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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Ho`okela Awards in the following 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
  • 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
  • Retail Support Associate of the Year


  • Chairperson’s Award: Nominations are ONLY considered from those nominated directly by the Retail Merchants of Hawaii’s Board of Directors.
  • Remember to include photo - Store Front for Business Nominations and Head and Shoulder shot of ONLY the nominee for Employee Nominations.
  • 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.  
  • Judging will be done by those who do NOT have a direct connection to those who are nominated. We want to ensure that the judging is fair and independent.
  • All qualifying nominees will be recognized and one winner in each category will be announced at the 2020 Ho`okela Award luncheon on October 14th at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
  • 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 1 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.
  • MUST be a direct employee of the store or company and not a contract or outsourced employee.
  • 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.
  • All submitted materials will become the property of RMH for promotional purposes and will not be returned.  


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