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SBA Loan Information (Covid-19)

Due to the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, HJA members may be in need of financial assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now working with banks for payroll assistance loans. The current program is called the "Paycheck Protection Program".

HJA Members should contact their bank to see if they are participating with the SBA loan program. Hawaii banks that we know are working with the SBA include:

American Saving Bank:

Bank of Hawaii:

Central Pacific Bank:

First Hawaiian Bank:

Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union:

You download the SBA form, fill it out and then upload it to your bank. We have seen a couple of different versions of the SBA form, so we suggest you use whatever form/download your bank supplies. However, you can download the form directly from the SBA here:

In theory, a business can apply for a loan from a bank they don't currently do business with, but some banks (like BoH) seem to say that this is only available to existing customers. So HJA members should apply with their current bank whenever possible.

Applications are being accepted stating today (03-APR-2020) , so HJA members should act quickly as we suspect  that banks and the SBA will be overwhelmed with applications and you don't want to be last in line.

Remembering Mark Meador

Knowing Mark Meador as many in HJA did, he touched so many through his brilliant work as a goldsmith and jewelry designer. Mark began making jewelry in 1968 specializing in strong, geometric shaped jewelry with vibrant colored stones and textured gold or platinum. Just from HJA alone, Mark won 6 awards in his career. There are many others.

  • 2008 – Peoples choice award “Mana” Hawaii Jewelers Association
  • 1995 – 2nd Place Diamond Jewelry, “Textual Concepts”, Hawaii Jewelers Association
  • 1995 – First Place, Diamond Jewelry, “Shimmering Waves”, Hawaii Jewelers Association
  • 1993 – 2nd Place, Colored Stones, “Chi”, Hawaii Jewelers Association
  • 1992 – First Place, Diamonds, “Ode to Billie”, Hawaii Jewelers Association
  • 1992 – Designer of the Year, “Awapuhi” Hawaii Jewelers Association

As jewelers, we all know our creations outlive us. Although Mark’s life was cut short it was indeed full and through his jewelry designs, he will continue to bring joy.

Love and Support from all your colleagues at Hawaii Jewelers Association.

HJA Logo Redesigned

The Hawaii Jewelers Association logo has been updated. The design contest for the logo closed on October 31st and your Board of Directors voted on November 11th to adopt a new logo from the 6 submissions (and also considered keeping the old logo).

The new logo is really an update to the logo the HJA has used since its founding in 1949. The colors are now more in keeping with the Hawaiian Royal Coat of Arms and the text font has been replaced with a more contemporary one. And a diamond was added to help the public identify our logo with jewelry.

The 2020 Membership stickers will use this updated logo. We will be making digital copies of the logo available to members for use on their websites and promotional materials.

Mahalo to all of the HJA members who submitted entries!

Bruce Bucky & Habilitat Present Christmas Trees to 75 Homeless Families

Private benefactor and philanthropist Mr. Bruce Bucky of Hildgund Jewelers and The Carl & Hildgund Bucky Foundation will be donating 75 Christmas trees to families on Oahu. The trees will be distributed by Habilitat, of which Mr. Bucky has been a long time supporter. Parent's Inc. is assisting in coordinating the event and has combined their Adopt-A-Family program with the families housing at IHS. This amazing event will take place on December 14th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm with entertainment by Mike Izon and The City Boys.

Throughout the month of December Habilitat is hosting their 42nd Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Proceeds from all Christmas tree sales directly benefit Habilitat's programs, which work to empower its participants to overcome problems with substance abuse and homelessness. Habilitat will spread good tidings at five sites around Oahu starting November 30, including two new locations at Koko Marina Shopping Center and in Kapolei by the old Kmart.

Proceeds from Habilitat's annual Christmas tree sales are reinvested to support the program's important work. As they go through the program, not only are residents given a newfound sense of self-worth with their job training, but are also able to give back and become a gainfully employed member of the community. Today, Habilitat has one of the highest success rates in the U.S.

For more information on pricing and location of Habilitat's Christmas Trees, visit For more information on Habilitat, please visit Also, follow Habilitat on Facebook at, on Instagram at and on Twitter at

Big Island and Kauai Jewelers Need Your Support

Despite the floods on Kauai and the on-going eruptions on the Big Island of Hawaii, HJA Retail Members on these neighbor islands are open for businesses and need your support so that they can continue to serve their customers on their islands and beyond.

You can show your support by contributing to this GoFundMe campaign:

Locate a HJA Retailer via Google Maps

Big Island: