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
Project Architect

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

Raisa Carlos Raisa Carlos
Architectural Designer

Raised on Kauaʻi, Raisa’s interests and passion naturally grew sensitive to the environmental and cultural welfare of Hawaiʻi and its people. Her mixed plate of roots, recent three-year residency in Germany, and off-island travels further extended that care to the rest of the world.

She is predisposed in wanting to know a bit about every trade and wants to concentrate in environmental and interior designs to find the harmonious balance in beauty and sustainability.

She loves creating, gardening, antiquing, exploring, talking stories with her dad, and bragging about Hawaiʻi.

Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture (2016) – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Tisha Remata Tisha Remata
Office Manager

Tisha is our new office manager since August 2021. She was born and raised on the island of Kauaʻi and is happily residing in Kekaha with her fiancé and two children. She graduated from Waimea High School in 2006 and attended Honolulu Community College in 2007. After living on Oʻahu for a few years, she decided to return home to Kauaʻi and start a family.
Tisha enjoys spending time with her family, co-managing a family catering business, and designing party piñatas.

Talia Young Talia Young
Structural Designer

Raised by an aspiring architect and a General Contractor, Talia has grown up in the Kaua'i construction industry. Her inherent/inherited interests in design and construction, along with an affinity for mathematics, led Talia to civil and structural engineering. In Summer 2023, Talia will graduate with a B.S. in Structural Engineering from University of California San Diego. She hopes to use her knowledge to become a meaningful contributor to Kauai's ever-growing built environment.

During her intellectual pursuits in San Diego, Talia participated in the intercollegiate sports of sand volleyball and surfing. In her free time, you can find Talia at the beach enjoying these hobbies.

Jorge Rios Jorge Rios
Project Manager

Jorge was born in Colombia and raised in the small fishing village of Montauk, NY. He went to college in California and after traveling extensively with his wife, they decided that Kaua’i and its people had stolen their hearts and they decided to call Kaua’i home.

He has 14 years of design and drafting experience focusing on residential work but also having some commercial, institutional, and hospital work under his belt. He brings a wide range of design knowledge to Palms Hawaii from working on traditional colonial, shingle style homes and high-end contemporary projects in NY, to craftsman and Victorian renovations and additions in California.

Through the years his mentors have instilled in him a devotion for fine detail and quality design. He works very closely with clients to develop a relationship that allows him to not just understand their needs but to reflect their character and personalities into their designs.

Tom Knapp Tom Knapp

Tom has over forty years of experience in the design, construction, and project management of construction project ranging from single- and multi-family residential, schools, campuses, parks, office buildings, shopping centers, historic restorations, and adaptive re-use to highly specialized facilities such as space exploration launch complexes, satellite communication ground facilities, hospitals, laboratories, and museums.
He is now enjoying living on Kauaʻi while still practicing Architecture.

Licensed Architect: State(s) of California, Hawaiʻi, and Florida
LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional, USGBC
Bachelor of Architecture (1972) – California State of Polytechnic University

Jim Cyr Jim Cyr

Growing up surrounded by potato fields in the small town of Aroostook County, Maine, Jim had all the best building set there ever was—woods, backyard sandpit, and snow. He was an avid model kit builder of automobiles, rockets, and many more. He was always creating, tinkering, and reconstructing with a range of medium including paint and clay.
Moving to industrial Quincy, Massachusetts, he honed his artistic skills with drafting classes and model rocketry, ultimately winning a rocketry competition and earning the highly sought title of a “rocket scientist”. He pursued a higher education in both the Arts and Architecture while working in several architectural, engineering, and urban design firms. He is now a Licensed Architect in Massachusetts and have worked on a range of projects from Disney Stores to Boston’s Big Dig.

Licensed Architect: State of Massachusetts
Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Urban Studies
Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture – Boston Architectural 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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