Hawaiʻi’s Top 250 Company Profiles 2022
Learn more about some of the Top 250 companies that made this year's list — each a leader in its field.
Reinventing Hawaiʻi’s Energy Future
For the past 50 years, Hawai‘i residents and businesses have counted on Par Hawaii to reliably and safely produce a range of petroleum-based products to meet their energy needs. These products – gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, marine fuel, fuel oil for electrical power generation, and even asphalt for our highways and roads – have been central to Hawai‘i’s economy.
To support Hawai‘i’s transition to more renewable energy use and to reduce carbon emissions, Par Hawaii has already begun to explore ways to produce clean energy. The transition will not occur overnight. However, Par Hawaii is taking steps in the right direction.
“The Par Hawaii team includes talented engineers and other professionals who are examining new ways to use our existing refinery and fuel distribution infrastructure to deliver energy to Hawai‘i’s consumers. We recognize we cannot do this alone,” Eric Wright, Par Hawaii president said. “We’re collaborating with partners in a variety of sectors to ensure the science, commercial viability, and policies to support these positive changes are all aligned and help create a smooth transition for our state.”
In partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, Par Hawaii has begun to look at ways to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), right here in the islands, by reconfiguring existing processing units at the refinery. In addition, selected Hele and 76 stations operated by Par Hawaii are distributing biodiesel, produced in the islands by Pacific Biodiesel.
Energy Assurance for the Future
“This is an exciting time to be an energy provider in Hawai‘i,” said Wright. “The 50th anniversary of our Kapolei refinery this year provided an opportunity for the Par Hawaii team to revisit the original purpose of the refinery and reflect on the outpouring of support from government, business, and community leaders to build our refinery back in the early 1970s. We’re renewing our commitment to make energy assurance a priority for our state, now and into the future.”
Central Pacific Bank
Founded on service, driven by commitment and fueled by innovation
Central Pacific Bank was founded by war veterans who simply wanted to provide a better life for their families. Over the years the institution has always been driven by a commitment to serving the customers and communities across Hawai‘i. Today, the bank is over $7 billion strong, with over 800 committed employees whose values reflect those of their founders.
Most recently, CPB has totally re-imagined its banking experience, and their new downtown headquarters reflects that, including their unique “Tidepools” coworking space and inclusion of popular eateries.
Central Pacific Bank has also adopted a “digital first” model for all banking services, including:
- Shaka Checking – Hawai‘i’s first (and only) all-digital banking account.
- Top-rated OS and Android mobile banking apps for all everyday banking needs.
- Hawai‘i’s fi rst online chat feature from computers or smartphones.
- Consolidation of all online financial relationships in one place.
- State-of-the-art ATMs in more locations.
- Innovative digital tools for businesses small or large.
They call it “Digital Banking the CPB Way,” and even more innovative solutions are coming soon in both personal and business products.
But even with their commitment to state-of-the-art technology, CPB carries on its long-standing tradition of exceptional service, with experienced branch staff and highly rated customer satisfaction.
CPB is also a strong advocate for the community.
During the pandemic, they were the single largest provider of PPP funding for local businesses, and their “Keep Hawaii Cooking” program supported the highly impacted local food service industry and their customers.
CPB’s Rising Tide program launched last summer to help advocate for Hawai‘i’s small business community. Through Rising Tide, members have access to assistance programs and education resources, as well as priority to bookable conference rooms at CPB’s Tidepools coworking space.
CPB Foundation is dedicated to programs that support our diverse community, education, women entrepreneurs, small businesses, youth sports, agricultural and environmental initiatives, and pathways to explore new opportunities for Hawai‘i’s ‘ohana to reach their full potential.
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union
The HawaiiUSA Difference
At HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, it’s more than just being able to serve all our members, local businesses, and communities with their banking needs. It’s about ensuring that through all our actions what’s resoundingly clear is that your financial wellness matters to us. That’s because as a member of Hawai‘i’s largest credit union, you’re both an owner and a customer. Looking out for our members’ best interests is more than a tagline; it’s the way we do business.
Say “Yes” to More
We’re always looking for bigger and better ways to pay it forward to our members. From cash rewards to discounts on already competitive rates, members see their money go even further with the complete offer of banking products and services available in all of our 14 branch locations across O‘ahu, Maui, Hawai‘i Island, and Kaua‘i, as well as online at hawaiiusafcu.com. And with our comprehensive Digital Banking and Mobile Banking tools and resources available for free, members can manage their accounts and payments conveniently on their own schedule—whether on the go or at home.
Trust Through Transparency, Peace of Mind with Enhanced Security
We respect our members right to information and can proudly say we never charge hidden fees. And in the event of any suspicious activity occurring with a member’s account, our team of highly trained experts make it their highest priority to investigate and get to the bottom of any concerns. Your privacy and security are our commitment.
Become a Member, Join the ʻOhana
Joining is fast, simple, and membership eligibility is open to anyone meeting any of the following criteria: 1) in the field of education as an employee, retiree, student, or student’s parent in a majority of Hawai‘i schools, pre-K through 12th grade, 2) affiliated with any of our 4,900+ Select Employee Groups (SEGs), or 3) an immediate family member of a HawaiiUSA member. With all those options, nearly everyone can become a HawaiiUSA member!
Closing the digital divide with fioptics expansion
Reliable, high-speed internet service is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. Lack of online access limits options for families and businesses. Without it, children fall behind in school because they cannot participate in online classroom instruction, parents cannot conduct basic transactions or apply for jobs, and businesses cannot effectively compete in the global marketplace.
Technology and connectivity are critical to everyday life. Hawaiian Telcom is leveling the playing field and improving digital equity in Hawai‘i by ramping up its investment to expand broadband availability to more local businesses and families, including those in underserved communities. Last year, Hawaiian Telcom invested more than $100 million to expand and support its fiber network.
By the end of 2022, an additional 50,000 homes and businesses will have access to Hawaiian Telcom’s 100% fiber internet service Fioptics. More than half of these locations will be on the neighbor islands, including Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. Hawaiian Telcom is also expanding Fioptics to Kapa‘a on Kaua‘i, Wailuku on Maui, Kea‘au on Hawai‘i Island, and Nanakuli and Wai‘anae on O‘ahu.
This expansion will help to ensure that more people in more places have access to broadband service as Hawai‘i emerges from the economic hardships brought on by the pandemic. As everyone from business owners to students and families rely more than ever on their ability to connect, Hawaiian Telcom pledges to continue increasing digital equity by expanding its fiber network throughout our island state.
In addition to its statewide fiber expansion, Hawaiian Telcom offers a range of advanced technology solutions for businesses. Hawaiian Telcom’s team of technology experts can partner with local businesses to help manage network infrastructure, implement cyber security measures to protect assets, achieve regulatory compliance and more.
Hawaiian Telcom is committed to helping families and local businesses imagine new possibilities to shape their future.
ʻIolani School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Fostering educational excellence and personal growth in an environment that values collaboration, humility, and respect for all community members; ‘Iolani School develops liberally educated, well-rounded individuals who are prepared to lead and contribute as active moral citizens. ‘Iolani prides itself on being a tight knit community. “At ‘Iolani, you are known” is a core value and defines faculty and student life. An average class size of 16 students provides opportunities for personalized instruction and fosters nurturing relationships. More than 80% of Upper School faculty hold advanced degrees and 13% hold doctorate degrees. The “One Team” motto expresses the spirit of unselfish cooperation and mutual support among faculty, staff , parents, and students. Inside and outside the classroom, “One Team” holds members to a high standard of care and concern for all.
ʻIolani Education Highlights:
- $7.3 million in financial aid
- #1 NICHE.com independent school in Hawai‘i
- 100 boarding students from around the world, including 17 countries
- 90+ clubs and service organizations
- 17 bands and orchestras
- 105 athletic teams
- 100% of graduates accepted to 4-year colleges
Innovation & Opportunities
ʻIolani School provides a myriad of opportunities that equip students to learn in an evolving world of information access, creation, collaboration, and communication. Through world-renowned facilities and instructors, students gain the skills to discover their passions, take risks, apply their talents to create award-winning work, and participate in nationally recognized teams that address real-world problems. Students are fortunate to learn in state of the art facilities, including:
- Sustainably designed 40,000-square-foot Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership for students in grades 7-12
- Newly constructed 2-story Kaneshiro Science and Innovation Center for students in grades K-6
Built on the spirit of Aloha and our “One Team” philosophy, ‘Iolani has more than 150 years of history, embracing students from around the world. Our diverse population creates the opportunity to create meaningful, sustainable, and reciprocal relationships that stimulate the exchange of ideas, foster a deeper cultural awareness, and build students’ desire to improve the world around them.
Hawaiʻi Focused Healthcare
A cultural value that makes Hawai‘i a special place to live is that we care for each other. That value is at the heart of what we do at AlohaCare. Since our beginning in 1994, the work of AlohaCare has been to take care of the health of our members by ensuring all communities have equal access to high quality care, support systems, and community resources. Founded by Hawai‘i’s community health centers, AlohaCare is a local, non-profit, safety-net health plan focused on Medicaid and Medicare. Through meaningful collaboration, with a wide range of partners including healthcare providers, community organizations, and state and federal agencies, our health coverage goes beyond medical services.
With up to 80 percent of health influenced by social determinants of health, we support members outside of the clinical setting too.
- We helped start Unite Hawai‘i, a platform that connects members to social services in their neighborhood.
- Our education benefit The Promise of Hope is offered in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Education Waipahu Community School for Adults. The benefit provides a complete program for members to achieve their high school education and has already received national recognition. Why? Because higher education is tied to better health outcomes.
- With the diverse population of our islands, culturally responsive services are another priority for AlohaCare. Our Ke Aloha Mau program offers Native Hawaiian healing practices shown to improve health and engage our communities. We provide hula, ‘ai pono, lomilomi, and ho‘oponopono benefits in partnership with community health centers, Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems, and cultural practitioners.
Community Investments and Partnerships
Together with our partners, we address issues that affect health, like food security and housing stability. AlohaCare gives grants to provide free, fresh produce for children and seniors; mobile care services for houseless youth and adults and for pregnant women and new moms with their babies; public policy solutions for housing challenges; and healthcare workforce development. We connect to communities we serve by listening and learning from their experts and employing people who live in each community we serve. Learn more at AlohaCare.org.
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
At Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU), we believe that “always right by you” isn’t just a tagline – it’s our way of life. It’s also a promise, to treat our members fairly, like family and to always consider what’s best for them in all we do. That makes us unique.
Credit unions were originally established to provide financial services and support to communities that were unserved and underserved by traditional banks. This idea of people helping people was the foundation on which Hawaii State FCU began. Since then, it has been our member-focused, community-minded way of doing business that has helped us grow from our humble beginnings serving Hawaii’s territorial government workers to become one of the largest credit unions in the state, with 14 branches on Oahu and Maui.
Over the years, we’ve continued to maintain our promise to members by providing innovative products and services and state-of-the-art technology for convenience and value. We also provide them with educational tools and resources to help make informed decisions and start on the path to financial wellness.
Hawaii State FCU is committed to the highest level of trust, respect, and integrity in all we do. We build relationships with our members as well as within communities where they live – because it’s through these connections that make us stronger and able to be…always right by you!
Hawaii State FCU
Sharing a Culture of Ownership
At Swinerton, we are all owners, but being an owner isn’t just about owning stock. Employee ownership is a mindset. And an ownership mindset is an integral part of Swinerton culture which all employees are a part of regardless of title or tenure.
“An employee ownership mindset recognizes that top managers and executives aren’t the only ones who make a difference to a business,” said Hawai‘i Vice President and Division Manager, Aaron Yama-saki. “I love the concept that every action and interaction I make has a tangible impact on the outcome of our team’s future success.”
Our culture is built from exceptional people that make up our organization and this collaboration, camaraderie, and communication among employees and leadership continues to strengthen over time.
“Over seven years and three very different offices later, the core components that make us Swinerton are the same wherever I’ve had the pleasure to work. I believe this is the result of our shared vision and values,” said Project Executive, George Denise who moved to Hawai‘i a couple years ago. “We put each other first and strive to do the very best we can.
As an employee-owned company, our people have both a personal interest and stake in the success of every project and a sense of ownership over decisions, results, and performance. Through Swinerton’s Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) all employees are able to own shares of company stock.
Other benefits include competitive salary and benefit packages, gym-membership discounts, tuition breaks for employees attending school, generous 401k plans, and countless opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community. The Employee Mentorship Program connects experienced staff with those wanting to learn more about the construction industry. And the Employee Referral Program rewards staff members who help recruit top talent.