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Best Places to Work in Hawaii 2014

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Small Companies

(15 to 49 Hawaii Employees)

No. 1 Hawaii Information Consortium
U.S. Headquarters: Olathe, Kans.

Employees: 32 (Hawaii)/33 (U.S.)

The company that manages the State of Hawaii’s website,, wants its employees to be in tip-top shape. In the office, it offers stand up desks and, outside the office, it sponsors race entry fees and gym memberships.


No. 2 Honolulu Board of Realtors
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 33 (Hawaii)

The trade organization cares for its employees and their loved ones, offering paid leave time to care for sick children, parents and spouses/partners. HBR also includes reciprocal beneficiaries and civil union partners in its health insurance and currently pay 30 percent of the premium.


No. 3 Wealth Managing Partners
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 17 (Hawaii)

All employees at the full-service financial planning firm receive an end-of-the-year bonus. The company likes to celebrate, recognizing employees (and enjoying group lunches) for occasions like 5-year work anniversaries, administrators’ day, monthly team meetings, and birthdays.


Other Small Companies (Listed Alphabetically)

Aloha United Way
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 35 (Hawaii)

Aloha United Way has served as a major fundraiser for Oahu-based nonprofits for over 90 years. Among its unique employee perks is a free, bi-weekly fitness class led by a personal trainer, and a monthly healthy salad bar lunch day.


America’s Mattress
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 39 (Hawaii)

Sales employees at the mattress retailer are offered incentives based on a percentage of sales over their goal. Warehouse and administrative employees are also eligible for quarterly bonuses. The company crosstrains employees between departments so it can promote internal candidates.


The Berry Company
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 44 (Hawaii) / 1,200 (U.S.)

Employees at this advertising and marketing company can earn extra paid time off through a contest. Top performers are honored at an annual recognition dinner. The company also holds “Team Fun Flash Day” and recently spent a day at the beach.


EnviroServices & Training Center, LLC
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 38 (Hawaii)/ 39 (U.S.)

Employees can use the amenities of the “Bamboo Lounge,” which includes arcade games, a ping pong table and a big screen TV. All non-management employees are eligible for bonuses, typically up to one month’s base pay, based on profits and employee reviews.


Gourmet Events Hawaii
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 20 (Hawaii)

Gourmet Events Hawaii has celebrated a job well done with fine dining and champagne, appropriate for the local event planning company. Other fun company outings have included bowling, paintball and Ropes, an outdoor retreat/team building program.


Hale Ola Kino
U.S. Headquarters: Des Moines, Iowa

Employees: 49 (Hawaii)

Employees at this nursing home have flexible schedules in an environment where children are always welcome. Employees can take cash-in-lieu of benefits if they’re already covered by another health plan. The staff gets pampered once-a-year with chair massages, manicures and makeovers.


Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 36 (Hawaii)

Employees at this nonprofit enjoy spending time together, playing basketball in the company parking lot and celebrating with a luncheon after a big inventory day. All employees are eligible for a bonus, typically a percentage of salary, determined by the board of directors.


Hawaii Forest & Trail, Ltd.
U.S. Headquarters: Kailua-Kona

Employees: 42 (Hawaii)

The eco-tourism company gives employees a flexible work schedule and good benefits like paid time off, 401k and health coverage. Employee anniversaries are recognized with a gift and an announcement during the annual holiday party.


Hawaii Mortgage Experts
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 27 (Hawaii)

This mortgage broker holds contests for prizes and trips. All positions – including loan officers and the staff in the marketing and processing departments – have salary and incentive-based pay.


Hawaiian Eye Center
U.S. Headquarters: Wahiawa

Employees: 46 (Hawaii)

All employees at the eye center are eligible for productivity bonuses. Employees with professional licensure or certification are given continuing education allowances, and the company also pays professional dues and subscriptions for these employees. The company holds occasional staff lunch meetings offsite.


IAI - Pacific Defense Solutions
U.S. Headquarters: Kihei

Employees: 37 (Hawaii)

All employees at this Maui-based aerospace company are eligible for a bonus pool by generating programs for the company, whether it is through proposals for Small Business Innovative Research grants, Broad Agency Announcements or by following up with current customers.


Imua Family Services
U.S. Headquarters: Wailuku

Employees: 41 (Hawaii)

The Maui-based nonprofit offers a generous amount of paid time off, ranging from 15 to 25 days a year. The nonprofit involves the whole staff in strategic planning. Imua has brought in national speakers for staff development. Employees receive monetary gifts for certain milestone anniversaries.


Integrated Security
Technologies, Inc.
U.S. Headquarters: Waipahu

Employees: 19 (Hawaii)

The security system company gives employees a flexible work schedule and telecommuting options. Employees receive gift cards for customer appreciation statements. The company highly encourages ideas and often have lunch meetings around the discussion for company improvement.


Integration Technologies, Inc.
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 20 (Hawaii)

The IT services provider hosts monthly lunches, a holiday party and other get-togethers like karaoke and bowling nights for its employees. Incentives are offered for the sales team and new hire referrals. Employees receive a $500 raise for every technical certification test passed and a $500 raise for the certification itself.


Legacy of Life Hawaii
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 28 (Hawaii)

Legacy of Life Hawaii is the only federally designated organization in Hawaii authorized to recover organs and tissue for transplant. The company celebrates its employees with an Employee Appreciation Day and flexible work hours.


Life Foundation
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 30 (Hawaii)

Life Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and to assisting people who live with HIV and AIDS. The nonprofit recognizes its hard-working employees with annual staff retreats at the beach and other places, and celebrates milestone anniversaries.


National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii Inc.
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 17 (Hawaii)

Employees at the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii enjoy the ability to work from home and flexible scheduling, as well as bringing their children to the office as necessary. Staff members celebrate birthdays with a potluck or lunch at a restaurant.


Pacific Administrators, Inc.
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 47 (Hawaii)

The local benefits administration company holds employee functions like movie days and a Halloween costume contest. The company offers a Perfect Attendance Award where monthly winners receive $10 cash and recognition, while semi-annual winners receive $50 cash and recognition.


Pacific Biodiesel
U.S. Headquarters: Kahului

Employees: 40 (Hawaii)/ 47 (U.S.)

The local producer of biofuel pays for 100 percent of its employee healthcare premiums, contributes to employees 401k and pay annual bonuses. And if employees drive a diesel vehicle, employees get a discount on the company’s biofuel.


Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 43 (Hawaii)

The electrical engineering firm provides bi-annual raises to new engineers (within the first three years) and annual raises to the rest of its employees. Employees enjoy trips to Las Vegas and fun holiday parties.


Simply Organized, LLC
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 28 (Hawaii)

The storage and organization product retailer holds two celebrations a year to recognize team members for individual achievements. The company participates in a safety competition between locations. Each person in the winning store receives $100 for keeping an accident-free workplace for 300 days.


Sleep Center Hawaii
U.S. Headquarters: Pearl City

Employees: 26 (Hawaii)

The largest medical sleep center in the state offers flexible work hours and telecommuting options to its employees. Financial incentives for employees include bonuses for referrals, pay increases for new certifications and reimbursement for continuing education.


Toshiba Business Solutions (USA), Inc.
U.S. Headquarters: Irvine, Calif.

Employees: 49 (Hawaii) / 2,700 (U.S.)

The technology and office equipment company encourages Kaizen team membership for employees to improve the company. The company also promotes health with a weekly visit from a massage therapist or employee exercise groups at lunch.


UBS Financial Services, Inc.
U.S. Headquarters: N/A

Employees: 48 (Hawaii) / 55,000 (U.S.)

The financial services provider allows employees a day off to donate time in the community. Employees receive a referral bonus for bringing in qualified financial advisors who join the company. UBS offers training and development programs for new financial advisors, managers and wealth strategists.


Wakelight Technologies, Inc.
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 21 (Hawaii) / 23 (U.S.)

The technology and telecommunications company gives recognition for outstanding performance and achievement, presented either at the client site or at a company luncheon. The annual holiday event for employees and their guests have been hosted at the Battleship Missouri and Island Seaplanes.


The Wedding Ring Shop
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 23 (Hawaii)

Employees at the diamond and fine jewelry retailer like benefits like 401k matching and profit sharing. The company also provides a comprehensive medical benefits package at no charge to its employees. When sales benchmarks are reached, sales associates receive bonuses of up to $1,800 per month.


ZR Systems Group LLC
U.S. Headquarters: Honolulu

Employees: 16 (Hawaii) / 21 (U.S.)

Employees at the technology company can receive up to $1,000 for referring new hires, or for completing certifications. For fun events, the company holds an annual bowling competition and has a company fantasy football league.

Hawaii Business magazine invites you to comment on our articles and the issues they raise. Comments are moderated for offensive language, commercial messages and off-topic posts and may be deleted. Some comments may be chosen for inclusion in the magazine on the Feedback page.

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Apr 14, 2014 09:09 am
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Jun 19, 2014 12:18 pm
 Posted by  BobTheAlligator

Bank of Hawaii...Really?
Should talk to people who work/worked there, not just the marketing team :)

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Aug 4, 2014 10:07 am
 Posted by  Hoku808

Hickam Communities Housing has many cover ups, to ensure another year of best places to work award. For the public records, they're lawsuits, discrimination charges, OSHA violations, State & Federal Labor investigations, wage denials, whistleblowers retalliation findings, past employee lawsuit settlements...unhappy service techs, fear in the worplace, large percentages of turn overs, unfair employment practices, bullying ultimatums...please check the underlining facts, not the frostings.

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