May, 2016

Middle School Miracles

A data-driven project – plus the human touch – helps turn students around before it’s too late

A groundbreaking program – based on solid data about student performance – is leading to remarkable changes in middle-school students around the state. Let’s start with three students at Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School. One eighth grade boy was shy, reserved and self-absorbed two years ago. Today, he’s a school leader and has been Read the full article…

May, 2016

Uncommon Cures to Summer Boredom

Can’t take all summer off from work to play with your kids? Here are seven ways on how to engage them while you keep your job. Art Explorium Before they become self-conscious of their artistic skills, says executive director Heather Williams, children ages 2 and up can “nurture their creativity” through the Art Explorium’s workshops Read the full article…

May, 2016

Farmers Find Paradise

Couple found love and then a neglected Hawaii Island farm. Both have blossomed.

Life and business partners  Scott Buske and Megan Collins have adventurous souls that led them to an overgrown orchard on the Big Island and a whole series of tasty foods they are selling to locals and the world. “I always want to be active,” Buske reflects. “I’m always looking for opportunities. It’s almost like being Read the full article…

May, 2016

Hawaii Business Environmental Report: Mosquitoes

Tiny, Deadly and Hard to Eliminate

Mosquitoes have already caused a dengue fever outbreak in Hawaii. Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases may be close behind. Here’s what scientists are doing and what you should do. For most of Kepa Police’s life, mosquitoes were minor annoyances, simply to be swatted away. Then, just before Christmas, the 21-year old contracted dengue fever. “All Read the full article…

May, 2016

Ask the Expert: Raising Employee Engagement

Q: My employees usually just go through the motions on the job. Do you have any Hawaii-specific advice to getting them more engaged in their work?   A: Organizations worldwide are desperately trying to achieve “engagement.” Why? Because companies where employees are engaged provide superior customer service and enjoy greater profitability. Engaged employees take pride Read the full article…

May, 2016

Talk Story: Vance Roley

Roley has been dean at Manoa’s business college since 2005 and, this year, he was named Salesperson of the Year by the Honolulu chapter of Sales and Marketing Executives. Hawaii Business publisher Bobby Senaha asks about the importance of sales, his proudest accomplishments, lessons learned and about how Millennials are transforming the college’s teaching style. Read the full article…