Sharing Our Islands’ Spirit Allows Us to Return the Favor
The origins of Hawaiian Host can be traced back to almost a century. Mamoru Takitani along with his wife, Aiko, had hopes of producing a world-famous confection. Through hard work and dedication, they were able to create their one-of-a-kind recipe.
Today, we still use that very same formula and continue to come up with a variety of macadamia delights to share with the world through our brands, Hawaiian Host and Mauna Loa.
The Takitani Foundation
The Takitani Foundation
The Mamoru and Aiko Takitani Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and educational opportunities for underserved populations of Hawai‘i students.
More than just providers of educational grants, The Takitani Foundation also strives to spur innovative improvements in education in Hawai‘i. The Foundation was created in 1993 to express the Takitanis’ appreciation to the local community for its continual support of their products.
Our Corporate Brand
Hawaiian Host Group is the leading manufacturer of premium chocolate and macadamia nut snacks, headquartered in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
- We aim to be local
- We are sustainable when possible
- We always lead with the Spirit of Hawai‘i
While we do make products intended to share the Spirit of Hawai‘i—whether for family and friends or to stoke the spirit of warmth and well-being within—at Hawaiian Host Group, we aim to create exceptional experiences alongside our unique line of products.We seek to set the highest standards without settling and continue to innovate so we can stay relevant and exciting for our consumers.
PRESIDENT & CEO
"At Hawaiian Host Group, we honor our nearly 100 years of heritage in Hawai‘i by innovating and creating new products to keep our customers and our team excited about the future."
Ed Schultz has been President of Hawaiian Host since 2018. In 2020, he became President and CEO. Prior to joining Hawaiian Host, he was President and Owner of Honolulu Coffee. Mr. Schultz’s career started in New York working on growth equity investments and leveraged buyouts for BNP Paribas Merchant Banking Group and Banc of America Securities. He is currently an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Chapter in Hawai‘i. Mr. Schultz is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Engineering degree.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & COO
"Growing up on Maui, I was amazed and inspired by the Takitanis. Now full circle, I am reunited with one of the most beloved brands in Hawai‘i."
Stuart Saito joined Hawaiian Host in 2013 and serves as Senior Vice President and COO. His extensive experience in senior leadership and leading operations teams spans over 30 years in Hawai‘i, California, and Wisconsin. In 2019, under Mr. Saito’s leadership, Hawaiian Host achieved the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Certification meeting the global standards of food safety and quality. Prior to joining Hawaiian Host, Mr. Saito served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Discovery Foods, specializing in manufacturing Asian snack foods.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & CFO
"When a team paddles together, the final destination is reached more swiftly. I feel that’s who we are at HHG—one team, one goal."
Scott Choi joined Hawaiian Host in 2016 and serves as Senior Vice President and CFO. His extensive experience in senior leadership and leading finance teams spans more than 25 years in both Hawai‘i and California. Prior to Hawaiian Host, Mr. Choi was CFO for Honsador Holdings, LLC. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. Mr. Choi is a graduate of New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance and also holds an MBA from Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
VICE PRESIDENT OF TALENT MANAGEMENT
"Through the energy, sacrifice and alignment of our team, HHG is creating Hawai‘i’s leaders of tomorrow."
Michelle Leon-Guerrero joined Hawaiian Host in 2019 and serves as Vice President of Talent Management. Prior to joining Hawaiian Host, Mrs. Leon-Guerrero was Director of Benefits for ProService Hawaii, the largest Professional Employer Organization (PEO) in the state. Under her leadership, the benefits and insurance programs grew to serve more than 35,000 employees and launched innovation programs such as the Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Mrs. Leon-Guerrero is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Travel Industry Management and also holds an MBA in Human Resources.
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