History

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Ever since Hardware Hawaii was founded in Kailua by Dana and Mary Lundquist in 1954, we’ve been dedicated to bringing the people of Hawaii everything they need for home improvement with the highest level of Customer First! service.

It is this Customer First! philosophy that has gained Hardware Hawaii a reputation for legendary customer service, and we have continued to thrive against local and mainland competition.

In the early 70’s Dana and Mary’s son, David Lundquist, joined the business and in 1982 became its owner and president. His brother, Barry Lundquist, joined the company in 1990. Together, the Lundquist family helped grow Hardware Hawaii from a small town hardware store to the company it is today.

Today Hardware Hawaii is one of the largest lumber and building material suppliers in the state with three hardware stores on Oahu, one on Kauai and a huge 7-acre distribution center in Kapolei.

And through it all, Hardware Hawaii continues to be driven by Dana’s Customer First! philosophy. When you shop at Hardware Hawaii, you’ll know why our customers keep coming back again and again.


1954
Hardware Hawaii opened in the Kailua Shopping Center in June 1954.


1984
Hardware Hawaii opened its second store on Kahuhipa Street in Kāne‘ohe.


1988

Hardware Hawaii moved its flagship store to its current location on Kihapai Street in Kailua.


1992
The Hawaii Better Business Bureau named Hardware Hawaii The State of Hawaii Small Business of Year.


1993
The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce named Hardware Hawaii the O‘ahu County Retailer of the Year.


1997
Hardware Hawaii opened a 3-acre Distribution Center at Kapa‘a Quarry in Kailua.
The Retail Merchants of Hawaii named Hardware Hawaii the O‘ahu Retailer of the Year.


1998

Founder, R. Dana Lundquist, is named The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.


1999
The Retail Merchants of Hawaii named Hardware Hawaii the Hawaii Retailer of the Year.


2001
Hardware Hawaii opened its third store on Mapunapuna Street in Mapunapuna.


2002
Hardware Hawaii donated $100,000 worth of paint to O‘ahu’s public schools.


2003
The Kapa‘a Quarry Distribution Center is expanded to seven acres.


2004
Hardware Hawaii celebrated its 50th Anniversary.


2006
Hardware Hawaii opened its first neighbor island store (and 4th overall) in Koloa, Kaua‘i.


2008
Hardware Hawaii built a new Distribution Center on a 7-acre lot in Kapolei. Its Kapa‘a Quarry operations were moved to this new facility, which includes a 45,000 sq-ft. building and lumberyard.


2009
Hardware Hawaii introduced its packaged homes collection – Hale ‘Ohana: Local-Style Family Homes by Hardware Hawaii.