Hawaii 2022 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

Portrait of Hideo Simon

Square Barrels owned by Hideo Simon is Hawaii's 2022 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year.

Hideo Simon is a serial entrepreneur. Since the young age of 14, he has pursued start-ups in all his obsessions. He created businesses spanning from a skateboard brand to a real estate investment group. As time went on, he honed his entrepreneurial spirit to the food and beverage industry. His love for the craft and creativity in the food kept his ambitions much more focused. So much so, he has since co-founded 4 of Honolulu’s beloved venues: Pint and Jigger, Square Barrels, Harry’s Hardware Emporium, and HeiHo House. He finds a tremendous amount of joy in the creation of these venues. 

His real sense of achievement though comes from working with this partners, managers and team members. “The real success of our venues is a direct reflection of the team that creates that experience for our guests. There are no templates for what we are shaping. It's up to everyone involved.”

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