A Strong Backbone

Ronna Bolante

Sun Hung “Sunny” Wong spent much of his youth cruising around Chinatown with his Palama buddies. Now its honorary mayor, the 82-year-old says the historic area still resembles that cherished childhood hangout, even though he’s witnessed firsthand the many changes that have broadened the neighborhood’s business community. “It’s a different Chinatown from during the days Read the full article…

The Greenhouse Part 2

Jacy L. Youn

The managing partners of Hawaii Opportunities Group LLC founded the company in October 2000 to assist Hawaii entrepreneurs with professional management services, in order to attract investment and spur business development in the Islands. Self-dubbed “the state’s first Strategic Venture Catalyst firm,” Hawaii Opportunities Group incorporates aspects of boutique investment firms, management consulting agencies, and Read the full article…

Chasing After China

Jacy L. Youn

It’s been nearly six months since China officially entered into the World Trade Organization, but what exactly does that mean for our little island state in the middle of the Pacific? Sure, opportunities in the China market are worth upwards of about $200 billion, according to Richard Bahar, business development manager for the Department of Read the full article…

May 2002 , Tourism
May, 2002

Nonprofit Numbers

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch

When Hawaii Community Foundation executives commissioned a study on the nonprofit industry in 2001, they went in with certain assumptions. Their main supposition has been proven: Nonprofits are an economic force. The sheer size of that force, however, was unexpected. Kelvin Taketa, Hawaii Community Foundation Chief Executive Officer says, “I still believe that what the Read the full article…

May 2002 , Nonprofits
May, 2002

The Greenhouse

Jacy L. Youn

The managing partners of Hawaii Opportunities Group LLC founded the company in October 2000 to assist Hawaii entrepreneurs with professional management services, in order to attract investment and spur business development in the Islands. Self-dubbed “the state’s first Strategic Venture Catalyst firm,” Hawaii Opportunities Group incorporates aspects of boutique investment firms, management consulting agencies, and Read the full article…

Shanghaiing the Chinese

Kelli Abe Trifonovitch

It’s not going to take force to get potentially millions of Chinese to travel to Hawaii. It’s not even going to take better marketing. It’s simply going to take more air seats, according to Henry Ou, president of the Hawaii Chinese Tourism Association and for his travel agency, Air & Sea Travel Center Inc. “I Read the full article…

May 2002 , Tourism
May, 2002