There have been a number of recent jewelry related break-ins, robberies and burglaries in Hawaii.
The most recent being on Feb. 7th, 2021 just outside Aloha Stadium: https://www.khon2.com/local-news/police-search-for-suspect-in-connection-to-aiea-carjacking/
Here are some security tip from HJA Board Member Dale Cripps:
The situation is critical for all stores & all Islands, Day & Night. No one is immuneto this and we encourage owners everywhere to do the following:
1) Place signs at the front entrance and in the store, saying that you have Camera Surveillance in the shop.
2) If you don't have Cameras.....Get
them installed ASAP.
3) At the very least buy a fake camera with a light, that is on, placed at the front entrance, with signage.
4) If you have business neighbors, have a meeting
for everyone to be watchful of people coming & going in the area who could
be "casing" a store.
5) Remember that removing temptation is a great
strategy. Lock everything into your
safes and remove inexpensive items from sight.
Leave your empty cases uncovered so the message is “Nothing available
here, not worth your effort”.
Stay watchful and safe!
The 2020 Design Contest is now underway. The deadline for submissions was Wednesday, September 30th. Winners will be announced on October 10th, 2020.
Voting for the 2020 People Choice Awards will be done via a Poll linked to the HJA Facebook Page. Please vote for your favorite in each category now. Voting ends on Saturday, October 10th when the judged winners are announced.
VOTE NOW - Under $3500 Category
VOTE NOW - $3500 and Over Category
VOTE NOW - Hawaiian Themed Category
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Your HJA Board of Directors have elected the Association's officers for 2020. They are:
- President: Sharon Gilbert
- Vice-Preisdent: Moshe Hakemolo (GG)
- Secretary: JD Wriston (GG)
- Treasurer: Andrew Taylor
For more information please visit our Board of Directors page.
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: https://www.cpb.bank/ppp
First Hawaiian Bank:
Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union: https://www.hawaiiusafcu.com/Resources/Education/Coronavirus-(COVID-19)-Update-Center
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.
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.
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!
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 hawaiichristmastrees.com. For more information on Habilitat, please visit habilitat.com. Also, follow Habilitat on Facebook at facebook.com/Habilitat, on Instagram at instagram.com/habilitat and on Twitter at twitter.com/habilitat.
Honolulu Jewelry Company Pearl Harbor NEX location has finished renovations.
Come stop by the new Jewelry department!
4725 Bougainville Dr, Honolulu, HI 96818
Thanks to the support of Jewelers for Children and Hawaii Jewelers Association, Zierra had the opportunity to tour Maui Divers Jewelry Design Center and create her own jewelry to wear during her wish.
Read Zierra's story.
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: https://www.gofundme.com/hawaii-jewelers-unite
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