About Palms Hawaii

Palmer Hafdahl Palmer Hafdahl

As a principal and founder of Palms Hawaii Architecture Palmer cares for the environments that nurture our shared gift of life. He loves the hope in freedom of commonwealth and enjoys the personal liberty that living two miles from work provides. He is happy to say our office is on the same block and a walk to the Bank, Post Office and County Building. Dedicated to the team and projects we share, Palmer is always looking forward to improving our professional service.

Palmer was raised and learned to work in the construction trades. Upon graduating from California Polytechnic he designed and built on the Central Coast of California with his long time mentor. He purchased one of the first Windsurfing franchise and help developed the sport that brought him to Hawaii in 1976. That passion for windsurfing and architecture made Hawaii the perfect home. Moving in professional development from Oahu to Lanai and finally on Kauai, where standing in the eye of Hurricane Iniki focused his commitment to the community.

In the aftermath of Iniki, Palmer joined the FEMA Office of Emergency Permitting to advance reconstruction of a devastated Kauai. Kauai has been home since 1992.

Licensed Architect: State(s) of Hawaii, Colorado and California
Bachelor’s Degree (1973) and Post Graduate (1986) in Architecture from California. Polytechnic State University

Jonathan Lucas Jonathan Lucas
Licensed Architect

Jon’s passion for art and life lead him to Kauai in 2001. He has over 15 years of architectural experience and prior to joining Palm’s Hawaii Architecture in 2013 Jon was sole proprietor of Lucas Design Services LLC. Jon celebrated professional licensure in the State of Hawaii, Fall of 2019. He is also a Lecturer at Kauai Community College in the Trade Technology division and Construction Academy. He is also an active surfer that advocates for a food and energy independent state.

Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Architecture – Savannah College of Art & Design
Minor in Electronic Design– Savannah College of Art & Design
Master’s Degree of Architecture – Savannah College of Art & Design

Coren Metcalf Coren Metcalf
Architect’s Assistant

Coren is a recent graduate of the Environmental Design Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Raised on the island, Kauai has always inspired and spurred a sense of curiosity in Coren. The sense of community and interplay of nature in people's lives have been long held values of Kauai that Coren hopes to enhance through design. As a self described "nature-enthusiast," you will likely find Coren surfing, hiking, or running with his family in his free time.

Bachelor's Degree of Environmental Design -- University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts -- Kauaʻi Community College

Desiree Kittredge Desiree Malama Kittredge
Notary Public

Desiree has been with Palms Hawaii Architecture since July 2009 and has over 18 years of experience in office administration, accounting, payroll and business management. She oversees all the office administration and management of Palms Hawaii Architecture as well as the Energy Code Checks for all applicable projects. She is also a commissioned Notary Public in the State of Hawaii.

She is happily married and mother to three beautiful children.

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting – Kauai Community College
CA: Payroll Preparer – Kauai Community College
CA: Tax Preparer – Kauai Community College

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Smart Electric

PHev has been a supporting member of the Palms Hawaii Architecture team since August of 2014. She serves to cheer our company travels and complement our environmental responsibilities. Palms Hawaii Architecture recognizes the advantage of clean electric vehicles in a "smarter" built environment.

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