"Construction Connection" is your source for monthly information on industry news and events to keep you in the know. BIA Hawaii is The VOICE of the construction industry and we work diligently to promote our members through advocacy and education and provide community outreach programs to enhance the quality of life for the people of Hawaii.

Highlights from the BIG Home Building & Remodeling Show

Opening Ceremonies: Jess Leorna, BIA Hawaii CEO, addresses the attendees
BIA Hawaii Past CEO and Visionary Karen Nakamura attended our show opening ceremonies!
Busy booth! Raynor Overhead Doors & Gates was the Show Cookie & Digital Sponsor
Main stage performance by Jason Laeha
Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors and BIA members who made the 2022 BIG Home Building & Remodeling Show a big success! We wanted to share some feedback from an exhibitor and BIA member as we heard similar sentiments regarding the Show:

“Although we were unsure about how many people might attend the April/May 2022 BIA Big Home and remodeling show we decided to go forward. It was refreshing to meet with consumers at a live show. We found there fewer “lookie loos” and more attendees who were serious about looking at our products. We were able to interact with more people considering a project in the immediate future. Overall we received more real leads than at the last two home shows before the pandemic.”

Peter Eldridge
Raynor Hawaii Overhead Doors and Gates Inc.
Highlights from BIA's Pau Hana Fiesta Networking Mixer

On Thursday, May 12th BIA held a Member Networking Mixer Fiesta Pau Hana at the Waipahu office. Over 40 members & guests enjoyed festive libations, great food and an afternoon of networking with colleagues and friends.

Here are some highlights:
BIA Hawaii Featured in International Publication
Business View Magazine spoke with BIA's Jess Leorna for her insights into the industry and the overarching value of the association to support its membership and keep their businesses thriving.
The NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) Scholarship Program is a way for NAHB members who are 21-35 years old to experience everything IBS offers:

  • Professional development through education sessions
  • Connections with industry peers
  • Networking & learning opportunities with leading industry experts
  • Learn new trends
  • Discover innovative products

The IBS Scholarship is a prestigious award that provides recipients with an All-Access Pass to IBS 2023, roundtrip economy airfare and hotel accommodations for the show.
The 2022 SAME Honolulu Post Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.

Application deadline is June 3, 2022. 4-year scholarships worth $6,000 are available to current high school seniors entering their freshman year of college and 1-year scholarships worth $1,500 are available to continuing college students and veterans.

Students must be pursuing or enrolled in an accredited architecture or engineering program. For any questions or inquiries, please reach out Jennifer Kamo at Scholarship@samehonolulu.org
Did You Know?
SELECT Education Class Fees Can Be Paid By ETF

About the Employment & Training Fund. In 1991, the State Legislature established the ETF program to address the growing need to upgrade the job skills of Hawaii's workforce, created as part of a national movement that swept the country in the 1980s. Investing in human capital to improve productivity and the nation's quality of goods and services became a top priority. The Employer Referral ("micro") program is for individual businesses that need to upgrade the job skills of their employees. 
BIA Hawaii is an approved Training Provider. ETF will cover 50% of the Non-Member course fee rate for select courses, up to a maximum of $400.

Identifying Trouble Areas in Residential Buildings & Permitting. Seasoned and novice realtors will benefit from this workshop taught by licensed general contractors. Participants will learn the difference between types of builders, what is basic building construction, how to identify trouble areas and whom to call. Also learn about accessory dwelling units (ADU) and permitting basics.
Marketing and Sales for Building Professionals. Customers today are both demanding and selective and, thanks to technology, they are very well educated. How do you stand out from the crowd and make your brand relevant? This course gives you an overview of the many types of marketing and sales tools to help you build your unique brand.
Construction Quality Management (CQM). Limited to four (4) attendees per company. Only an appointed QC Manager is required to attend and successfully complete this training. Attendees must attend all classes. Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course and expires 5 years from the date of issue.
Need Continuing Education Credits for DCCA License Requirements?

BIA's Marketing & Sales for Business Professionals course and BIA's CAPS I, II and II courses provide continuing education credits needed for the DCCA Real Estate Commission biennial recertification requirements for Real Estate license renewal due on December 31, 2022.

Don't put off taking your required CE credits to the end of the year!

Classes fill quickly! Contact Barbara at education@biahawaii.org for more information.
We Welcome BIA’s New NAHB State Rep Tag Gilkeson.

Tag has always been involved in the industry. He began working with houses that needed repair while remodeling them to make a profit. Remodeling eventually led him to build new homes and his passion began to grow from there.

Several decades later that passion has led him to design custom homes for builders, remodelers, and homeowners. His firm draws hundreds of homes a year utilizing the technology of 3D and virtual reality. 

“Homeowners are getting smarter and doing more research online before they ever find a builder. Unfortunately, they still have limitations in visualizing what the home will look like when they view the flat 2D paper plans. 3D and Virtual Reality help to bridge that gap”.
Announcing New BIA Hawaii Team Member!
You are invited to a free workshop on June 8th from 9 am to 11:30 am offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Hawai’i MBDA Business Center, and the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation for small business owners who are interested in doing business with federal, state and local government covering a broad range of topics, including:

  • Getting certified with the Federal Government 8(a) Program
  • Finding Contracting Opportunities
  • Becoming certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • How Veteran, Women and HUBZone Certifications can give your business an edge
  • Creating Your Marketing Capability Statement or Statement of Qualification (SOQ)

More information can be found HERE

Focus ON: Membership Benefits

There are many benefits of BIA Hawaii membership. Each month we will highlight benefits to ensure you are getting the most value from your membership.

Learn more about BIA Hawaii membership at www.biahawaii.org/value-of-your-membership. Membership questions? Contact info@biahawaii.org or call 808-847-4666.
Exclusive Member Benefit
VensureHR solutions give businesses the freedom to succeed. Let VensureHR manage your core human resource functions to enhance your business performance and gain cost efficiencies. NPP members receive preferred pricing on customized solutions that support payroll, benefits, risk management and other HR functions.

Learn more HERE

If you have not yet joined the National Purchasing Partners (NPP) program, sign up HERE.

NPP membership is free for BIA members and there is no obligation to buy. BIA members have access to many business, employee, and personal discounts through NPP, a national benefit provider that helps reduce costs with exclusive pricing. 

If you need help registering or more information, please contact customerservice@mynpp.com or call 800.810.3909.
The Construction Training Center of the Pacific (CTC) is a one-stop comprehensive training and educational resource center established by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii as its workforce development arm. The CTC provides academic and vocational training, career counseling, job awareness, and related supportive services that address critical labor shortages in the rapidly expanding construction industry.

BIA Hawaii offers a full range of seminars and continuing education classes to empower you and your employees with the latest information on industry standards.
Now Accepting Reservations
The BIA Hawaii CTC headquarters in Waipahu has beautiful and convenient space for all of your event needs. Classrooms for trainings and well-equipped rooms for events are available to rent. The event & classroom rental calendar is now open. Space fills quickly! Secure your preferred dates and times. Contact info@biahawaii.org or call 808-847-4666.
Contribute to YOUR Newsletter
BIA Hawaii is offering members the opportunity to promote their business in the monthly newsletter free of charge for the next few months, first come, first served. If you would like to feature your business, please contact bia@biahawaii.org.

Do you know a BIA Hawaii member who has been giving back to the community by volunteering their time, services, labor, or supplies to community projects? Please let us know at bia@biahawaii.org.

Suggestions are always welcome on the type of articles and content that you would like to see.
Building Industry Association of Hawaii
94-487 Akoki Street, Suite 213
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797