Polynesian Development, Inc. (PDI) is a full service architectural design and general contracting company that specializes in cutting edge residential and commercial projects. They often work with challenging building sites such as cliffside and ocean front properties and are uniquely qualified to create, plan, and execute beautiful and functional projects that integrate the natural Hawaiian environment with elegant and fitting designs.
Kevin Gardner, president and founder of PDI, studied architecture at Cal-Poly in San Luis Obispo and has been a general contractor for over 40 years. “I was fortunate to find my calling early in life, becoming licensed at age 18. I still have a passion for my work and I love the creative process”, Kevin shares.
Kevin moved to the Hawai‘i Island in 1986, originally residing on the Kona side. After building several high profile commercial projects and numerous custom homes along the Kona/Kohala coast, he made his way around the island, eventually settling along the Hāmākua coast. “I love the beauty of East Hawai‘i and found a pace that suits me. The construction community here is small and we all work well with each other”.
Clients that choose PDI’s services tend to be people who have an eye for detail, appreciate precision craftsmanship, and working with a reliable team. Kevin says “I’ve always been very hands on. I like creating things and enjoy the challenge of finding innovative solutions. That’s why I’m often found on-site working with our crews. One of the things that sets us apart is we provide both design and construction services. We are very efficient and our clients like the convenience of dealing with one team”.
Kevin, along with his project manager Helena Brandfors, ensures the company stays on top of current trends in the industry. “We offer modern, tropical fusion designs as well as contemporary European, traditional Hawaiian, and Japanese styling. We often incorporate locally sourced materials like tropical hardwoods, allowing us to design homes that fit the Hawai‘i landscape, seamlessly blending the outdoors and indoors together,” Helena adds.
Hawai‘i’s construction industry is sensitive to market fluctuations, demand and inventory. Kevin says, “Now is a great time to build, land is still quite affordable and interest rates remain very low.”
If you are looking for a reputable designer or builder, rest assured that you will be in good hands. Whether you already have plans drawn and stamped, or need to start with project design, Kevin and his team will guide you from concept through construction completion. ❖