February, 2016

Editor’s Note: They Is

You probably missed this big news: The word of the year for 2015 is the singular “they,” according to the American Dialect Society. Excuse my hyperbole, but your reaction to this grammatical insurgency likely reveals how well you will cope with life in the 21st century. Whether writing or speaking, most people use the singular Read the full article…

February, 2016

What’s It Worth: Will Work for Food

It’s an economical and eco-friendly way to eliminate overgrowth on land, and the workers are cute and quiet. Chris Wilcox, then a boat captain for a fish-farming operation on Hawaii Island, switched gears in 2013 and started Big Island Goat Dozers, which uses goats to clear land for homeowners and homeowner associations. It takes three Read the full article…

February, 2016

All Work and No Job

Welcome to Hawaii’s Gig Economy, where companies increasingly use independent contractors for temporary projects, or “gigs,” rather than hire employees. Many are white-collar or highly skilled workers who love the freedom of freelancing, while others long for the good old days of a secure job.

There are a million stories in the white-collar gig economy. Let me introduce you to one. Alison Chock has two jobs: One is in retail, where she works nights at a boutique. Her other job is more unpredictable. The work is seasonal – there’s more in fall than in spring – with each stint lasting Read the full article…

February, 2016

Creativity: Hawaii’s Next Big Export

How a public-private program called Creative Lab accelerates entrepreneurs in six creative areas: screenwriting, broadband, interactive media, fashion, producing and music

While Hawaii is known worldwide for its rainbows, aloha spirit and beautiful weather, Georja Skinner hopes to add “creative entrepreneurs” to the list. Both words are crucial, Skinner says. Hawaii has long nurtured young people’s creative genius, but the essential entrepreneurial spirit was neglected. Creative Lab helps fill the hole, she says. “Hawaii has a Read the full article…

February, 2016

5 Steps to Molding a More Confident Image

Successful careers are often characterized by the ability to have a commanding presence in both social and business situations. Unfortunately, not everyone is naturally outgoing or confident. Marketing expert Frank Haas offers simple steps you can take to project an image that is self-assured and assertive. 1. Accept yourself You probably know a lot more Read the full article…

January, 2016

Parting Shot: Life Savers

Monday, 3:11 pm Blood Bank of Hawaii Dillingham Boulevard Photo By Odeelo Dayondon Noelle Andrews and Cody Stoll place red blood cells, which have undergone 13 tests, into inventory at the Blood Bank of Hawaii. The Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood to Hawaii’s hospitals, and it not only collects blood from donors, but Read the full article…