Illustration by Cameron Cottrill

Smart Path to Success

David Heenan

“Oh, no!” was Reuben Chong’s street name – as in “Oh, no! Here he comes!” For a decade, the homeless ex-convict prowled Honolulu’s Chinatown in search of money to support his drug habit. Who could imagine that this 34-year-old, street-smart thug would eventually find his footing at Leeward Community College, where he graduated as a Read the full article…

Careers , Education , January 2017
January, 2017
Photo by Aaron K. Yoshino

My Job: Staying Balanced

Jackie M. Young

START: Poponi, originally from Monroe, Michigan, dreamed of moving to the Islands since she visited Maui with her family when she was 18. “In 2013, I sold almost everything, quit my job and came out here to give it a shot. Besides clothes, my stilts were one of the only things I brought to Hawaii.” Read the full article…

Careers , January 2017
January, 2017
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5 Steps for Young Professionals

Cristina Barbata

Cristina Barbata runs the Young Professionals program at the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, which is aimed at those ages 21 to 39. She is also the chamber’s director of events. Here are five ways that she, as a young professional, plans to ensure business success in the new year. 1. WORK ON SOFT SKILLS Develop Read the full article…

Careers , January 2017 , Up & Coming
January, 2017