July, 2015


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Hawaii Business magazine’s 2nd Annual Leadership Conference Presented by First Hawaiian Bank Hawaii’s largest leadership development conference helped develop & cultivate over 500 emerging leaders & young professionals who were immersed in a day full of insight, motivation, networking, and valuable, actionable takeaways. Hawaii Business would like to thank our sponsors and nonprofit partners for Read the full article…

July, 2015

Parting Shot: A Haven for Endangered Plants

Wednesday, 2:17 pm Lyon Arboretum Photo by Aaron Yoshino Laboratory manager Cindy Yamamoto tends to one of the endangered plant species at the arboretum. The plants live in test tubes that contain food and shield them from insects and bacteria. Altogether the arboretum shelters some 20,000 local endangered plants – everything from ferns to taro Read the full article…

July, 2015

Electric Wheels in Kailua

T here are now several places to rent or buy bikes in Kailua, but if you fear you might run out of energy before you reach your destination, consider an electric bicycle from Pedego. The different styles range from Comfort Cruisers to Trail Trackers, which mimic the off-roading feel of ATVs, but on sand. Explore Read the full article…

July, 2015


Website connects “I have skills and want to help” with nonprofits that need volunteers

N onprofits always need specialized help at an affordable price. Meanwhile, skilled professionals want meaningful volunteer opportunities that go beyond stuffing envelopes. Rachael Chong says Catchafire solves both issues with a database that connects businesspeople’s skills with nonprofits’ needs. Catchafire’s mission is to “provide talented individuals with a meaningful pro bono experience in order to Read the full article…

July, 2015

Did You Know: Size Matters

Kakaako agency actually limits square footage of workforce housing units

The Hawaii Community Development Authority, the agency that oversees development in Kakaako and a few other places on Oahu, runs its shop with a mountain of rules and regulations, as you might expect. Whether you agree with HCDA’s rules or not, most are based on logic and the corresponding rationale is typically evident – things Read the full article…

July, 2015

Talk Story: Randy Iwase, Public Utility Commission Chair

G ov. David Ige surprised many when he appointed Iwase to replace Hermina Morita at the PUC. Clearly, the former city councilman, state senator, deputy attorney general and chair of the state Tax Revenue Commission has administrative and political chops, but we ask if he’s up to the technical challenges and what his energy plans Read the full article…