By Nadine Kam
Retail Merchants of Hawai'i Retailer of the Year Michael Tam in the Martin & MacArthur workshop. — Courtesy Martin & MacArthur
Here are the winners of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii's Ho’okela Awards, honored Oct. 24 at the 2013 RMH annual conference that took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort.
Retailer of the Year: Michael Tam, Martin & MacArthur president and CEO
Local-born Tam returned to Hawaii in 2008 with a track record of senior leadership in global companies such as Nordstrom, McDonald’s International, Starbucks, and American Eagle Outfitters.
Tam and chairman Simon McKenzie are responsible for leading the Martin & MacArthur team to achieve sustainable, profitable, and long term growth and making the company more relevant to today’s lifestyles.
During the past five years, Martin & MacArthur doubled the number of craftsmen it employs, now totaling more than 30. It opened nine new stores, including its first stores on the Big Island and Kauai.
Martin & MacArthur represents nearly 200 local Hawaii craftsmen in its stores, making it the single largest supporter of fine craftsmanship in Hawaii. The company is also at the forefront of koa reforestation, working with private land owners on the Big Island and Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods. For every piece of furniture sold, Martin & MacArthur plants a new koa tree in honor of the customer.
Governor’s Award for Exemplary Service to the Retail Industry: Kelly Kauinana, Pearlridge Center marketing director
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 Ross, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
Resort Business of the Year: Hawaiian Quilt Collection
Neighborhood Retail Business of the Year: Eki Cyclery
Best New Retail Business of the Year: Island Olive Oil Co.
E-Commerce Retail Business of the Year: IDEAL808
Founded in 1901, the Retail Merchants of Hawai'i is a state-wide not-for-profit trade association committed to the growth and development of the retail industry in Hawai'i. According to RMH, the retail industry is the largest single generator of general excise tax revenue and employs almost 25 percent of the workforce in the state.