Retail Merchants of Hawaii honors Hawaii’s outstanding retailers with their Ho’okela Awards of excellence at “Ho’okela 2013 ~ Striving for Excellence,” the RMH Annual Conference took place yesterday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort.  There were over 425 attendees which included many of Hawaii’s thriving businesses along with their top executives.

The industry’s premier event of the year, Ho’okela 2013 – Striving for Excellence, brought together retailers and retail partners who examine and explore the trends, events and people and who continue to make the retail industry a vital and dynamic force inHawaii’s economy. 

Recognizing the 2013 Ho’okela Winners:

 

RETAILER OF THE YEAR:

MICHAEL TAM, MARTIN & MACARTHUR

 

Governor’s Award for Exemplary Service to the Retail Industry

KELLY KAUINANA, Marketing Director, PEARLRIDGE CENTER

 

RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – STATE OF HAWAII

TORI RICHARD

 

RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – HAWAII ISLAND

HULA DADDY KONA COFFEE

 

RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – KAUAI

ISHIHARA MARKET, LTD.

 

RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – MAUI

UPTOWN SERVICE, INC.

 

RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – OAHU

FISHER, HAWAII, INC.

 

RETAIL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

LAURA ROSSHULA DADDY KONA COFFEE

 

RESORT RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

HAWAIIAN QUILT COLLECTION, INC.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

EKI CYCLERY

 

BEST NEW RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

ISLAND OLIVE OIL COMPANY

 

E-COMMERCE RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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Founded in 1901, the Retail Merchants of Hawai’i (RMH) is a state-wide not-for-profit trade association committed to the growth and development of the retail industry in Hawai’i.  The RMH mission is to promote the welfare of the retail industry, to provide information and training to advance the interests of the retail industry, and to serve as an advocate for the retail industry in both the governmental and the business communities.  The retail industry is the largest single generator of general excise tax revenue and employs almost 25% of the workforce in the State of Hawaii.  Because effective interaction with government is critical to business, RMH is recognized as the official representative of the retail industry in Hawaii.


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