Kauai County 2022 Family-Owned Business of the Year

Lori Koga of Tanaka Hardware

Tanaka Hardware is Kauai County's 2022 Family-Owned Business of the Year.

Lori Koga is proud to be the fourth generation of leadership in this family-owned business. Established in 1915 in Nawiliwili by Manzo Tanaka, their son, Shigezo, took over in 1930 and relocated the store to Kalena Street. Roy and Arleen Tanaka took over in 1971 and expanded the store with a new warehouse, sheet metal shop and new office space.

Tanaka Hardware had its ups and downs during its 107 years in business. The key to weathering difficult times, maintaining sales and increasing net profits was their ability to be flexible and adapt. Offering new products, services, expert advice and personalized service has kept their customers loyal.

The Tanakas stayed true to the tradition of treating customers like family. In return, the community embraced their business as their own. Because of the hard work and commitment of each generation, they look forward to seeing the 5th generation taking over one day.

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