What you missed at the 2016 Small Business Awards Luncheon
Small Businesses in Hawaii, this ‘woo-hoo’ is for you
Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery was a packed house for the 29th Small Business Awards Luncheon Friday, May 6th. Put on by the Small Business Administration and Hawaii Business Magazine every year, the event never disappoints.
This year was no exception. Small business owners representing all counties and industries of Hawaii filled the ballroom along with friends and families to celebrate the best of the best.
Held in the middle of a particularly balmy Aloha Friday, attendees strolled into the Small Business Expo pre-awards ceremony to congratulate their peers. Winners and sponsors that participated in the expo contributed to the lively atmosphere with games and prizes at their booths. If you weren’t at the bar to get a head start on Pau Hana, you were at Kauai Kookie Company’s booth to congratulate the Hashisaka’s for winning the “Special Lifetime Award”… and to grab seconds of their ono chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies. Also spotted mingling in the expo crowd was State Senator Mazie Hirono, who stopped by to congratulate all of the State’s top winners.
“Small businesses create 90% of Hawaii’s jobs and entrepreneurs are at the forefront of building a more sustainable economy,” said Hirono.
As the lights flickered to signal the start of the awards ceremony and lunch, Hawaii News Now’s Howard Dicus waited on stage to welcome the crowd. Waiters scurried around the ballroom’s 44 tables to serve hot plates of glazed teriyaki steak, and when the clinking of porcelain plates and metal forks commenced, so did the show.
From the prize wheel to the 38 winning companies that marched up on stage to accept their awards, (some with their keiki), the ceremony carried the same sparkle and energy from start to finish. But it was as guests were finishing their chocolate cakes that the energy in the room turned up a notch.
It was at this time that Small Business Person of the Year, Ray Jardine of Native Hawaiian Veterans, took the mic. In his heartfelt speech, he expressed gratitude to the community and his team, and encapsulated the unique spirit of doing business in Hawaii. Jardine was also named second runner-up for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s national Small Business Person of the Year award, garnering him a standing ovation.
True to form, Editor Steve Petranik’s ended the festivities with his infamous ‘woo-hoo!’ while the room exploded with colorful streamers. A very fitting way to end an afternoon of celebratory recognition, camaraderie, and achievement.
Congratulations to all of our Small Business Awards winners!
- The Limtiaco Consulting Group, Inc.
- Mokulua High Performance Builder
- Plywood Hawaii Inc.
- Dorado-Schuyler, Inc.
- Jayco Hawaii, Inc.
- Alternate Energy, Inc.
- Hawaii Forest & Trail, Ltd. And Kohala Zipline, LLC
- The Locavore Store
- Hawaii Small Business Development Center & Product to Product, Inc.
- Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company
- Koloa Rum Company
- KaiKini Bikini
- Hawaii Small Business Development Center-Kauai Office
- Kauai Community College
- Up-to-Date Cleaners Kauai, Inc.
- Sturdevant Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc.
- Mr. Pineapple
- Kamoku Contracting LLC
- Paia Fish Market & Restaurant, Inc.
- Kihei Rent a Car, Inc.
- Maui Chamber of Commerce
- Kaua`i Kookie
- Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC
- 21st Century Marketing
- Aloha 2 Go LLC
- All Island Case Management Corporation
- For Kaua`i Magazine
- Business Action Center
- Kealakekua Ranch, Ltd.
- Hawaiian Fresh Products, Inc.
- Bank of Hawaii
- Maui Varieties, Ltd.
- Pediatric Dental Group
- Preferred Home and Community Based Services, Inc.
- 101 Financial
- Sweet-E’s Enterprise, LLC dba Sweet E’s Café
- Maui Brewing Co.
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