Get ‘Hi-Powered’ by the sun

The solar power boom may have initiated a decade ago, but never has it developed as quickly as it has now. One local company, Hi-Power Solar, makes the process simple and consistent, offering quality products at a fair price.

Founded by Ron Romero in 2010, Hi-Power Solar has continued to build and expand into countless homes around Hawaii. Cruz Romero, general manager and Ron’s son, mentioned that his dad “has been doing this since 1981” and has seen the family-owned company grow fast since it started very small just three years ago.

Hi-Power Solar prides itself on being one of the only local solar power companies with access and authorization to sell from most major manufacturers. Panels offered include SunPower, Mitsubishi, Panasonic Photovoltaic, LG, Solar World, Hyundai, and Conergy. While some of these companies may not be household names, there are many reasons to consider them over the better-known ones. “We look at clients to give them the best option possible,” said Cruz. “It makes clients happy. We can customize to what the customer wants, instead of trying to push a product.”

Many possible consumers worry over the process of transitioning into solar power may be a convoluted one, but Hi-Power Solar breaks it down into five easy-to-follow steps.

Step one covers design, in which the team and prospective consumer meet to analyze current electrical usage, in order to construct an ideal plan. This step looks at cost, efficiency, current and future usage, and location. In step two, Hi-Power Solar submits all applications and forms for approval. Step three is the installation. The consumer receives a timeframe with an estimate on when their system will be installed, usually between one to five days, dependent on system size. Step four is support, where a consultant goes over the monitoring process of the system and help set up an online account for easy monitoring. The concluding step is ‘the final touch.’ Once everything is set up, Hi-Power Solar follows up to make sure everything is up and running efficiently.

As a full-service contractor, Hi-Power Solar offers sales and service for solar water heaters as well as PV systems.

With a team ranging from technicians and installers to consultants and monitoring specialists, Hi-Power Solar offers an excellent balance of first-class panels, professional installation, and economical pricing.


Keeping customer satisfaction first

Remodeling homes has been HK Construction’s expertise for over 80 years. This fourth-generation company has designed and remodeled homes with a focus on quality building, acquired through their use of products that guarantee durability and through their team of seasoned consultants in the building and designing fields.

HK Construction’s high quality products are fine enough to create mistaken beliefs that the company only accommodates high-end customers. Contrary to this misconception, this family firm caters more often than not to mid-range homes. The company obtains its materials from suppliers utilized by other businesses, making HK Construction competitive and affordable to the average homeowner in Hawaii.

The company is known for its number of projects, most recently their “aging in place,” described by the Center of Disease Control to describe the process of turning a home safe for the elderly “[to] remain in their community all their entire lives.” HK Construction aspires to make the home more accessible to senior citizens. “We want to ensure the home is user-friendly when entering their golden years,” spoke Johnny Makiling, senior design consultant at HK Construction.

“It is an advantageous time to take action,” said Alan Twu, vice president at HK Construction. Simply patching up a house and putting bandages on issues may only take a few minutes, but it’ll end up being costly in the long run.

“When people are ready to cruise and take it easy in their golden years, it may be more complicated to begin remodeling,” explained Twu. HK Construction helps clients ‘let go’ and retire their old home for a better-functioning high-quality one. The company can help prepare a home to become multi-generational, as many families move away from the islands and come back with more members. HK Construction’s design experts will help families realize what challenges lie ahead to help make a better lifestyle for them.

The home can be readied for future residents, if current residents who may not require aging in place themselves. “Often, there are middle-aged adults who plan on their parents living

with them,” stated Makiling. “It’s better to do it now when you can than waiting until you need it.”

HK Construction’s designers possess an average of 15 years of experience in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms under their belts. The designers are members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the American Society of Interior Designers.

No matter the size or complexity of your project, HK Construction is available to design and create your dream home.