Nine Hawaii companies recognized with Export Achievement awards


HONOLULU, Hawaii – Nine Hawaii companies were recognized today by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, the US Department of Commerce, and the Small Business Administration for their success in entering or expanding in the international marketplace.

Cyanotech Corp., Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co., Hawaiian Island Shine, Maui Babe, Noni Biotech International, and Honua Technologies received Export Achievement Certificate awards from Governor Linda Lingle and John Holman, director of the Hawaii Export Assistance Center, US Department of Commerce.

The Governor joined SBA district director Jane Sawyer in recognizing three Hawaii companies: Baldridge & Associates, PR Tech, and Tradewinds Global. Beth Tokioka of the Kauai Mayor’s office was also recognized for her support of export efforts.

Cyanotech Corporation is a world leader in micro-algae technology that produces and distributes nutritional supplements from the Natural Energy Lab on the Big Island. Cyanotech exports its nutritional products to over 40 countries worldwide. As a result of the Gold Key Service and ongoing support from the Commercial Service, Cyanotech was able to establish a partnership in India that also has the potential for sales in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company produces roasted and flavored macadamia nuts on the Big Island. As a result of their participation in the HOFEX Food Trade Show in Hong Kong and spin-off trade mission in Macau, which was supported by Commerce and the State of Hawaii, the company secured a Hong Kong distributor and has been selling to the market ever since.

Hawaiian Island Shine is a Hawaii-based manufacturer of quality care auto products. The Hawaii Export Assistance Center collaborated with the State of Hawaii to help the company secure their first international distribution partnership with a major retail chain in Latin America. The company is now exporting to five countries in Latin America.

Maui Babe is a Maui-based company that manufactures and sells skin care products related to sun care. As a result of the counseling and ongoing support provided by the Hawaii Export Assistance Center, Maui Babe established a key sales relationship with a distributor in Australia who also covers sales to the New Zealand market.

Noni Biotech International is a grower, manufacturer, and distributor of healthful juices and skin care products derived from the tropical noni fruit. The Hawaii Export Assistance Center provided ongoing support for Noni Biotech that allowed the company to make its first sale of a container to a new distributor in South Korea.

Honua Technologies is an American industry leader in the design and manufacture of high-temperature, environmentally-safe medical and bio-hazardous waste destruction and treatment systems. The Commercial Service offices in Hawaii, Hong Kong, and China supported Honua Technologies’ participation in several trade shows while providing key introductions to potential partners. As a result of ongoing support from the Commercial Service and State of Hawaii, the company was able to secure a partner relationship with a Chinese firm, which resulted in large sales of steam sterilizers and ancillary equipment for projects in China.