Matthew comes from a Kama’aina family. His relatives were the first missionaries that settled in the Hawaiian Islands. Prior to coming to Hawaii Matthew worked as an electrician in Long Beach, CA. He moved to Hawaii in 1989 and worked as Director of Security for a retirement community in Kaneohe. During that time he put himself through school and received an AA degree from UH, a BFA from Chaminade University and a Black Belt from The International Karate Federation. Matthew has been a part of the Furniture Plus team since 2001, and “wears many hats” in the firm. Although his focus is primarily Interior Design, he also assists in sales and marketing. He enjoys working for a firm whose diversity allows him to experience a variety of projects, including restaurants, nightclubs, and healthcare facilities. He also does a majority of the firm’s Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawings.
He is now a certified Karate Instructor for the I.K.F. and still competes on a regular basis. Matthew lives on top of Tantalus Mountain. He loves the outdoors, where he likes to swim, hike, and paddle his kayak. During his spare time he enjoys life drawing at a local college. He belongs to several organizations including the Hawaiian Missionary Children’s Society, Windward Drawing Club, The Sierra Club and the ASID.