Top 250

Survey Period: March – May
The Top 250 is a prestigious list of Hawai‘i’s biggest companies and nonprofits ranked by total gross sales, a key indicator of market share and influence. We have begun our survey process to compile the 2020 list. If you think your organization belongs on this list, please register today for our survey. If your organization has been on the list in years prior, you or someone at your company likely has already received a survey and you do not need to re-register. Uncertain, or cannot find the email link to the survey? Reach out to Managing Editor Jeff Hawe at Here is a recent Top 250 list.

20 for the Next 20

Nominations: March – November
Deadline: Nov. 25
Every year Hawaii Business Magazine selects 20 individuals whose talents, accomplishments and potential set them apart as emerging leaders of Hawaiʻi into the next two decades. These “People to Watch” come from diverse professional fields and are often nominated by peers or leaders. If you know an emerging leader in our community, nominate them for consideration. Here is the recent cohort of 20 for the Next 20.

U.S. Small Business Administration Awards

Nomination Deadline: TBA (Nominations for 2021 coming soon)
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. SBA Awards will be presented in local celebrations on all islands in advance of National Small Business Week on May 3-9, 2020, and will include the honors below for eligible Hawai‘i small businesses. Here are the profiles of recent winners.

Please download the applicable nomination cover sheet below:

Small Business Person of the Year:  PDF  /  Doc
Small Business Exporter of the Year: PDF  /  Doc
Family Owned Small Business of the Year: PDF  /  Doc
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: PDF  /  Doc
Entrepreneurial Success of the Year: PDF  /  Doc
Small Business Advocate of the Year: PDF  /  Doc


SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Awards

Nominations: May – December
Deadline: Dec. 31
Each year, Hawaii Business Magazine honors five local companies with our SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Awards. Nominees must be based in Hawaiʻi with fewer than 100 employees. Know a great local company that deserves recognition? Nominate it here. Here are profiles of recent winners.


aio Media Hawaiʻi Lodging & Tourism Awards

Nominations Close: June 2021
aio Media Group and the Hawaiʻi Lodging and Tourism Association believe that Hawaiʻi as a destination is more than sand, surf, and sunshine. Hawaiʻi is a destination for the world’s best professionals in the visitor and hospitality industry. That is why aio Media Group and HLTA have formed a partnership to honor the visitor industry’s top achievers. The annual awards program recognizes and celebrates the expertise and aloha of both individuals and businesses who are doing excellent work and keeping Hawaiʻi a premier global destination.


Most Charitable Companies

Survey Period: July – August
Hawai‘i is a generous community and Hawaii Business Magazine recognizes that generosity with our annual list of Hawai‘i’s Most Charitable Companies. Data for the list is self-reported by each company and the only prerequisites are operating and giving in Hawai‘i. Register here for the next survey. Here is a recent version of the list.


Best Places to Work

Survey Registration: April – October (Closes October 23rd)
Survey Period: November – January
Hawaii Business Magazine is honored to recognize Hawai‘i’s best workplaces. Each company and nonprofit that is nominated is assessed in two ways: by a confidential survey of its employees and an assessment of its benefit and HR policies. If you think your company, large or small, is an outstanding workplace, or you want to know what your employees really think about working for your company, sign up today. Here are profiles of recent Best Places to Work companies.