About the

Hawaii Food Industry Assocation

HFIA is the premier organization committed to an effective and efficient system to provide Hawaii consumers the highest of quality products, with a powerful and positive impact to Hawaii’s social, economic, and legislative environment.

Toby TaniguchiPresident & COO, KTA Super Stores

About HFIA

Established in 1972, the Hawaii Food Industry Association (HFIA) is a 501(C)(6) non-profit trade association whose mission is to actively promote the interests of Hawaii’s food and beverage retailers and suppliers through highly effective government relations and advocacy, member education and industry and community relations.

HFIA has been the leading voice of Hawaii’s Food Industry for over 40 years. HFIA represents over 200 member companies, including retailers, manufactures, distributors, brokers and others connected to Hawaii’s food industry. HFIA serves as the liaison between government and the food industry and has been directly involved in the passage or defeat of most legislation affecting our industry. Many times, HFIA may be the only organization in the state representing your interests.

Board of Directors


KTA Super Stores, Toby Taniguchi
Foodland, Maxine Parker
Tamura Super Market, Charlie Gustafson
7-Eleven Hawaii, Blake Yokotake
ABC Stores, Paul Kosasa


Dole Foods, Bryce Zane
L.H. Gamble Co., Scott Gamble
Pint Size Hawaii LLC, Eddie Asato
Wholesale Unlimited, Wayne Yamada
RNDC, Hugh Duncan
Pepsi, Ryan Sobota
The Odom Corp. (Coca Cola/ AB), Joe Carter
Mahi Pono, Jayson Watts


Hawaii Energy, Caroline Carl
American Savings Bank, Larry Ishii
Pasha Hawaii, Mike Ohashi
Matson, Brian Gomes
Trade Media Hui, Jay Higa

HFIA Executive Officers

Eddie Asato

The Pint Size Corp.

Gary Okimoto

Vice Chair

Maile Miyashiro

Secretary/ Treasurer
C&S Wholesale

Lauren Zirbel

President & Executive Director
Hawaii Food Industry Association

John Schilf

Rainbow Sales and Marketing

Paul Kosasa

ABC Stores

Derek Kurisu

KTA Superstores

Toby Taniguchi

KTA Superstores

Joe Carter

The Odom Corp. (Coca Cola/ AB)

Charlie Gustafson

Immediate Past Chairman
Tamura's Super Market