Thronas counts blessings of new equipment, good staff

LAWA‘I — Everyone is important to the success of the business, Kahu Mokihana Powers, pastor of Ko‘olau Hui‘ia Church, said Tuesday afternoon.

Olaf Trucking and Kaua‘i Aggregates shut down early so the drivers, ground crew and staff could take part in the blessing of three new mixers and a trailer rig at the Lawa‘i facility.

But Ku‘ulei Thronas, president of Olaf Trucking, got more from Kahu Powers, who proceeded to bless all of the 23 employees of the firm started by Ku‘ulei’s father, Olaf, in 1972.

The blessing of the new cement mixers and trailer rig brings the fleet to 10 mixers, and a dozen tractor-trailers.

Beyond the blessing of the new equipment, Thronas said this was a time to thank the employees who have stood by the company.

With the economic uncertainty in the air, Thronas is determined to weather this obstacle, just as her crews have overcome others in the past.

But for Tuesday, it was a time to celebrate, she said.

“We’re celebrating not only the new equipment and newcomer employees, but the old-timers as well. My dad would be smiling.”

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