Aloha and Mahalo

August, 2007

One of our top priorities at Hawaii Business is to provide guidance in how to attack some of our state’s most pressing problems. We don’t have all the answers, but we do have access to many smart people with great ideas, including executives from the Top 250 companies in Hawaii. This month’s solutions package is a forum of sorts, a place to share some of those out-of-the-box ideas with you.

Our editorial team of Jacy L. Youn, Scott Radway, David K. Choo and Cathy Cruz-George, combed the community for executives and leaders with innovative solutions to the knotty, perennial problems of housing, education, healthcare and energy. Go here to see what a diverse group of folks, from native Hawaiian healer Kauila Clark of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center to First Hawaii Bank CEO Don Horner, have to say, then let us know what you think by dropping us a line at

Sometimes, part of the solution is as simple as a little sweat equity. My family and I had the privilege of joining members of the Institute for Human Services’ ohana recently at a Founder’s Day event, where we helped to restore a handful of units at Kalihi Valley Public Housing. Volunteers weed whacked, picked up rubbish, planted shrubs, swept, scrubbed and painted. They also replaced windows, screens and fixtures in an effort to make a dent in the hundreds of vacant units under the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) that need to be made livable. The HPHA’s Executive Director Chad Taniguchi is asking for help from businesses, nonprofits and other organizations to renovate these units, which could provide roofs over the heads of hundreds of Hawaii families.

This Top 250 issue shows that the past few years have been about growth and change for many Hawaii businesses. These themes really resonate for us here at Hawaii Business.

After more than seven years, our Managing Editor Jacy L. Youn is leaving us to enroll at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. Jacy is an extremely talented writer and journalist, as evidenced by her latest award—a Gold for the Best Body of Work for a single writer in the magazine category of the Alliance of Area Business Publications’ annual editorial and design contest. She is definitely leaving Hawaii Business with a bang, however, we expect we’ll be interviewing her sometime in the not-to-distant future as she has her eye on the field of public service.

Jacy’s big shoes are being filled by Scott Radway, who is another star in the awards department. Scott placed first in the recent Society of Professional Journalists’ contest in both the Business and Industry Reporting categories.

We’ve also been fortunate over the last few months to have Matthew Kaulana Ing with us as an SPJ intern. This month Matthew will be returning to his duties as editor-in-chief of Ka Leo O Hawaii at the University of Hawaii, where he helped to pioneer videocasts of front-page stories. We hope you enjoy the hard work Jacy, Scott, Matt and other members of our editorial and production team have put into this signature issue and, with it, we say mahalo and wish Jacy and Matt a fond aloha.

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