Aloha and A Hui Hou
When I started at Hawaii Business in 1999 as a senior editor, we were a single publication, with a staff of about a dozen, sharing office space with employees of the old New City Nissan on Ala Moana Boulevard near Ward Avenue. After more than a decade in broadcast journalism, it was my first professional foray into print, and I quickly grew to love the job.
I was working with a small, scrappy, incredibly talented team and got to meet smart, hard-working and interesting people. I had a wonderful husband and two kids and got to work for a real rarity — a locally owned media company that had a vision for bettering the community of Hawaii. Who could ask for anything more?
It got even better. Hawaii Business moved to Bishop Street offices. Our visionary owner, Duane Kurisu, started acquiring other magazines, first Hawaii Home + Remodeling, then Honolulu, and, later, Hawaii. I was promoted to managing editor, television/new media editor, then, in 2003, editor. Along the way, I gave birth to my third child. The company, now PacificBasin Communications, grew and grew. So did the physical size of Hawaii Business the magazine. We built on the strength of the Top 250 and Black Book with new signature issues: Wealthiest Landowners, Best Places to Work, Top Financial Advisors, Fittest Executives, Small Biz Success Awards and, just this year, Wahine in Hawaii Business. In 2000, we launched a Web site, which we improved and upgraded earlier this year. We partnered with respected community organizations such as HIPA, the Girl Scouts of Hawaii and the YWCA of Oahu to create relevant leadership forums.
On the people side, some of the faces changed over time, but the team remained small, scrappy and incredibly talented. As a testament to their skill, many members of the Hawaii Business editorial and production team have been recognized over the years with richly deserved top regional and national awards.
The current team has the goods to take Hawaii Business to new heights. For me though, it’s time to exit stage left, but not before thanking the many folks who made this leg of the journey possible and such a terrific ride. First, thank you to our readers and audience for your participation, feedback and support. Thank you to Floyd Takeuchi for hiring me, to the team members of Hawaii Business for their commitment over the years, and passion and drive, to the larger PacificBasin Communications and aio Group ohana for enriching my life in so many ways, and last, but not least, to owner Duane Kurisu for his vision and local-style values.
Hawaii is a small and special place, so this is not goodbye, but simply the right time to say, “Mahalo, Aloha and A Hui Hou.”
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