‘Accel’-erating Island Party Fu
Parties are a lot of fun. Setting up the tables, tents and chairs is not.
That’s where Scott Rabe comes in. Since 1996 when Rabe’s father, Michael, noticed there was a lack of companies able to assist him with his catering business, Accel Party Rentals & Design has specialized in medium- to high-end rentals, but is still able to help out with small family functions.
“Our core focus is midto high-end, so we do a lot of nicer weddings, we do a lot of black-tie events, we do a lot of fundraisers, we do things for Jack Johnson,” Rabe says. “But that doesn’t preclude us from doing something for the neighbor down the road, for their kid’s graduation or a simple ceremony at a beach somewhere.”
Rabe says Accel is a full-range provider but that it doesn’t handle the live stuff - meaning no food, flowers or wait-staff. But after 14 years in business, Accel has accumulated a network of companies with which they work to fill in any gaps that an event may have.
“We do more than 2,000 events a year, so we deal with a lot of people in town,” he says. “We’ve got the contacts already, and it makes life easier if we are able to short-list a small handful of vendors for our clients to work with.”
In April, Rabe was one of two people honored by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii as a young entrepreneur of the year. For the guy who has been running his own business since he was 16, it was recognition for many years of hard work.
“It’s definitely an honor to receive that,” he says. “On one level, it does provide some validation that what I am doing is getting recognized. At the same time, it is hard to identify that as a plateau. Every day I receive that validation because we do so many events, and after each and every event, to have the clients, whether it is a small letter or an e-mail or a phone call or just hearing it through the grapevine that everyone had a great time, we get instant gratification every day.”
Accel is located at 99-1405 Koaha Place in Aiea. Call 484-2258 if your next event needs a bit more help than you can provide.
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