These professionals can help with selecting the right surface.
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This article is part of the 2019 Hawaii Home + Remodeling Resource Guide, an organized and vetted directory of professionals, services and shops in the building and home improvement industry.

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The professionals at Top Priority, located in Waipahu, Oahu, offer homeowners a diverse selection of stone, engineered and solid surface countertops in addition to countertop fabrication and installation. Following are expert tips on surface selection from Top Priority.


“Quartz countertops have been a first choice for all our kitchen projects — the durability for young families is unparalleled,” says Chino Haynes, vice president of Top Priority. Unlike granite, a natural stone, quartz countertops are made from an engineered stone, formed from quartz with binders including resins and polymers, as well as various pigments for color.

“Thanks to the quartz content, it’s tough, durable and resistant to stains and scratches,” says Haynes. “In terms of maintenance, no sealants or wax are needed. Quartz countertops are nonporous, making them easier to clean and fend off bacteria — often a parent’s dream.”

Quartz is available in a wide range of colors at Top Priority, from solid colors to imitation granite. “Some styles resemble natural stone in a way that it’s almost impossible to differentiate,” Haynes says. “While most quartz countertops are known for their smooth and shiny finish, it can go beyond the polished look, too. Silestone, for instance, offers a suede texture with a softer feel as well as a volcano texture that’s pitted for a more rustic look.”

Textured vs. Polished Finishes

Honed and leather surfaces are the most common countertop surfaces and can be applied to many different materials, such as granite, marble and quartz. While polished surfaces remain the most popular, there are advantages to honed and leather surfaces.

A honed finish is a matte finish with little to no shine. The overall look will vary depending on the stone, but the honed finish should have a low sheen and a smooth surface. Honed finishes work well with marble, since their lack of shine conceals any flaws or scratch marks. A leathered finish has a soft sheen, less glossy from a polished slab, and feels softer to the touch.

A leather finish retains the stone’s natural color giving it a more sophisticated look than the honed option. It also hides fingerprints and water spots remarkably well, which is appealing to many busy families. These are just a few finishes to consider when choosing a countertop in 2019.

Grand Opening Spring 2019

Top Priority’s showroom will open in the spring of 2019. Call its office to schedule a free in-home estimate or email your drawings for a consultation on next steps.

Bekin Cabinets
In-stock, semi-custom and full-custom cabinets. North American solid wood. Full kitchen/bath design. Call for estimate.

565 Kokea St., #G6
Honolulu, Oahu

Bella Pietra Design
560 N. Nimitz Hwy., Ste. 107A
Honolulu, Oahu

C&C Cabinets Granite
500 Alakawa St., #106
Honolulu, Oahu

Cosentino Hawaii
2678 Kilihau St.
Honolulu, Oahu

Da Wing Trading
2006 Republican St.
Honolulu, Oahu

Davis Tile & Marble Inc.
74-5522 Kaiwi St.
Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Golden Cabinets & Stone
Golden Cabinets & Stone is one of the largest, most professional companies in the cabinets and countertops industry in Hawaii, specializing in prefabricated cabinets and granite countertops.

1299 Kaumualii St.
Honolulu, Oahu

Hawaii Kitchen & Bath Inc.
201 Kapaa Quarry Pl., Unit 701
Kailua, Oahu

Homeowners Design Center Inc.
1030 Kohou St., Ste. 201
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu Tile & Marble Inc.
1602-B Auiki St.
Honolulu, Oahu

94-425 Maikoiko St.
Waipahu, Oahu

Island Style Kitchen & Bath Inc.
430 Alamaha St., #102
Kahului, Maui

John Cook Kitchens
John Cook Kitchens has been an award-winning kitchen and bath design and remodeling company for more than 30 years. We pride ourselves on quality products, great customer service and attention to detail.

623 Kakoi St., Bay 3
Honolulu, Oahu

Josh Design Build
Honolulu, Oahu

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Inc.
2333-C Alahao Pl.
Honolulu, Oahu

Kona Kitchen & Bath
74-5491 Kaiwi St.
Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Marmol Hawaii
759 Puuloa Rd.
Honolulu, Oahu

Maui Laminates Inc.
269 Papa Pl., Unit 5
Kahului, Maui

Maui Marble & Granite Inc.
874 Alua St.
Wailuku, Maui

McKillican American
2858 Kaihikapu St.
Honolulu, Oahu

Naka’s Marble Co. LLC
1110 Makepono St.
Honolulu, Oahu

Newport Pacific Cabinets Inc.
99-129B Waiua Wy.
Aiea, Oahu

Pacific American Lumber
Pacific American Lumber supplies interior and exterior finished products to Hawaii’s building industry. Flooring, countertops, decking, millwork and more.

142 Mokauea St.
Honolulu, Oahu

Pacific Craftworks
3219 Koapaka St.
Honolulu, Oahu

Pacific Source
180 Sand Island Access Rd.
Honolulu, Oahu

73-4278 Kulikoa Dr.
Kailua-Kona, Big Island

2524 Kolo Rd.
Kilauea, Kauai

4473 Pahee St., Ste. J
Lihue, Kauai

515 E. Uahi Wy.
Wailuku, Maui

Seattle, Washington

Pioneer Granite & Marble
148 Mokauea St., #1
Honolulu, Oahu

Roy Lambrecht
Woodworking Inc.
73-5573 Kauhola St.
Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Selective Stone
One of Hawaii’s largest suppliers of prefab stone. Full line of stone tiles including granite, slate, quartzite, travertine and more.

2979 Koapaka St.
Honolulu, Oahu

Tile Warehouse Inc.
Supplying porcelain tile, quartz and stone slabs, setting materials, quartzite, glass tile, pool tile, travertine, marble, granite, custom tile and more since 1991.

2865 Koapaka St.
Honolulu, Oahu

73-4076 Hulikoa Dr.
Kailua-Kona, Big Island

Todd Branson Stoneworks
201 Kapaa Quarry Pl., Unit 45A
Kailua, Oahu

Top Priority
Top Priority is Hawaii’s premier custom fabricator and installer, with expertise in natural stone, engineered and solid surfaces for indoor and outdoor projects. Industry professionals recommend Top Priority for custom countertops and custom surface applications.

94-061 Leokane St.
Waipahu, Oahu

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