Hawaiʻi’s Top 250 Company Profiles 2021
Profiles of important Top 250 companies – each a leader in their field.
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
Because when we stand together, little things can make a big impact.
“People helping people” is more than just a nice saying. It’s the global credit union philosophy and a fundamental element of HawaiiUSA’s identity. And no time was that more needed than during the hardships of 2020’s COVID19 pandemic. Whether it was providing financial assistance and resources, volunteering our time, donating money to nonprofit organizations, showing appreciation for our members and business partners, or empowering our staff with the resources to work remotely, we committed to give back to Hawai‘i throughout challenging times.
Putting People First
After thorough planning to ensure proper safety and social distancing, every HawaiiUSA branch successfully remained open to allow continued access to full-service banking for those who prefer in-person transactions. HawaiiUSA also rolled out an all-new Digital Banking system to add another level of convenience, while fulfilling the same exemplary standards that our members have come to expect. HawaiiUSA was also able to help members by providing relief options such as waiving certain fees, offering Emergency Relief Loans, Signature Line of Credit limit increases, and loan payment deferrals.
Keeping Hawaiʻi’s Economy Going
Hawai‘i’s businesses represent our members, our neighbors, our ohana. That’s why throughout the pandemic HawaiiUSA made it a focus to extend credit and other financing options to many small businesses and commercial members for working capital and operating purposes. Through the 2020 SBA Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) we were able to help fund 341 PPP loan applications and $10.9 million in total loans. HawaiiUSA was also a major participant in the City and County of Honolulu, the County of Kaua‘i, and the County of Hawai‘i’s respective grant programs. These grants aimed to provide funds to local small businesses to adapt to the additional operating costs associated with COVID19. In total, we helped local businesses acquire 5,000 small business grants and $52.7 million in funds.
Join the HawaiiUSA family and experience the Life matters difference.
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
1226 College Walk Honolulu, HI 96817
Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.
Since COVID has had the world holding its collective breath through most of 2020 and 2021, we felt it was finally time to exhale and express gratitude for our level of activity this last year and a half. To have been able to navigate safely through this difficult period and simultaneously maintain high levels of employment has been very fulfilling. We are grateful to our employees, whose resilience and sense of unity has allowed us to flex with the restrictions of the world and meet our client’s needs and high-expectations.
Dorvin D. Leis (DDL) is proud to be Hawai‘i’s leading mechanical contractor, but even more proud that we are an organization in which multiple generations of the same family have found employment. Although we will be experiencing a contraction in the business activities over the next several months, we will be using this time to build new lines of business and expand others, we are also excited about strengthening our local talent pipeline. We foresee another pickup in business levels in 2022, with a healthy momentum into 2023, so the timing is perfect to partner with local colleges to prepare and invest in the next generation.
It’s important to DDL to provide our community exciting and challenging employment opportunities, strong career paths for long term growth, and above-market benefits for the whole family. Led by our core values of fairness, character, diversity, respect, and pono, we strive to foster an environment where fairness and “doing the right thing” are the corporate standards. We aren’t always perfect in our delivery, but we always revert to what’s best for our employees, communities, and clients in all of our business decisions. A heartfelt thank you to all from the Leis family and DDL leadership.
Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.
Corporate Main Office
202 Lalo Street, Kahului, Hawaii 96732
(808) 8773902 | leisinc.com
O‘ahu Office: (808) 841-2112
Kaua‘i Office: (808) 246-3443
Big Island Office: (808) 329-0958
At Chaminade University, we know that serving our communities means listening to them. That’s why our programs are built to meet Hawai‘i’s needs, with an emphasis on developing transformational leaders who understand the value of adaptation and are passionate about driving positive change.
We’re also proud to say we haven’t let up—even during the toughest days of the pandemic.
Rather, we’ve significantly increased the footprint of our innovative educational programming across a variety of in-demand disciplines, debuting new initiatives that recognize our critical role in preparing Hawai‘i’s workforce for today’s challenges— and tomorrow’s opportunities.
We’re especially honored to say that we’ve focused on strengthening Hawai‘i’s mental health and healthcare capacity, especially in key shortage areas, creating new pathways both for students who are beginning their professional journeys and for those seeking to advance their careers.
Our new fully online option for the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program affords students greater flexibility and access, and dovetails with our growing Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program, which recently received full APA accreditation for 10 years.
Our new Doctor of Nursing Practice will prepare nursing leaders for the highest levels of clinical practice as nurse practitioners and nurse leaders, giving them the tools they need to provide innovative models of care to diverse communities.
Also this year, we welcome the inaugural cohort for our Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership, which seeks to galvanize people around transformational change. This interdisciplinary program was specifically built for forward-looking professionals from across sectors, from education to the nonprofit world and from business to healthcare.
Our School of Business and Communication is also further expanding its high-quality suite of MBA offerings, with a One Year MBA program that allows students to reach their goals on an accelerated schedule and a “business for good” approach that empowers them to embrace their roles as leaders.
As is clear, we haven’t just been listening to community needs—but acting on them.
Because together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.
3140 Wai‘alae Avenue
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816
Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi
International STEM Center for Excellence at Paumalū
Hawaiʻi’s STEM Leaders of the Future – Who You Going to Call?
With over 104 years of experience Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i is inspiring future STEM leaders with their new International STEM Center for Excellence at Camp Paumalū. Situated on 135 acres on the North Shore of O‘ahu, the STEM Center for Excellence will provide year-round opportunities in cybersecurity, space and ocean sciences, robotics, computer coding, botany, engineering, environmental stewardship and more. Girls can enjoy outdoor adventure and develop leadership skills while exploring STEM careers conducting on-site experiments and learning how their STEM skills can make the world a better place. This new 11,000-squarefoot facility is scheduled to open September 2021.
Giving Girls the Know-How to Invent the Future
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the fastest growing occupations in the United States and play a key role in the security and prosperity of our country. But we face an impending STEM work force crisis. In the next decade, the U.S. will need one million more STEM professionals than it is on track to produce. A significant gender gap within STEM fields amplifies this problem. The Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (2018) reports that women comprise only 24% of STEM professionals in Hawai‘i. This is detrimental to the state, which needs 16,000 more workers with STEM skills each year, yet currently ranks 47th among all states in the number of STEM-related degrees awarded per 100,000 residents (University of Hawai‘i News, 2016).
The Center has been selected as an International Destination site by Girl Scouts USA and WAAGS International and students from around the world will apply to join the Pacific Exploration in STEM program annually. Camp Paumalū’s STEM Center for Excellence will bolster Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i’s efforts to provide girls with positive STEM experiences from an early age, so that they are more likely to aspire to STEM careers and develop the confidence and competence needed to persist when faced with challenges in doing so.
Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i will be there to turn inspiration into action.
Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i
410 Atkinson Drive, Suite 2E1, Box 3
Honolulu, HI 96814
Pacxa is Hawaiʻi’s premier technology provider and systems integrator, and they are proud to be recognized amongst Hawaii Business Magazine’s Top 250 companies. The company provides technology solutions to hundreds of commercial, nonprofit, and government organizations across the state, many of which are also Top 250 companies.
In 2020, Pacxa focused on helping clients adapt their IT environments to work effectively through the pandemic. This year, the company expanded its priorities to generate technology career opportunities for Hawai‘i residents through its Workforce Development Program. The goal is to nurture and develop a resilient local workforce that delivers innovation and excellence to help Hawai‘i’s businesses leverage technology to succeed. The program includes paid work experience, on-the-job training, mentoring, opportunities to obtain IT industry certifications, and career services.
Community impact is a key value for Pacxa and its parent company, Island Holdings. The Workforce Development Program is just one way that Pacxa is making technology a core component of the state’s innovation economy. Many organizations in Hawai‘i have critical IT needs, and Pacxa is helping to meet those needs by training and mentoring motivated individuals who are passionate about pursuing technology careers.
Kelly J. Ueoka, President of Pacxa, said, “We hope the Workforce Development Program will provide sustainable living-wage careers and opportunities for Hawai‘i residents that were not available to them before.”
The Workforce Development Program is one of many notable developments for Pacxa in 2021. Earlier this year, the company unveiled its new branding and website. Pacxa was also named Hawaii Business Magazine’s SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Awards technology honoree and one of the Best Places to Work. As described by Ueoka, “Our bright, dedicated Pacxa team members are really what make these accomplishments possible. Together, we make technology work for Hawai‘i, and much more.”
1000 Bishop Street, Suite 701
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 585-0444 | email@example.com
Kapili Construction, LLC.
dba Kapili Roofing & Painting
Kapili Construction, LLC dba Kapili Roofing & Painting is locally owned and family operated.
Our company was founded in 2007 by Michael Leong. Our team operates out of Central Oahu, and services all areas of Oahu. We perform residential and commercial roofing repair, replacement, and maintenance along with interior and exterior painting services. Our Clientele range from the everyday local homeowner to various private commercial clientele to local, state and federal government agencies. Our team prides ourselves in having a passion for the roofing industry, and doing great work. No project is too big, or too small for our team.
Kapili Construction, LLC
94-221 Leonui Street #A
Waipahu, HI 96797
House of Finance, Inc.
House of Finance’s mission to help Hawai‘i families achieve homeownership has not changed since its foundation in 1995 and that commitment to put families first makes them a highly trusted mortgage lender. Reliability, honesty and follow through, is what their reputation is built on.
Eliminate the Hassle
Clients love House of Finance because they make the loan process easier. An experienced staff allows House of Finance to streamline the process – saving customers’ time, headaches and money. In fact, customer feedback commonly praises staff for going above and beyond to make the loan process fast and pain free, all while welcoming them like family.
Supporting education and the community is a guiding principle for House of Finance and Roland & Evelyn Casamina – company founders and owners. They gave $250,000 to UH Foundation in 2020 to enhance the undergraduate leadership center at Shidler College of Business, Roland’s alma mater. An additional $10,000 was donated to the Filipino Community Center, where Roland serves as President Emeritus. House of Finance was able to help numerous other community members and organizations too.
Service in a Time of Uncertainty
Events of 2020 shook everything up and Hawai‘i’s housing market was no exception. The historically low interest rates triggered an influx of home purchases and refinances as families were eager to save money. House of Finance was ready to help and worked tirelessly through the ups and downs to secure loans for customers during a time of uncertainty when every dollar saved, counted.
At the end of the day, House of Finance President and CEO Roland Casamina wants the community to know that House of Finance is here to help. “If you have questions about or problems with your loan – we have the answers. We are here to take care of you and help you in every way.”
House of Finance
2300 N. King St.,
Honolulu, HI 96819
Facebook & Instagram: @houseoffinancehi
John Mullen and Company, Inc.
Insurance claim adjusting is what we do here at John Mullen and Company (JMCO). As a multi-line claims firm, we handle residential and commercial property claims, auto, workers’ compensation, TDI and marine claims. We make it our goal to get people back on their feet after the unfortunate experience of an accident, injury or property damage.
The founders of JMCO, John and Margaret Mullen, left a legacy of integrity and compassion, which Mr. Mullen marketed as “Adjusting with Aloha.” These guiding principles, instilled by our founders and fully embraced by his successor presidents, Terry and Sara Mullen, have been the key in making JMCO succeed in our unique Hawaiian business climate.
The Mullens understood that any company is made by the work and dedication of its staff. The past year has shown the resiliency of our 80 employees to perform well after sudden challenges, eagerly adapting to changing client, regulatory and global needs. Our corporate mission, Kina‘ole, the Hawaiian ideal of flawlessness, leads each of us to do our best and do it right, the first time, and for the right reason. We shifted into a hybrid-work model seamlessly to provide the quality of service our clients have come to know and expect.
In April 2021, JMCO entered a new era when it agreed to have its stock acquired by DB Insurance of Korea, which retains significant Hawai‘i market share. A satisfied JMCO client-partner since 2006, DB wishes JMCO to continue its independence in both management control and adjusting dominance in the Hawai‘i market for its existing clientele with an eye for further local expansion.
The JMCO model has worked for many carriers in Hawai‘i for 61 years and DB believes its Kina‘ole model of delivery, in combination with the financial stability DB brings, will perform just as well in other US locales. DB and JMCO believe this proven independent structure will be one that current and prospective JMCO clients will continue to take advantage of to assure excellent staffing whose sole function remains prompt, fair and professional claim handling.
In the first three months of this next chapter for JMCO, we have not lost a single employee or client. Our future is looking promising indeed.
John Mullen and Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 2096, Honolulu, HI 96805
Main Office: (808) 531-9733
Fax: (808) 531-0053
Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union
Rising to the challenge is nothing new for for Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union.
Chartered in 1936 during the Great Depression and persevering through wars, political unrest, the Great Recession and other natural and man-made disasters, Aloha Pacific FCU grew through more than eight decades to become Hawai‘i’s third largest credit union.
And then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, bringing unprecedented destruction to lives and livelihoods.
“Through good and bad times, we kept true to our dedication to our members and our community,” said Vince Otsuka, president and CEO of Aloha Pacific. “Thanks to the support of our members and the hard work of our employees, we are stronger than ever and are among Hawai‘i’s Top 250 companies.”
In 2020, APFCU reached a milestone $1 billion in assets and completed mergers with Hawaii Pacific FCU and McCabe, Hamilton & Renny FCU. Membership now tops 63,000. It remains the only Hawai‘i-based financial institution to have a branch in Las Vegas, and now also has a branch in Kahului, Maui. Kekaha Credit Union has been a division since a 2018 merger, giving APFCU a presence on three major Hawaiian Islands.
Giving back to the community continues to be a longstanding priority and includes fundraising for Hawaii Foodbank and the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network, and participating in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
As the pandemic took hold, APFCU donated $10,000 in restaurant gift cards to first responders and 1,000 cans of Spam for families in Kalihi.
An APFCU initiative titled “Aloha and Kokua” presented 100 Restaurant Holiday Cards, valued at $20,000, to members whose livelihoods had been affected by the pandemic.
APFCU also was among the credit unions that assisted in the City & County of Honolulu’s Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund program, distributing $31 million in federal CARES Act funds to 2,000 small businesses.
“ ‘People helping people’ is the founding philosophy of the credit union movement, and something we strive for every day,” Otsuka said. “We were glad to help where we could, in our own small way, to assist those who have been hit hard by the pandemic.
“COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work and think, and Aloha Pacific will continue to adapt to whatever the future holds, for the sake of our members and the community.
“With Aloha, anything is possible.”
Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union
832 South Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96813