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December, 2014

Winter Wonderland in the Tropics

Mainlanders who miss cold winters and locals who dream of a white Christmas are lucky to have a place on Oahu where mittens, scarves and snow jackets are appropriate. The Ice Palace, the only ice rink in Hawaii since 1982, offers year-round public skating, plus figure-skating and hockey classes, hockey leagues, private rink rentals for Read the full article…

December, 2014

Where Has All the Flour Gone?

Hawaii’s only flour mill is closing after a dispute with the state over its lease, forcing bakeries to find new suppliers and create extra storage space for more backup flour

Ever  wonder where the flour to make your morning toast or lunchtime sandwich came from? Until a few weeks ago, it most likely came from Oahu’s only wheat-flour mill, the Hawaiian Flour Mill on North Nimitz Highway. But, due to a disagreement with the state over new lease terms, the mill’s parent company, Grain Craft Read the full article…

December, 2014

BOSS survey asks 402 Local Business Leaders:

• Are You Bullish on the Local Economy? • Your Revenue, Hiring and Profits: Up or Down? • Do the Homeless Hurt Your Business? • Plus Other Insights into Local Companies

Twice a year, QMark Research calls the leaders of more than 400 local businesses to ask them about their companies’ performance and about the outlook for Hawaii’s economy. Here’s what they told us.   The BOSS survey asks local business leaders about Hawaii’s economy in the coming year. This time, 42 percent say the economy Read the full article…

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December, 2014

Hawaii Rotary Awards $250,000 a Year in Scholarships

The Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation has awarded 1,562 scholarships worth more than $5.6 million to Hawaii high school seniors since 1976. The program started when Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan, co-founder of Foodland Super Market Ltd., decided it was important to invest in Hawaii’s future by supporting high school seniors so they could attend college. The Read the full article…

December, 2014

CEO of the Year: Expanding the Queen’s Care

CEO Art Ushijima has led The Queen’s Health Systems through three years of bold growth while planning for even more in the decade to come

The Queen’s Health Systems was facing a difficult and expensive decision: whether to rescue the North Hawaii Community Hospital in Hawaii Island’s paniolo country. The hospital was considering bankruptcy, a path taken by other Hawaii hospitals in the past four years, and Queen’s had to be sure that rescuing one hospital would not endanger the Read the full article…

December, 2014

For Starters

CEO of the Year’s Reading List Art Ushijima comments on his latest favorite books: “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. “Very systematic, thoughtful study of leadership and management in successful companies.” “The Advantage” by Patrick Lencioni. “Details how important organizational health is to the success of an enterprise.” “Managing Transitions” by William Bridges. “How businesses Read the full article…