Established in 2005, the Generational Award recognizes local businesses that have made significant contributions to the growth and development of Hawaii’s business and community sectors over two or more generations of ownership. Award recipients and their families are honored at the Chamber’s Inauguration & Generational Award Celebration in July.
2018 Generational Award Honoree
The Nakamoto Family
Shigeichi and Yukie Nakamoto, the first-generation owners of Beretania Florist, had the foresight to purchase land on Beretania Street in 1937. It was a bold move back then, and the business was passed on to son Howard and his wife June in 1968. Howard, a long time member of the HJCC, passed away in 2015, and the florist today is run by daughter Celeste Nakamoto Farinas, and thrives in a very competitive industry, thanks in part to the attractive, user friendly website created by Celeste’s son Reece who is Sales & Marketing Director at the florist. Four generations of Nakamotos have worked at the same location in the same business, surrounded by both seasonal and regular workers who would not be there if not for their love of flowers and the congenial working conditions generated by the Nakamoto and Farinas families.