808.885.5587  |  64-5176 Kamamalu Road, Kamuela, HI 96743

About Trans-Pacific Design

Founded in 1991 by Susan J. Moss, Trans-Pacific Design creates exceptional interiors designed to embrace and harmonize with the beauty of Hawaii.

Trans-Pacific Design isn't limited to one style — we welcome all challenges. Our successes include styles like Tropical, Country, Contemporary, Asian, Ethnic, and many creative variations/combinations.

Our resort/hospitality interior design and commercial interior design projects have included: guestrooms, banquet rooms, offices, cafeterias, cruise ships and pleasure crafts, stores, sales lounges, chapels, front desk/reception areas, spas, restaurants, retail, clubs, model homes, health clubs and salons.

Susan J. Moss - Owner/Founder

Sue's Qualifications & Affiliations

  • BS Iowa State University; Interior Design

  • US Green Building Council

  • LEED AP: LEED Accredited Professional

  • NCIDQ National Council for Interior Design Qualification

  • Professional Member, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

  • Past President ASID Hawai’i Chapter

  • Past ASID National Director

  • Former Member of State Commissions
        - Commemorative Quarter Commission
        - CQIC for Department of Human Services

Sue seemed destined to become an Interior Designer as early as 5 years old, when she began rearranging furnishings in her dollhouse!

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in interior design, she began working on her career in earnest by working at a large hospitality design firm in Honolulu, where her first job was as Assistant Interior Designer for the SS Independence cruise ship. For this project Sue designed some of the interior spaces, and also followed the ship to dry dock to oversee its renovation. She eventually moved on to creating interiors for guestrooms, corridors and public spaces in many of the well-known brand hotel properties:  Sheraton, Hilton, and more regional locations such as the Kapalua Bay Hotel and Mauna Lani Resort..

In 1991 Sue moved to Hawai’i Island and started Trans-Pacific Design, an interior design firm specializing in Hospitality and Residential design.

When the green design trend started, Sue studied with the US Green Building Council to take and pass the accreditation for the New Construction and Major Renovation Division to earn the LEED AP designation (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Accredited Professional). 

Taking care in creating healthy and sustainable interiors is a high priority for Sue, and she continues research in this area with continuing education classes such as the ASID REGREEN program and by joining the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Sue is a firm believer that while selecting beautiful finishes and creating a sense of place are important, the source of the materials, their construction and even the adhesives used for the install are critical in ensuring a truly healthy and sustainable interior.

A current member and former chapter president and national board member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Sue’s design work in the Kohala Coast resorts and residences, on Hawai’i Island , and in other areas of the state has received dozens of awards; it has also been featured in numerous magazine articles.

In addition to her work in interior design and as Principal Owner of Trans-Pacific Design, Sue is also a Partner supporting the Estate Services division of HomesGroup-Hawai‘i, a State of Hawai’i sustainable business that provides a variety of monthly home overview and service programs, including home visits to second home owners when they are away.

Amy Vail - Designer

Amy's Qualifications & Affiliations

  • M.A. Interior Design

  • Allied ASID

  • LEED Green Associate

  • ASID Oregon Chapter President-elect

  • ASID Oregon Professional Development Director

Amy Vail has been designing environments for more than two decades. Her experience includes display windows, film sets, adaptive reuse projects for historic buildings, corporate events, branded environments, landscapes and personalized designs for residential and commercial interiors.  Her approach to design is based on research and observation that leads to an analytical solution highlighting the unique story that roots every brand, business and individual.  She is inspired by spaces that juxtapose rawness with elegance and where historic architecture is elevated by modern details.

Amy earned her B.A. from Marquette University and her M.A. with highest honors from the prestigious Harrington College of Design in Chicago, where she was privileged to study under architect Constantine Vasilios, a protégé of renowned post-modernist Charles Moore.  She is a LEED Accredited Green Associate and is dedicated to creating healthful, sustainable design. 

Prior to joining the team at Trans-Pacific Design, Amy spent nearly 20 years as a creative director and producer in the fields of film, fashion and events.  She worked with a variety of residential and hospitality interior design clients in Portland Oregon, and hosted the restaurant design web series Taste of Design.  This background gives her unique insight into the way people respond to and interact with their surroundings.  Her interior architecture Master’s thesis explored Hawaiian culture and history through the adaptive reuse of Marconi Station on Oahu, a deliberate choice to build a bridge to the place she has felt drawn to her entire life.  Amy is very happy to finally be home in Hawaii.

Wayne Wiram - Designer

As a BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, Wayne began his interior design career in Richmond.  He returned to his home in Washington, D. C. where he was the display manager for W. & J. Sloane furniture store and later headed the main interior design studio at The Hecht Co. department store.  He then later designed for D.C.’s Knoll showroom in Georgetown. 
 
After that, Wayne moved to Honolulu designing for C.S. Wo & Sons and Interior Systems.  He later opened his own interior design business.  
 
Wayne was President of ASID Hawaii Chapter and has won several design, service, and honor awards from ASID.  He helped promote other designers by writing articles for Hawaii Remodeling Magazine and taught interior design at Chaminade University in Honolulu. 
 
He subsequently moved to the Las Vegas area where he taught interior design at AILV from 1998-2012.  He continues designing for a contemporary furniture store and joined forces with Trans-Pacific Design as their “man on the ground” in Las Vegas in 2016.

The Trans-Pacific Design Difference

Our full-service interior design firm will work with you and your architect and/or contractor every step of the way to make sure the end result is what we have envisioned. We connect with the client and architect on the selections and specifications for all interior finishes, appliances & equipment, plumbing fixtures & fittings, lighting and bath accessories.

Trans-Pacific Design maintains strong local ties and a firm commitment to our island neighbors. Through donations of time and money and a firm resolve to support green and sustainable design, we give back to our community by respecting our beautiful environment and supporting local non-profit activities.

We keep on top of the latest interior design trends and competencies through continuing education programs and accreditation compliance requirements with professional industry organizations. 

Trans-Pacific Design takes great pride in our community and the local connections and know-how we've accumulated through years of respected work and community service. 

  • We source from all over the world and focus on local sources whenever possible

  • We live and work on Hawai’i Island and bring a vast number of years and variety of interiors experience to each new project

  • We have many business relationships with vendors that provide us with favorable pricing.

  • We have the knowledge to navigate the freight and install challenges of living on an island.

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TPD Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer

  • Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce
        Sust-Aina-bility Committee

  • Make-A-Wish Hawai’i, Project Designer

  • Supporting local artisans

  • Member; Sustainable Furnishings Council 

Credits

Project photos by James Cohn and Mary-Kay Cochrane. Video by Ty Stuyvesant. Music by John Keawe.