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The Hawaii Group Welcomes New CFO Scott Strimling

The Hawaii Group has named Scott A. Strimling Chief Financial Officer. In the past two and a half decades, Strimling has proven himself to be an astute financial executive with success in all facets of accounting and financial management. As a Certified Public Accountant, Strimling is adept at streamlining financial process, enhancing productivity levels, and introducing process improvements.

Strimling comes to The Hawaii Group from California-based digital courseware company Toolwire Inc., where he served as Vice President of Finance. Strimling provided leadership to the finance organization and management team in all aspects of accounting, cash management, financial planning and analysis, and budgeting. In his career at Toolwire, he was able to align the company's expenses consistent with a product pivot resulting in savings of ~$200K per month.

“I am looking forward to Scott joining the team and bringing his financial experience to our various companies,” said Matt Delaney, President and CEO. “Scott and I met in college at the University of Southern California twenty-seven years ago when we pledged our fraternity together as well as studied accounting and business together. So not only do I think he’s an asset for The Hawaii Group, his being here adds an extra sense of ‘ohana to the company.”

“The Hawaii Group is a dynamic company,” said Strimling. “The environment is both challenging and exciting because of its rapid growth. I’m looking forward to helping shape the company in the years ahead.”

Strimling has worked as a consultant for The Hawaii Group and its various subsidiaries over the last 6 months, and started full time on April 1st.

The Hawaii Group was recently named as one of Hawaii’s “Best Places to Work” for the 7th year in a row. It has been also recognized as one of the Top 250 companies in the state of Hawaii again for 2016.

The Hawaii Group Welcomes New CFO Scott Strimling

The Hawaii Group Named one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work for the Seventh Year in a Row!



The Hawaii Group Named one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work for the Seventh Year in a Row!

The Hawaii Group (HiGroup) is honored to be one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work for seven years in a row! HiGroup received the award on March 30 at an event hosted by Hawaii Business Magazine at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Founded in 2009, HiGroup’s rapid growth can be attributed to not just exemplary professional services but also to its pervasive ‘ohana culture, which extends to clients and employees alike. Throughout HiEmployment (temporary and permanent placement), HiAccounting (accounting), and HiNursing (medical facility and homecare staffing) each individual is treated like family.

Since its inception, the HiGroup team has enjoyed exceptional benefit packages. Alongside traditional options, such as full medical, dental, vision, drug, disability, life insurance, 401K, and profit sharing, as well as a generous PTO and holiday leave program, The Hawaii Group also proudly offers its employees even more generous support at work, at home, and in the community. Offering paid time off for employees to volunteer as well as investing in learning and development opportunities company-wide, HiGroup enthusiastically encourages their team members’ desires to be good citizens on and off the job.

The aim is to provide a healthy balance in life, says Matthew Delaney, CEO. "An average person spends 1/3 to 1/2 of their day/week at work. We try to give some of those hours back with our flexible work hours." And when things might get out of balance over the course of a career? "We offer a sabbatical, where our employees take six weeks to recharge, develop, and recommit."

With regular lunches for staff in all offices (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island), monthly birthday celebrations, fitness reimbursements, parking and regular in-office massage therapy, HiGroup has fostered a healthy, happy and entirely unique daily experience for their employees.

"Our business will thrive if our employees flourish,” says Delaney. It seems that philosophy is proving effective—year after year!

Hawaii Group CEO Matt Delaney looks to expand accounting division

Matt Delaney, president and chief executive officer of The Hawaii Group, has plans to expand the professional employer organization’s accounting service, HiAccounting.

Delaney, who is back from California to head the Honolulu-based company after taking a two-year hiatus, told Pacific Business News he will be taking on the role of president of HiAccounting in addition to his duties as president and CEO of the company, whose subsidiaries include HiEmployment, HiNursing, HiHomeCare and HiHealthcare.

Scott Meichtry, who co-founded the company with Delaney in 2009, left the role in August to take some time off after stepping in to be the company’s chairman, president and CEO in 2014, during Delaney’s absence.

“We’re looking to expand with more tax services and advisory services,” Delaney said, adding that the company plans to close on a number of acquisitions within the next 60 days. “These acquisitions will provide added members to our team.”.

Hawaii Group CEO Matt Delaney looks to expand accounting division

Business Leaders On The Move In Hawaii



Liana Murphy is corporate controller with The Hawaii Group. She also will serve as director of client services with HiAccounting, a subsidiary of The Hawaii Group. Murphy brings to the position a decade of experience in tax management and accounting services. She previously was a tax manager with Moss Adams, and earned her bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus on accounting from University of Washington-Tacoma.

Business Leaders On The Move In Hawaii

HiEmployment Announces Promotion of Ann Keolanui-Manabat New Oahu Branch Manager for the Fastest 50 Company

Honolulu – hi-employment.com - HiEmployment, one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Hawaii, announced that Ann Keolanui-Manabat has been promoted to Oahu Branch Manager.

Ann joined the HiEmployment team as a Staffing Manager in 2012. With over 12 years of experience working in the staffing Industry, she has the ability to work with a variety of clients to provide staffing for administrative, industrial, hospitality, janitorial and food and beverage. Ann’s main focus since joining HiEmployment has been building and developing strong relationships with clients and candidates as business quickly grew, thus providing the opportunity for Ann to lead, train and motivate new team members to join the company. Ann was instrumental in helping open and launch HiEmployment offices on Maui and the Big Island. The experiences that she has acquired over the years have allowed her to work in this industry for which she has a true passion.

“Ann is being recognized for her dedication and natural leadership,” said Sean Knox, President & CEO of HiEmployment. “We’re fortunate to have such a great manager and wonderful person who connects so well with our clients.” Ann will be responsible for the overall operation and contract administration for temporary staffing services. The Branch Manager is charged with maximizing revenue and providing strong leadership for managers and staff in meeting HiEmployment’s business objectives.

“I enjoy working with our great team members who are so supportive and enjoy what they do,” said Ann. “To work in a field where we have a chance to provide jobs to our associates, friends and neighbors is truly rewarding.”

HiEmployment Announces Promotion of Ann Keolanui-Manabat New Oahu Branch Manager for the Fastest 50 Company

Pacific Business News: People on the Move - Liana Muphy



The Hawaii Group, one of the top 50 companies in Hawaii, announced that Liana Murphy joins the growing company as corporate controller. Liana will also serve as director of client services for subsidiary company HiAccounting.



Pacific Business News: People on the Move - Liana Muphy

KITV Island News: The Hawaii Group Announces New Corporate Controller



The Hawaii Group, one of the top 50 companies in Hawaii, announced that Liana Murphy joins the growing company as corporate controller. Liana will also serve as director of client services for subsidiary company HiAccounting.

KITV Island News: The Hawaii Group Announces New Corporate Controller

HiEmployment to Host a Downtown Honolulu Blood Drive in Conjunction with Blood Bank of Hawaii

Honolulu – hi-employment.com - HiEmployment, one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Hawaii, will sponsor a blood drive on Monday, January 30th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The blood drive will be held at the Topa Financial Center, Fort Street Tower in Conference Rooms 301 and 302.

During the blood drive, light refreshments will be provided to all participants. To donate blood, you must be in good health, be 18 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid photo ID with your birth date on it. Call the Blood Bank’s hotline, 808-848-4770 to sign up for a donation time.

Just one hour of someone’s time can save three lives... so donors truly are heroes. Statistics reveal that while only 2% of people donate blood, more than half of the population will have a critical need for donated blood at some point in their lives!

Leading the drive is Sean Knox, CEO & President of HiEmployment. A steady donor himself since 1999, Knox believes the effort is vital to supporting the Hawaii community. "You never know when you or someone you love may need an additional blood supply," stated Knox, who still donates whenever he can. "It’s easy to imagine how grateful you would be to those who helped save your life. This is one simple way we can all really make a difference and help others without even opening our wallets."

HiEmployment has worked hard to hardwire the spirit of giving into its culture, giving employees credit for volunteering and giving back to the community.

"HiEmployment is happy to host this life-saving event," Knox continues. "We invite everyone to come on over and donate if you can. And once you give – keep giving," he adds. "Remember, people are counting on you."

One of the major pillars at The Hawaii Group is to give back to the community by supporting those that are less fortunate. The Hawaii Group and its related companies remain engaged in ongoing charitable and community projects throughout the year by:

  • Encouraging staff members to take paid time off of work to volunteer their services to various charitable organizations, such as assisting those with disabilities, the elderly, helping children, cancer patients, animals, etc.
  • Knox and other company leaders sit on various non-profit boards throughout the state as well.
  • Sponsoring fundraising and other events with Blood Bank of Hawaii, Special Olympics Hawaii, and the Scott C. Craun Foundation, where all team members are encouraged to participate.

About Blood Bank of Hawaii:
Founded in 1941, Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) is a non-profit organization committed to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood, blood products and related transfusion services to Hawaii’s patients. BBH is licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accredited by AABB, and a founding member of America’s Blood Centers, the nation’s largest network of community-based blood programs. Learn more at www.BBH.org

HiEmployment to Host a Downtown Honolulu Blood Drive in Conjunction with Blood Bank of Hawaii

The Hawaii Group Announces New Corporate Controller - Liana Murphy Joins the Top 50 Company

Honolulu – TheHawaiiGroup.com - The Hawaii Group, one of the top 50 companies in Hawaii, announced that Liana Murphy joins the growing company as Corporate Controller. Liana will also serve as Director of Client Services for subsidiary company HiAccounting.

A Certified Public Accountant (WA), Liana has 10 years’ experience in management of tax and accounting services. Liana has a BA from the University of Washington-Tacoma in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Liana comes to HiAccounting from the prestigious firm Moss Adams, where she was most recently a tax manager.

In her tenure in both public and private accounting she has specialized in working with high networth individuals and mid-sized businesses in various industries including manufacturing and distribution, construction, real estate, professional services and health care. Her mission is to provide value by understanding her clients’ business and developing close relationships within the community. Liana comes to Hawaii from Tacoma, Washington, most recently with Concrete Technology Corporation.

“HiAccounting is experiencing tremendous growth,” said Matthew Delaney, CEO and President of The Hawaii Group. “In 2016, HiAccounting revenues increased by 89%. At the same time as the company grows organically and through acquisitions, it has always been our goal to create a company with an energetic, family friendly, respectful culture that is second to none. Liana fits right in with the team and will help us grow our capacity to serve even more Hawaii businesses statewide.”

Liana is excited about her role at the cutting edge of the industry. “Joining The Hawaii Group and HiAccounting ohana means working with a team—alongside ownership, leadership and professional staff that share the same passion I have for superior service and results. I’m delighted to contribute to the success of such dynamic and growing companies.”

“We were looking for someone with excellent client relationship skills as well as the sharp acumen of accounting and tax issues,” said Stacey Katakura White, President of HiAccounting. “Liana has just the background we were looking for to be flexible to meeting the needs of large businesses and individual clients.”

Outside the office, Liana is passionate about raising environmental awareness. She also volunteers her time at elementary, junior and high schools to teach financial literacy.

The Hawaii Group Announces New Corporate Controller - Liana Murphy Joins the Top 50 Company

Hawaii Human Resources 5th Anniversary

In five years, Hawaii Human Resources (HiHR) has grown faster than almost any other company in Hawaii. Through impeccable customer service, savvy business planning, and uncompromising commitment to transparency and integrity, the firm has matured from a single-client startup in 2009 to the state’s HR leader today.

Hawaii Human Resources 5th Anniversary

Hawaii Business: SmallBiz Lunch & Learn Series - Small Business Makeover

Join us NEXT TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the YWCA Fuller Hall for a special "Makeover" edition featuring the coaches and participants of the 2nd Annual SmallBiz Makeover program as part of the SmallBiz Lunch & Learn series presented by Hawaii National Bank & Hawaiian Telcom.

Are you looking to grow, refresh or totally overhaul your small business? Maybe your website is long overdue for an update, you have no idea where to start when it comes to social media, or perhaps you're drowning in bills and past due invoices. No matter what the case, it's time to seek help.

We've assembled a panel of experts to address common areas of concern for small business owners. They will share their advice and strategies as to how to overcome these challenges and help you 'makeover' your business.

Hawaii Business: SmallBiz Lunch & Learn Series - Small Business Makeover

PACE: The Hawaii Group and Hawaii Human Resources Acquire New Companies and Expand to the Island of Hawai`

Following its 2009 launch and five years of steady growth thereafter, Hawaii Human Resources (HiHR) and The Hawaii Group (HiGroup) continue to expand their reach, serving an ever-widening geographical area and offering a broad range of professional services to employers across the state. With the recent acquisition of HRBenefix’s Hawaii Operations and Kiria Payroll Services on March 31, 2014, HiHR now will have a solid presence on the Big Island, serving all areas from Kona to Waimea to Hilo.

HiHR’s purchase of HRBenefix’s Hawaii Operations and Kiria Payroll Services’ assets adds 51 new clients to HiHR’s’s already impressive roster. With 725 employees located on the Big Island, Maui, and Oahu, and an estimated $20 million annual payroll, these acquisitions represent a significant step towards HiHR establishing a strong presence on the Big Island.

Based in Kailua-Kona, longtime local businessmen Larry Marr and Jesus Menendez launched HRBenefix and Kiria Payroll Services in 2011. Both Marr and Menendez will continue working with HiHR, along with the internal staff members who will stay on under the new HiHR ownership and name. HiHR’s Big Island team will remain focused on maintaining strong client relations while continuing to grow HiHR’s Big Island client base.

As many of HRBenefix’s clients currently operate with employees on the ground in California, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, and Wisconsin, Marr and Menendez will also work on enhancing and expanding PEO and payroll services on the mainland from their Colorado and Pennsylvania offices.

PACE: The Hawaii Group and Hawaii Human Resources Acquire New Companies and Expand to the Island of Hawai`

Pacific Business News:: Hawaii Human Resources acquires HRBenefix and Kiria Payroll Services

Hawaii Human Resources and The Hawaii Group have acquired a pair of Big Island companies, HRBenefix and Kiria Payroll services.

The purchase translates into 51 new corporate clients for Honolulu-based Hawaii Human Resources and the Hawaii Group. HRBenefix and Kiria Payroll Services handle human resources duties for 725 employees on a $20 million payroll, said Matt Delaney, CEO of Hawaii Human Resources and chairman of the Hawaii Group.

Pacific Business News: Hawaii Human Resources acquires HRBenefix and Kiria Payroll Services

MidWeek: Hawaii Human Resources’ Fifth Anniversary Photo Gallery

MidWeek was present at our fifth anniversary celebration last week, and took a bunch of great photos. Take a look at the whole gallery!

The Hawaii Group celebrated the fifth anniversary of its human resources administration division, Hawaii Human Resources Inc. (HiHR) Feb. 6 at the Topa Financial Center Penthouse. The evening included views of the sunset, pupus, refreshments and live music.

MidWeek: Hawaii Human Resources’ Fifth Anniversary Photo Gallery

PACE: The Hawaii Group and Hawaii Human Resources, Inc. Announces Acquisition of JS Services

Our acquisition of JS Services has been featured on the website of Professional Administrative Co-Employers (PACE).

The Hawaii Group (HiGroup) and Hawaii Human Resources, Inc. (HiHR) has recently purchased JS Services, Inc., a professional employer organization (PEO) and employee leasing company that has been serving the Hawaii business community’s ongoing human resource needs for the past thirty-two (32) years.

The acquisition will take place immediately though JS Services will continue operating at its well-established location on Waialae Avenue. HiHR and JS Services structured this acquisition to ensure that JS Services, Inc. will survive and continue operating under the “JS Services, Inc.” name, with the same office and retaining 100% of JS Services existing staff. All parties are working hard to ensure that business will go on as usual for JS Services’ 337 clients.

In addition to preserving continuity and quality services and security, HiHR will also offer JS clients increased access to new resources and expertise, cutting-edge technology, and other business support services like staffing, recruiting, accounting, and marketing services through The Hawaii Group’s family of service entities.

The Hawaii Group and Hawaii Employment to Host a Downtown Honolulu Blood Drive in Conjunction with Blood Bank of Hawaii

Hawaii Employment Services, Inc (HiEmployment) and its parent company, The Hawaii Group, will sponsor a blood drive on Friday, January 31st from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the Topa Financial Center in Conference Rooms 301 and 302. This drive comes at critical time when the downtown blood bank donation site, previously located across the street, recently closed its doors. As a result, the Blood Bank expects strong turnout from the business community.

Spearheading this drive is Sean Knox, President of HiEmployment. A steady donor himself since 1999, Knox believes the effort is vital to supporting the Hawaii community. “You never know when you or someone you love may need an additional blood supply,” stated Knox, who still donates whenever he can. “It’s easy to imagine how grateful you would be to those who helped save your life. This is one simple way we can all really make a difference and help others without even opening our wallets.”

HiEmployment has worked hard to hardwire the spirit of giving into its culture, giving employees credit for volunteering and giving back to the community.

Call (808) 848-4770 for more information and to schedule your blood donation.

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group doubles HiHR client base with PEO acquisitions

In a very exciting development, Hawaii Group has acquired both JS Services Inc. and OneSource Inc., nearly doubling our client base. The Hawaii Group and its Founder and President Matt Delaney were featured in the Pacific Business News talking about the expansion:

The Hawaii Group has almost doubled its professional employer organization client base with the acquisition of two local PEOs, JS Services Inc. and OneSource Inc.

The acquisitions add JS Services’ 337 clients and OneSource’s 75 clients to the existing portfolio of 467 clients at Hawaii Human Resources, a subsidiary of The Hawaii Group.

“We want to be the biggest and best [human resources] provider in the state of Hawaii,” said Matt Delaney, president and CEO of The Hawaii Group.

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group doubles HiHR client base with PEO acquisitions

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group doubles ground-floor space in Downtown Honolulu

Hawaii Group CEO and President Matt Delaney was interviewed and quoted in the Pacific Business News regarding the company’s expansion of their office space in downtown Honolulu.

The Hawaii Group has renewed its 7,000-square-foot penthouse office space lease at the Topa Financial Center for another four years and will double its ground-floor office space to about 4,000-square-feet, The Hawaii Group President and CEO Matt Delaney told PBN.

Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group doubles ground-floor space in Downtown Honolulu