Award Year: 2019

After 50 years of experience in the appliance/electronics business, Lester Hamai decided to venture out on his own. Lester and Clara Hamai founded Hamai Appliance in September of 1969. Their son Clyde, joined them later that year, and in 1974, their oldest son, Glenn, made the family's involvement in the business complete. In March of 1977, they relocated to a larger building in Kahului and have been there since. This year makes 50 years in business and Clyde joined by President, Bryant Hamai and VPs Garret Hamai and Kelii Wunder, now run the business and are taking their business into the 21st century.

Today, the company follows the same tradition that Lester Hamai started his business with SERVICE to customers, the public and employees alike. They help local people because they are local people. They know first-hand the problems, dreams and needs of Maui's population. To keep up with the challenges and changes in today’s economy, Hamai stopped selling all TVs and electronics a few years back and now are selling Mattresses and other bedding accessories. There recently opened showroom known as “Mattressland” is there effort to diversify their business and can be found in their main store inside of Hamai Appliance.

Whether you're looking for a mattress or a built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator, Hamai Appliance will help guide you through your purchasing decisions and beyond to installation and repairs. Their service team separates them from their competitors. They are there to service any of their products whenever in need. “You can call the same people you bought your appliance matter how long ago you’ve purchased it. That’s the difference between our company and other big box stores.” said Bryant Hamai. Their company motto is “The people you can trust” and along with their exceptional service, they are destined for success for years to come!

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For the Sake of the Children

The Kanji characters Kodomo No Tame Ni translates to "For the Sake of the Children". A perpetual theme for this festival, the focus is to provide an environment for families to share and learn about the Japanese culture and pass down traditions. Ancestors came here for a better life not only for themselves but for their children and for generations to come. In this spirit, we end the festival with a traditional obon dance which encourages all ages, all religious denominations, and all ethnicities to come together to dance in honor of all ancestors.


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