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The Best of Startup Paradise 2017

Dave Dondoneau

Startup Paradise Is Good for All of Us. Everyone in Hawaii can and should be  an advocate and champion for Startup Paradise, because we all benefit from a vibrant startup culture, says Meli James, president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. One benefit is a startup culture helps keep young kamaaina in the Islands and Read the full article…

Owner Max Tsai supplied the T in TC Kokua's name back when it was launched in 2001. A few months later, 9/11 happened and the economy turned south. Today, the company is the black. Photography by Chris J. Evans.

Local-Kine Biz: Transmitting Aloha Over the Phone

Jackie M. Young

When Max Tsai and Matt Cooley were college roommates at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the ‘90s, both were “unimpressed” with the customer call center service they received from companies. “Whether you have to call your utility company or cell phone company, you have to go through a call center,” explains Tsai, 49, president and Read the full article…

Photo by Aaron K. Yoshino.

Meticulously Whimsical

Daniel Ikaika Ito

It’s hard to tell if it was her business model or her impressive multimedia presentation that won Jana Lam the second annual Pitch Panel at Honolulu Fashion Week. Whatever did it, she received an impressive package of business services, advertising and other resources and opportunities that will help take her “meticulously whimsical” prints to the Read the full article…

Photography by Megan Spelman

Not Your Father’s Stock

Karen Iwamoto

Three Big Island breeders have welcomed 14 new alpacas to their pastures, part of what they say is a small but growing market in the state for the South American animals that resemble miniature llamas. “Especially in the past year, there’s been a significant increase in interest in buying alpaca stock,” says Jennifer Brundage, a Read the full article…