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How dealerships can serve as the heartbeat of their communities – Julie Tabarejo

In early August 2023, a series of wildfires broke out in the U.S. state of Hawaii, predominantly on the islands of Maui and Lahaina. These catastrophic wildfires left the Hawaii community with hundreds of thousands of lives and buildings destroyed. Authorities warn that the recorded fatalities could rise beyond the reported hundreds as people search for bodies through the ashes and rubble. 

On the latest episode of Kain and Co., host David Kain, president of Kain Automotive, is joined by Julie Tabarejo, Marketing Director of The Tony Group Autoplex, to discuss the relief efforts the dealership is currently spearheading for the victims of the “largest natural disaster in Hawaii’s state history.”

Key Takeaways:

1. The Tony Group Autoplex is a family-owned dealership founded by Tony Masamitsu. The group’s goal is to provide an exceptional experience, whether you’re buying a new car, a used car, or servicing your present vehicle. Tony has operated on the tenet of treating clients like friends for more than 45 years.

2. The auto group is committed to giving back to the community. For example, they immediately began collecting donations for the victims in Maui and Lahaina. 

3. The Tony Autoplex also partnered with Hawai’i Community Foundation, a local non-profit, where 100% of the donations go to the relief efforts. 

4. Tabarejo states, “Although the donations are intended to help those who need immediate relief, the destruction in Maui and Lahaina will continue long after.”

5. Beyond the massive destruction of the wildfire, the Tony Group remains in a highly competitive market. Despite the competition, there is a great deal of diversity between the residents of central Lahaina and downtown Maui; as a result, Tabarejo asserts, “Our friendly culture serves all needs.” 

6. If you want to contribute to the foundation and leave a donation, please go to

“Here at the Tony Group, we are hyperfocused on rebuilding and allowing the community the opportunity to restart."  – Julie Tabarejo

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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