2011 SmallBiz Success Awards

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     Hawaii Self Storage President Daniel Ho says the company
     gives back to the community because “They are the main
     reason we are successful.”
     Photo: Rae Huo

Community Service Award:
Hawaii Self Storage

Helping Students, Athletes and Many Others

In one commercial, Hawaii Self Storage mascots – cartoon safes – wear University of Hawaii helmets and perform the haka. But the company, with six locations and about 10,000 storage units, does far more than sponsor UH athletics.

About 20 percent of the company’s profits are donated toward scholarships, community and high school sports, and other nonprofit causes. “No other industry or company is doing that,” says president Daniel Ho.

When Hawaii Self Storage first opened in Salt Lake in 2001, the company began supporting the community’s youth athletic programs. Since then, its support has grown significantly: The company gives about $150,000 annually to support programs throughout Oahu, including athletic programs in the neighborhoods where Hawaii Self Storage does business, Ho says.

With its Lockers 4 Literacy program, for every storage locker rented, the company sets aside $2 to buy books for schools. The company selects several public schools, and donates books to first graders, Ho says, and adds that he spends “way more” than the money set aside for each rental.

This year, the company plans to distribute a book written by one of its employees which features the company’s Mr. Safety, Ho says. The book is called “Mr. Safety Saves the Day.”

Since 2005, Hawaii Self Storage has given nearly $250,000 in college scholarships to more than 60 Oahu public-school graduates. In 2010 alone, the company funded 12 scholarships of $4,000 each, Ho says.

The company also provides storage space to nonprofits in need. Organizations that have benefitted from free storage are The Contemporary Museum and Easter Seals. While its new facility is being built, Manoa Library has been storing its books and CDs at Hawaii Self Storage free of charge.

Ho credits the leadership of Hawaii Self Storage for creating a culture of giving. The company is owned by MW Group Ltd., headed by co-founder and principal Michael B. Wood, and CEO and principal Stephen B. Metter.
“We want to give back to the community,” Ho says. “They are the main reason we are successful.”

- Jolyn Okimoto Rosa

Hawaii Self Storage
Six locations on Oahu



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