Local Companies Shine at Living + Design Show

Business First! Pau Hana

The Chamber’s 13th Hawai‘i Island Living + Design Show filled the Sheraton’s Kaleiopapa Convention Center February 17-18 with a bevy of ideas, products and services to create an ideal space to live and play.

Over 40 companies met with attendees with over 50 booths both inside and out of the center. From general contracting and materials to home design and décor, the expo featured furnishings, blinds and shutters, kitchen countertops, cabinets and flooring, pest control, solar, financing and more.

An estimated 1900 attendees—both residents and snowbirds— browsed the many booths over the two-day show while discovering the latest in home improvement and construction. Guests were able to view the color trend forecast in home paints, find out how Edge Seal protects metal roofing from volcanic corrosion and that you can simply give your kitchen a facelift with color cabinet coatings.

Event sponsors included HPM Building Supply, Honsador Building Products, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Hawaii Gas, ProVision Solar, Renewable Energy Services and West Hawaii Today.

With the Chamber marking its 50th anniversary, this year’s edition offered numerous door prizes and a fun, live radio broadcast Saturday with Kapa Radio DJ Darde Gamayo.

Vendor booths vied for the People’s Choice Awards and taking first place was HPM Building Supply, followed by Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union and Mason Termite & Pest Control.

A panel of Chamber judges also critiqued booths and winning Best in Show was HPM Building Supply for best overall appearance while being informative and offering a friendly, engaging experience. HPM erected a mini pavilion at the show that was circled by six product booths. Guests who visited each booth earned a letter of the alphabet that could be played on a big scrabble-type board to earn 20 points. Those who earned that score won a five-gallon bucket and the chance to win a $500 HPM shopping spree.

Best Creative Design was awarded to Mason Termite & Pest Control for best originality and use of products and visuals while integrating the show’s building and design theme. The judge’s Chamber’s Choice Award was given to Royal Pools of Hawaii, which had displays both inside and out. Booth judges were J. Porter DeVries, Chamber board chair, and 2017 Pualu Award winners Ron Aronson, for Lifetime Service and Pam Latinis for Chamber Member of the Year.

Winning the two-night stay at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay was attendee Gloria Woodwell, a registered nurse from Kealakekua. Upon hearing the news of her win, she said, “Wow, I’ve never won anything like this before. This is so exciting! The show was excellent, very informative and had a friendly atmosphere.”

KKCC Executive Director Wendy Laros agrees, “Our 2018 show was excellent! Some differences this year included a very strong sponsor line-up with HPM returning to the show and going all-out with a large booth full of quality products, knowledgeable staff, and an engaging word game. The exhibition floor was filled with game winners swinging their prize HPM buckets.”

“What was really great was to return to the show after a break of a few years and get such great feedback from the attendees,” shared Diana Ancog, HPM paint supervisor. “We were able to renew relationships with past customers who didn’t know about our new product offerings, such as Carhartt work wear and shoes, our extensive hardware line, an outdoor living area with new furniture and our special order cabinet showroom.”

Laros adds, “Honsador also showed their support with an expansive, inviting display filled with a friendly, welcoming team that informed folks about their popular home building products.”

Vendors expressed enthusiasm about the show. Jocelyn Hirota of Honsador remarked, “We really like the new exhibitor layout this year and are very happy with the show results. We are ready to sign up again for next year!”

Al Whitworth of Island Cooling added, “We’ve been coming to this show for seven years and this was by far the best turnout, yet.”

New to the Living + Design Show, Lars Chose, owner of Mandala Homes stated, “We are happy with three-to-four solid leads from a show like this, but this weekend I’m walking away with 25!”

Laros concludes, “Mahalo to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and the community for coming to the Hawaiʻi Island Living + Design Show. This year’s show was a huge success and we’re looking forward to another great show next year!”


The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce exists to provide leadership and advocacy for a successful business environment in West Hawaiʻi. Over 500 members strong, the organization celebrates 50 years of business advocacy in 2018.