March, 2015

How Does Hawaii’s 529 Plan Rate?

HI529, Hawaii’s College Savings Program, now boasts assets of $67 million and some 4,260 participants – an average of about $16,000 per investor set aside for a keiki’s education. National analysts give Hawaii’s program good marks on the investment returns and the management team, and only ding the program on its fees, which are higher Read the full article…

March, 2015

Don’t Let Social Media Control Your Company

Pay attention to online reviews, then respond and adjust accordingly, but don’t let the reviews run you off course

Jason Cohen, marketing manager for the Kona-based Hawaii Forest & Trail tour company, checks user-review sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor whenever he is notified of a new review. He also monitors the company’s Facebook page daily for comments. If anything arises, he springs into action. A good example was when a travel agent posted Read the full article…

March, 2015

Lots in Common

The oldest and youngest executives from the Hawaii Business Black Book made similar bold choices along their very different paths to success

Daniel B.T. Lau, co-founder of Finance Factors, was born in 1919, the year the treaty officially ending World War I was signed, and Congress approved Constitutional amendments that created Prohibition and gave the vote to women. Stephen Haugse, the owner of Flip Flop Shops in Waikiki and Ala Moana Center, was born in 1986, the Read the full article…


March, 2015

The Flavors of Wine

Thursday, 12:13 p.m. Oeno Winemaking, Kailua Co-owner Bryon Crowther draws wine for a taste test. Oeno makes more than 150 wines from a variety of international vineyards. The winemaking process takes four to six weeks from mixing to fermentation and bottling.

March, 2015

Moving Ads

Honolulu drivers spend an average of 60 hours a year sitting in traffic, according to the annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard. That’s a challenge for your patience but a great opportunity for vehicle ads, says Kia Kamauu, VP for ROI Printing. The back of your vehicle is a prime location for ads since drivers and passengers Read the full article…

March, 2015

Hawaii’s Growing Inequality

Hawaii ranks low among the states in income inequality. Nonetheless, one measure of inequality in the Islands has almost doubled since 1978.

Income inequality led the agenda at the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos and has sparked spirited debate in Washington, D.C., and across America, where the gap between the nation’s richest citizens and everyone else has been growing for four decades. While most economic research, including Thomas Piketty’s bestselling book, “Capital in the 21st Century,” Read the full article…