Lifetime Achievement Award
Director at real estate law firm
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher
Ivan Lui-Kwan spent 16 years on the Hawaii Supreme Court’s disciplinary board and currently serves on the national board of directors for the American Judicature Society. He is ambassador to the United States and Hawai‘i for Maori King Kiingi Tuheitia and the Tribes of Aotearoa and works to provide jobs and capacity building programs for native Hawaiians as a managing member of Hokukahu. Ivan’s current position as chairman of the board for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit succeeds past achieventments in government and finance and leadership roles in numerous health and community organizations.
Young Professional of the Year Award
Founder and CEO, Boxjelly
Rechung Fujihira has redefined the workplace for Hawai‘i’s rising entrepreneurs, from opening BoxJelly, Hawai‘i’s first co-working space, to co-founding the lean startup program, JumpSchool, and Hawai‘i’s first seed-accelerator, BlueStartups. Rechung previously served as director of BizSmart Global, an entrepreneurship program serving 11–19 year olds in locations from Punahou School to The Cathedral & John Connon School in Mumbai.
Business Executive of the Year Award
Owner and President, MGA Architecture
Under Matt Gilbertson’s leadership, MGA Architecture has become one of the state’s fastest growing businesses and a leading player in Hawai‘i’s unique architectural marketplace. The Waikiki Improvement Association recognized the firm’s Tanaka of Tokyo and Waikiki Shopping Plaza projects with its Hana Nui and Hana Iki awards, honoring MGA for its significant contribution to the enduring revitalization of Waikiki’s physical, cultural and economic landscape.
Commitment to Green Award
Inovi Group’s consulting and project management services offer sustainable solutions for clients in a wide range of industries and its green technology commercialization and consulting company, InoviGreen, helps businesses and organizations implement environmental strategies and innovations. The company’s community and educational initiatives include Waikiki Project Clean, a local cleanup effort utilizing aqueous ozone technology.
Corporate Social Responsibility Award
RevoluSun’s mission to make solar energy accessible among homeowners and businesses employs a business strategy rooted in customer and community service. The company’s public service initiatives range from hosting free solar seminars to providing local nonprofits and community groups with resources, support and a customizable solar curriculum.
Best Social Media Campaign Award
Social Flutterby’s press campaign for Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau banked a reach of 20 million followers on Twitter, seven hundred thousand on Instagram and a quarter of a million on Facebook, with additional traffic spanning numerous other online platforms.
Best Family-Run Business Award
Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering
Founded by Mel and Lynn Tanioka nearly 40 years ago, Tanioka’s Seafoods and Catering has bridged three generations with the help of Grandma “Betty” Tanioka, Lynn’s Mother, Thelma, Mel’s sister, Esther, the couple’s nephew, Cliff, and now, their son, Justin, and daughter, Jasmine, who have since taken the reins of the business.
Best New Business Award
In only a year and a half, InkOff.MD has asserted itself as a leader in the medical laser clinic industry for its cutting edge technology and high standard of patient care and customer service. Founded by Dr. W.Y. Chung, M.D. of the Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii, InkOff.MD was the first facility in Hawai‘i and fourth in the nation to offer state-of-the-art PicoSure laser treatments.