Mike Irish
Halm’s Enterprises Inc. - CEO

As a young man starting college, Mike broke his neck in a football impact which left him paralyzed. He had to leave college and faced the prospect of never walking again. However, he never gave up hope – and somehow he regained full movement. Perhaps as a result of facing down his fear, Mike lives with a sort of fearlessness which has helped make him a successful Honolulu businessman. Risk-taking helped him develop an unconventional business model and enabled him to corner the market in legacy local food brands.

From a small location on Liliha Street, Park's Brand Products began production in 1985 under its new owner, Mike Irish, a Korean/Haole local boy. The Park family had an established Korean sauce and products company that was popular among the Hawaiian local community. As production increased, Mike was soon approached by Halms, another family company that wanted their product perpetuated. Thus began the trend and the real story of Halms Enterprise.

As a businessman, Mike was driven to succeed. Many of the local products that the people of Hawaii had grown up with, were run by family owned businesses, and most of the family members had grown and moved on to other things. These families, one by one, began approaching Mike, to hopefully sell their business and perpetuate their products. Keeping the recipes and flavors intact were a top priority, and today, over 60% of the kim chee and pickled vegetable market is provided by Halms Enterprise. Our brands include Halms Kim Chee, Kohala Kim Chee, High Max Kim Chee, Kewalo Pickle, Koko, Waimea Takuwan and A-1 Products. These items line the shelves of our supermarkets here in Hawaii. Our BBQ and Teriyaki sauces by Man Nani, Park's Brand Products and Hawaiian Pride are excellent, as well as our Taegu, Kim Chee Sauce, Ko Choo Jang and Hawaiian Chili Water.

Today, Halms Enterprise shares a large facility with its sister companies, Keoki's Laulau and Diamond Head Seafood and is still providing many of the unique flavors of Hawaii. And to think, this all began with a trusting handshake.

Further, Mike has developed residential and apartment development as well as investments of industrial and commercial properties over a span of 30 years in Hawaii.  His steadfast positive attitude coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit has led many to believe “never to doubt Michael Irish”.  

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