The SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award honors the owners/operators of a small business that has demonstrated increased revenues and job creation as well as staying power, positive response to adversity, innovation in products or services and community involvement.
Selected awardees — Statewide winners: Dennis Matsui, Modesto Revilla Jr. and Robert R. Acasio, Aloha Machine & Welding, Ltd. (Hilo)
Island of Hawaii — Rodney Inaba, Kamuela Kayak (Hawi)
City and County of Honolulu/Island of Oahu — Chad Buck, Hawaii Food Service Alliance, LLC.
Island of Maui — Bob and Kelly King, Pacific Bio Diesel
Island of Kauai — Martin and Carole Kahn, Kanai Corporation
2005 Family Owned Small Business National Winner, Region IX and State of Hawaii: This award honors a family owned and operated business which has been passed from one generation to another and has a track record of at least 15 years. Walter “Kamika” Smith, Smith’s Motor Boat Service, Inc. (Kauai). City and County of Honolulu/Island of Oahu, Clyde Fukuyama and Melvin Matsuda, Kahuku Farmers, Inc. and Matsuda-Fukuyama Farms, Inc.
2005 Minority Small Business Champion Region IX and State of Hawaii — Olin Kealoha Lagon, CEO, Hawaiian Homestead Technology.
2005 Small Business Exporter State of Hawaii — Carole Baguio, Pacific Hawaiian Music Corporation.