About Us

Our Company

Hawaii Independent Energy’s assets include a refinery, which can process up to 94,000 barrels of crude oil per day; 27 miles of distribution pipelines; and a single-point mooring terminal. In addition, HIE's gasoline and diesel are sold through a network of 31 Tesoro-branded retail stations located on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii islands. Our company will be headquartered on Oahu, Hawaii.

Commercial sales are a vital part of HIE’s commercial marketing business, and consist of two major segments -- aviation fuels and heavy fuels. HIE provides commercial sales of jet fuel and marine fuels to the marine and aviation industries that serve the state of Hawaii as well as trans-Pacific transportation routes.

We have approximately 490 exceptionally skilled employees who are wholly dedicated to safety and customer service. Our employees are also highly engaged in bettering the community. Recent recognition for their efforts includes:

  • 2012 Corporation of the Year by the Hawaii Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Hospice Hawaii 2011 Community Supporter of the Year
  • Mission Partner of Special Olympics Hawaii, which raises more than $75,000 annually to provide for year-round athletic programs.

Our Commitment to Safety

Safety is paramount to every operation and activity we undertake at HIE. We recognize that our responsible stewardship impacts every employee, every contractor, and every member of the community in which we work, and we embrace that responsibility.

We promote a culture of continual safety improvement with a keen eye for evaluating and managing risk to ensure our implementation of programs, policy and procedures all contribute to the secure and successful delivery of energy to our customers.

We Commit to:

  • Put the safety of our colleagues and our community first
  • Comply with all applicable rules and regulations
  • Recognize and plan to mitigate potential risk
  • Recognize and prioritize protection of sensitive environments
  • Minimize environmental impact
  • Undertake thoughtful and careful remediation of any environmental impact
  • Strive for continuous improvement

Health & Safety Recognition

  • 2012 American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Award of Merit for Total Recordable Incident Rate of 0.0
  • 2012 American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Award for operating one year without a Recordable Incident

Highlighted Safety Programs

  • Employee-led Triangle of Prevention (TOP) Program for reporting near miss incidents and accidents
  • Active collaboration between represented workers and management through the Joint Health & Safety Committee and Process Safety Management Committee

Our Management Team


Mr. Weber has over 37 years of domestic refining experience, including roles as refinery manager, operations manager and technical manager for both major oil companies and independent refiners. He worked at the Wilmington, California refinery of Champlin/Ultramar for 16 years before joining the management of Shell Los Angeles Refinery. Mr. Weber became part of the Tesoro team in May 2007 with Tesoro’s purchase of the Shell Los Angeles Refinery. He transferred to the Tesoro Kapolei Refinery in 2008, becoming refinery manager in 2011. He currently serves as a board member of Special Olympics Hawaii. Mr. Weber holds a BS in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Mr. Lee has held numerous management and executive positions over 29 years in the petroleum industry, working in marine fuel sales, marketing development, wholesale/commercial marketing, and corporate development. In his roles as Marketing Development Manager, Wholesale Marketing Manager and VP Marketing for Pacific Resources Inc. (PRI), Mr. Lee was instrumental in the development and execution of marketing strategies that increased the downstream throughput of on-island gasoline and diesel sales through both wholesale and retail channels of trade. Mr. Lee served as Senior Regional Manager for Tesoro’s retail operations in Hawaii which has undergone continuous increases in key performance metrics relative to margin and cost effectiveness. Mr. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Hawaii College of Business. He is an active supporter of Aloha United Way, Special Olympics Hawaii and the Hawaii Food Bank.


Mr. Nakashima has more than 30 years of extensive management experience in the petroleum industry in Hawaii. He was the Manager of Supply and Distribution for Tesoro Hawaii from June 2000 to September 2013 with responsibility for the pipeline, trucking, terminaling and marine supply network. He also supervised the operational, engineering and maintenance improvements to meet regulatory and business requirements. Before joining Tesoro, Nakashima served as Terminal Manager of Pacific Resources and BHP Hawaii from 1986 to 1989 before being promoted to Manager of Crude, Product and Heavy Oil Trading with BHP Hawaii and Tesoro Hawaii Corporation from 1989 to 2000.

Mr. Nakashima is active in a number of community organizations. He has been a board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities – Hawaii and served as Chairperson of the Board. He was also former President of the Kalaheo Foundation and Hawaii Pacific University Alumni Association. He has also served in leadership positions with the Rotary Club of Honolulu, Kalaheo High School’s Community Council, and Police Activities League. Over the past 30 years, Nakashima has also coached sports teams, from high school to college to community leagues.

Mr. Nakashima is a graduate of Kalaheo High School in Kailua, Oahu, and graduated summa cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University with a business degree.