April, 2017

Hawaii Island Business Report 2017

Special Promotional Section

Learn from industry leaders on Hawaii Island how to be a successful long-standing business on the island of Hawaii.

April, 2017

24 Million Meals a Year

Before, between and after classes, the public schools are a huge statewide restaurant chain.

I have mostly fond memories of eating during my eight years in the public school system. I’m especially sentimental about the saimin and oven-roasted chicken I ate during lunches at Niu Valley Middle School. In fact, I ate more than 400 meals at three cafeterias, but students who eat two meals each school day from Read the full article…

April, 2017

Secrets of Headhunters

The art of finding the best person for the job starts with understanding both the recruit and the hiring company.

Sandra Ohara and Chris Cruthers Adams don’t miss a thing: The conversations in the outer office. Smiles. No smiles. Chaotic piles of desk papers. The easy way employees communicate. Or don’t. In short, they explore the culture of a workplace with probing gazes and incisive questions. They do this for a living – analyzing a Read the full article…

April, 2017

Talk Story: Richard Vuylsteke

President, East-West Center

Vuylsteke (pronounced VUL-stek) has had a global career that has carried him through universities, journalism, the military and the business world. He recently left his post as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong to assume leadership of the East-West Center, whose mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding and dialogue among Asia, Read the full article…

April, 2017


Over the decades, most mom-and-pop grocery stores in Hawaii have been sold or closed – driven out of business mostly by mainland-owned chains. But a pair of old-time Kauai markets have survived through innovation, hard work and wise investments decades ago in buying their buildings. What’s ahead is less clear.

It’s Sunday morning and the aisles of Kauai’s Kukuiula Market are empty, save for a middle-age man scoping out the beer selection and a teen devouring a giant acai bowl. As a six-pack and a Spam musubi land on the checkout counter, a pair of three-foot kid sisters waltzes in through the manual doors. Blonde Read the full article…

April, 2017

My Job: Flying High and Free

NAME: Paul Franco AGE: 40 JOB: Paragliding and tandem instructor, Proflyght Paragliding, based in Kula, Maui START: Franco was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to an American mother and a Brazilian father. His father was an airline pilot and also flew “old-school” hang gliders, which had heavier, delta-shaped aluminum frames. The elder Franco became a Read the full article…