Are you looking to build or buy a home in the most beautiful place on earth? Diandra and Tyler Dickinson are an invaluable resource.
They guide you through the entire process of creating your dream home in Hawaii. Unsure if you should buy or build? Want to invest in a fixer-upper or vacation rental? Searching for the perfect piece of raw land for a custom home? Diandra and Tyler’s experience in the industry makes finding the best fit for your family a breeze.
The Dickinson’s have deep roots in the construction industry. Tyler began building custom homes at the age of 15, completing over 100 home renovations before the age of 20. In the past few years, Dickinson General Contracting has completed over 40 custom homes on the Kona Coast. A key detail that sets them apart from other contracting companies is Diandra’s career as a real estate agent.
As a licensed real estate agent with a background in finance and construction, Diandra is able to walk clients through the entire process, from start to finish. “I have the unique ability to accurately assess what properties will be a good investment for my clients, and give them solid advice,” she says.
You are in the driver seat.
Every home the Dickinson’s build or renovate is one of a kind and tailored specifically to your needs and lifestyle as the client. Family size, personal aesthetics, hobbies, interests, and accessibility to the outdoors are given careful consideration. They see the home as a foundational space for families, regardless of what stage of life they happen to be in.
The couple has gained recognition for their unique approach. In 2015, they were awarded the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Pualu Award for Innovation, and the 2017 Best of West Hawaii Award. Their HGTV series “Building Hawaii” premiered January 2014.
The Dickinson’s recently completed their own custom home in Kona, Hawaii, where they live with their two young children. Community service is a central value to the family and their company. Construction projects for Kona Hospice, the VA, and the local pool are among the most current. They are also active members of the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce, NFIB and BNI.
Most of all, the Dickinson’s enjoy crossing paths with past clients on the Kona Coast, many of which have become good friends.
From buying to building, we have you covered.
We work with talented architects and draftsmen to bring your dream home to life on paper. Based on your budget and preferences, we handpick the best person to get the job done. Whether you are designing a custom home from scratch or renovating an existing property, your needs drive our process, from start to finish.
What if you could monitor the construction of your home in real time, from your mobile device? How about make changes, get quotes, and choose details like fixtures and flooring with a simple click? We offer this convenience with Buildertrend, a top rated construction project management app. Many of our clients travel or live off-island, and find the level of transparency this technology provides to be a game changer.
Our ability to keep projects on schedule is what sets us apart from our competitors. We get the job done quickly so that you can move into your new home, or put your upgraded rental on the market right away. How do we do it? We have a great team. Our employees are cross-trained in all aspects of construction. Most importantly, we always have backup on hand. Our short list of superhero sub-contractors are professionals we trust.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Rick Bettua has spent most of his life underwater. At nine years old, he got his hands on his very first speargun in Vero Beach, Florida and when he shot his first fish, a love was born. At 17, he joined the Navy as a Deep Sea Diver and later became a Navy Master Diver. He spent the next 30 years traveling the world’s oceans, visiting over 80 different countries around the globe. No matter where he was, his down time was spent spearfishing.
In 1998, he began building his own speargun components. Deployed to isolated places like the island of Diego Garcia and the Arctic Circle, Bettua’s early designs were inspired by a need for portability, durability and performance in some of the most remote, rugged waters on Earth. Military grade materials like carbon fiber and kevlar replaced traditional wood, and smart security features like the automatic safety took note from tactical weapons. The result: a superior speargun that boasts more bluewater world record fish than any other brand to date.
“I’m a diver, not an engineer. Every design decision I make is informed by my experience in the water.”
— RICK BETTUA
Innovation and improvement is a constant process. All Aimrite spearguns are designed, built and tested in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii by Bettua and his family of divers. Bettua himself travels several time per year to some of the most remote areas of the world testing his spearguns in real world situations as well as spending countless hours testing his guns in a training tank to ensure utmost performance.
“Materials and manufacturing processes are constantly evolving - becoming lighter and stronger. Our job is to never be satisfied with what we have created but rather look forward to what we will create”
— RICK BETTUA
Giving back, and supporting youth divers in the sport is at the center of Aimrite America’s mission. The company donates dozens of their spearguns every year to children in Hawaii and to youth competitions around the world as well as charities which support children.
Every Aimrite speargun is backed by a lifetime guarantee. The reason we can do this is because we build equipment that will last a lifetime and for generations to come.
Web design by Two Finch Media. Photos courtesy of Aimrite America.
A Dog's Tale
My name is Diego, and I used to be a bad dog.
Trash diving? You bet. Taking my person on a walk, (more like extreme sidewalk surfing). Check! Farting in people’s faces? Full disclosure, you think it’s just an accident. (It’s not.)
If you’re still reading this, you probably have a bad dog like me at home. Yes? Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You don’t have to live this way anymore. My person, Jake, was once in your badly chewed shoes.
So, what changed for him?
Totally frustrated, and tired of buying new shoes, Jake enrolled in a training course. This course taught him something revolutionary: how to be a dog owner. How to communicate with me, and teach me how to be a good dog.
Because, deep down, every dog wants to be a good dog.
This is what we believe at A Dog’s Tale. We believe in helping dogs and their people live better. We believe in hugs, and sloppy wet dog breath kisses. We believe in weekend adventures. We believe in the value of your time.
You humans are busy.
You have to work, pick up the kids from school, do the dishes, do your taxes, and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum up all that fur. It’s not easy, especially when you have a delinquent canine on your hands.
This is why our experienced trainers come to you, for a free consultation. We meet your bad dog, talk with you about your needs, and come up with a training plan that’s the perfect fit for your family. We take the lead, so you can focus on life. Sound good?
Quality dog training shouldn’t cost a tail and a leg.
We know that making a commitment can be scary. You’re probably wondering, can training help my dog? Will I, as the person, have the time and ability to learn? You don’t want to add one more thing to your already overloaded plate. (Hey, stop begging while I’m eating!)
At A Dog’s Tale, we understand your fears. We’ve been there as frustrated, over-worked, stressed-out dog people ourselves. We know you’re busy, so we come to you.
We offer a free in-home consultation for dogs and their people. Simply click the button below, and presto! An experienced dog trainer will be dispatched to your front stoop at your convenience. We’ll show you a couple quick tricks, work with your dog one on one, and come up with a personalized training plan just for you.
Sound like music to your ears?
Schedule Your FREE Consultation.
Diandra Dickinson, RS
Investing in a home or piece of land is an important decision. Often times, my clients are unsure of whether they should buy a finished home, or build their own. One major thing that sets me apart from other agents is my experience in the construction and finance industry.
As the co-owner of a contracting company, I am uniquely positioned to offer clients insight into what properties will be a good investment for their specific needs. I can tell what properties have potential as fixer-uppers, and what to look for in raw land. This takes the uncertainty out of the process for my buyers, and insures that they make the best choice for their family.
The ideal part for me is that I get to help people find their dream home, in the most beautiful place on earth. It’s truly a rewarding experience.
Diandra specializes in North and South Kona. She was awarded 2016 Rookie of the Year by West Hawaii Association of Realtors, 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the SBA, and named in Hawaii Business Magazine’s “Black Book Execs you need to know for 2015”.
Diandra and her husband Tyler are the owners of award winning construction company, Dickinson General Contracting, established in 2008. The couple and their two children star in “Building Hawaii”, an HGTV series that premiered in 2014.
What makes us unique?
Here's the story:
Fitness Forever is the brainchild of veteran personal trainer, Chris Green. After years of working one on one with clients, he noticed something - his clients needed a space.
Armed with knowledge and techniques from their training sessions, many of his more experienced clients graduated to self directed training. Yet, he still heard from them frequently. They liked checking in, asking questions and comparing notes.
Most of all, they needed an environment where they could keep learning. A place where people passionate about physical fitness and healthy living could connect.
His answer - start a gym, a gym that's unlike anything else out there.
1. We treat our members as individuals.
Honoring your specific needs is our first priority. All levels of experience are welcome.
2. We take a holistic, science based approach.
Exercise is only one piece of the puzzle. We have a team of doctors in-house, including a nutritionist, to help you reach your goals.
3. We want you to love your gym.
Imagine the results you'll achieve when you actually enjoy being here. From the facilities to our staff, it's about creating a positive experience for you, every time.
Graphics and design by Two Finch Media and Photo.
Top photo PC: @macabrephotorapher
Cassy White Art
Intricate three-dimensional collages of animals, fairy worlds, and girls behaving badly, rendered in a treasure trove of found materials; Cassy White’s art must be experienced in person.
Stones, feathers, beads and more combine with handmade papers and recycled magazines to form stunning images with real personality. Forgotten knickknacks are rescued and reincarnated with new purpose. Look closely, you may be surprised at what you find. Innovative and whimsical. At times, feisty and rebellious. White’s pieces speak to the kid and the creative soul in all of us.
“Children teach me how to tap into the realm of imagination; how to play in this forgotten world of magic and mystery,” says White.
A former nanny of ten years, she names children as a major source of inspiration. To share her passion, White teaches art classes for pint-sized artists on the back porch of her art gallery. Her loyal assistant, Snugs the rabbit, is often in attendance. Animals and nature serve as another powerful muse. The charm of the natural world and the spiritual connection White has with it, is evident in her work.
“I feel,” says White, “like a creative force is working through me.”
Cassandra May White grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii in Holualoa, a tiny, artsy village on the slopes of Hualalai volcano. A place where backyards are full of wild chickens, papaya trees, and the Pacific Ocean casts a vivid shade of blue some 1,500 feet below.
White currently lives and works in Holualoa. See her work at The Ohana Gallery, 76–5894 Mamalahoa Hwy Holualoa, HI 96740.
Artist Cassy White Masters Her Creative Monsters
It’s a Wednesday afternoon and I’m sitting with artist Cassy White on the back porch of her family’s Ohana Gallery in Holualoa, Hawaii. The back porch itself is a work of art, built onto a coffee shack that dates to mid-1900. Wild chickens in the backyard cackle and interrupt us. Papaya, banana and a giant mango tree grow in a perfect chaos. A black and white spotted cat prowls. Through the foliage, you can catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean, some 1,500 feet below us.
You can easily see White’s inspiration growing up in this little village on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano. It’s a place that feels suspended in time, a bit magical like you might trip and fall back to when Mamalahoa Highway was a mule-drawn cart path. The spirit of the natural world, something that modern humans increasingly try to separate from, still clings on here, and can be found firmly rooted in White’s work.
Intricate 3D collages of animals, fairy worlds, and girls behaving badly, rendered in a treasure trove of found materials and raw edges; I highly recommend experiencing White’s art in person. Her work is playful with a tinge of rebellion. It appeals to the kid in me, which is no coincidence.
In 2014, White walked away from her full-time job of ten years as a nanny at the resorts. When I ask her how it felt to do this, she describes her decision as a “leap of faith”. It was scary walking away from a steady paycheck. Saying goodbye to the kids who had become a major part of her life was even harder. “But,” White says, each day she put off pursuing her passion fully, “I felt like I was watching my dreams pass me by.”
Where does this fear of living our dreams come from? “Creative monsters,” says White. What are creative monsters? The naysayers. The critics. The “it’s never going to happen in a million years” kind of people that we inevitably meet in life. Whether they are close to us, random strangers, or even ourselves, we can hold onto this negative chatter for years, allowing the monsters to spook us.
White first encountered the idea of “creative monsters” while participating in a twelve-week workshop based on Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way: A spiritual Path To Higher Creativity. The book and workshop are designed to help artistic souls eliminate creative blocks. “People are inherently creative,” says White. “We are all artists and we all have things that hold us back.”
Her commitment to going pro and mastering her creative monsters is starting to pay off, with the last year jam packed with shows, collaborations and events. White kicked off 2016 with a residency at the Grunewald Guild in Washington State’s Wenatchee National Forest. Snowed in with no car, she created ten pieces in two months, in between making numerous snow angels.
In spring 2016, she returned to the Big Island to showcase her new work alongside her brother Dylan Lucas at Kona Coffee and Tea in Kailua Kona. Her original cover artwork was featured on Oahu singer-songwriter Izik's album Obsidian, released May 2016.
In November 2016 White collaborated with Kepola Design House on Lehua Love, an art and fashion show to raise awareness about Rapid 'Ohi'a Death on the Big Island of Hawaii. The event raised over 4K for the Hawaii Forest Institute. In December 2016 White opened the Ohana Gallery in partnership with mom, artist Shelly Maudsley White, and brother, artist Dylan Lucas.
What’s next for White in 2017? Commissions. A children’s book featuring her artwork, and who knows? “I continue to surprise myself with what I create,” she says. Her advice for aspiring artists? “Feel the fear, and do it anyway.”
Alan Landon is good with his hands. As a young man he worked as a bricklayer, traveling up and down the east coast in a van gypsy style, before it was cool. In 1992 he came to the Big Island of Hawaii to help his friend remodel a home on the Hamakua Coast. He never left. With no bricks in sight, Landon found a creative outlet in local hardwoods - Koa, Ohia, Monkeypod, and fruit woods like Mango, Lychee and Guava.
Each tree and piece of wood that finds it’s way into his workshop has it’s own story. Where it came from, it’s personality and individual character. “Lychee Is my favorite wood to work with,” says Landon. “It’s tricky, but has an absolutely stunning color and grain pattern.”
He handcrafts decorative knives, jewelry, and custom commissions. Landon sources his wood from island tree trimmers and left-overs from cleared land. Beautiful woods destined for the green waste drop-off find a new lease on life in his hands.
“Each piece,” says Landon, “is inspired by the person I am making it for. It comes from the heart.”
Handcrafted from Big Island hardwood. Natural teak oil finish. Each piece is uniquely inspired, and sustainably sourced. These clubs are used for decor and fishing.
Custom commissions starting at $80.00.
This company started out of their garage in Kona, Hawaii in 2010 and now ships their handmade swimwear across the United States. Every piece is still made in Kona, Hawaii. I am currently working with Fused Hawaii to rewrite sections of their website and create fresh product descriptions for new collections.
At Fused we believe that loving what you do is more important than chasing money. Love what you do, and you will be happy. What makes us happy is making bikinis. From scratch. Right here on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.
Travel with us back in time, and we’ll tell you how it all got started...
It's 2010 and Fused Hawaii founder and Big Island native Roxelle Cho is getting creative in her garage. She makes a collection of mixed media clutches and handbags out of upcycled trash liners "fused" together. Fused Hawaii the brand is born. Moved by the enthusiastic response to her designs and her love of creating, Cho is inspired to think beyond her comfort zone: bikinis.
As a new mom in a beach town, she struggles to find a bikini that makes her feel beautiful and comfortable. A bikini designed for real women, in all their shapes and sizes. Cho sews the first Fused Hawaii bikini in her garage.
Today Fused has outgrown the garage, but still holds tight to its small-town roots. Each of our designs is inspired by the diverse and vibrant culture of the Hawaiian Islands. Our bikinis are "perfectly imperfect," cut and sewn to order by seamstresses who wear what they make. We are proud to ship Fused Hawaii to a growing customer base across the United States and around the world from our little workshop in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
We appreciate the love and support we receive from all of you out there rocking your Fused Hawaii. In everything that we do, we aim to inspire others to realize their fullest potential. Face your fears, and do not allow failure to get in the way of your wildest dreams.
Team Fused Hawaii
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