Say Ahhh …

Jacy L. Youn

Spring has officially arrived, and for the state’s new health director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, that means spring-cleaning. “In a housekeeping sense, I think anybody that comes into a new corporation needs to understand the functions of that business,” Fukino says. “To a certain extent, the Department of Health needs to clean up its act, so Read the full article…

April 2003 , Government
April, 2003

Making A Case For Coverage

Jacy L. Youn

In the past 14 years, 58-year-old taxi driver Antonio Tabaldo has been to the hospital exactly seven times – once every other year for checkups, as required by his employer. Of those seven visits, Tabaldo had been issued a clean bill of health on all occasions except his most recent visit. The diagnosis: diabetes and Read the full article…

April 2003 , Healthcare
April, 2003

Mall Makeover

Ronna Bolante

Stephany Sofos can remember when Neighbor Island retail wasn’t such a dog-eat-dog industry. The local real estate consultant recalls, “In the old days, if you built it, customers would come.” Today’s Neighbor Island consumers, whether tourist or resident, are much more discerning. That’s mainly because they now enjoy more retail options. Luxury shoppers can head Read the full article…

April 2003 , Real Estate
April, 2003

Celebrating 20 Years of Top 250

Ronna Bolante

This August marks the 20th anniversary of Hawaii Business’ Top 250 list, our signature ranking of companies with the highest gross annual sales. In anticipation of this milestone, we launched a series of stories last month recognizing the businesses that have graced our list over the years. This is the second in the six-part series. YOU Read the full article…

April 2003 , Top 250
April, 2003

The Aging Process

Cathy S. Cruz

Regina Kirchner, 80, visited Springfield Village last year and was blown away by the Virginia-based retirement community. There were gourmet dining halls, climate-controlled walkways and other hotel-style amenities. “It was very homelike, and you felt pampered,” she says. Kirchner, who has a Ph.D. in education, especially was impressed with the college-level courses offered to residents. Read the full article…

April 2003 , Real Estate
April, 2003

Growth Spurt

Gail Miyasaki

When Mark Harbison and his Maui-born wife, Lisa Oyama, relocated to Maui after several years in Japan, they both decided to switch careers. Today, the husband and wife are real estate agents. “We walked into a booming market. It’s been fantastic,” says Harbison, a former investment banker. “My listings board is so full, I may Read the full article…

April 2003 , Real Estate
April, 2003