to do in the home. Air conditioning, roofing, flooring, windows, cabinets and photovoltaic systems are just some of the areas that are presented.

The CAK organizers, led by chair Jessie Agaki of Hawaii Gas, encourage vendors to enhance their exhibits through a judging, which is conducted on opening day.

Kauai Air Conditioning & Refrigeration was judged the Best Single Booth with Colby Ayonon accepting the award. Tony Keale, lead manager for Ace Hardware, was presented the award for Best Use of Space, his layout of septic tanks and related accessories drawing looks from show patrons waiting to get their tour cards filled out.

Nathan Wood of Nathan Wood General Contractor earned the Best Build Green award, and Leonard Peters of Honsador Lumber was named Best in Show.

Today’s seminars include: 11 a.m., KIUC’s new SmartHub Service; 10 a.m., The 1, 2, 3s of propane gas: Permitting, installation to servicing; 11 a.m., what every family needs to know about propane safety. Hawaii Gas will be presenting mini-seminars in its booth.

In the conference room today, there will be a program on new owner/builder laws and consumer protection tips for seniors.

Admission is free to the 24th annual FHB, CAK home show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

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