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Three generations of the Fujimoto Leadership (l-r): Jason, Bobby, Mike

Reflections on HPM’s 97th Year of Serving Hawai‘i

As HPM Building Supply celebrates its 97th year of service, we reflect on our values and the enduring principles that have guided our business every step of the way.

“As the fifth generation to lead HPM, I’ve watched my father, Mike, and my grandfather, Bobby, carry the founding values of integrity, respect and continuous improvement in pursuit of excellence to every corner of our company and empower our team members to do the same,” says President & COO Jason Fujimoto. “In our business, relationships come first. My grandfather always says, ‘Just take care of your team. Just take care of your customers. That’s all you have to worry about.’ We take this to heart every day, because it’s all about connecting with people. Knowing that we’ll be there for you, and you’ll be there for us when we need it most.”

Steadfast Commitment
From the company’s humble start as a small lumber mill in Hilo in 1921, HPM Building Supply has grown to become a leading Hawai‘i building partner statewide – with seven locations on Hawai‘i Island, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i, more than 2,200 product lines, including manufactured products, as well as pre-designed home plans, custom metal roofing and pros-only services.

Along the way, HPM has weathered many challenges. When a tsunami (the second in the company’s history) leveled the Hilo store in 1960, a loan from the local Small Business Association helped Bobby Fujimoto, then President and General Manager, rebuild and start again.

“We’re still standing today, fulfilling our mission of helping customers build better, because of the steadfast commitment and support of our team members, our customers and the communities we serve,” says Chairman & CEO Mike Fujimoto.

HPM’s Hot Shot trucks are very visible delivering smaller loads to jobsites around the island.
True Partnership
“Professional builders have always been the mainstay of our business, and we are continually listening to their needs and staying abreast of trends to enhance our services as a supplier and true partner,” says Jason.

Among its services to pros, HPM offers dedicated pro service counters at every store location and knowledgeable Pro Sales Associates ready to assist. 

Whether a client is ordering lumber, paint, roofing, plumbing or other materials, HPM operates with an "on time and in full" promise to ensure all supplies get to where they need to go, either through its Hot Shot Delivery Service or store pick up

The People of HPM
An integral part of the company’s service commitment are the people of HPM.

“We’ve been completely employee-owned since 2006,” says Mike. Every day customers enjoy the benefit of being served by an owner. Many of our employee-owners have been with us for decades because they are personally invested in serving our customers.”  

Jason adds, “As a truly, local 100% employee-owned company, we are grateful for the support of our customers, which provides for our team and their families and allows HPM to give back to our community.”

A Strong Foundation
With an emphasis on service, HPM’s partnerships, in-kind donations, charitable giving and special scholarships for students and builders in training further strengthen Hawaii’s communities.

HPM Waimea owner-employees are ready to help West Hawai‘i pros.
“The more we can do as a company and as an industry for our neighbors, the stronger we all are,” says Mike. 

Building Better Together
One thing the HPM family is continually grateful for is the close-knit community of pro builders.

“We couldn’t have gotten this far without the trust and patronage of our pros,” says Jason. “It’s always an honor to partner with them as we come together to support our community in times of need, like with the emergency housing for evacuees of the volcanic eruptions. We truly appreciate our pros and extend a big ‘mahalo.’ We look forward to our continued partnership for the next 100 years, as we build better together.”

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