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Thursday May 24, 2018

(Honolulu, Hawai‘i) Makai HR is the newest evolution of outsourced HR services offered to Hawai‘i’s small- and-medium sized business community. Envisioned by HR industry veteran Dustin Sellers and built by a best-in-class team of HR experts, Makai HR is a professional employer organization (PEO). It will differentiate itself with a cost-effective, paperless HR platform, leveraging new technology to save employers and their employees dollars without sacrificing service or support.

“Business owners and their staffs are still spending a lot of their time on HR related paperwork. Leveraging amazing advances in industry technology and our unique tiered-pricing model, we aim to save folks time and money,” said Sellers.

Services include the business essentials: dependable payroll; affordable top-quality health care benefits; competitive workers’ compensation rates; 24/7 support; paperless cloud-based technology and reporting, and HR compliance. Additional services can be added on an as-needed, ad hoc basis, allowing us to offer the lowest PEO rates in the state.

Focusing on the time-strapped local business owner, Makai HR will be the first PEO in Hawai‘i to offer a host of much-needed services:

  - 24/7 employee and employer support via text message, chat, phone and email
  - Paperless and mobile friendly HR access
  - Integrated time tracking and applicant hiring systems
  - Pay card options for payroll, a convenient and paperless option for employees to receive
      their paychecks
  - Multilingual employee support

The vision behind Makai HR was to make it sleek, efficient and adaptable in the face of changing business conditions. Makai HR will offer three tiers of service and pricing:

  - Business – Just the essentials, payroll, health care, workers comp and compliance
  - Business Plus – The essentials plus key additions such as Flex Spending and applicant
  - Platinum – For companies that need a full suite of HR services

To ensure the best in healthcare coverage and localized support, Makai HR has partnered with HMAA and Kaiser Permanente, two of Hawai‘i’s leading health care provider.

“HMAA is excited to work with some of the best in business when it comes to HR outsourcing in Hawai‘i. As a community leader in health care, we aspire to affiliate with others that have our level of service and integrity at heart, and we see that in Makai HR,” said William McCorriston, President of HMAA.

Accomplished business professional Valerie Wang, President of Makai HR, was recruited earlier this year to lead the creation. Prior to joining Makai HR, Valerie was with TriNet, one of the largest publicly-traded PEO’s in the country, earning multiple awards for operational performance and developing a reputation in the small business community of Los Angeles as a thought-leader in the field.

“The value of the PEO model is indisputable and getting the chance to start from scratch with amazing new technology and a hand-picked team is pretty exciting,” she said. “The opportunity to take my experiences as both a small business owner and entrepreneur along with my tenured experience working for a PEO with close to 350,000 worksite employees is incredibly rewarding. I look forward to serving Hawai‘i business owners with Makai HR.”

The Makai HR executive team also includes:

  -    Bryan Knight, Chief Technology Officer, who most recently ran all HR-related
      technology platforms at Hawaiian Airlines and has 13 years of experience managing
      HRIS and PEO technology platforms
  -   Dailyn Yanagida, Vice President of HR & Benefits, a member of SHRM and the Hawai’i
      Compensation Group, who has 16 years of experience in HR management including
      serving as the Director of Benefits at Hawaiian Electric Company and as Assistant Vice-
      President of Human Resources at Hawai‘i Pacific University and at the University of
  -   Carney Kim, Operations Manager, who most recently ran all of payroll at Bank of Hawai’i
      and has 15 years of experience in Payroll, HR and Operations

About Makai HR

Makai HR is the next evolution for outsourced HR in Hawai‘i. Combining new paperless technology and pricing efficiencies, Makai brings business owners a choice of options to meet their needs and budget. The Makai HR team offers more than 100 collective years of experience in business ownership, HR and PEO services. Established in early 2018, Makai HR is a PEO founded by entrepreneur and community leader Dustin Sellers, small business owner and PEO industry veteran Valerie Wang and additional executive team members to offer small- to medium-sized Hawai‘i businesses a sleek, reliable, affordable, fully integrated and paperless option for outsourced HR services. Makai HR is a member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations.

To learn more about Makai HR, call 808-451-0000 or email

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