THE ORIGIN OF KIKIAOLA CONSTRUCTION
1899 HP Faye is appointed Manager of the newly formed Kekaha Sugar Company, a consolidation of independent sugar farmers, and owners of the Kekaha Mill.
1900 HP Faye starts purchasing shares of neighboring Waimea Sugar Mill Company. By 1905 his HP Faye, Limited, owns Waimea Sugar Mill Company entirely, which includes the Waimea Dairy. Kikiaola Constructions main office is currently located in the former Waimea Dairy office.
1931 Lindsay A Faye, son of HP, is appointed Manager of Kekaha Sugar, a position he held until his retirement in 1963. His son Tony managed Kekaha Sugar from 1978 to 1993.
1942 WW2 on Kauai – Alan Faye serves as Captain of the Kauai Volunteers, Mounted Troop A. Their job was to patrol the interior mountains on horse back in case enemy saboteurs scaled the Na Pali cliffs with the intent to attack civilians or the Kekaha Airfield.
1982 Hurricane Iwa wrecks Kikiaola’s residential rental properties. From the wrecked homes, Mike Faye develops Waimea Plantation Cottages. Old plantation houses were purchased from Kekaha Sugar, and moved to Waimea Plantation Cottages and renovated. The Kikiaola Land Company’s Maintenance Department was transformed into Kikiaola Construction and gained experience moving buildings and adaptive reuse of old plantation camp house and other plantation buildings. In the late 1980’s Kikiaola Construction moved the HP Faye Home (Mikes grandfather) located near Mana, Kauai, to the Cottages and converted it to the resort’s Front Desk and Administrative Building.
1989 Kikiaola joins the International Association of Structure Movers (IASM). This brings new relationships, resources and knowledge for Kikiaola. Kikiaola personnel have attended nearly every annual IASM convention since. In 2016 Mike Faye is elected to the IASM Board of Directors.
1992 Hurricane Iniki severely damages Waimea Plantation Cottages and the rest of Kauai. Kikiaola Construction was ready and rebuilt the property over the next four years.
1996 Due to family politics and a change in corporate direction, Kikiaola Land divests Construction. Mike and Colleen Faye purchase the operation and incorporate it as Kikiaola Construction Company, Limited. Kikiaola registers the name Structure Movers Hawaii and continues to expand its dominance of the structure moving business on Kauai.
2000 to 2018 As market conditions change, Kikiaola Construction changes. During these years we have renovated significant historic structures on Kauai and the Big Island. We have built numerous vernacularly designed homes on Kauai. We have managed and helped building two self-help housing projects. We have handled the movement of nearly every transformer KIUC has purchased from the port to facilities across the island. Since 2000, nearly all of the structures moved on the Big Island have been moved by Structure Movers Hawaii. We moved substantial homes on Oahu and Maui.
Along the way, or crane fleet grew from one 18 ton rough terrain crane, to a 35 ton rough terrain Grove RT65S, a 60 ton Link Belt HTC1060, and a 175 ton Krupp All Terrain crane. We have the move able crane service on Kauai. And what we can’t lift with a crane, our structure moving hydraulic jacking systems take over.
2018 and beyond – we look forward to growing our structure and heavy equipment moving and crane capabilities, and to re-establish our forte in historic buildings and vernacular construction.