“Mum! Dad! I’m at home!”
It is a common refrain among adult children in Hawaii. Almost 250,000 locals lived in multigenerational houses in 2018 with rising costs for housing and care. That number is expected to increase due to the pandemic. And while the benefits of multigenerational living are evident, stories of families who have tried and failed are worrying.
Is it possible to plan your home to include ‘ohana while minimizing family disputes? Yes it is! Local contractor Graham Builders is offering a free seminar teaching attendees how to build a successful multigenerational home. “All in the ‘Ohana” will take place on December 8, 2021 as part of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii webinar Wednesday program. The seminar received excellent reviews when it premiered in September.
âI liked that my family wasn’t alone with the desire for a multigenerational house,â says one seminar participant. “My 72-year-old mother moved in with us in 2019. When the 2020 pandemic broke out, two of our adult children and their families moved back to Hawaii. Since both families could not find affordable housing, they moved in with us. “
The participant adds, âWe love our families, but our home was so full! The seminar gave us ideas âto make it work.
In Hawai’i, care of the family elders is accepted and expected. The cost of a nursing home is prohibitive for many, which leads families to offer kupuna care at home. Long-lasting medical devices such as wheelchairs, oxygen tanks, home dialysis machines, and hospital beds have become common in private homes. These items allow people to live at home – if the apartment can hold the equipment.
“The moderators did a good job and showed me how I can look after my mother better when she is less mobile,” says the participant. “The photos in your slideshow and the case studies were helpful.”
Common challenges of multigenerational living are addressed in the Graham Builders Seminar, with privacy concerns topping the list. âAll in the ‘Ohanaâ shares solutions and options.
âThe seminar was an eye opener!â Says another seminar participant. âI felt guilty for resenting my loss of independence. Until the seminar I didn’t realize that private space is possible. What a relief to know that there are options.
âI had no choice but to share my home with my family,â continues the participant. âI am interested in you and I want to be sure that you have a place to stay. How I see it, ‘Ohana life is necessary for so many of us local families. “
It is true. At least 250,000 locals already know that sharing their home with family members is a necessary strategy to keep ‘Ohana safe and in Hawaii. It makes sense to listen to the advice of seasoned experts.
For more than three decades, Graham Builders has helped Hawaiian families get the most of their homes on the island at every stage of life. Founded in 1990 in Honolulu, the design-build company remains the only contractor in Hawaii to receive the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics. His free “All in the ‘Ohana” seminar will take place online on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 6 p.m.
Register now at grahambuilders.com or call (808) 593-2808.