GBI and its subsidiary company, Hawaii Paving, LLC, held a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony for Hawaii Paving’s newly built asphalt plant in Waikoloa on Friday, June 16.
Marking a significant milestone in Hawai‘i’s infrastructure development, nearly 100 distinguished guests assembled at GBI’s Waikoloa base yard on the Big Island of Hawai‘i to celebrate the launch of the new asphalt concrete company and plant. Attendees included key industry figures such as GBI Hawai‘i Division President Ed Brown, Hawaii Paving Co-Partner Keoni Gomes, Hawaii Paving General Manager Dan Weisgerber, County of Hawai‘i Deputy Managing Director Bobby Command, and Rob Lee from the state Department of Transportation.
“This month marks a momentous occasion for our company, our partners, and our entire Big Island community,” said GBI Hawai‘i Division President Ed Brown. “The opening of this cutting-edge facility represents not only a significant milestone in our growth and development, but also a testament to the unwavering commitment we hold towards providing the highest-quality products and services to our clients, customers, and residents of the Big Island.”
The inception of Hawaii Paving started in 2022 and came to fruition as a new company and the completion of its state-of-the-art plant in April of 2023. Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the plant can produce four distinct asphalt varieties, including Asphalt Treated Base (ATB), Cold Mix Asphalt, Polymer-Modified Asphalt, and Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) types IV and V. With this momentous step, Hawaii Paving is set to capitalize on numerous opportunities and is now better positioned to meet customer needs, support business partners, and contribute to the community’s growth and prosperity.
Emphasizing the company’s sustainable development principle, the plant incorporates renewable energy sources and waste recycling into its operations. Hawaii Paving’s goal is to lead the asphalt concrete industry toward a future that is both environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. This undertaking reflects not just the organization’s commitment to the present, but also its investment in the future.
“At the very heart of our new asphalt concrete plant lies a strong foundation of innovation, sustainability, and safety,” Brown said. “Utilizing the latest technologies and industry best practices, we have designed this facility to optimize production efficiency, minimize environmental impact by having the ability to recycle old asphalt, and create a safe work environment for our dedicated ‘ohana members.”
Photography by Ahi Bird Media