Hamai Appliance captures top retail business award for Maui

Longtime Maui business Hamai Appliance has captured the Retail Business of the Year Award for Maui in the Retail Merchants of Hawaii Ho’okela Awards, which were presented Thursday at the Sheraton Waikiki on Oahu.

“The Ho’okela Awards are like the Emmys of the retail industry in Hawaii,” said Sheri Sakamoto, president of the retail merchants. “Ho’okela recognizes and honors the great work of not only the nominees but the state’s entire retail industry.”

Hamai Appliance was one of three Maui County finalists, which included Second Wind and Ka’anapali Golf Courses. Hamai was nominated by Desiree Ting, business banking officer at Central Pacific Bank.

Clyde Hamai and his son, Bryant, attended the luncheon to accept the award, which honors an outstanding storefront retail company that has contributed to the success and vitality of the retail industry in Maui County.

Established in 1969, Hamai Appliance is a third-generation family company. It is one of only a few independent appliance dealers in the state and the only locally owned appliance dealer on Maui that has survived the arrival of the big box appliance and hardware stores, a news release announcing the award said.

The Retailer of the Year Award went to Keith Sung, owner of Honolulu Cookie Co.

The Retail Merchants of Hawaii, founded in 1901, is a nonprofit trade association committed to the growth and development of the retail industry in Hawaii.