5 Steps to Starting an eCommerce Business

Jolyn Okimoto

Maui-based Jennifer Varner is an ecommerce veteran. She started BellaBluMaternity.com, which grew into one of the largest online maternity stores. She sold it in 2006 and, six years ago, founded Pure-Ecommerce.com, which helps people start their own ecommerce businesses and offers ready-to-go website businesses for sale. Varner offers these steps to setting up an ecommerce business. 1. Read the full article…

Ask the Expert: Preventing Financial Fraud


Secure DNA provides information technology security and compliance services. www.secure-dna.com Question: How can I protect myself from Automated Clearing House fraud? Answer: The ACH network is used by financial institutions to process direct deposits, checks, bill payments and cash transfers. Unfortunately, it’s also a popular target for hackers since all they need are someone’s account details Read the full article…

Parting Shot: Preparing Papayas

Hawaii Business magazine

Kamiya Gold Inc. Packaging Warehouse, Laie Photographer David Croxford >> Pat Kamiya washes and sanitizes papayas before packing them at her family’s farm,Kamiya Gold. Within 24 hours of being picked, the papayas are delivered to Kamiya’s customers: mom and pop shops, wholesalers, restaurants and supermarkets across Oahu.

Pelatron’s Networking-on-the-Move system improves battlefield communications

Dennis Hollier

Product: Networking-On-The-Move is a battlefield-ready networking and telecommunications system designed and manufactured by Pelatron, a Native Hawaiian-owned engineering and technology firm based in Mapunapuna. Senior VP and chief engineer Branson Aken describes NOTM as a mobile, modular “command-and-control” (C2) system commissioned by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide continuous voice, data and video streaming for troops in Read the full article…