Pa-le-ka-na, adj. safe; in a state of safety from danger.

Palekana Permitting and Planning is a locally-owned, full-service building permit services company in Honolulu, Hawaii.



Palekana Permits, LLC was established to provide third party review and permit expediting services. The word “Palekana” in Hawaiian means “safe, to feel secure from danger, in a state of safety.” We feel that it is an appropriate name for a company that helps its clients to be safe and to avoid delays and problems on their projects by meeting the government requirements properly and effectively. In 2005, Dennis Enomoto and the late Dan Ide began expediting building permit applications through the City’s Building Department. In 2006, they were joined by Frank Katakura, then a 36 year, recently retired veteran Plan Examiner with the City & County of Honolulu’s Building Department. Palekana sought and was granted certification by the City to conduct third party review of commercial building permit application. Jonn Serikawa joined the firm in 2008 to head up Operations. Darren Lee, LEED certified architect and certified Building Code Reviewer, joined Palekana in 2010 and provides expanded Code Consultation Services as well as expertise in Construction Administration and Construction Management and Project Close Out. Maui and Hawaii Island Expediting are also available.

Principals of Palekana Permits, LLC are Dennis Enomoto, Jonn Serikawa and Darren Lee.

Palekana utilizes a strong technical base and its knowledge of the permitting process to become the most effective permit expeditor in this specialized field. 

About Us


Palekana Permitting & Planning is a locally-owned, full-service building permit services company that offers Strategic Permitting Solutions that include: Third Party  Review of building permit plans for Building code, Residential Code,  Mechanical/Plumbing Code code, Electrical Code, Structural and Land use compliance as defined in Section 20-1-1 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu. We also office permit routing services on the Islands of Maui and Hawaii Island.


  • Unmatched experience in plan reviewing. Our building code examiners have over 60 years of combined experience.
  • Exclusive in-house experienced permit routing and expediting. Palekana's routers only route plan for Palekana Clients. 
  • Competitive pricing that supports a value-added component to minimize duration of the building permit process. 


In October of 2004, the City and County of Honolulu adopted rules to allow for third party review process § 20-2-9 and chapter 7. Under these rules, qualified engineers or architect who are certified by the City & County of Honolulu are allowed to review and certify that plans and specifications are properly submitted and in compliance with the Codes, Ordinances, Rules and other requirements of the City. The disciplines/areas allowed for third party review are, Building, Electrical, Structural, Plumbing/Mechanical, Residential and Residential Land Use.



  1. General Growth Properties, Ala Moana Center Ewa Expansion Base Buildings including permitting for Bloomindale’s, Nordstrom Shirokiya Japan Village, Foodland Farms, Forever Twenty-one, UNIQUO and other tenants in the Ala Moana Ewa Expansion.
  2. Ka Makana Alii Shopping Center in Kapolei Base Buildings, DeBartolo Development, including permitting for Sura, Cheesecake Factory, Macy’s, Hampton Inn, The Grove, California Pizza Kitchen, 
  3. International Market Place Redevelopment Waikiki Base Buildings Taubman, including all of the tenant permits International Market Place Tenant Coordination Team SAK’s Fifth Avenue, International Marketplace
  4. Howard Hughes Corporation (IBM Building, Block C, O and K Ward Villages *three luxury hi-rise condominium projects in progress*)
  5. One Ala Moana Condominium Ultra luxury Residential Development.
  6. Park Lane Ultra Luxury Residential Development
  7. Hyatt Place Waikiki Complete Renovation
  8. IBEW Local 1186 Office Renovation
  9. Kyoya Hotels & Resorts Master Plan Renovations (Sheraton Waikiki Renovation, Royal Hawaiian Hotel Renovation, over $180 million development) 
  10. Kyoya Hotels & Resorts: Princess Kaiulani Redevelopment $500 million 
  11. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Guestroom Renovation
  12. Hawaiian Electric Co. (New 100 megawatt Generating Plant in Campbell Industrial Park) 
  13. Carpenters Union (New Training Center) 
  14. Operating Engineers (New Kapolei Office)
  15. Stanford Carr Development, Halekauwila Place and Keauhou Place, high-rise residential tower
  16. New City Nissan (New Facility) 
  17. 24 Hr Fitness: New superstore in Pearl City and renovations at various locations
  18. University of Hawaii Cancer Center
  19. UFC Gym Kakaako, UFC Gym Waikele,and UFC Mililani
  20. University of Hawaii (Maui Community College Science Building
  21. Windward Community College Library and Learning Center
  22. West Oahu Campus
  23. Avalon Development (Milltown Development, Cole Academy, Federal Project) 
  24. Plumbers Union Local 720
  25. Kamehameha Schools (Maile Learning Cnt)
  26. Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Hospital Various renovation projects
  27. Castle Medical Center various interior alterations
  28. Kapolei Elementary II School New elementary school
  29. Alohilani Redevelopment including Morimoto’s
  30. Hawaii Prince Hotel Renovation
  31. Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Fendi, Tiffany’s
  32. Hilton Garden Inn
  33. Kapolei Business Park Phase II various buildings including Medline, Penske
  34. CVS/Longs Drug Store Remodels

Contact Us

Dennis Enomoto

Office: 808-941-3232 x220

Mobile: 808-948-8728

Jonn Serikawa

Office: 808-941-3232 x221

Mobile: 808-722-7386

Darren Lee, AIA, LEED AP

Office: 808-941-3232 x222

Mobile: 808-373-0101

Palekana Permitting and Planning