Waipahu Awardees’ Hard Work Has Impact On Local Economy

Rasa Fournier
Wednesday - May 31, 2006
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Four Waipahu businesses were recognized as “champions” this spring by the Small Business Administration (SBA) at a luncheon for local companies and individuals that have made “contributions to the local economy, to the community and for their outstanding achievements in the small business arena.”

The state’s Small Business Exporter of the Year award went to Frank,Alice and Tim Law of FAT Law’s Farm Inc. Tim has been farming for two decades and with the help of his wife, Alice, and his brother, Frank, his 140-acre farm is one of Hawaii’s leading producers and distributors of fresh herbs and vegetables to the U.S. and Canada. It accounts for 60 percent of Hawaii’s basil export.

The Highway Inn, run by Bobby Toguchi and family, is Honolulu’s Family-owned Small Business of the Year. The Toguchis started the company, which serves American, Hawaiian and local foods,after their release from internment camps in 1946. Son Bobby expanded the business to include a seafood market and catering.With the help of daughter Regina they serve about 500 meals a day.

Chona Montesines-Sonida won Honolulu’s Small Business Journalist of the Year award for her direction in producing the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. The journal serves as a good resource for small businesses by covering owners and publicizing Filipino Chamber of Commerce and FilCom Center events and programs. Sonida also emphasizes critical business issues in her editorials.

Honolulu’s Small Business Person of the Year went to William Hughes and Dana Chun of King Food Service. Their multimil-lion-dollar enterprise serves supermarkets,hotels and restaurants with chilled and frozen food. KFS is distinguished by its specialty foods, unique product promotions and sponsorship of culinary training and scholarships.

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