Highway Inn, Inc.



Highway Inn became a member of HEC in 2009 initially to take advantage of its employee handbook benefit. This proved to be more cost effective than other alternatives as the handbook required numerous updates as labor laws continually changed and evolved. Since then, we have also been able to take advantage of HEC's meeting rooms to hold our company's annual training which includes HEC's supervisory classes for our management team and to cover required specific training for all of our employees.


Most employers understand the numerous challenges of owning and operating a business in Hawai'i and need to outsource functions where it makes good business sense. Furthermore, our American legal system has enabled people to file lawsuits that are with or without merit, and ultimately the employer shoulders this additional burden. By utilizing HEC’s resources we are able to stay updated and compliant and be confident that we have managed the risk of lawsuits. Staying informed and out of court will be worth every penny paid in dues.


Monica Toguchi Ryan
Highway Inn, Inc.




Hale Makua Health Services



For 40 years, Hale Makua Health Services has come to depend on its important business partnership with the Hawaii Employer’s Council. The Council is one of our top strategic partners.


With nearly 80% of our workforce represented by one of three unions, the Council’s assistance with collective bargaining, contract interpretation, and grievance consultation is essential to our maintaining positive labor relations.


With ever changing employment regulations and case law, the Council’s weekly News Digest emails keep me and my team informed about the latest developments in our field. Beyond the information delivered to us, we look to the Council’s HR and labor consultants for advice, guidance, and sometimes just confirmation that we’re on the right track with complicated situations. We appreciate that the HEC consultants have knowledge of Hawaii employment laws, are just a toll-free phone call away, and are located in our time zone.


Recent additions to the Council’s member services, like access to the CCH AnswersNow tools and database, provide critical information that’s been carefully vetted. This saves me time and is much more reliable than an internet search. As a member company on a neighbor island, we appreciate that the Council makes many of its excellent, timely seminars available to us as webinars. And every year we send our new managers to HEC’s Fundamentals of Supervision series of trainings that are offered on Maui.


The salary and benefit surveys prepared by the Council help us ensure that Hale Makua’s total rewards are aligned with our company mission and compensation philosophy. We especially appreciate the industry-specific surveys and data analysis.


If Hale Makua Health Services had to pay separately for consultants, attorneys, trainers, analysts, and paralegals to provide all the services we now receive combined from the Council, it would easily cost four times more than our annual HEC membership dues. The return on investment is easily four to one.


Ted Tucker
Chief Human Resources & Compliance Officer
Hale Makua Health Services




Goodwill Hawaii



Goodwill has held membership with Hawaii Employers Council for many years. We see them as an extension of our Human Resource department and they provide our HR team excellent service in many areas including helping us to craft and update HR policies to reflect updated law and practice, and providing expertise for our team in the various areas of HR management. Access to their trainings and member briefings are also an important member benefit that we utilize often. Their statewide focus allows Goodwill team members on all islands to receive the professional HR guidance that HEC provides.


Laura Smith
Goodwill Hawaii





Kamehameha Schools



We use HEC’s survey services extensively and have gained great benefit from it.  HEC is very accommodating to our requests for customized surveys and special cuts of the data.  We are indebted to them for taking on and continuing to conduct an annual survey of Hawaii private schools.  HEC doesn’t just provide survey results, they also follow up by assisting with analysis and data interpretation.  They are flexible to work with.


Janis Kane
HR Strategic Planning Officer
Kamehameha Schools




Servco Pacific


I’m not sure if Servco’s founder, Peter Fukunaga, knew that by joining the Hawaii Employers Council (HEC) back in 1944 what a long and rewarding relationship he was beginning.  Many of us at Servco are glad he had the foresight to be one of the early members of this fine organization.  Over past 69 years we have used most, if not, all of the services HEC provides!


We have had hundreds of managers learn from HEC’s excellent training classes, and even partnered with them to offer some joint HEC/Servco programs.  Their labor relations consultants have served us well in negotiating labor union contracts and providing other advice and guidance.  Our Servco Human Resources professionals use many of HEC’s surveys to benchmark our pay, benefit programs and HR policies.  We appreciate the timely and relevant updates HEC provides via email and on their website.  They also help us, and many employers, by monitoring our Hawaii legislators and legislative activity and trends each year, and helping us comply with the ever-growing multitude of labor laws.


Servco has been a strong supporter of HEC over the years by having several of its executives serve on HEC’s Board of Directors.  While we like to think we have “served” HEC in this capacity, each of these executives will attest to how much they gained by participating in this way.  They built strong business ties with other key Hawaii executives, stayed abreast of employment and legal trends, and developed themselves as even better leaders.


We are certainly looking forward to continuing our long and valued relationship with HEC and its talented and knowledgeable staff.


Rick Ching
President & Chief Operating Officer
Servco Pacific Inc.




Hawaii Baptist Academy



HEC is an invaluable resource in helping us with our compensation and pay structure development.  They have much knowledge and experience in this area, and we feel so fortunate to be able to work with professionals who are patient and friendly.  I can’t express how much I enjoy working with HEC.

Stephen Arita
Human Resources Director
Hawaii Baptist Academy




Pūlama Lānaʻi



“Hawaii Employers Council has been a great partner for Pūlama Lāna‘i, as well as more than 800 other organizations in Hawaii. We rely on them for expert advice on a variety of employee-relations issues, such as labor and employment law updates, union negotiations, training and development programs, and survey and research information. HEC’s staff is fast, accessible and knowledgeable and we trust them so much that we consider them to be an extension of our own team.”


Kurt Matsumoto
Chief Operating Officer
Pūlama Lānaʻi