Strini crafted a light fixture for the show made of more than 200 cathedral-glass-style pieces and shaped by his own hands. It hangs in Theresa “Momi” Akana’s Kalihi Valley home, which was chosen for the season-opening makeover.

Producers and cast members of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” didn’t have far to travel from Oahu in their search for an artist who could create a focal point sure to garner attention. They found a willing participant in Rick Strini, a Maui-based glass blower who creates custom pieces such as Exotic Chandeliers, Indoor -Outdoor  Pendants, vases, bowls and uniquely artful stemware.

This same season, Strini again was chosen to work with them for the season Finale in New Orleans. The venue was NOAH’s ARK Missionary Baptist Church.

It began with the season premiere and ends with the season finale. Rick Strini is one of a select group of artists and building-industry workers to have work showcased on national television through the reality series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” but few can say they began the season and closed it out as well.

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