The Best of Small Business 2021
Profiles of 16 local companies that have survived and thrived, including companies that made the 2021 Hawaiʻi Small Business Hall of Fame.
The annual Best of Small Business feature has been a collaboration for many years of Hawaii Business Magazine and the Hawai‘i regional office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Jane Sawyer, the longtime director of the regional office, retired last year and the new leadership has chosen not to continue the annual awards program that she oversaw.
Hawaii Business Magazine felt it was important to step into the breach. If there was a time to celebrate local small businesses, this is it. After the Year of the Pandemic, as we struggle through the Year of Slow Recovery, we need to recognize how hard it is to launch and preserve a small business in both the best and the worst of times.
So we added categories to our annual SmallBiz Editor’s Choice Awards. We honor 14 companies this year and induct three past SBA award winners into Hawai‘i’s Small Business Hall of Fame. Read profiles of them inside.
Please patronize local small businesses and celebrate them. This issue is dedicated to the local small businesses that did not survive 2020 or the first months of 2021, and to their owners and employees. We offer them our hopes for a better future.
Big Island Candies
Hall of Fame
Big Island Coffee Roasters
GBC Boxes & Packaging
Hall of Fame
Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Advocate
Inter-Island Solar Supply
Lanikai Bath and Body LLC
Lanikai Brewing Co.
Maui Varieties LTD. / House Mart
Hall of Fame
Mid-Town Radio Disco Mart
Nalu Health Bar LLC
S&G Labs of Hawaii
Other Companies Nominated
More than 100 submissions for the Editor’s Choice Awards were received, with nearly 50 different companies nominated. Thank you for the nominations. Sadly, we could not profile them all. Here are the other nominated companies.
- 808 Meal Prep | www.808mealprephi.com
- Asato Family Sherbert | www.asatofamilyshop.com
- Aubrey Hord Photography LLC | www.aubreyhord.com
- Big Monster Sushi LLC | www.bigmonstersushi.business.site
- Connext Global Solutions | www.connext.solutions.com
- Derrick’s Well Drilling & Pump Services | www.hawaiiwelldrilling.com
- Eco Wash Hawaii | www.ecowashhawaii.com
- Elite Fitness Hawaii | www.elitefitnesshawaii.com
- Essential Leap LLC | www.essentialleap.com
- Fathom Five Divers | www.fathomfive.com
- Gecko Girlz Shave Ice | www.geckogirlz.com
- Hardcore 808 Nurtition Co. | www.hardcore808.com
- Hatch.blue | www.hatch.blue
- Hawaii Surf Guru | www.hawaiisurfguru.com
- Hotel La Croix | www.lacroixwaikiki.com
- Humdinger Sportfishing | www.humdingersportfishing.com
- Kahiau Poke | www.kahiaupoke.com
- Keiki and the Pineapple | www.keikiandthepineapple.com
- Keith’s Cookies | www.keithscookieshawaii.com
- KOMO Studio | www.komohawaii.com
- Kona Boys Inc. | www.konaboys.com
- Kona Mountain Coffee | www.konamountaincoffee.com
- Laulima | www.laulimafoodpatch.com
- Mochi Foods | www.mochifoods.com
- Off the Wall Craft Beer & Wine | www.offthewallhawaii.com
- Premier Dental | www.premierdentalhi.com
- ProArts Playhouse | www.proartsmaui.com
- Professional Home Repairs
- The Counter Custom Burger Bar | www.thecounter.com
- Timmy T’s Gourmet Grinders | www.timmytsgourmetgrinders.com
- Workshop-HI | www.workshop-hi.com
- Yireh | www.shopyireh.com