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The HGS Team

We have many years of experience in the field. Hawaii Geophysical Services is a technological leader in the design and innovation of surface and ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems. If you need to see what is on the other side of a surface, our radar systems can safely help you define what you can’t see with the bare eye.

Lelan Hein

Past President

Hawaii Geophysical Services (HGS) was founded by Lelan (Lee) Hein, who had over 35 years experience as a licensed contractor. During those 35 years, Lee gained experience and knowledge in multiple construction technologies. Lee applied that knowledge to founding HGS, allowing the company to offer an array of products, technologies and services for the benefit of its customers.

Lee’s background as a plumbing contractor led to the founding of HGS in 2004. As a swimming pool and plumbing contractor engaged in both leak detection and sewer repair, it was necessary to locate both conductive and non-conductive piping. A consequence of that work was the investigation of new technologies to add to the company’s “tool box.” Customers drove the expansion into the variety of technologies that HGS employs today, as well as the wide range of services it offers.

Although Lee passed away in 2021, HGS continues to strive to provide excellent service to its customers. HGS is managed by long-time employee and Civil Engineer Canaan Shon. HGS continues its full commitment to serving its customers, remains willing to exchange ideas to strengthen partnerships, and will always offer the opportunity to talk personally in order to offer the best possible service and solutions.

Canaan Shon

General Manager

Canaan Shon received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, College of Engineering. His academic training has strengthened the services HGS provides, and he has worked extensively in all of them, including subsurface engineering, ground penetrating radar, electromagnetic utility locating, concrete scanning, utility locating, utility mapping, potholing, vacuum extraction, sand changeouts and more. He has over a decade of experience with these technologies, having worked on projects at various locations throughout the islands, such as Schofield Barracks and Wheeler AAF, Hawaii State Hospital, Hickam AFB, Honolulu Fire Department, MCBH Kaneohe, Waiau Power Plant, Maui Land and Pineapple, Pearl Harbor Naval Base and countless other significant projects. He has a comprehensive understanding of various technologies utilized and services offered and can assist you with any service you might require of HGS.

Lawrence Young

Senior Technician

Robin Silva

Vac Truck Operator

Halida Tuerxun

Office Manager

Halida has spent over 16 years in support of various governmental projects and as a travel agency department supervisor. She has 3 years’ experience supporting University of Hawaii projects in proposal submission, and 8 years’ experience providing administrative support, with much of that for a major national U.S. health research project awarded to the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. In that role, she oversaw accounts payable, resolved human resource issues, and collected financial reporting information. Before coming to the U.S., she provided management support to health projects operating in China, as well as served as a Departmental Supervisor to a major national Chinese Tour Agency. She holds a University Diploma in International English and a certificate in computer applications.

Quality runs through the entire team, from every technician to each tool.
Lelan Hein