RAYMOND KOBAYASHI, JR.
Owner- Wood Crafter
As a long-time Big Island home builder, using local wood in his homes has been Ray’s passion. Examples of the 500 homes built by R.K. Builders, Inc. can be found in almost every Hilo and Puna subdivision.
In his own lumber mill, Ray is able to take a tree log, dry it, trim it and use it to create finished pieces. For example, his residence features koa and eucalyptus ceilings as well as koa and sugi pine walls and cabinets.
Given recent huge increases ini the price of koa which is difficult to obtain, Ray often uses in his creations, iincluding carved mango doors, mango rocking chairs and mango barstools.
GLORIA R. KOBAYASHI
Manager/ Sales Coordinator
Ray creates the products, and wife Gloria markets them. Using her experience as a long-time Realtor and retired educator, she is responsible for quality control, pricing, and developing online sales and marketing of furniture, koa jewelry boxes and koa and mango urns.
Designer- CNC Operator
Mari Leung has an agribusiness degree from UH Hilo, but has followed in her father’s footsteps by learning to build cabinets and solid surface countertops. She has a great eye and helps develop new products, especially for the CNC router.