Unlimited Aces $70,000 for Homes and Hula
Unlimited Construction Services Inc. on Aug. 11 hosted its first annual Laulima Golf Tournament at the Hoakalei Country Club. Tourney proceeds totaling $70,000 will support two local nonprofits.
“The shelter aims to help one of Hawaii’s leading concerns, homelessness,” says Kuuleialoha Gaisoa, Unlimited Construction executive vice president and one of the event’s organizers. “Proceeds have helped to provide transitional housing for women and children in need.” She says Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leinaala “strives to keep Hawaiian practices and stories alive by the art of hula … and seeks opportunity to give back.” Other sponsors joining Unlimited include leading contractors, churches, local businesses and nonprofits.
Laulima Sponsors Donating $2,500 and Up: Gordon Mechanical LLC, First Hawaiian Bank, INPAC Wealth Solutions, Unlimited Construction Services Inc., Yama’z Painting LLC, Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, Aloha Equipment Rentals, B F Tile Inc., Jayar Construction Inc., Kone Elevators, Consolidated Engineering Labs, McClone Construction Co., Layton Construction Co. LLC, Group Builders Inc., Leeward Roofing, Unitek Contracting Group, Wasa Electrical Services Inc., Island Flooring, Paling & Son’s Trucking, Coffman Engineers, M. Watanabe Electrical Contracting, 808 Underground Utilities Inc., Penhall Co., Shimokawa+Nakamura, Blessed, Service Rentals & Supplies, Foundations Hawaii Inc., 5TZ Services, D. Suehiro Electric Inc., Dorvin D. Leis Co. Inc., Hi-Tech Plumbing Corp., EnviroQuest Inc., Island Comfort Air Conditioning, True Line Construction Services and Floor-Tech Group Hawaii LLC
Koula Sparks $150,000 Pledge to Nonprofits
Koula, Ward Village’s sixth residential tower, maximizes sustainability. To celebrate the condomium’s Sept. 14 opening, Ward Village and the Hawaii Community Foundation have pledged $150,000 to six Hawaii nonprofits with similar missions. Each received $25,000: Trees for Honolulu’s Future, Surfrider Spirit Sessions, the Historic Hawaii Foundation, the Hawaii Home Ownership Center, the University of Hawaii Foundation and the Hawaii Youth Symphony.
“We appreciate the opportunity to align the growth of Ward Village with our support of these impactful organizations,” says Doug Johnstone, president, Hawaii at The Howard Hughes Corp. “Their positive contributions help to shape a thriving future for Honolulu.” More than 180 Hawaii nonprofits have received over $3.8 million from Ward Village to date.
Feed the Hungry? CAN Do!
“A Garden of CANstructures,” the American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter’s 17th annual design competition held Sept. 17 through Sept. 24 at Kahala Mall, featured thousands of cans of food made into huge sculptures by teams of Hawaii builders—all to help feed the hungry.
Team members included: AHL, Coffman Engineers and HHF Planners; Bowers + Kubota Consulting Inc.; Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd. and Nordic PCL Construction Inc.; G70 and Swinerton Builders; Next Design LLC, Constructors Hawaii and Alan Low Design; Okahara and Associates; RMA Architects Inc.; and Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc. Once CANstruction winners are chosen, the sculptures are torn down and the cans are donated to the Hawaii Foodbank.
“The ability to create such innovative designs and structures through canned food items, then being able to donate those cans, is really special,” says Summer Vaimaona, Swinerton business development representative.
Since its start in 2006, CANstruction has collected 670,028 pounds of canned goods—enough to make 527,581 meals.
DHX Clears Lanes for Special Olympians
Every Saturday from Sept. 3 through Nov. 12, Special Olympics Hawaii and the Leeward Jaguars throng the lanes at Barber’s Point Bowling Center, thanks to DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express.
Besides donating to both groups, DHX is sponsoring their backpacks and bowling alley practice rounds at the center for two months, says DHX/DGX President Kane McEwen, who joins DHX employees Gordon Furtado and Magic Atuaia in the effort.
“DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express annually sponsors Special Olympics Hawaii and the Leeward Jaguars to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Leeward area,” McEwen says. This gives them the opportunity “to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and community.”
2022 G70 Scholarship + Mentorship Awards Embrace Community
G70, a leading Hawaii design firm, in August granted two annual G70 Scholarship + Mentorship awards.
The winners are Oahu high school seniors Katherine Liu of President William McKinley High School and Jaelen Myrick of Castle High School.
Each receives four years of financial support, a mentor, a summer internship and a secured position at G70 upon graduation from college should they choose to join the firm.
Liu will attend Chaminade University and major in environmental and interior design. Myrick will attend Windward Community College and major in natural sciences – engineering.
G70 established its annual scholarship program in 2021 and has granted three four-year Scholarship + Mentorship awards to date.
“Our vision was to assist a Hawaii student in need to not only attend college, but to graduate,” says Charles Y. Kaneshiro, G70 president and COO. “To this end, our program is committed to partnering with the recipients to provide both financial assistance and mentorship over a four-year period. It is our belief that this continuity is vital to the success of at-risk students’ successful completion of a college degree.
“If we could get other businesses, like banking, insurance and construction to offer not just money, but also mentorship to help guide and raise that person, that could make a huge difference.
“If we can change the life of the student, we can change family and impact an entire community.”
Charles Y. Kaneshiro
Honsador’s Got Kids’ Backs
“Backpacks 4 Kids,” Honsador Lumber’s community assistance program, has donated at least 500 backpacks filled with school supplies to help students as they return to Hawaii school campuses this fall.
Honsador delivered backpacks to public schools in the following areas: 75 each to Kona, Hilo, Kauai and Maui; and 175 to Oahu during the first week of the 2022-2023 school year. Backpacks were provided based on student need. School administration and teachers distribute the backpacks to any student short on supplies.
Honsador hopes to offer “Backpacks 4 Kids” every year. “The first week of school can be stressful for students and families,” Honsador said in a statement. “But Honsador wants to help every kid start the school year with confidence!”
Caption 1: Staff members at Nanakuli Elementary School display Honsador’s “Backpacks 4 Kids” donation.
Caption 2: Kahului Elementary School celebrates its share of the 100 backpacks Honsador donated on Maui.
PHOTOS COURTESY HONSADOR LUMBER
A Dream Comes True With Goodfellow
Pierce is a healthy teenager. But for the past two-and-a-half years, he had received chemotherapy treatment for leukemia, which now is in remission.
“Pierce’s dream was to go sportfishing in Hawaii,” says Edward Brown, Hawaii division president for Goodfellow Bros.
On July 24, Pierce’s wish was granted when Goodfellow partnered with Hawaii Petroleum and Dreams Come True, a nonprofit that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Goodfellow Bros. provided a sportfishing vessel and crew, and Hawaii Petroleum donated the fuel for the vessel.
“Pierce, his father and mother, and his brother and sister all went out off the Kona Coast,” Brown says. On the fishing trip, Pierce and his family caught an ahi and caught and released a marlin. “Goodfellow Bros. was honored to provide a day of chartered fishing for a Dreams Come True child,” Brown says. “They all had an amazing day.”
Pierce and his father celebrate hooking an ahi off Kona aboard Goodfellow’s sportfishing vessel.
PHOTO COURTESY GOODFELLOW BROS.
A Nordic PCL Army Rescues Kona’s
When vital donations were stolen from The Salvation Army Kona Corps during a July break-in, Nordic PCL’s Kona Village team “sprang into action,” says Paul Garcia, NPCL health, safety and environmental supervisor. Nordic “immediately reached out to the Salvation Army to see what they could use.”
Big Island keiki and kupuna needed about $5,000 in replacement supplies, says Corps Capt. Raghel Santiago—and the supplies had to be purchased immediately.
Nordic’s entire Kona Village construction team—along with project subcontractors Pan Pacific Mechanical, Beachside Roofing LLC, BMK Construction LLC and Goodfellow Bros.—“came together to donate over $3,000 [worth] of in-kind items, including back-to-school supplies for keiki and food pantry items,” Garcia says.
Nordic delivered in five days.
“It’s so amazing what this company has done,” Santiago says. “To see the empathy we received from Nordic PCL has been wonderful. Because everything we do is for the community.”
To donate: The Salvation Army Kona Corps, 75-223 Kalani St., Kailua-Kona; Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; (808) 326-2330 ext. 0
The Nordic PCL Kona Village construction team with HSE Supervisor Paul Garcia, top row, far right
PHOTO COURTESY NORDIC PCL CONSTRUCTION INC.
10 Students Win 2022 HPM Foundation College Scholarships
The HPM Foundation in July awarded college scholarships to seven local high school graduates and three Hawaii Community College students to help with upcoming college expenses and to support the student’s success.
The seven graduates, who demonstrated high academic achievement and a strong record of community service, each received a $1,000 Barney S. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship to further their studies at the University of Hawaii System campuses. The scholarships are awarded in memory of Barney S. Fujimoto, an HPM Building Supply second-generation leader who held very strong convictions regarding higher education and its merits.
Three select students enrolled in the Hawaii Community College Carpentry program each received a $750 HPM Building Future Builders Scholarship for their second program year.
“My great-grandfather, Barney Fujimoto, knew that education is life-changing,” says Jason Fujimoto, HPM Building Supply president, and CEO. “For nearly 40 years, the HPM Foundation has assisted local students with their college aspirations in honor of his memory and our belief in helping the next generation to achieve their dreams. From all of us at HPM, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to our 2022 HPM Foundation scholarship recipients, and our encouragement to keep aiming high and striving for excellence.”
The Barney S. Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship was established by HPM in 1973, followed by the Future Builders scholarship in 2008. The HPM Foundation has awarded scholarships to approximately 30 Hawaii students to date.
Caption: Barney S. Fujimoto
$3,000 for Cancer Care from Hawaiian Cement Maui
Hawaiian Cement Maui recently presented a check for $3,000 to Linda Puppolo of the Pacific Cancer Foundation on behalf of George and Jeannie Stewart, cofounders of Compassion for Cancer Caregivers, to help Maui’s neediest patients travel to Oahu for cancer treatment.
CAPTION: From left: Ed McCary, Hawaiian Cement Maui concrete and quality control manager; Linda Puppolo, Pacific Cancer Foundation executive director; and James Sciafani, ready-mix concrete driver
PHOTO COURTESY HAWAIIAN CEMENT
NAWIC Hawaii Raises $8,000 for Construction Trainees
Scholarship Night, launched April 21 by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Hawaii Chapter 114, has raised more than $8,000 to date for Hawaii students seeking a career in construction. “Scholarship recipients include worthy applicants attending any institution who are interested in pursuing a career in construction, with an emphasis on construction field trades,” says Danielle Ulmann, 2022 NAWIC Hawaii president and Atlas Insurance assistant vice president. NAWIC members and guests attended this public event—NAWIC Hawaii’s first, Ulmann says. “Scholarship Night will be held every year in the spring.”
Nordic Aids Hawaii Olympians
On July 18, runners crossing the finish line during the Special Olympics Hawaii Summer Games were aided by Nordic PCL Construction Inc. “Nordic PCL volunteered at this year’s Summer Games,” says Glen Kaneshige, Nordic PCL president. “Our volunteers’ role was to help clock the track athletes as they crossed the finish line.” Special Olympics Hawaii’s annual Summer Games were held June 18 and 19 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus. Besides track and field at the UH Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex, the Games’ competitive events included swimming and powerlifting.
CAPTION: Nordic PCL volunteers during the Special Olympics Summer Games track and field event held June 18 at the UH Manoa campus. NPCL volunteers included Gordon Scruton Jr., superintendent; Drew Kirkbright, buyer; Samantha Tsui, marketing manager; Trisha Faleafine, administrative supervisor; Casey Tollman, project manager; Michael Wilson, purchasing & equipment manager; Iva Icheva, project engineer; Alma Ohta, accountant; and Ken Spence, assistant manager, Finance & Commercial Risk. PHOTO COURTESY NORDIC PCL CONSTRUCTION INC.
Swinerton Digs Deep for Hawaii
Part of an ancient Hawaiian ahupuaa, Ulupo Heiau in Kailua provided Swinerton volunteers with hands-on sustainability training during Kauluakalana Loi Workday, June 25. “Swinerton Hawaii was able to spend a day getting dirty and supporting sustenance and preservation of Ulupo Heiau and loi,” says Kaleo Wong, director of Kauluakalana, a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. “We learned about the sustainability of these lands and the food that was provided to thousands of people through the conservation of the loi patches and fishponds. These lands have sustained our island for thousands of years and will continue to do so for many more.”
CAPTION: Swinerton volunteers at Ulupo Heiau in Kailua
PHOTO COURTESY SWINERTON BUILDERS
Ward Village Gives $30,000 to Youth Stewardship Program
Ward Village gave $30,000 to Kupu Hawaii in May “to support their youth programs at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hookupu Center at Kewalo,” says Kaiulani Sodaro, Ward Village Planning & Development senior vice president.
Kupu Hawaii, a Honolulu-based non-profit, mentors young adults through hands-on environmental programs, such as Kupu’s Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, which offers outdoor restoration training that can be combined with academic credit. “Ward Village’s gift will support Kupu Hawaii’s mission to provide local youth with the tools to become the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders,” Sodaro says.
CAPTION: Ward Village presents a $30,000 check to Kupu Hawaii Hookupu Center students and staff on May 16. Far left: Kepa Barrett, Kupu Hawaii external affairs officer. Holding check, from left: John Leong, Kupu Hawaii CEO; Doug Johnstone, Ward Village Hawaii president; and Kaiulani Sodaro, Ward Village Planning & Development senior vice president.
CIM Awards Two $20,000 Scholarships
Construction Industry of Maui, an industry group, awarded two annual Bob Poulson Memorial Scholarships at a CIM ceremony on May 18.
Maui High School graduates Mari Yamamoto and Cayleb Fernandez each received $20,000 for their college education.
“This scholarship provides Maui graduates with a much-needed leg up in securing critical education in construction-related fields,” says Anthony Nelson, CIM scholarship chair.
The first in her family to pursue a degree outside Hawaii, Yamamoto plans to concentrate in architecture or construction management at Oregon State University. Fernandez, who as a high school senior designed a “tiny home” to help alleviate homelessness, will focus on engineering at the University of Arizona.
“These candidates will return to Maui to help fix critical infrastructure issues such as homelessness, ecological impacts from development and many more,” Nelson says.
Goodfellow Gives $51,000 to Hawaii Nonprofits
As part of its Centennial Grant, Goodfellow Bros. LLC and subsidiaries Blasting Technology and Beylik/Energetic A JV recently donated $51,000 to 13 Hawaii nonprofit organizations.
Recipients include Na Moku Aupuni O Ko Olau Hui, Maui Day Care Center For Senior Citizens And Disabled Inc., Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Maui Aids Foundation, Kona Crush Soccer Academy, Hoa Aina O Makaha, Hawaii Foodbank, Pulama Na Liko, Kauai Community Science Center, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, Habitat for Humanity Hawaii, Island School of Kauai and The Pantry.
Jennine Sullivan, The Pantry executive director, says, “This generous grant from Goodfellow Bros. will help us continue to serve the growing number of Hawaii’s community members who are facing food insecurity.”
By the close of its centennial celebration earlier this year, Goodfellow Bros. had donated a total of $136,000 in support of 25 nonprofits in Washington, Hawaii, California and Oregon. “People are the core of our business, so this was a perfect way to mark our 100-year anniversary and give back to so many organizations and causes supporting the communities in which we live and work,” says CEO Chad Goodfellow. Marcy Farrell, the firm’s marketing director, says Goodfellow also donates throughout the year.
Grace Pacific Honors 60 “Outstanding Keiki”
On May 14, Grace Pacific honored fifth-grade students from Kapolei, Makakilo, Mauka Lani, Barbers Point and Ho‘okele elementary schools during the 25th anniversary celebration of Grace Pacific’s “Outstanding Keiki” program. Grace Pacific recognized 60 students, their families and teachers at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Kapolei, where students participated in activities and received their award certificates.
The program, established in 1997, honors keiki who make a positive difference in their communities. Participating school administrators, counselors and teachers select fifth-grade students who have displayed the characteristics of good citizenship, academic excellence, leadership skills and community service.
“We believe in the unlimited potential of the youth in our West Oahu community,” says Jerrod Schreck, Grace Pacific president. “As we recognize this milestone anniversary, we are recommitting ourselves to investing in their future and encouraging them to continue to learn, grow and thrive.”
Upon high school graduation, awardees are eligible to apply for a Grace Pacific Outstanding Keiki Scholars Fund scholarship to pursue higher education. Grace Pacific’s scholarship program has awarded $20,000 to eight students for the 2021-2022 school year.
Nareit Foundation $130,000 Grant Helps Build a New Lihue Home
The Nareit Foundation in March awarded a $130,000 grant to the nonprofit Kauai Housing Development Corp. to help build a new, affordable single-family home in Lihue.
Presented as part of the Foundation’s Nareit Hawaii Community Giving Initiative, the grant was supported by donations to the Foundation, a section 501(c)(3) charity, from real estate investment trusts (REITS) in Hawaii.
The new four-bedroom, two-bathroom home will provide a family with 1,465 square feet of interior living space on a 3,414-square-foot lot.
“Supporting workforce housing for families is vital to the future of our communities,” says Gladys Quinto Marrone, executive director of Nareit Hawaii. “We appreciate the tremendous effort put forth by the Kauai Housing Development Corp. to partner with Nareit and other entities to make this new home affordable for a family that will make the community stronger.”
Nan Inc. Volunteers Aid Kuli‘ou‘ou Ridge Reforestation
Nan Inc.’s Volunteer Club joined the Aloha Tree Alliance in its reforestation efforts along Oahu’s Kuli‘ou‘ou Ridge Trail on Feb. 19. The Alliance preps restoration areas and plants native trees, shrubs and grasses, removes invasive species and builds natural barriers to discourage trail cutting. Nan Inc. also donated, delivered and set up three water catchment systems to ensure survival of hundreds of the trail’s recently planted native trees and shrubs. Work at this event also blocks runoff from the trail into Maunalua Bay. Nan Inc.’s Volunteer Club chooses a new community support activity each month.
Unlimited Builds New Charter School Playground
Unlimited Construction Services Inc. in December donated more than 40 hours’ labor to build a new playground for the Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School in Lihue. The school’s parent group had raised enough money to buy the playground equipment, but had not raised enough money to construct it. After a year of waiting, they reached out to Unlimited Construction and within a month the structure was up and completed.
New playground equipment at Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School in Lihue. PHOTO COURTESY UNLIMITED CONSTRUCTION SERVICES INC.
From left: Mele Apana, Lina Langi, Howard Hughes Corp. Hawaii President Doug Johnstone, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu and Shannon Scott at February donation ceremony
PHOTO COURTESY WARD VILLAGE
Ward Village Donates $30k to Tongan Relief
Ward Village in February donated $30,000 to Tonga relief efforts aiding communities impacted by January’s devastating volcanic eruption. Ward Village also helped sponsor the “Aloha 4 Tonga” fundraising show on March 4 through its support of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). Donations are directed to Tonga relief through the Tonga Consular Agency in Hawaii and will assist in Tonga’s recovery and rebuilding efforts, including providing much-needed supplies and assistance. Donations can be made at https://www.memberplanet.com/campaign/cnhamembers/aloha4tonga
Habitat for Humanity/Wahine Build, another community effort supported by NPCL
PHOTO COURTESY NORDIC PCL CONSTRUCTION INC.
NPCL Raises $120k for AUW
Nordic PCL Construction Inc. has raised $120,000 for Aloha United Way. The amount includes donations by members of Hawaii’s building industry raised during a tournament-style game night at NPCL headquarters last year.
Industry organizations that donated to the “All in for Aloha United Way Poker Tournament” include Beachside Roofing, Hawaiian Cement, In Line Flooring Inc., Island Flooring, Kennedy Wilson, Sperber Landscape companies, Wasa Electrical Services, WE Painting, A American Custom Flooring, Alcal Specialty Contracting, Anderson Pools, Bowman Connectivity Solutions, Coastal Construction Co., Delawie Architecture, Distinctive Wood Designs, Electricians Inc., Ferguson Enterprises, Foundations Hawaii, Goodfellow Bros., Group Builders, Hawaiian Crane & Rigging, Hayre McElroy & Associates, Jayar Construction, JJS Construction, Maui Plumbing, Morrow Equipment, Newport Pacific Cabinets, Pan Pacific Mechanical, Raynor Overhead Doors, True Line Construction, Zelinsky, American Standard Concrete Pumping, BEK, BMK Construction, Bothman Construction, Dorvin D. Leis, Ferraro Choi, Green Thumb,
Haas Insulation, Hamill Creek Timber, Hardwoods Hawaii, Harris Rebar, HPM Building Supply, Island Pacific Distributors, Maui Disposal, Orness Design Group, Quality Cabinet & Fixture Co., R&L Ohana, Sunbelt Rentals, Universal Manufacturers, Jihee Kim, Quality General Inc., Reflections Glass, Buck Roofing Company Inc., Kirschner Contractors and PWC Hawaii.
“While the event itself was held at Nordic PCL district headquarters,” says NPCL President Glen Kaneshige, “teams across the Islands also participated in the overall fundraising efforts. In addition to its support of Aloha United Way, Nordic PCL is committed to Hawaii and its people and the communities they are a part of.”
NPCL Raises $120k for AUW
Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI) presented four scholarships, from $500 to $1,000, to Hawaii students in February at a Pearl Country Club luncheon.
Yvette Burdett attends Honolulu Community College; Logan Castro studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Amr Ghanem attends the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and Justin Kawamura is at Boise State University. Criteria was based on interest in various aspects of the building industry.
“HAPI is pleased that we provide financial assistance to college students pursing a degree in civil engineering, construction management, construction engineering and other degrees related to the design and construction infrastructure improvements,” says HAPI Executive Director Jon Young.