Corporate Anniversaries 2022
What does it take to succeed in Hawaiʻi? Business longevity and growth is a testament to solid management, exceptional products and incomparable service. Be inspired by these local companies who are celebrating important milestones in 2022.
Serving Hawaiʻi since 1882
As a proud American shipping company with with roots in Hawai‘i dating back 140 years, Matson started when Captain William Matson sailed his first vessel from San Francisco to Hilo in 1882.
From the beginning, Matson has been one of the world’s most innovative ocean carriers. Captain Matson was the first to install electric lights and refrigerated storage on ocean-going ships. Matson was a pioneer of Hawai‘i tourism, building a series of first-class luxury liners to ferry passengers from the mainland and the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel to welcome them upon arrival.
Matson introduced containerization in the Pacific – an innovation that revolutionized the industry and became the worldwide standard – as well as the first automobile-carrying ship in the Pacific. It was also among the first containership operators to recognize an obligation to protect the environment and set an industry standard with its Zero Solid Waste Discharge policy.
Matson is still an industry leader in environmental stewardship, using state-of-the-art technology to reduce environmental impacts and achieve goals of further reducing fleet greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and achieving net-zero total Scope 1 GHG emissions by 2050.
The company provides industry-leading on-time delivery of essential goods to the economies of Hawai‘i, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia, and South Pacific islands and premium, expedited service from China to the U.S. West Coast. Matson is a key supply chain partner as its dependable U.S.built, owned and operated ships and assets can be relied upon to continually replenish customer inventories.
Subsidiary Matson Logistics extends Matson’s transportation network with integrated, asset-light logistics services that include rail intermodal, highway brokerage, warehousing, freight consolidation, Asia supply chain services, and freight forwarding to Alaska.
Matson has a longstanding tradition of supporting the communities it serves, contributing volunteer support and more than $3 million in cash and in-kind services to hundreds of Hawai‘i nonprofits annually. As part of its pandemic response in 2020, the company committed to providing $5 million in shipping services to support Hawai‘i’s foodbank networks through 2023.
Celebrating 140 years of dedicated Hawai‘i service, Matson remains deeply committed to and invested in providing the highest level of service to the Islands for many years to come.
1411 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819
Hawaii Dental Service
HDS commits to building a brighter future with healthy smiles.
For 60 years, Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) has been improving oral health and creating a lifetime of healthy smiles for Hawai‘i. Today, as the leading dental benefits provider in the State, HDS serves nearly one million residents in Hawai‘i, Guam and Saipan with a local, O‘ahu-based team of just 130 employees.
HDS has come a long way since 1962, but the company’s mission remains true to the intent of its founders. As a not-for-profit corporation, HDS was founded by 15 local, pioneering dentists who had a strong commitment to provide quality dental care to the community. They introduced the first prepaid dental plan in Hawai‘i, a new concept at the time, to provide affordable dental coverage for Hawai‘i children. Over the decades, the company organized the largest network of participating dentists in the State, with access to quality dentists and dental specialists that remain committed to oral health. In 1966, HDS joined Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), the nation’s largest and most experienced dental insurance benefits provider, offering HDS members access to the largest dental network in the nation – in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.
Today, HDS expands its impact on the community through its philanthropic arm, the HDS Foundation, which provides oral health education and grant support to local oral health programs for the underserved, local youth, and seniors. The Foundation enjoys strong relationships with federally qualified community health centers by helping to fund the latest dental technology for its patients. The HDS Foundation also established a scholarship program for Hawai‘i college students pursuing careers in dentistry or dental hygiene to support the industry and encourage more providers to live and practice in Hawai‘i.
Under the leadership of its new president and CEO, Dr. Diane Paloma, HDS will continue as a key oral health leader that supports local businesses and the community. As oral health becomes integral to overall health, the company’s focus on quality of care and health equity will lead it into the future. And by advancing oral health in the Islands, building robust community oral health programs, and expanding oral health literacy, HDS remains committed to help Hawai‘i’s families Live Well, Smile More.
Hawaii Dental Service
900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 1900, Honolulu, HI 96813-3705
Aloha Kia hits a milestone in 2022 as it celebrates 25 years of service.
Opened in 1997, the first Kias were shipped to Hawai‘i in 1998 to its first location on Nimitz Highway at the Airport. Now there are seven locations spread across O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui and Hawai‘i Island.
“Knowing that you can buy a Kia from us on O‘ahu, and you can move to Kaua‘i, Maui or to Hilo, and we have a facility there. I think that’s a big plus,” says Bill van den Hurk, president of Aloha Kia, who founded the Aloha Auto Group. LTD dba Aloha Kia.
“It’s been a great experience,” he says. “We molded Kia as a brand here and people have accepted us very well. I attribute it to a strong team of employees that work with us.”
Collectively, Aloha Kia ranks in the Top 75 of all Kia dealers in the nation due to its high sale numbers. In 2021, 2,750 new Kia vehicles and 1,470 pre-owned vehicles were sold. Aloha Kia also won the distinguished President’s Club Award twice. It has also been the recipient of J.D. Power Awards.
“Success doesn’t come with me, it comes with our team of people,” says van den Hurk. “The success we have is based on the folks in our locations—our general managers, our service people, our parts people.”
The team is so important that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Aloha Kia made it a point not to terminate or layoff anyone.
“This is an Aloha team, we recognize everyone as an Aloha team member, we don’t recognize them as employees,” he says.
Looking ahead, van den Hurk is excited for the future of Aloha Kia and says it’s on the brink of becoming a very strong electric and EV company. The release of Kia’s electric EV6 model, which utilizes its revolutionary E-GMP architecture, starts shipping in January.
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