About Us


Canaan was founded in 1978, as Canaan Decorating, by Raymond C. Suiter. The company quickly became involved in many specialty licensed disciplines of construction and, then began to operate as a custom home builder. We performed most of the facets of specialty construction “in house” as a custom luxury home builder. Canaan soon became identified as a premier contractor for luxury renovations of bathrooms, kitchens, additions, and for building high end custom luxury homes from the ground up. Since it’s very beginning, Canaan has always been dedicated to providing the very highest of possible quality and craftsmanship. This reputation stands today and Canaan Builders is known as a premier home builder in Honolulu and throughout the state of Hawaii. The core philosophy of the company has been to provide finely crafted and finished buildings and remodels, which reflect the company’s goal of luxury construction with unmatched quality and craftsmanship.

Canaan has never been a “top heavy” company, existing of a highly administrative personnel organization, but rather, we have been known historically as a team of craftsmen whose varied specialized skills and service, produce construction products that are far beyond the reach of our competitors. Careful attention to detail is a hallmark of Canaan, along with timely completion of the project at hand. Whether it is the construction of a custom luxury home or the timely completion of a high end retail establishment, Canaan rises far above its competitors. Canaan has performed countless luxury bathroom remodels, stunning kitchen renovations, and meticulously crafted boutiques and shops that have won many building and architectural awards. Canaan believe newly constructed homes should last a trouble free lifetime and should never be considered disposable or need to be replaced.

Through the years, Canaan’s philosophy of high quality construction has proven to be unique and enduring. Our clientele have responded to this effort of ours and our philosophy, by becoming our advertising and promotional arm. These clients recommend us over and over again to other new clients, who in turn become our promoters. Our work product is of the highest quality and our clients always know and can attest to the fact that Canaan Builders stands behind our work and guaranty the supreme performance of our work product.


Raymond C. Suiter

Raymond C. Suiter

Raymond C. Suiter founded Canaan Decorating in 1978 in Hawaii and guided the company’s evolution into Canaan Construction and Design as a general contractor. Raymond is a second generation home builder that decided to pursue a career in chemical engineering and obtained his PhD in that field. However, after several years, decided that his work passion was still in construction and he moved to Hawaii and established Canaan. After many years of performing both custom luxury home building and commercial construction and remodeling projects, Mr. Suiter decided to leave Hawaii and pursue other interests. He sold Canaan and moved to the mainland. However, in 2014, with persuasion from his sons, he decided to return to Hawaii and rebuild Canaan in a completely new entity, Canaan Builders LLC. He established Canaan Builders LLC with the help and assistance of his son, Raymond T. Suiter, with a renewed vision to build the new entity and establish it along the lines of the philosophy of the original Canaan. Mr. Suiter has build projects in a wide array of venues from luxury condos and high end custom homes and ranch complexes on the mainland, to impressive commercial projects.

Raymond T. Suiter

Raymond T. Suiter

Raymond T. Suiter has construction experience of over 30 years. He has a developed expertise in fine carpentry and home construction and has supervised the building of homes and commercial buildings and has been involved in the remodeling of many fine residences and commercial shops and businesses both in Hawaii and on the mainland. He has had hands-on construction experience ever since he established his own deck building company in the Pacific Northwest, as a teenager. In Honolulu, Raymond T. Suiter has supervised the construction of high end custom homes and has built many commercial buildings businesses with exquisite designs, craftsmanship, and construction.

Max B. Suiter

Max B. Suiter

Max B. Suiter is employed by Canaan Builders LLC as its principal RME. Max has extensive experience as a custom home designer and custom home builder. Max has obtained a long list of awards for the company and its outstanding projects. Max has been responsible for guiding the development of many high end commercial retail shops in Waikiki, greater Honolulu, and throughout Hawaii. He is well know by the architectural profession in Honolulu, as the builder of many premier luxury homes throughout the state of Hawaii. Max has been a Responsible Managing Employee (RME) for Canaan for many years and began his career in construction early on and became qualified and licensed in many construction specialties, which has made him an excellent construction manager and with a multi disciplinary oversight. Max also works well with project architects because of his natural design talents and ability.


CANAAN has a long history in Hawaii. Founded in 1978 and reinvented in 2014, our decades of construction experience, expertise and craftsmanship were re-ignited and re-energized in Hawaii as CANAAN BUILDERS LLC.

Canaan Builders combines energy efficiency, improved and state of the art construction materials and building practices along with traditional and timeless quality construction. Please visit the photos of some of Canaan’s past projects and give us a call to discuss your dreams, interests, and needs.

Custom Luxury Homes and Remodels

Commercial Buildings and Shops

Historical Renovations