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 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.
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.