Maui’s Nobriga family of Maui Soda & Ice Works was recognized by Council today via Resolution 14-95 for being honored with the Small Business Administration’s Family-owned Business of the Year Award.
“This is a big deal”, said Council Chair Gladys Baisa, as four generations of the Nobriga family were introduced.
The Nobriga family has owned and operated Maui Soda & Ice Works since 1946, which started with Manuel Nobriga, the first member of the family to work for the company. He was one of the key employees who began bottling Coca Cola at the Wailuku bottling plant in 1924, and was also involved in operations and development of new products such as ice cream in 1931.
Nobriga’s son David “Buddy” and family, continued to develop the company with the introduction of Coca Cola in cans in 1951, King Size Coke in 1958, Tab in 1963, Roselani Triple Ice Cream in 1972, Sprite in 1973, Diet Coke in 1983, caffeine free products in 1984, and Evian and Hawaiian Isles bottled waters in 1997.
Council members today also recognized the family’s commitment to giving back to the community, bringing much pride and honor to the people of the County of Maui.
The resolution recognizes the Nobriga family’s equally long history of supporting the Maui Fair, the Seabury Hall Craft Fair, Lahaina Plantation Days, the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the Pundy Yokouchi Golf Tournament, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions Golf Tournament, The Noble Chef celebration of the Maui Culinary Academy, the County of Maui Centennial Celebration, and all of the St. Anthony School events.
Councilmember Michael Victorino, introducer of the resolution, said he will remember the Nobriga family and their successful business during the upcoming festivities at the 2014 Maui Fair.
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