Hawaii Gives: Pacific Marine Celebrates 80 years with donation to Palama Settlement
Pacific Marine & Supply Co. Ltd. marked 80 years in business with an $80,000 donation to Palama Settlement for the construction of preschool classrooms.
Pacific Marine & Supply Chairman and President Steven Loui (center, with hat) presents his company’s donation, surrounded by representatives from Palama Settlement along with local politicians and community members. PHOTO COURTESY PACIFIC MARINE & SUPPLY CO. INC.

Pacific Marine & Supply Co. Ltd. recently marked 80 years in business with an $80,000 donation to Palama Settlement. The donation is for the construction of preschool classrooms as part of the state’s Ready Keiki initiative, according to a joint announcement from Pacific Marine and Palama Settlement.

“Our company was built over the last eight decades on the foundation of dedicated service and a philosophy of building and supporting the local community,” said Steven Loui, chairman and president of Pacific Marine & Supply Company in a press release.

“It all begins with our keiki and we are so happy to be able to partner with Palama Settlement to build preschools right in the heart of Kalihi,” said Loui.

“When I learned about [Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke’s] preschool program, I knew right away that we wanted to help give Hawai‘i’s children the right start and get them ready for success in school — hopefully, to become Hawai‘i’s future engineers, inventors, leaders and even boat builders.”

Founded in Honolulu in 1944 by Fred and Alyce Loui, Pacific Marine & Supply currently employs over 1,000 employees nationwide, according to its website.

Though specializing in defense technologies and maritime industries, its subsidiaries, which include HSI Mechanical Inc., FLS Composites LLC and Pacific Shipyards International LLC, represent a diverse range of industries.

“As Palama continues to grow, we want to make sure that our programs and services are relevant, inclusive and accessible to our families,” said Palama Settlement Executive Director Sam Aiona. “Thanks to Lt. Gov. Sylvia Luke and donors like Steven Loui, our ‘Pālama Mamas’ can rest assured that their toddlers will be ready for elementary school through the new Family Learning Center, here, at Palama Settlement.”

The Ready Keiki program was created to ensure that all children in Hawai‘i have access to preschool, preparing them better for kindergarten and beyond.

Palama Settlement, founded 1896, is a community-based nonprofit serving the Kalihi and Pālama neighborhoods of Honolulu with a range of programs, services and activities for people in all age groups.

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