Tabinaka(Fun Group) acquires “HOP”, local tour company in Hawaii

Tabinaka Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku Tokyo, Japan; CEO and President: Kenji Miki), operating the “Tabinaka” business, a startup company providing a platform for tours and experiences, has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Wakeboard School Hawaii Ltd. (HQ: State of Hawaii in U.S; CEO and President: Takashi Kono; trade name: HOP), a local tour company in Hawaii, to make it a wholly-owned subsidiary.

HOP is a local tour company established in 1990, with 3,000 monthly customers - its Hanauma Bay tour is the most popular in the area. It is a time-tested company with a history of 28 years that holds a PUC license (1653-C) which allows for the use of buses with a seating capacity of 25 or more passengers.

HOP has developed a proprietary virtual guide application, which allows for the streamlining and productivity boost of its guide operations; it will continue to accelerate product development utilizing various technologies to reduce time-consuming tasks around operations and create additional value in the tourist’s experience.

Statement by Mr. Takashi Kono, CEO and President of HOP

I have managed local tour companies in Hawaii for more than 20 years and I have chosen Tabinaka(Fun Group) after I carefully considered how to grow my company in this traditional industry with few innovations in sight. I hope to create the very best experience fitted for the changing needs of travellers’ by combining Tabinaka’s strengths in marketing and product development and with my customers’ trust nurtured locally for 20 years.

Statement by Shu Konno, COO of Tabinaka(Fun Group)

HOP has been connecting travellers to our platform for 2 years as one of our close partners. It is a company with an extremely good reputation, managed with operational efficiency and places emphasis on delivering the best experience for travellers. With HOP’s 28 year history and its passionate employees on board, I am looking forward to develop new sightseeing technologies.

About Tabinaka(Fun Group)

Our company is involved in the development, production and the sale of tours and experiences, catering for sightseeing activities around “Tabinaka” (Japanese term for “during your trip”), with the vision of “Making travel more fun” based out of 7 locations (Tokyo, Bali, Bangkok, Taipei, Cebu, Hawaii and mainland U.S).

Takashi Kono, CEO and President of HOP

Takashi has lived in Hawaii for 18 years. He also has previous experience working as a systems engineer in the tourism industry in Silicon Valley. He has led HOP with the aim of introducing the wonderful charms of Hawaii to as many people as possible via its tours and activities. His decision to join Tabianka was based on the raw energy of the startup, and his goal to bring Hawaii to the next generation of travellers.

Shu Konno, COO and Director of Tabinaka(Fun Group), with Travel Service Supervisor qualification

After graduating from university, Shu worked for a large startup company in the travel space and then started her own business in education at the age of 23, setting up 6 prep schools in 3 cities with an R&D function. In November 2015, she joined Tabinaka convinced of the potential of the tourism industry and moved by the company’s vision.

Company overview

  • Company name: Fun Group Inc.
  • Location: 5-19-10 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, WILL HAGIYA BUILDING 3F 4F, 150-0012
  • Established: January 2014
  • Representative Director: Kenji Miki
  • Website: https://fungroup.inc/
  • Registration number: Tokyo Governor's Registered Travel Agency No. 3-7596 Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) Regular Members

  • Company name: Wakeboard School Hawaii, Ltd.
  • HQ: 6700 Kalanianaole Highway, Suite 108 Honolulu, Hawaii 96825, U.S
  • Established: August 1990
  • CEO and President: Takashi Kono
  • Number of employees: 15
  • Award: 1999 Fastest 50
  • Website: https://hawaii.fungroup.com/

Inquiries regarding this matter

Fun Group Inc.
Contact: Shimizu
EMAIL: pr@fungroup.inc
TEL & FAX: 050-1746-3224