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See Sharks in a Whole New Light

Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Steve Jordan says sharks are often misunderstood. “Sharks are not the big, mean monsters they’re made out to be,” says Jordan, the owner and CEO of Hawaii Shark Encounters. His company’s two-hour tours teach customers about shark species and ecosystems, and they get a clear view of live sharks while protected inside a 10-foot-by-10-foot steel Read the full article…

Philanthropy: It’s All About You – February 2016

Sponsored by Hawaii Community Foundation

Ask Terry George why he’s in the philanthropy business, and he’s surprised. “Because,” he says, “it’s the right thing to do.” As President and CEO of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, doing the right thing means bettering education, nearshore marine habitats, Oahu’s windward communities, and investing the Foundation’s money in Hawaii’s future. When Terry wants Read the full article…

February 2016 , Nonprofits
February, 2016
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Good Neighbors: David McKale

Jackie M. Young

David McKale, the 53-year-old director of risk services at Hawaii Human Resources, has been volunteering “pretty much all my life.” So when Melissa Pavlicek, the executive director of the Society for Human Resource Management Hawaii, approached McKale in 2013 about volunteering to serve on SHRM Hawaii’s board and to speak at events, he quickly agreed. Read the full article…

Stuart McElhaney, owner of The Pillbox, says medicines are still the store's main business, but he also plans to expand the ice cream selection, bring back specialty sodas and create an outdoor seating area. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

Your Friendly Neighborhood Drugstore

Jackie M. Young

“It’s really like walking into someone’s home that you’ve been going to for a long time. Not like some other places where they just stare at you,” says Lester Peetz, a customer of The Pillbox Pharmacy for 24 years. “It’s like a 1940s drugstore, complete with jazz music and ice cream. They’re extremely friendly, extremely Read the full article…

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100 Years Young

LiAnne Yu

While describing the values that have carried KTA Super Stores to its 100th year as a family-owned business, president and COO Toby Taniguchi brings up traditional Japanese concepts. “The organization has been able to survive because our focus is not solely on the bottom line. Our focus is also on honoring the people, relationships and Read the full article…