Keeping Old Nisei Values Relevant

Jodie Chiemi Ching

For the past 60 years, Seki Machine Works has serviced every industry in Maui County. “Name any industry,” challenged 55-year-old yonsei Tom Seki, and they’ve done it — including automotive, marine, medical, hotel, astronomy, heavy equipment, water, sewage and the highway.

The metal fabrication and automotive shop was founded in Wailuku, Maui by Tomeichi Seki and his brother Yonichi on June 20, 1959.

Tomeichi took a big risk and purchased a crankshaft grinder machine for $11,000, which, in 1959, was the same purchase price as a house.

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