July 2011

Cover Story

Ex Cons Make Great Employees

Ex Cons Make Great Employees

Three Hawaii companies share their experiences with hiring ex-convicts; actions that proved for them, a smart business move.

Features

Architect Gerald Choi Integrates Solar Power in Home Design

Architect Gerald Choi Integrates Solar Power in Home Design

LEED-accredited architect Gerald Choi is on the cutting edge of a new trend – integrating a photovoltaic system into his home as both an energy producer and an architectural element.

Tesoro Hawaii Transforms Oil into Fuel

Tesoro Hawaii Transforms Oil into Fuel

Photographs detail the oil refining process at Tesoro Hawaii

Ex Cons Make Great Employees

Ex Cons Make Great Employees

Three Hawaii companies share their experiences with hiring ex-convicts; actions that proved for them, a smart business move.

Solar Power Pays Off for Businesses

Solar Power Pays Off for Businesses

Solar pays off for Hawaii businesses in as little as four years

Departments

Talk Story with Richard Parry of Aloha Petroleum
Talk Story

Talk Story with Richard Parry of Aloha Petroleum

The CEO of Aloha Petroleum talks about the Shell Oil acquisitions in Hawaii and the company's future plans.

It Take Guts to Offer Ex-Cons a Job
Editor's Note

It Take Guts to Offer Ex-Cons a Job

Hawaii Business editor talks about the value of hiring reformed criminals

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands' New Efficient Homes
Innovation

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands' New Efficient Homes

Armstrong Builders has created multiple housing communities, all with fully efficient homes.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle at Work
This Month's Parting Shot:

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle at Work

Inside the inner chambers of Peter Carlisle, the mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.

SmallBiz

Brides Love Kauai Weddings

Kauai’s romance industry loves the money wedding couples and their families spend on the Garden Island

Lessons Learned: Franchising Lessons

David Lelm of Maaco Auto Body Shop in Kailua-Kona talks about the transition from independent company to franchise

Ask SmallBiz: Online Reputation

I seem to have no control over the things that are said about my business online. What can I do?