2011 SBA Hawaii Award Winners

10 companies and individuals are honored as small-business leaders in Hawaii by U.S. Small Business Administration

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by the U.S. Small Business Administration for Hawaii

Honolulu County

Small Business Person of the Year:
Blake Kolona, president
Kolona Painting & General Construction Inc.

Minority Small Business Champion:
Claire J. Tamamoto, president
Empower Oahu

Family-Owned Business:
Dr. Jarod T. Kanemaru, Dr. Lester N. Kanemaru and Dr. Gordon M. Kanemaru
president, VP, treasurer/secretary
Kanemaru Dental Group Inc., dba Kanemaru Family Dental

Small Business Exporter:
Steven M. Mulgrew, president,
Mulvadi Corp.

Financial Services Champion:
Rodney P. Batara, partner and CPA
Hedberg, Batara & Vaughan-Sarandi LLC

Home-Based Business Champion:
Shane Griffin, president
Kai Oli Oli Inc. – Ocean Joy Cruises


Hawaii County

Small Business Persons of the Year:
Michael McKinney and Christopher Kaiser, president and VP,
Pacific Quest Corp.

Minority Small Business Champion:
Marah J. Hardt, owner, researcher, writer and creative consultant, OceanInk

Family-Owned Business:
Orville Dant III and Melynda Dant, president & VP,
Fair Wind Inc.

Veteran Small Business Champion:
Melvin Arai, local veterans employment representative,
state Workforce Development Division


Maui County

Small Business PersonS of the Year:
Mariah Brown and Les Tomita, co-owners, VP & president,
Restaurant Destinations Inc., dba Da Kitchen

Minority Small Business Champion:
Kai Pelayo, director of operations,
Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa

Family-Owned Business:
Curtis Takaoka, president and CEO,
Tasty Crust Inc.


Kauai County

Small Business PersonS of the Year:
Rob & Lois Silverman, owners, president & VP
Rob’s Good Times Grill

Minority Small Business Champion:
Melissa McFerrin Warrack, executive administrator,
Kauai County Farm Bureau

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