By Fern Gavelek, photos by Pam Latinis
NETWORKING—It was all about home remodeling and building at the October
AfterHours hosted by HPM Building Supply in Kailua-Kona. Attendees earned a chance to win merchandise by playing the Home Sweet Home game and learned about HPM’s latest building programs. Game participants visited a variety of HPM departments and their respective home design teams—kitchen and bath design, bonding, HPM Package Homes, HPM HalePlus and Benjamin Moore Paints—and once done could enter in the many prize drawings. Lucky winners took home LED lanterns, coolers, tents and crock pots.
Manager Tony Cann told attendees HPM has a 65-year relationship with Benjamin Moore Paints and the company co-sponsored the eveningʻs activities. Founded in
1921, HPM is 100% employee-owned and has three building supply stores on the Big Isle, plus locations on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.
HPM has been in the package home business since the 1980s and boasts an in-house drafting service to make changes to pre-packaged homes. The company also has a 13-acre manufacturing facility in Kea‘au where it has been creating roofing since 1963 and trusses since the 1980s. Ten years ago, HPM started manufacuring wood wall panels to cut framing construction time.
After helping provide quick housing for victims of the 2018 East Rift Zone Eruption, Cann said HPM decided to create the Hale Dynamic Home System, or HalePlus.
“These home desgins are expandable; you can start small and build what you need and afford as a young professional, and then add rooms as desired to serve a growing household and income,” explained Cann. “Homes are delivered on a trailer but installed on a permanent structure. You can keep the trailer and move the house later if desired.”
Cann added that HalePlus plans will be fully permitted with final inspection on the job site. “The designs were done by locals for Hawai‘i and built by local people in Kea‘au,” he added. HPM hopes to launch HalePlus in the second half of 2020. Find updates at haleplus.com.
The next AfterHours is hosted by the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20. Signup at www.kona-kohala.com or phone 329-1758.
AFTERHOURS HOSTS—Greeting arrivals to HPM’s AfterHours in Kailua-Kona were from left: Rick Perednia, Gary Danzl, Tony Cann and Todd Primo. Photo by Pam