Born and raised on the Big Island, she is a graduate of Chaminade University with a MBA and a BFA in Interior Design, Hinano serves as an Alumni advisor on the Advisory Board for the Interior Design Program.
Hinano is committed to building a better Hawaii through design. As an industry professional, she has won numerous BIA and NKBA awards and has earned recognition from International publications for her work. Hinano has also been highly active in the NKBA, earning her Certified Kitchen Designer designation in 2007, and serving on the NKBA Aloha Chapter Board of Directors for the past seven years as a Chapter Representative, VP of Professional Development, Secretary, and is the President- Elect for the 2016-2018 term.
With her many years of business and design experience, and her natural entrepreneurial spirit, Hinano has been able to develop a work environment that embraces her passion for design and Hawaii’s design industry. “I love being able to integrate the beauty of our islands into my design; nature is our purest form of creativity and ingenuity. Here in Hawaii, we are surrounded by blindingly beautiful oceans, beaches, mountains, and skies. Finding a way to cultivate a harmony between the natural and the constructed is a challenge that I thankfully participate in every day.”
With an MFA in Fine Arts and a BFA in Fine Art/Design, J.R. has a design history heavily influenced by modern art and installation sculpture. She taught in the fibers program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for 4 years after graduation, and has been working in the design industry for over 14 years. She currently teaches Kitchen & Bath Design at Chaminade University and looks to her students to help shape the future kitchen design industry.
J.R. is also active with the NKBA Aloha Chapter, serving as the President for 2014-15, Chapter Representative, VP-Professional Development, and VP-Communications and is dedicated to advancement of the kitchen and bath design community and the design industry as a whole.
“My design aesthetic stems from my love of site-specific installation sculpture. Long before I was even thinking about kitchen design, my work in sculpture always reflected a respect for space and the collective energy you can manipulate with object placement. I am also always searching for new materials, and the design can really evolve when I can use something in a project that we’ve never used before. My own style echoes my love for all things Mid-Century Modern, Industrial and rustic materials, and combining visual texture and tactile elements to bring out an eclectic energy in the design.”
With her BFA in Interior Design from Chaminade University, Lyndee was recruited from the high caliber of work and exceptional talent she presented during the Senior Exhibit shown at Inspiration Interiors in the Fall of 2014. Lyndee also served as the Secretary for ID-PRO, an Interior Design club that connects students to design professionals.
A natural listener and dedicated note-taker, Lyndee contributes a unique and disciplined attitude to the design team. “I love the challenge that each design brings. The details, the decisions, and the problem-solving make the design more interesting with each client. Seeing the design from rendering to completion, and being a part of that process from the start, is satisfying and rewarding.”