A Myriad Of Options For Any Household
In the hustle-bustle of modern life, it’s difficult to juggle all the responsibilities at work and those in your personal life, such as a well-run and maintained home.
Stephen Hopkins’business is taking care of the home, whether it’s providing chauffeurs, butlers and maids to tend to every need, or connecting people with a landscaper, handyman or electrician. He says he brings the homegrown aloha spirit to his company, Hopkins Options.
“My word is my bond,” he says. “I guarantee high quality work whether by me, personally, or my in-house staff, or by the network of subcontractors.”
He scrutinizes resumes, verifies work history, does background checks and conducts interviews.
For domestic staffing, he recommends an estate manager to head the team that keeps the home in order, which can include a variety of expertise, from personal assistants to nannies to chefs. His services also offer help with short-term projects such as shopping, event planning, bill paying, entertainment reservations, surfing guides and private tour guides.
It’s something the former sports administrator for the departments of the Army and Navy knows about personally, as he was hired as a private chauffeur and personal assistant for a marine life artist in 1995. The father of four worked his way up to chief of staff, and he was responsible for setting up mobile art studios across the globe. Hopkins helped others set up their domestic staff, and started doing it as a business in 2002.
The fourth of five siblings, Hopkins, a Kalani High School graduate, gushes with praise for the support of his clients, staff, friends, family and especially his four sons, Kailipeleuli, Alika, Shawn and Kanaia.
Hopkins also can be found working in the field as a full-time estate manager.
Working as a chief of staff branched out to recruiting personnel for property maintenance.
“The wear and tear of living in the Islands’ salt air plays havoc,” says Hopkins. “You have to budget to maintain the beautiful property so it keeps up the value. You want to make it more liveable and loving for you.”
Hopkins prides himself on accurately assessing how much a project will cost and how long it will take. Homeowners and property managers utilize his pool of people, which includes professionals in construction, plumbing, flooring, painting, carpentry, remodeling and upgrades. He notes that the company puts forth the same effort in each of its jobs, no matter the size.
“We will do it as if it is $12 million home, whether it is, or even if it is just down the street,” he notes.
Hopkins hopes to someday establish a training institution in Hawaii to groom private service professionals in a formal mansion setting, the way it is done with the Colorado-based Starkey International.
“Hawaii is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean,” he says. “We ought to offer the aloha spirit quality training to the rest of the world.”
More plans for the future are to provide business consulting and increase the construction business.
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