Who We Are

Renewable energy systems

T & T Electric Inc handles renewable energy systems and much more. Our staff is committed to providing the highest-quality work possible, and we have the experience to deliver on that promise. Meet our highly qualified team below, and please feel free to contact us with any questions about their qualifications or background.









Our Commitment
To dedicate ourselves as a unified team of professionals using our knowledge, experience, and proven track record to be on the forefront of construction technologies; to exceed our clients expectations.
Mission Statement
To develop and strengthen relationships with our customers through innovative, consistent, quality service; and to provide opportunities for our employees to grow and improve their quality of life as individuals and families.

Call for more information at 808-935-9029 (Hawaii)
684-699-2172 (America Samoa)

Leonard S. Tanaka, President & RME

Mr. Tanaka graduated with honors in 1976 from the University of Hawaii Community College, with an A.S. degree in Electrical Construction Maintenance and Technology. He obtained his electrical contractor's license in 1983, and along with his wife, Suellen, founded T & T Electric, Inc.

In 1993 he obtained his general contractor's license, and in 2005, he received his general engineering contractor's license.
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Mr. Tanaka has an extensive construction background in all phases of electrical construction, maintenance and repairs. He has experience with residential, commercial and industrial systems, and also in pole and line construction, as well as energy management, data / telecommunications / fiber optics, home automation, fire and burglar alarm systems, and renewable energy systems. He is also knowledgeable about lighting retrofits, and energy efficiency systems.

In 2004, Mr. Tanaka created KA'IULANI 4, LLC to better manage the civil and general building activities for the corporation. This includes water, septic, drainage, roadway systems, subdivision development, vertical construction, and renovations.

Mr. Tanaka believes in giving back to the community, and serves/has served on a variety of boards, commissions and community groups. These include:
  • Hospice of Hilo Advisory Board / Current
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints / Current
  • Troop 78, Boy Scouts of America / Current
  • Hawaii Island Contractors Association / Current member
  • Associated Builders & Contractors / Current member
  • Waiakea Judo Club / Past President
  • Hawaii County Planning Commission / Past Chairman
  • Hawaii County Board of Appeals / Past Board Member
  • Hawaii County Dept. of Water Supply / Past Commissioner

Suellen M. Tanaka, Vice President

With a background in banking and accounting, Suellen Tanaka handles the operating responsibilities, such as supervision of the accounting department and human resource department.

Leonard and Suellen were selected by the U.S. Small Business Association as "Small Business Persons of the Year" in 1992. This recognition included both the State of Hawaii and Region IX, which includes the western United States and Guam.
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Other staff

Thomas Raffipiy, GM, Project Administrator, & Health and Safety Officer
Since his employment with T & T Electric, Inc., Mr. Raffipiy has managed over 100 projects, ranging in scope from electrical retrofit and upgrades to multi-million dollar new construction projects. He has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience from his extensive working relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Ben Kobayashi, Estimator / Project Manager
Operating out of our office in Lihue, Kauai, Kobayashi is responsible for all major commercial, industrial and institutional estimating operating with over 33 years of project supervision experience. He is a licensed electrical contractor that has experience with projects of all sizes.
Levi McKay, Estimator / Project Manager
McKay is an estimator and project manager responsible bidding, management, cost control and quality control. With extensive experience in all phases of construction, Levi has worked on  and managed a variety of industrial and commercial projects.
Howard Afualo, Local Sales Representative 
Reno Amisone, Local Sales Representative
Maximo Sevidal Jr. Architect/Designer/Estimator
DeJalin Afualo, Project Secretary
Community Service
We here at T&T Electric believe in improving the lives around that affect us and giving back to the community. That is why for the past 33 years we have been the official electrical contractor for the Merrie Monarch Festival and we are proud to be helping again this year. 

We are also deeply involved with the Hilo community where we light up the town with light for the Christmas season.
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