Crafty and Handy, Hawaii!

Wayne Kamitaki, Lynn Ushijima, Paul Mizoguchi, Guy Kamitaki,  - Maui Varieties, Ltd. - 2016 SBA Entrepreneurial Success of the Year, State of Hawaii

Wayne, Lynn, Paul and Guy represent the 3rd generation of the Kamitaki Family to own and operate this thriving chain of craft and hardware retail stores across the State of Hawaii and on the West Coast. Maui Varieties, Ltd. was started 65 years ago with the purchase of a dry goods store in Kahului, then expanded through franchising. It is now known locally for its 28 Housemart Ace Hardware and Housemart Ben Franklin Crafts stores. Maui Varieties has created over 478 jobs, generated millions in revenues, and presented new   opportunities for staff and customers alike.

The company received SBA assistance in 2004 with a 504 Fixed Asset Loan to purchase their Kamuela store, stabilizing its operations and ensuring jobs on the Big Island.

In 2016, Wayne Kamitaki, Lynn Ushijima, Paul Mizoguchi and Guy Kamitaki, representing Maui Varieties, Ltd., won Entrepreneurial Success of the Year for the State of Hawaii. Nominated by Roberta Chu and Amy Honda, Bank of Hawaii.

Pictured (left to right): Wayne Kamitaki, Lynn Ushijima, Paul Mizoguchi and Guy Kamitaki.

Location: 
Hawaii