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Mahalo from Master Pools Member Huber Pools, Maui!

Posted by Teri Wiltshire on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

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Huber Pools, Inc. based in Kihei Maui, wishes to extend a sincerest “Mahalo” to the community in celebration of their 10th year. Hans Huber, the owner and principal of Huber Pools has grown the business rapidly over the decade winning the “Hawaii’s Fastest 50” in 2007. The “Fastest 50” is held by Pacific Business News annually, honors businesses on the growth of their company. In 2007 Huber Pools growth was 1667%. With continued growth and satisfied customers, Huber Pools has gone on to place in the competition an additional five times in 8 years of eligibility.

Hans Huber has continued to develop his skills and qualifications while working “hands on” in the field daily. Huber originally starting earned Hawaii Specialty Contractor’s license C23 for gunite application and C49 for Swimming pool construction, and subsequently earned the General Engineering license “A” and General Building license “B”. Huber Pools is uniquely qualified to handle all aspects of pool construction and is one of the few licensed gunite applicators in Hawaii.

Hans Huber credits the opening of his Kihei showroom, located in the Kai Ani Village at 1367 S. Kihei Rd, as an important milestone. “The showroom offers a One-Stop shopping experience - clients and contractors can view images of our previous and current projects on our huge flat screen, get more information on construction details, equipment, finishes and more.” Internet presence has added to the success: “Our quality website and presence on social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz and Twitter have been great for sharing current projects, trends and opening lines of communication with clients” says Office and Showroom Manager Lisa Guthrie.

High profile commercial projects completed by Huber Pools Inc. include the Oceanside pool at the Sheraton Poipu, the Pool and Spa at the Airport Courtyard Marriott in Kahului, the pool, spa and BBQ area at Kai Ani Village in Kihei, as well as many pool renovations at the Hyatt Regency, Kaanapali Ocean Resort, Fairmont Kealani, Maalaea Banyans and more. Additionally, over the ten years Huber Pools has completed more than 300 residential projects for satisfied homeowners and premier Maui contractors such as David Ferrebee Construction, JBR Construction, Betsill Brothers Construction, Ledcor Construction, KLC Design and Build Contractors, CC&D Builders and more.

Huber Pools is proud to be one of the elite members of the international Master Pools Guild, and the exclusive member from Hawaii. Membership is by invitation and members not only receive ongoing training at bi-annual meetings, but benefit from peer support from this outstanding group of pool builders. More about the Master Pools Guild can be found by clicking here.

Recognized nationally with several quality and design awards including Luxury Pools Pinnacle Award in 2012, gold and silver winners annually at the Master Pools Guild ceremony, as well as project recognition in Oceans Magazine, No Ka Oi Magazine, Luxury Pools Magazine, Pacific Business News and others; in its first 10 years Huber Pools, Inc. has established itself as Maui’s Premier Pool Builder – the Finest in the Islands.

For more information on Huber Pools please call 808.879.0822, or email Info@huberpools.com.

We encourage you to visit the Huber Pools website & follow them on social media for insight into what makes this company so unique!

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Elvis Presley and Memphis Pool's Roy Reed Keep Things From Being All Shook Up

Posted by Teri Wiltshire on Fri, Sep 12, 2014

Elvis Presley’s Pool is Well Preserved

Elvis Presley and Memphis Pool

By Nate Traylor  Pool And Spa News - reprint

As part of Elvis Week, thousands of fans will descend upon Graceland to pay their respects to the King of Rock ’n Roll this month.

They’ll visit his Memphis estate where they’ll pose for photos in the infamous Jungle Room, tricked out with green shag carpet, funky fake-fur upholstered furniture and a waterfall wall. They’ll peruse the basement billiard room, its walls and ceiling entirely covered in fabulously tacky fabric. And, of course, they’ll want to check out the pool.

But, after all the excess they’ve seen, visitors might be a little underwhelmed.  Turns out, the King’s pool is a simple kidney-shaped vessel, measuring approximately 18 by 36 feet.

Matt Gohlke, owner of Gohlke Pools in Denton, TX, likes to visit historic watering holes and was surprised to discover that “the pool in Graceland was not spectacular in any way,” he noted in a blog post. Yet, he found himself staring and snapping pictures just the same.

Like everything at the Graceland mansion, the pool has been meticulously preserved. Aside from the automatic cleaner, it looks exactly as it did when it was built in 1957.

Memphis Pool can take a lot of credit for that. Aside from a period of time when Graceland underwent some changes in management, Roy Reed, the owner of the city’s oldest building and design firm and a member of the Master Pools Guild, has been helping keep Presley’s pool pristine since before the King’s untimely death in 1977.

While Graceland’s groundskeepers are in charge of weekly maintenance, Memphis Pool is on call for all other service work and repairs.

How does it feel to be responsible for this historical landmark?

“We take all of our customers seriously, but obviously if something goes awry there, it gets your attention quicker because you don’t have a lot of grace time – no pun intended – to get it fixed,” Reed said.

After all, Graceland attracts about 600,000 visitors a year. You wouldn’t want them seeing a green pool.

While the pool itself hasn’t changed, its equipment, housed in a nondescript building a few yards away, has been upgraded.

“I’m pleased to report that the salt system and a Prozone ozonator do an outstanding job maintaining pristine waters,” Reed said.

Working on a pool of such historical significance presents unusual challenges. For instance, Reed emphasized the care exercised not to damage the existing original tile during a replaster.

Of course, being Elvis’ appointed pool pro, he has seen his share of fan hysteria. Reed is reluctant to admit it, but at one time, he had an opportunistic employee who used to sell tiny vials of Elvis’ pool water for a $1 each.

There also was the lady who had a meltdown poolside after Reed invited her to put her finger in a sample of pool water. “I said ‘There, now you’ve been in Elvis’ pool.’” Tears welled in her eyes and her chin began to quiver.

“Not wanting to be implicated in creating a panic attack, I made a hasty departure,” Reed said. “As I left, she was being hugged by another lady that had accompanied her. Aside from the uncontrolled sobbing, I could hear her friend telling her, ‘Now, now, be strong, everything's OK.’ Soon they both were crying.”

In other words, they got all shook up.

 

Memphis Pool is a long standing member of the Master Pools Guild.  For more information on both organizations visit their websites or follow them on so social media.