Our ancestors built double hulled sailing canoes and sailed thousands of miles across the open ocean with nothing but their courage and skill at readings the stars and currents and marine life to get them to their destination. They had to have been very resourceful. They were the best at what they did. Sailing. This blood runs through my veins. I am very proud of my Pacific Island heritage.
In 1996, I had the opportunity to sail a replica voyaging canoe from Hawaii to Tahiti and back. When becalmed at the equator thousands of miles from land one thought came to me as I stared up at the wondrous night sky filled with the brightest stars you can imagine, you could almost reach out and grab them. The thought? We are small and insignificant. Like grains of sand on a beach. It was very humbling. Fortunately, the winds finally arrived and we sailed on, back home to the big island. This experience has helped shape my philosophy. Go with the flow and do the best you can every day. And eventually you will reach your destination.
Crossing an ocean seems very different when compared to building complex project. But is it really? Both are difficult. Both are challenging. Both require the upmost attention to detail and perseverance and fortitude. Both have a lot of honesty. You can find your truth in the middle of the Pacific, and you had better have truth as a principle in your business, especially on an island where every job you get is usually word of mouth.
Today I continue to spend time in, on or under the ocean. Surfing, paddling, fishing, and diving. It’s part of my life. It’s my lifestyle and I’m good at it because I have done it my entire life. Another thing I have done most of my life (over 30 years) is work in construction. I am good at this as well. I started out pushing a broom on construction sites as a summer job in high school in 1981. Out of high school I went to the army. When I returned from service I went back into construction I worked my way up from laborer to apprentice carpenter to journeyman and foreman and finally a general contractor license in 1993.
I have been a licensed GC here on the Big Island for 24 years. Along the way I learned a little bit about all the trade’s. This ground up approach has given me a well-rounded view of a construction project and how it goes together. This comes in handy when confronted with a challenge. The ability to problem solve on the spot can be critical to time and budget. I like to be personally involved in every project we do.
We have grown over the years and have many satisfied clients behind us and many more out in front of us. We have a team of extremely dedicated and talented professionals from project managers to foreman and office managers to carpenters, laborers, and operators. All dedicated to delivering our next project on time and on budget with the highest quality standards. We hope to hear from you soon.
A Hui Hou & Malama pono
Owner- Ali’i Builders LLC
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