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Members Scavenge for Prices, Spin the Wheel for Prizes at HPM’s AfterHours

Posted in August 2017

By Fern Gavelek, Photos by Pam Latinis

HostsJuly-2017NETWORKING—HPM Building Supply showed off its recent facelift and product expansion during the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce’s (KKCC) July AfterHours.

Attendees were tasked with locating five sale products and their prices. Upon completing the scavenger hunt, attendees earned the right to spin a six-foot wheel for the chance to win prizes or a $100 HPM gift certificate. Joe of Jack’s Diving Locker hit the 100 to take home the gift certificate.

HPM CEO and Chairman Mike Fujimoto said the company has been in Kona since 1959, first as Capt. Cook Building Supply, and will be marking its 98th year on August 8.

“Kona was rural back then and we sold hardware, Joe-100gas and general merchandise; had a repair shop and a mortuary service,” recalled Fujimoto. “Then we moved to the Pottery Terrace area and operated on a slope, which presented its own challenges.”

Kona’s HPM next opened in Kona’s Old Industrial area and then moved in 2001 to its present location, which Fujimoto referred to as a “retail mecca.” The company, which has been 100% employee-owned for 11 years, also has stores in Hilo, Waimea, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.

Tony Cann, HPM’s West Hawai‘i sales manager, said the Kona location just underwent a seven-month renovation boasting a new customer entrance, air-conditioning system and the addition of 10,000 new products.

“We take pride in our Kitchen & Bath Showroom and our Home & Garden section,” Cann detailed. “We are the state-authorized dealer for Carhart clothing and boots, offer the Big Green Egg ceramic grill systems and have doubled our tool section while expanding our doors, windows and lighting offerings.” Cann shared that contractors have their own store entrance.

New KKCC Members
Seven new members introduced themselves and their companies:HPM-AfterHours-2017

Andi Pawasarat said Bridge House Inc. is a non-profit located on agricultural land offering men and women early recovery treatment for substance and alcohol abuse. The program provides vocational skills building and the chance to “work off the land.”

Hobbs Lowson, a native of Lahaina, Maui, is a 20-year veteran with the Bank of Hawai‘i. He most recently served as the West Pacific Regional Manager based in Guam and is the new North & West Hawai‘i Market Manager. Based in Kailua-Kona, Lowson oversees sales and service of branches in these areas. Contact him at or 808-854-2164.

Dr. Lawrence Derbes is a board-certified cardiologist at Island Heart & Vascular in Kailua-Kona. The clinic offers diagnostic cardiac procedures—EKGs, ultrasounds and cardiac stress tests—to best understand a patient’s condition.

Dr. Derbes has experience performing cardiac catheterization and other interventional procedures like stent and pacemaker placement. He integrates lifestyle and conventional medicine to mediate existing cardiac problems and practice preventative care.

New-MembersJuly-2017Stephanie Beeby and Alex Mitchell of Pivotal Shift Consulting “help businesses stuck in neutral.” Beeby aids clients in determining why a business isn’t moving forward while Mitchell helps get the word out about the business through marketing strategies.

Mike Farmer of Boundless Hawaii provides property management services for vacation rentals, long-term rentals and part-time occupied properties. Boundless also does property representation services for those who need on-island legal and logistical support for vacation rental properties.

Will Sinatra of Sinatra Consulting is an economic development consultant providing grant writing services, plus labor and market research. Calling himself a “nerd for hire,” Sinatra will analyze data bases or get clients the data they need. He also can find donors for funding. Located in Waikoloa Village, 808-278-0276.

Kristina Roberts N. D. of Kona Integrative Health is an integrative primary care physician trained in naturopathic and conventional medicine, pharmaceutical management and evidence-based alternative therapies. Dr. Roberts uses botanical medicine, plus nutrient and vitamin injections and IV therapies. Services are made available to patients at a location of their convenience or in Kailua-Kona.

The next AfterHours is 5-7 p.m. August 16 at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea and co-hosted by Macaroni Grill in Waikoloa’s Queens’ MarketPlace. Signup at or phone 329-1758.

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  • Posted in: August 2017