January, 2015

Parting Shot: A Beautiful Job

Thursday, 10:46 a.m. Waialua Emily Richter, part of a team of eight agronomists, is covered in pollen as she works from dusk till dawn to inspect the characteristics of non-GMO sunflowers grown each fall in Waialua. DuPont Pioneer grows 4.8 million sunflowers here to ensure the varieties of sunflower seeds they sell produce plants that Read the full article…

January, 2015

For-Profit Companies That Are Not Just For Profit

Some companies have the common good coded into their organizational DNA. They are called benefit corporations or sustainable business corporations, and here’s how they operate, why they chose this path and what the alternatives are.

Another arrow in the quiver. One more tool in the toolbox. A vehicle for change. That’s how Hawaii lawmakers and business leaders recently described a state law that in 2011 created a new business registration category for company founders and investors interested in more than just turning a profit. Known locally as a sustainable business Read the full article…

January, 2015

Pathway to Service

Randi Song had just begun working in the nonprofit world when she started looking for ways to get more involved as a volunteer. “I surfed the ’Net and landed on HIHO’s Facebook page,” she says. It was just what she was looking for. Hands in Helping Out recruits and trains volunteers, matches them with appropriate Read the full article…


January, 2015

State Website Turns Heads

Award-winning redesigns of the state’s web portal and department websites are aimed at making them easier for the public to use

It’s three years into the state’s Business and Information Technology Transformation 12-year plan and some improvements are becoming noticeable. This year, the newly redesigned hawaii.gov website won seven awards, including the Center for Digital Government’s top award for 2014, best website in the state portal category. Utah’s and California’s websites “have huge staffs working on Read the full article…

January, 2015

Express Yourself

If it’s been a long time since you colored outside the lines, visit Clay Cafe Hawaii, where children and adults paint on premade pottery and flex their creative muscles. “To think outside the norm, we encourage that here,” says manager Jamie Reza. Reza says customers with a range of skills enjoy painting on pottery and Read the full article…

January, 2015

Three Leaders in One

CEO brings new ideas and new methods to the Blood Bank of Hawaii

Dr. Kim-Ahn Nguyen has understood the importance of collaborating and adapting to change since childhood. She was just 7 when her family was evacuated from Vietnam and deposited in a small town in New Jersey to start a new life with few other Asians nearby. There, Nguyen grew up in “an atmosphere of help and Read the full article…