Carpenters Honor Sakamoto
The Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters honored Gerard Sakamoto (center), president of S&M Sakamoto Inc., with the 2013 Outstanding Union Builder of the Year Award Jan. 8 at a reception hosted by The Pacific Resource Partnership. The award is given annually to a contractor who has made exceptional contributions to the construction industry and the community, taken a cooperative approach to labor-management relations, and demonstrated strong support of union construction. Pictured are Ron Taketa (left), financial secretary and business representative for the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, and John White, executive director of Pacific Resource Partnership. Photo from Katie Vanes.