The Standards of Practice

Prior to HAHI, Standards of Practice (SOP) set forth by national organizations were relied upon- even used as a basis for regulation in some states. It's because that's all there was. They do not require the same level of detail, or care as HAHI. That means consumers lose. 

For example, the HAHI Standards require their inspectors to recommend the replacement of systems like knob & tube electrical, Federal Pacific / Zinsco electrical panels, Polybutylene water distribution systems, and more. No more vague comments or lazy blanket referrals to others. HAHI Inspectors have to understand the systems and their various risks.   

The Code of Ethics

The HAHI Code of Ethics, by design, assures far better consumer protection than others. For example, HAHI Inspectors are required to correct real estate agents who (mistakenly or intentionally) misstate what the inspector has relayed to the Client. HAHI inspectors must operate above fray and look out for their clients best interest above all others.  


HAHI quarterly meetings are a great way to network with peers, and learn more about the industry. Meetings are always educational. Meetings include either a training home inspection on a nearby property or numerous educational modules. Great for new folks, and experienced ones who wish to stay sharp.

Join HAHI Today

HAHI welcomes ALL professional home inspectors in Hawaii of good character to apply and join its ranks, regardless of affiliation or Membership with national organizations. Contact: or 808-393-7939


HAHI Members are educating Realtors, Buyers, and Sellers about the value of hiring a HAHI Inspector. Over time, the public and Realtors will be looking for a HAHI Inspector. You'll want to be a part of that! Join today. 

HAHI Members get a tour of Coastal Windows from the President of the company himself. We learned how premium vinyl windows are manufactured, from start to finish. Fascinating! And easier to understand how to inspect something you understand. 

 Leading The Way Forward  

Let's face it. Hawaii is behind the times in relation to our industry:

  1. The home inspection industry is NOT currently regulated in the State of Hawaii.  
  2. There are NO requirements in the State of Hawaii for home inspectors, with the exception of having a simple general excise tax license. 
  3. Home inspectors are often viewed as "less than"... somehow not qualified by many who actually hold professional licenses.  
  4. The National organisations can only go so far. Neither of the popular ones can offer local supervision for Certification. Similarly, only one of the two organizations (ASHI) requires a supervised, in-person examination on their SOP/COE and Practical exam for certification. However, that exam is not very well suited for Hawaii, or the problems here. 
  5. While there are several good home inspectors in Hawaii, many are lacking in background, knowledge, professionalism, honesty and ethics. 
  6. So far, the only people we are aware of that are opposed to the regulation of home inspectors in Hawaii are a handful of Hawaii's home inspectors. Nobody else, where properly informed, object to regulation.    
  7. Inconsistencies in our industry are rampant. Of course there are room for inspector differences... but when 5 home inspectors look at one house and come up with 5 very different reports, that's a problem. Not being regulated is another problem. Regulation is not the total answer, but it would make things better. 

If you relate more to the RED column above, you are definitely not right for HAHI. HAHI has it's critics- exclusively other inspectors in the industry in Hawaii who fail to see the good intent of this organization, its legitimacy, and its Members. Some have gone out of their way to attack and demean HAHI. It bears mentioning that HAHI is succeeding where other (local Chapters) have repeatedly failed to organize and stay organized, and, because not all inspectors in Hawaii wish to step up provide a higher standard. Water seeks it's own level as they say. To each his own.   

HAHI is for Hawaii only. It is the finest organization available to home inspectors in Hawaii, for many reasons. Higher Standards. Stronger Code of Ethics. No freebie certifications here- you have to earn them, and prove yourself. Inspectors who fail to meet or maintain them? They will loose their active Membership. 

Good news for you open-minded old-timers: HAHI is, by design, non-political wherever possible. Politics and personalities destroyed local Chapters of national organizations in the past, a good lesson for all of us. Where local Chapters of other organizations have started and failed (numerous times) - or been spoiled by egos, red tape, obstructionist inspectors or nonsensical politics, HAHI is off to a very solid start and is attracting top-notch inspectors. HAHI is moving forward despite attempts by inspectors in Hawaii to belittle it. HAHI will not accept any application for Membership from anyone who has a history of obstruction, dishonesty, lack of professionalism, or ethics. So, relax. HAHI provides a safe environment from controversy.