December, 2016

ICYMI: What it Takes to Innovate in a Family Business

Couldn’t make it to yesterday’s Lunch & Learn seminar? Not to worry. Here’s what you missed: • Innovation in a family business is different from innovation in other kinds of businesses. The first step is often an innovation and reinvention in the family dynamics and relationships, otherwise any kind of innovation might be blocked. • Read the full article…

December, 2016

Honolulu: Late and Last

A market for homes is "elastic" when the supply stretches to meet demand. Sadly, Hawaii's supply of affordable homes is very "inelastic" – lots of demand, but barely any supply. A big reason is it takes an average of 17.23 months to get full zoning approvals and entitlements for a building project in Honolulu. That's the longest delay for an American city by far.

When you look at Hawaii’s biggest problems, it’s astounding how many are tied to our housing shortage. Nationally, we’re near the top in cost of living, price of housing, homelessness and time spent in traffic. And we’re near the bottom in disposable income, hours of sleep a night and percentage of two-income families. ELASTICITY This Read the full article…

December, 2016

The Science of Success – The Success of Science

2016 CEO of the Year - Patrick Sullivan of Oceanit

On nights with a full moon, scientists and engineers from Oceanit gather at Duke’s statue on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, colorful glow sticks fastened around their necks. Toting surfboards, they head for the water’s edge and plunge into the silvery shore break. “With a full moon, it’s magical,” says Patrick Sullivan, founder and CEO of Read the full article…

November, 2016

Hawaii Business magazine’s Top 10 Stories of 2016

Ranked by Pageviews on HawaiiBusiness.com

Hawaii Business is thankful to be strengthening the local economy and helping our communities thrive by offering insightful and engaging content for the past 61 years. This attitude of gratitude has us looking back on all of the editorial features from this past year, and we compiled a list of the top 10 stories of Read the full article…

November, 2016

Nonprofit Corner: When You Can’t Breathe

Valerie Chang was only 42 when she was diagnosed with idiopathic emphysema – a form of COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. “It’s rather severe, with no known cause,” explains Chang, now 59. “They’ve explored all the possible causes, including genetic, and haven’t found anything. Originally, I was told I’d need to get a lung transplant, Read the full article…

November, 2016

Parting Shot: The Iceman Cometh

Five thousand blocks of ice and 22 years later, Darren Ho still carves ice sculptures for all kinds of special events in Hawaii and around the world. Here he works in his Kihei studio. At the Sapporo Snow Festival this year in Japan, his first appearance at the annual event, Ho’s sculpture placed fourth. You Read the full article…