HONOLULU, Hawaii - American Savings Bank presented Akimeka Technologies, LLC with its 2008 Native Hawaiian Business of the Year award yesterday at the annual Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). The award, now in its fifth year, recognizes native Hawaiian entrepreneurs and businesses that work to support and advance the native Hawaiian community.
"We are grateful to have been selected as this year’s award recipient," said Philip Kahue, president of Akimeka Technologies. "Prior to and since the creation of Akimeka Technologies in 2003, those seeking a job in the information technology field had to leave Hawaii to find work. We are fortunate to provide specialized jobs in the information technology field for those in our local community."
Akimeka Technologies provides an array of information technology products and services to its Department of Defense and local clients, primarily in the areas of software development, information assurance, telecommunications services, and public safety.
American Savings Bank will make a $5,000 donation to a non-profit organization of Akimeka’s choice. Akimeka has selected Aha Punana Leo and the Honolulu Habitat-for-Humanity, which will support Native Hawaiians on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
Past recipients of American Savings Bank’s Native Hawaiian Business of the Year Award are Manuheali’i, Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, Hui Ku Maoli Ola and the Dawson Group.
Akimeka Technologies and its President Philip Kahue were recognized in August 2008 by Pacific Business News as the # 1 company on the list of the "Fastest Fifty Growing Companies in the State of Hawaii."
Akimeka Technologies was formed under the Small Business Administration’s Native Hawaiian Organization program and is majority owned by the Alaka‘ina Foundation, a Native Hawaiian nonprofit corporation whose activities principally benefit Native Hawaiians. Vaughn Vasconcellos is the president and director of the Alaka‘ina Foundation.
Serving Hawaii’s businesses and communities for more than 80 years, American Savings Bank is Hawaii’s third-largest financial institution based on 2007 year-end assets and has the second-largest branch network in the state, with 63 branches and over 200 automated teller machines. American Savings Bank provides a full range of financial products and services, including commercial and consumer banking, insurance and investments.