The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce held its membership meeting and 10th annual Generational Awards luncheon on July 22 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie installed the organization’s new officers and directors. The executive committee for 2014-15 are: Candice Naito, board chair; Wayne Ishihara, president; Tyler Tokioka, chair-elect; Roy Amemiya Jr., vice chair – administration/secretary; Terry Noyama, vice chair – finance/treasurer; Dave Erdman, Mark Ibara, Brian Nishida, Melanie Okazaki, Eric Tsugawa and Jon Tsukamoto, vice chairs and Gordon Kagawa, immediate past chair.
Two awards were also presented during the program: Davis Higa was named 2014 Outstanding Member of the Year, and the Totoki family of Standard Capital Group, Inc. was presented the HJCC Generational Award.
Davis Higa has served as general counsel for Delta Construction Corporation, a site work contractor. Higa has been an HJCC member for 38 years and served on the board for four years. Besides the HJCC, Higa is a member of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii, Hawaii State Bar Association, Hawaii Employers Council, West Oahu Economic Development Association and Hawaii Estate Planning Council.
Standard Capital Group, Inc., traces its history back to 1930 when founder Kazuo Totoki started Honolulu Auto Parts. Totoki’s eldest son, Allan, a past HJCC board member and 1994 chair, worked for the company and expanded the business from one store to four stores. His four children also worked in the business.
In 1945, Kazuo Totoki and other associates started Standard Financial Corp., an industrial loan company that provided small personal loans to working people who lived in the Alapa‘i area. As the company grew, Kazuo bought out the other investors. The family also began acquiring and developing real estate, which became their primary business as Kazuo Totoki, Ltd. The company was renamed Standard Capital Group, Inc. in 1983.
In 2000, with increasing regulatory requirements facing small financial institutions, the family decided to sell Standard Financial to First Hawaiian Bank.
They continue to operate Standard Capital Group, Inc. Although now retired, Allan Totoki and his wife Betty remain on the board. Two of their children are still work in the family business. Daughter Rona succeeded her father as CEO and president, and younger son Rand is principal broker and property manager. Older son Ryan has his own business, but is the family’s consultant regarding acquisitions, development, renovation and commercial leasing. Younger daughter Renee works at ‘Iolani School.