May, 2015

21st Century Internships

Landing a quality internship is almost as important to a young college graduate’s career as a diploma. For many companies, federal law and a series of national legal settlements have forced them to rethink their strategy of using unpaid interns as a pool of free labor. We explain how the internship landscape in Hawaii is Read the full article…

May, 2015

Sustainable Schools Earn an A

Private and public schools discover many benefits to their sustainability programs, including financial, educational, motivational and recruiting returns

For companies, the path to sustainability often starts with a volunteer task force (a “green team”) and some small initiatives with quick financial paybacks, before moving on to larger projects. A similar movement is underway to green many of Hawaii’s private and public schools. By all appearances, that effort seems to be far ahead of Read the full article…

May, 2015

A Different Way of Seeing Things

When you’re surrounded by some of the world’s most gorgeous landscapes and seascapes, painting outdoors instead of in a studio makes sense. But painting outside requires a different technique than painting indoors, says artist Lynne Boyer. Boyer teaches painting in plein air, French for “open air,” to anyone with at least basic art experience. Three-day Read the full article…

May, 2015

Instrument of Aloha

Manufacturers, performers and teachers share their passion

Since the ukulele arrived in the Islands late in the 19th century, it has been a symbol of Hawaii and the aloha spirit. That aloha is shared widely and generously by ukulele makers, performers and teachers, both locally and around the world. Alan Okami, president of ukulele manufacturer KoAloha, says his parents, who founded the Read the full article…

May, 2015

UH-Hilo: Hawaii’s Under-the-Radar Hotbed of Innovative Research

Within the UH system, the Hilo campus is like the younger kid who is always overlooked in favor of his more celebrated big brother, Manoa. Yet, younger siblings often accomplish remarkable things even if they don’t always get the recognition.

Among the faculty and administrators  I spoke with, there is a strong consensus that UH Hilo deserves to be recognized as an innovative research and educational center in its own right. “We’re a small but comprehensive university,” says Matthew Platz, vice chancellor of academic affairs. “You’ll see cutting-edge scholarship in all areas: indigenous language, aquaculture, Read the full article…

May, 2015

This Company Is All Sewn Up

If you coach a local sports team that needs uniforms or run a business that uses logo wear, you probably know about Kenjo Inc. in Kalihi. For 28 years, Sidney Lynch has been the quiet, steady force behind Hawaii’s second-oldest embroidery factory.

My former life and business partner, Mike Wu, and I started Kenjo in 1987 as a totally new business,” recalls Lynch, now 56. “We had no idea what we were doing and did everything we could possibly do wrong! “Mike’s brother-in-law had a company here importing shirts from Taiwan and the embroidery was being done Read the full article…