News & Updates from BIA-Hawaii on COVID-19
President’s Message

I’m sure you all agree we are very fortunate to still be working during this terrible COVID-19 pandemic crisis. With everything being locked down, the construction industry in Hawaii continues to carry on as an essential business; continuing to build for the needs of Hawaii’s families and our communities. The major economic drivers for the State of Hawaii have always been Agriculture, Tourism and Construction. With the demise of agriculture and the recent tragic decline of our tourism industry, only our construction industry remains. With that said, we need to take on a heavier responsibility to support Hawaii’s economy.

We all need to ensure the construction industry keeps working. Our state’s thousands of construction workers are needed to continue building … especially with the now nearly unimpeded access to project sites. We all know not providing for needs now will only make things worse. Our activities also impact numerous associated and supporting businesses … suppliers, service providers, consultants … and even struggling take-out lunch businesses. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

BIA-Hawaii continues to provide support for our members by providing the latest information on the impacts of COVID-19; and recommendations and requirements for best practices. We need to all act responsibly and ensure we follow all rules and regulations for precautionary actions related to avoiding transmission of this deadly virus. We need to all be transparently responsible as Hawaii’s economic future is depending on the survival of our construction industry. I encourage everyone to observe all COVID-19 health requirements; and all OSHA safety rules. PLEASE WORK WITH EXTREME CARE!

Please be informed a number of cities and states have suspended all construction activities due to the spread of COVID-19; and also due to construction workers’ apparent disregard for health and safety precautions. I ask you all to make sure all workers are aware of requirements and that all supervisors and managers stay on top of everything! A shut down of Hawaii’s remaining economic driver will be disastrous for Hawaii. The State’s unemployment system is overwhelmed … and unemployment should never be an alternative for our industry! TAKE PRIDE!
Dwight Mitsunaga
2020 BIA-Hawaii President

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Statement from NAHB Chairman Dean Mon 
on DHS Action Designating Residential Construction "Essential"

WASHINGTON, March 28- Dean Mon, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Shrewsbury, N.J., issued the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is designating residential construction as an "Essential Infrastructure Business" during the COVID-19 emergency:

"The nation's home builders want to thank DHS for designating the construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an Essential Infrastructure Business. Americans depend on a functioning residential construction sector to provide safe, affordable housing for our citizens, and this need is especially acute during this pandemic. Moreover, a healthy housing market is critical to maintain a sound economy. I commend DHS for heeding the urgent concerns of the housing community and taking this decisive action to assure the men and women of the industry will be able to stay on the job and serve the needs of the American people at this critical time."