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Makai HR Celebrates First Year
April 29, 2019
As Makai HR celebrates its 1st Anniversary, the PEO now has over 100 clients and moved to a bigger office space.
Accel Event Rentals brings giant tent for events to Hawaii
April 17, 2019
Accel Event Rentals and Koa Capital bring a new giant tent to event venues in Hawaii that is larger than an NHL regulation hockey rink.
Koa Capital Feeds Growth in Hawaii Companies
April 1, 2019
How a Hawaii-based private investment firm is helping local businesses flourish and guiding them as they grow.
Best Places to Work 2019
March 29, 2019
Premier Restoration is named one of Hawaii's Best Places to Work for the second straight year.
Premier Restoration Hawaii expands to the Big Island
December 17, 2018
Premier Restoration Hawaii opened its first facility on the Big Island, an expansion that includes a planned investment of close to $500,000 in new equipment and human resources over the next three months.
2018 Kamaaina Business Success Stories
June 1, 2018
This is "2018 Kamaaina Business Success Stories" by Dirk Fukushima on Vimeo...
Sizzling Parties by Accel Event Rentals
September 8, 2018
Accel Event Rentals has staged events for Rihanna, Kanye West and Donald Trump, and can do yours too
Accel Event Rentals expands to Neighbor Islands with New Acquisition
June 13, 2018
The acquisition is Accel’s third major expenditure of growth capital since its partnership with Koa Capital was in September.
Accel Event Rentals acquires Waipahu event rental company — Pacific Business News
June 5, 2018
Accel Event Rentals acquired Waipahu-based Island Event Rentals in a deal that merges the companies’ assets and employees.
Kamaaina Business Success Stories: Koa Capital
May 3, 2018
From humble beginnings to success stories. Another featured business is Koa Capital. This morning, Valerie Wang, president of Makai HR and executive producer and co-host of the show Carole Kai joined us with more on Koa Capital and the show.
Dustin Sellers launches new HR firm Makai HR
April 27, 2018
Five years after leaving ProService Hawaii, a company he acquired 2005, Dustin Sellers is reentering the HR services industry, this time with a new venture he said will be a “no frills” answer to the professional employer organization market.
BrueTalk 002 - Blake Entertainment
April 20, 2018
Melissa Blake of Blake Entertainment talks to us about the creative projects her company is involved in, how she keeps JET Graphics on their toes, and her sweet tooth, in this 2nd installment of BrueTalk!
Oahu flood victims face months of cleanup
April 19, 2018
Niu Valley, Hawaii - Gov. David Ige signed a supplementary emergency proclamation declaring the City and County of Honolulu a disaster area after flooding caused heavy damage in East Honolulu, from Niu Valley to Waimanalo.
Hawaii’s Top Employers Profiles 2018 – Premier Restoration Hawaii
March 29, 2018
No matter when, Premier Restoration Hawaii is available to serve the needs of its community. The restoration and reconstruction company is always on call for emergency response and provides end-to-end project management to help reduce cost and repair time for customers. With a solid track record of ...
Rental business helps people throw memorable parties, events
December 7, 2017
Scott Rabe was 14 years old when his dad handed him the reins to his own event rentals business. Rabe’s dad, who owned a catering company in Hawaii, saw a need for a business that could provide serviceable equipment for his events. So in 1994, he decided to start the business himself.
Premier Restoration Hawaii Purchases Can Clean Hawaii to Support Expanding Presence on Oahu
November 6, 2017
HONOLULU (November 6, 2017)— Premier Restoration Hawaii, Hawaii’s leading restoration company, has acquired Can Clean Hawaii, a 30+ year Kama’aina Oahu-based business specializing in water mitigation.
Introducing the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018
September 25, 2017
Every year, Pacific Business News recognizes the best and brightest young business leaders in Hawaii with its signature 40 Under 40 awards and event.
Koa Capital Partners Invests in Event Rentals Company
September 25, 2017
Hawaii private equity investment firm Koa Capital Partners LLC is investing in event rentals business Accel Event Rentals and will simultaneously divest itself from Hawaii-based event management company Blake Entertainment.
Premier Restoration Hawai‘i Cracks Hawaii Business Magazine's Top 250 One Year After Launching on Oahu.
August 30, 2017
Thirteen months after Koa Capital Partners announced the purchase of Maui Fire & Flood, the re-branding of the company as Premier Restoration Hawai’i (“Premier”) and the opening of its fully operational facility on Oahu, Premier has cracked the Top 250, coming in at #223.
The Evolution of Entrepeneurship Through Aquisition
July 1, 2017
As 2016 draws to a close, the Entrepeneurship Through Aquisition (ETA) community is in a unique situation. "Search funds", the predominant model historically and the focus of this report, has had an amazing run under a mostly consistent model, through a reletively finite set of investors are funding more entrepreneurs more than ever, and this trend is gaining momentum.
What Fuels Hawai‘i’s Deal Flow
December 26, 2016
Hawai‘i and private equity are not often heard in the same sentence. And yet, as Honolulu-based private equity investor Dustin Sellers explains, the state’s huge tourism and real estate industry and the presence of the U.S. military have sustained generations of middle-market businesses, many of which find themselves in need of growth capital.
Large Hawaii restoration firm moves headquarters
October 20, 2016
Premier Restoration Hawai‘i, formerly known as Maui Fire & Flood, one of the largest restoration and remediation companies in the state, has opened a facility on Oahu, the head of the company confirmed to Pacific Business News.
Koa Capital launches Hawai‘i’s first Entrepreneur in Residence program
February 19, 2016
Koa Capital Partners has launched Hawai‘i’s first Entrepreneur in Residence program, targeting entrepreneurs looking to buy small businesses and revamp them. During the six month program, Koa will provide the EIR with guidance, stewardship and equity funding.
Koa Capital invests in nation’s largest consumer legal funding firm
July 17, 2015
Hawai‘i-based private equity firm Koa Capital Partners has partnered with Oasis Legal Finance, a provider of legal funding for consumers involved in personal injury litigation, and plans to expand its Hawai‘i operations. Illinois-based Oasis Legal Finance is already available in 43 states including Hawai‘i, and Koa Capital Partners will provide business development support to grow its presence in the market.
New franchise gets the bugs out: Chason Ishii joins Koa Capital Partners to head Green Home Solutions
May 17, 2015
Koa Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm founded by Chris Eldridge and Dustin Sellers, has purchased the Hawaii franchise rights to GREEN HOME SOLUTIONS, a Connecticut-based company offering environmentally friendly pest-control systems. To run the operations, they have hired Chason Ishii as GREEN HOME SOLUTIONS HAWAII’s president and head of business development.
Portfolio company Blake Entertainment How I…Sashayed into the corporate events business
April 3, 2015
This January I became Blake Entertainment, backed by Koa Capital Partners. Almost overnight, my events manager Amelia Larkin and I went from a two-man-show to an army of 40 people. Over the last three months, we hired four full-time office employees, five part-time employees, bartenders, wait staff and folks from the industry...
DR Fortress attracts local investors
February 6, 2015
Sellers, the former president of sales and marketing at ProService Hawaii, and Eldridge, former president of America's Mattress Hawaii and partner in biofuels company Aina Koa Pono, founded Koa Capital Partners last year to invest and provide operational expertise to small- to medium-sized businesses with Hawaii ties." DRFortress was looking for new equity and they wanted to expand, but they wanted to expand strategically," Sellers told PBN.
Koa Capital Partners invests in Hawai‘i datacenter, cloud provider DR Fortress
February 3, 2015
Hawai‘i private equity investment firm Koa Capital Partners, founded last year by Chris Eldridge and Dustin Sellers, has invested in its first local company, Honolulu-based data center and cloud services provider DRFortress.
Dustin Sellers, Chris Eldridge start Hawai‘i private equity investment firm
September 23, 2014
Hawaii business executives Chris Eldridge, who founded Hawai‘i's largest mattress supplier and is a partner in a local biofuel project, and Dustin Sellers, who was co-president of one of Hawai‘i's largest HR services provider, are moving from the operational side of business and getting into investments.
New Hire — Riley Stormont
Riley was born and raised on Hawaii Island and graduated from Kamehameha Schools Hawaii in 2011. From there, he studied at Linfield College in Oregon and earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance with minors in Economics and Mathematics. Prior to joining Koa in early 2018, he worked as a Senior Equity Research Associate at D.A. Davidson & Co., a national financial services company. As part of a larger Equity Capital Markets team that provided proprietary research on over 300 companies, he supported two Senior Analysts covering the regional community bank sector. Riley will assist Koa Capital Partners in the evaluation of potential investments and in tracking the performance and growth of new and existing portfolio companies.
Join the Movement visits Good Morning Hawaii
Each year, AUW's campaign offers individuals and businesses an easy and impactful way to give back to community causes. Local businesses spoke to KITV's Maleko McDonnell about this year's Join the Movement campaign.
Koa Capital purchases Maui Fire & Flood
Koa Capital Partners announces the purchase of Maui Fire & Flood along with sufficient growth capital to fund a rapid statewide expansion in the coming months under the new company name of “Premier Restoration Hawai‘i”.