The HPM Story
With over 90 years of providing high-quality materials, innovative technology, well-equipped facilities and superior customer service, HPM has become Hawaii's leading source for building.
There are more than 2,200 product lines, including pro-grade lumber, trusses, tools, pre-engineered wall panels, custom metal roofing and pre-hung doors. For those looking to build a new home, HPM offers proven house plans and materials that save time, money and headaches.
On Hawaii Island, come visit HPM's retail stores in Hilo, Kona and Waimea, along with lumberyards that services projects of all sizes. HPM also services Oahu, Kauai and Maui, offering home plans, lumber, building materials and custom metal roofing.
Committed to help you build better
As a local company with humble origins, HPM has a long history of innovation, perseverance and progressiveness. Yet one thing hasn't changed over the past nine decades — the commitment to provide customers with the best building materials and services.
Hawaii Planing Mill, Ltd. is founded by local contractors Kametaro Fujimoto and Sanzo Kawasaki as a lumber milling operation
Kametaro’s son, Barney Fujimoto, becomes general manager and adds such products as paint, plumbing supplies and hardware
During World War II, U.S. Navy Seabees assumes control of inventory, operations and employees
A tsunami destroys a major portion of HPM, leaving an office and small warehouse
Barney’s son, Robert “Bobby” Fujimoto, is named President
The Kona branch opens in Captain Cook as Captain Cook Building Supply
HPM is one of Hawaii’s first companies to establish an employee profit-sharing plan
Another tsunami destroys HPM’s Hilo facility. HPM resumes operations out of a county warehouse
HPM opens at Hilo Home Design Center on Kanoelehua Avenue
The Kona branch moves to the Liliuokalani Industrial Area
HPM creates an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), allowing employees to participate in its growth
HPM opens the Waimea branch, and the Hilo, Waimea and Kona branches unite as HPM Building Supply
Robert Fujimoto retires and son, Michael Fujimoto, becomes President and Chief Executive Officer
HPM’s new Hilo retail store opens
HPM Custom Metal Roofing opens a Honolulu sales office and warehouse
HPM Hilo’s Kitchen & Bath Showroom (now called Home Design Center) opens on Kanoelehua Avenue
HPM Kona relocates to its current six-acre location with Hawaii’s first drive-through lumberyard
HPM develops a Distribution Center in Keaukaha
HPM becomes 100% owned by its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
HPM expands its Honolulu office and begins offering lumber and building materials to Oahu, Maui and Kauai
HPM renovates its Waimea branch and doubles size of the store, warehouse and drive-through lumberyard
HPM relocates to a new three-acre branch at Oahu’s Campbell Industrial Park
HPM acquires Kauai Lumber in Lawai, Kauai. HPM also begins a partnership with Atlas Steel to provide locally manufactured steel framing components
HPM adds second Kauai location in Kapaa
Employees are Owners
In 1959, HPM began an employee profit-sharing plan. Then in 1977, HPM became one of Hawaii's first companies to establish an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Today, employees own 100% of company stock through the ESOP.
After a year of employment (and at least 1,000 hours worked), employees become part of our ESOP — meaning they're not just employees, but owners.
Owner-employees help ensure goals are met by providing exceptional customer service, maximizing sales, minimizing expenses and operating within our core values of integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence.
The HPM Foundation provides monetary donations to local nonprofits that support the community.
In recent years, we've supported the American Heart Association, Easter Seals Hawaii, Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii, Hale Aloha O Hilo Habitat for Humanity, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Island Food Basket, Hawaii Island United Way, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Hawaii Island and University of Hawaii at Hilo Alumni & Friends Association.