A Commitment To Excellence

Chris Clever, President of Clever Construction, Inc. has been involved with the construction industry for just about all of his life. His father was an architect out of San Francisco, and although Chris has Bay area roots, he truly is a local talent. He graduated from the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program right here in Hawaii, received his Journeyman's Certificate in Carpentry and immediately began working on several major Maui projects. Concrete, framing, finish, layout - he got involved with it all, working on large subdivisions, hotels, condominiums - both commercial and residential projects - refining his trade and growing in the skills and knowledge that would ultimately make him one of Hawaii's outstanding residential builders.

Over 30 Years of Leadership

Clever Construction, which was founded in 1979, has always placed a primary emphasis on residential construction, although its capabilities and experience have included several light commercial projects, such as the sales office at the Hapuna Prince Hotel and work on the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Throughout the past two decades, Clever's success has been evidenced by a steady upward rate of growth and increased industry recognition.

The Million Dollar Market

For the past three decades, Clever Construction has been creating upscale homes priced at the multi-million dollar level. The company's reputation for uncompromising excellence in design and construction has resulted in an extensive portfolio of homes in the most prestigious developments on the Big Island. Clever homes set the trend from Kona to Kohala and have received many awards, including recognition from the National Association of Home Builders and the American Institute of Architects. In addition, Clever's residential projects have been featured in such national publications as Architectural digest and Professional Builder Magazine.

What's the Secret?


More than three decades of construction background, with a special focus on home building."Clever Construction Inc. has consistently been recognized by marketing and media researchers, as the top single-family, custom-home builder in Hawaii over the past decade," says Chris Clever.


"We have been loyal to our subcontractors," says Clever, "and they have maintained fair pricing in the heated market. They make room in their schedules to perform Clever Construction jobs. This loyalty also extends to our personnel who contribute in large part to the success of the company."


Clever Construction is committed to open and transparent communications with the owner on all available options related to their project. Complete accounting reports are made through our state-of-the-art, construction-specific, job costing software programs. Our company’s longstanding reputation for honesty and integrity in the way we do business has been a major factor in our success, our longevity throughout economic booms and downturns, and most importantly, our repeat business from customers who know they can count on us to do things the right way.


Clever has excellent creative and support systems under its own roof; a construction layout division, for example, with state-of-the-art survey equipment, so clients do not have to wait for a surveyor to lay out the job. In-house project management and supervisory staffs have extensive experience in working as a team, as do Clever's subcontractors, suppliers and trade personnel. In addition, Clever Construction is licensed in general building and holds specialty licenses in excavation, concrete and swimming pools.


One of Clever's unique advantages is the company's ability to work out problem areas with sensitivity to design and function. "Our staff has hundreds of years of combined experience in solving construction problems," says Clever."We are proactive in their resolution and we offer suggestions to keep the job moving and value-engineered."