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GBI Supports HUGS, Which Helps Families of Seriously Ill Children

Front L to R:  Avis Takamatsu, Nick Takamatsu and Charlene Moriwaki  Back L to R: JoAnn Inamasu, Hawaii State Rep. Scott Saiki, Patsy Saiki, Melanie Martin, Honolulu City Council Chairman Ernie Martin and Bob Takamatsu

Community Effort | Oahu

Every year, HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support) helps hundreds of families of seriously ill children find much-needed support and resources as they navigate the difficult journey through serious childhood illness. GBI continued its support of the organization at the annual HUGS Love Gala fundraiser, which was held in Honolulu on Saturday, April 30.   

The funds raised at the event will help HUGS continue to serve more families on all islands and expand programs to meet the unique and growing needs of individual family members, as well as the whole family.


GBI Workers Honored by Maui Fire Department

(L to R): Maui County Fire Chief Jeff Murray, Morris Ah Nee, Ricky Purdy and Joe Dickson

Honors | Maui 

GBI is known throughout Maui County for its willingness to provide assistance when a natural disaster occurs. In February, a brush fire in the Kahikinui area on the south side of Haleakala burned an estimated 5,500 acres. Residents of the area were relocated to shelters.

GBI dispatched seven bulldozers to cut firebreaks above the fire and around homes in the Kahikinui Homestead and continued the work over several days to ensure the safety of the community. The Maui Fire Department utilized five helicopters to conduct water drops by air, as most of the fire was inaccessible to fire vehicles.

Maui County Fire Chief Jeff Murray presented Morris Ah Nee, Ricky Purdy and Joe Dickson with commendations for their service during the Kahikinui fire, which could have had a more devastating outcome.

Thank you Morris, Ricky and Joe for helping to keep our community safe.

Shane Vitorino Foundation Batting Cage


L to R:  Chad Goodfellow, Edward Roybal, Shane Victorino, and Stephen Leis.

On November 16, 2015 friends and family of Maui’s own Shane Victorino (Los Angeles Angels outfielder) joined together for the Blessing and Dedication Ceremony of the Shane Victorino Batting Cage at Kalama Park in Kihei, Maui. 
In November 2014, the idea surfaced and GBI in partnership with the Dorvin Leis, Co. made Shane’s vision become a reality.  They collaborated on the best design suitable for the elements (e.g. weather, salt from the ocean, etc.) which resulted in the 3,100 sq. foot covered batting cage.  The facility will be maintained by the Kihei Little League.
This was the first CIP project for the Shane Victorino Foundation here on Maui and Shane is thrilled that the youth of Maui will have the use of this new facility.  In Shane’s opening remarks he expressed his desire to provide similar facilities in other communities throughout Maui County.
Congratulations to GBI’s
Ed Roybal and his team for dedicating time and effort in building the batting cage to provide a venue for our future baseball stars. 

GBI Supports "Go Red For Women" Event


Front Row, L to R: Desiree Lopes, Tia Hanchett and Corie Leal. Back Row, L to R:  JoAnn Inamasu, Brian Bormet (State DOT Airports), Marvin Moniz (State DOT Airports), Michele Souza, Michelle Arcangel and Kolyne Cabanas.

GBI continued its support of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” event held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Kea Lani Resort in Wailea, Maui. The event is focused on simple things, such as recognizing symptoms and taking preventative measures like “taking a deep breath” when feeling stressed. All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon with great women from GBI supporting “Go Red for Women.”

4th Annual Golf Tournament Raises More Than $40,000 For The Taylor Family Foundation


On Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, the California region held its annual charity golf benefit at the beautiful Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, California. Industry leaders from all over Northern California came together for this wonderful event to help raise much-needed funds for The Taylor Family Foundation (TTFF). The event resulted in a donation of more than $40,000 to the foundation. 
With the money raised, TTFF will be able to continue to provide a summer/weekend camp experience for children living with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities, including heart and skin disease, brain tumors, autism, Celiac Disease and HIV/AIDS.

GBI Partners with Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui To 'Keep Our Keiki Cool' on Maui


L to R: Jamie Yap (Maui Waena Intermediate School Principal), Chad Goodfellow, students from Maui Waena Intermediate School, Grant Chun (State Board of Education) and Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.

While the weather continued to bring sweltering conditions to Hawai‘i, Goodfellow Bros., Inc. and Hawai‘i Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui teamed up to bring much-needed relief to middle and intermediate public schools on Maui.
This summer brought some of the hottest days and breaking record temperatures throughout the state. Temperatures in some areas reached 104 degrees with 90 percent humidity. Unfortunately, many of the state’s schools are not equipped to endure such temperatures while maintaining a healthy learning environment for the students.
The Lieutenant Governor and Goodfellow Bros. hope that the company’s donation of 100 fans to middle schools will help make classrooms comfortable and cool. This was just the first step in getting more fans to Maui schools. Lt. Governor Tsutsui encouraged all businesses and the community to support a campaign on the GoFundMe crowdfunding website called “Keep our Keiki Cool.”
The State Department of Education, with limited funding, was overwhelmed with the need to assist schools with heat abatement issues throughout the state. Providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students and teachers was—and continues to be—a top priority.
With this public/private partnership, there was a more rapid response to support the schools. “This project was
a great way to support our community,” Chad Goodfellow said. “And it ensures that
our students and teachers
are comfortable in their classrooms.” 
Thank you to Goodfellow Bros., Inc. and Lt. Governor Tsutsui for their efforts to maintain a cool, comfortable and conducive learning environment for students and educators alike.

GBI Volunteers for 1st Annual Molokai Science Olympiad

Now, more than ever, Hawaii’s students must improve their performance in science. At the elementary level, students are building their knowledge base that will serve as a gateway for future science courses and, ultimately, future career choices.

On May 9, 2015, over 40 elementary students from around Molokai tested their scientific brain power in the First Annual Molokai Science Olympiad. Held at Kaunakakai Elementary School, these 3rd through 6th grade students worked in teams, challenging each other in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) events.

Our own Edward “Kaiao” Goodhue, a civil engineer on Molokai, was one of the four judges of this well-attended Science Olympiad. For the Molokai High (class of 2004) and Air Force Academy graduate (class of 2008), it was an opportunity to give back to the community he was born and raised in. 

“Looking back on my childhood, it was the people acting in a voluntary capacity who created the amazing quality of life I enjoyed growing up in,” stated Kaiao, who also graduated from Kilohana Elementary School on island. “I have come full circle, returning to Molokai with a desire to give back to the community and create the environment I want my children to grow up in.”

The Olympiad events involved the students sharing their STEM knowledge. “3, 2, 1 Blast Off” featured launching rockets made from soda bottles and pressurized with water and air. Another event, “Describe It, Build It,” involved technical writing and engineering skills.  

In “Bridge-a-Roni,” two of our future GBI engineers designed and constructed the lightest pasta bridge of the competition, with the highest structural efficiency. Sairus Tancayo (grand-nephew of foreman supervisor Kaiwi Place) and Owen Svetin (son of assistant Molokai regional manager Todd Svetin) placed first with their penne, bucatini, and “hot glue” creation. Their bridge was the only one in the competition that did not break and held a load of approximately 15kg. 

With future occupations moving rapidly in the direction of STEM, it is important that Molokai students benefit from every opportunity they are given to further their science education. 

Mahalo to the Hawaii State Science Olympiad and Goodfellow Bros. Inc. for providing monetary and voluntary support to improve the learning of science for all students and to celebrate their efforts on the island of Molokai

“Team Goodfellow” Puts Its Best Foot Forward at Maui heart walk

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, 60 GBI employees and family members joined “Team Goodfellow” for the American Heart Association’s 17th Annual Maui Heart Walk held at Keopuolani Park in Wailuku, Maui. The team’s efforts raised $2,360 for the nonprofit organization. The annual 5K run/walk supports the ongoing fight against heart disease and GBI recognizes the importance of raising awareness, whether it is in the workplace or at home. Members of Team Goodfellow, clad in their red GBI shirts, demonstrated their support and unity by joining forces for a common cause.  

Way to go, Team Goodfellow!

GBI Continues Its Commitment To Keep Their Community Clean

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, GBI employees gathered to participate in the State of Hawaii’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program. Several years ago, GBI adopted a two-mile stretch of the Piilani Highway in Kihei, Hawaii, and on a quarterly basis, employees and their families clean the roadside and maintain the company’s commitment to keeping the community clean. This is yet another testament of GBI’s mission to be the contractor of choice by our clients, employees and the communities in which we live and work. 

Way to go, Team Maui!

Helping Develop the Next Generation of GBI Employees

On Wednesday September 17th, 2014, Todd Svetin (Molokai Assistant Regional Manager) visited with and spoke for over an hour to 31 fifth grade students at Kaunakakai Elementary School about his experiences in the construction industry over the past 21 years. Todd spoke specifically to the children about designing and building bridges such as the Kawela Bridge project that Goodfellow Bros., recently completed.

As part of the students STEM focus, they are learning about the engineering design process. With that in mind, they designed their own bridges using Popsicle sticks and tested their bridge strength by seeing how much weight they could hold.

Way to go Todd!

On September 25th, to further the students' understanding of the engineering behind a bridge, the fifth graders visited the newly constructed Kawela Bridge with GBI Project Engineer, Clayton Morrell. Clayton showed the students the bridge they saw in photos and explained why the bridge was built the way that it was.

Annual Golf Tournament Raises More Than $40,000 for the Taylor Family Foundation


Goodfellow Top Grade Construction’s 2nd Annual “Little Heroes” golf tournament, held on September 30th, 2013, at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif., generated more than $35,000 for The Taylor Family Foundation (TTFF) of Livermore, Calif., and its Camp Arroyo program.

With the money raised, TTFF will be able to continue their efforts of providing a summer/weekend camp experience for children living with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities such as heart and skin disease, brain tumors, Autism, Celiac Disease, and HIV/AIDS to name a few. The children TTFF serves come from all 39 counties of Northern California to enjoy a therapeutic respite - completely free. Each year, TTFF provides this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to more than 3,000 campers over the course of 11 weeks during the summer and nearly 10 weekends. It is the foundation’s goal that each of these wonderful kids can check their illness or disability at the door when they arrive at camp and “just be kids”, feeling welcomed and supported while having endless amounts of fun. Entering its’ 3rd decade of service, TTFF has helped more than 40,000 children attend camps and has provided respite for nearly 70,000 parents.

 “What a gift Top Grade has been to The Taylor Family Foundation. They are an organization of people who really care,” stated Elaine Taylor, Co-Founder of The Taylor Family Foundation. “Their compassion starts at the top and goes right on down through employees, customers, vendors and friends. We are forever grateful for their gifts of labor, funding, time and hearts of gold.”

“We recognize that the long-term health and success of our company stems from forward-thinking business practices, including our ongoing commitment to social responsibility”, said Lee Myhre, Director of Marketing and Tournament Chairperson.