The Annual Conference is open to all and includes seminars in the morning that focuses on retail industry related topics and a mini tradeshow. The Ho`okela Awards recognizes the best retailers, retail employees and retail stores throughout the State in a variety of categories. 

2019 Ho`okela Awards Nominations

Deadline is September 12, 2019

Ho`okela Award Nomination Categories:

  • Retail Business of the Year - State of Hawaii
  • Small Retail Business of the Year (Single Store)  
  • New Retail Business of the Year
  • Retailer of the Year
  • Chairperson’s Award  
  • Retail Employee of the Year
  • Retail Manager of the Year  
  • Retail Sales Associate of the Year  
  • Retail Stock Associate of the Year  
  • Retail Visual Merchandiser of the Year – NEW
  • Retail Support Associate of the Year – NEW


Nominate your Rock Star Employee or Business. Be very specific on your write-ups by citing as many detailed examples on why your nomination is the best.  Remember:  Our judges do not personally know your nominee, so please don’t assume anything.   In addition, the write-ups will be compared to all others in that category.   

Who is Eligible:

  • All Retail Operations with a physical presence in the State of Hawaii who have been in operation at least 1 year and the nominated location has been in existence for at least one year.
  • All Retail Employees employed within the State of Hawaii; have been a part of the retail industry for at least 1 year but not necessarily at the current store; and MUST be a direct employee of the store or company and not a contract or outsourced employee.
  • All nominees who earn the respect of their peers.
  • All nominees who contribute to the success and vitality of the retail industry and who are an integral part of the communities in which they do business.
  • Previous winners may not be nominated in the same category for five (5) years.
  • Each company or store location may nominate one employee per category. (If you have 5 locations, you may nominate an employee in each category from each of the 5 locations)
  • Unless otherwise stated, need not be a member of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii.
  • Other restrictions may apply.

All nominees will be recognized and one winner in each category will be announced at the 2019 Ho`okela Awards Luncheon. 

2019 Retail Merchants of Hawaii’s

Annual Conference & Ho`okela Awards

November 5, 2019

Coral Ballroom

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort


TRADE SHOW:  8:00 am - 11:45 am

All attending the Annual Conference Seminars & the Ho`okela Awards Luncheon: FREE

The RMH Tradeshow is a must attend opportunity to not only network with colleagues and prospective business partners, but to also maintain a current awareness of new products and services.


  • Registration: 8:00 am - 10:00 am 
  • Seminars from 8:30 – 11:30 with topics TBA


  • Doors Open: 11:30 am
  • Program: 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm


2019 Annual Meeting & Ho`okela Awards Rewind