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5 Steps to Becoming a Better Public Speaker

Motivational speaker and speaker trainer Annette Lynch shares 5 steps to help you overcome nerves and engage your target audience.

Ask the Expert: Picking a Restaurant Location

A reader asks, "I want to open my own restaurant. How do I pick the right location?" Jo McGarry Curran, founder of MoJo, offers her advice.

Million-Dollar Business Runs Out of Kahuku High sells Kahuku High T-shirts, hats and hoodies while also teaching students how to run a business.


How Local Businesses Use Pinterest

If you engage customers with gorgeous pictures, Pinterest might be another social medium for your company

Heathiest and Most Family-Friendly Companies

Which local companies promote a healthy workplace, and which ones really care for you and your ohana?

Not Your Parents' College Degrees

From crime-scene investigators and video-game animators to organic farmers and sustainability coordinators, these are the careers arising from cutting-edge college programs in the Islands today.

Impact Investing is the New Philanthropy

Impact investing is having a big effect on Hawaii by changing the way some for-profit businesses and nonprofit agencies operate. In fact, you don't have to be multibillionaires to make investments...

Aloha Medical Mission Heals the Poor in the Philippines

For a week in February, a team of 28 volunteer doctors from Hawaii helped heal some of the poorest people in Tuguegarao and the surrounding region of the Philippines.

Happy Employees Seem to Increase Profits

No one has proven that happy employees lead to bigger profits, but studies show they go together a lot – locally, nationally and globally. Warning: Leave your employees disengaged at your own risk.

Best Places to Work in Hawaii 2014

Which companies have the most engaged companies? Check out our 10th annual edition celebrating great workplaces.


Letters to the Editor

The president of the Hawaii Fishing & Boating Association voices his concern about our story on the local fishing industry.


Do you like wrapping gifts but hate the waste from all that paper? Wrappily solves that problem with wrapping paper made of newsprint and created on local printing presses.

Talk Story

The mayor of the City & County of Honolulu talks about GMOs, the future of agriculture and tourism, and potential changes in the excise tax and the hotel room tax.

Parting Shot

Behind the scenes with Von Monroe of sign shop Strictly Neon.

HB Life

Pau Hana with James Chan and Erin Hisano

Young professionals James Chan and Erin Hisano volunteer their time with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

What's It Worth? Helicopter Lifts

Need to place an air-conditioning system and ducts on a high-rise? Paradise Helicopters, also known as K&S Helicopters, can do that job and many others.

Our Favorite Things

Here are some of the HB staff's favorite after-work things to do, eat, drink and enjoy.

Pau Hana with Cheryl Nishita of Hawaii National Bank

The VP and director of marketing at Hawaii National Bank was once a couch potato, but now trains and competes in triathlons.

Ocean Rider Breeds Seahorses for the Wild and Your Aquarium

For $2,500, you can purchase a pair of seahorses raised at Ocean Rider's Kona-based aqua farm that will be released into the wild.

Counting Whales

Volunteer to count humpback whales at the annual Sanctuary Ocean Count.

Vivo's Music Puts You In the Mood for Romance

Check out local music trio Vivo at The Dragon Upstairs on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.



HAPA Builds Personal Bridges Around the Pacific

The Hawaii Asia Pacific Association mixes academics and hands-on training with international fellowship.

Hawaii-Focused Legal Blogs

Four attorneys with the Honolulu law firm Damon Key Leong Kupchack Hastert blog regularly on their areas of expertise, covering topics as wide-ranging as insurance, renewable energy, land use and...

Talk Story with Mayor Kirk Caldwell

The mayor of the City & County of Honolulu talks about GMOs, the future of agriculture and tourism, and potential changes in the excise tax and the hotel room tax.

Talk Story with Susan Murray of the Queen's Health Systems

Susan Murray is overseeing the opening of The Queen's Medical Center's 17-acre campus in Ewa Beach. She talks about the challenge of creating a community hospital in the fastest growing part of Oahu.

My Job: Certified Dog Trainer

Karen Hashimoto of Kolohe K-9 has 27 years of experience as an animal trainer.

Letters to the Editor: Geothermal and Waikiki

Readers respond to our articles on geothermal and Waikiki.

Tour a Hawaiian Fishpond on Your Phone

Loko Ia is a new iPhone app created by a team of UH researchers that offers an interactive, multimedia tour of the historic Heeia Fishpond in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.

Hawaii-based NEAEF a Respected Player in International Affairs

The Northeast Asia Economic Forum is an international organization working to advance peace and economic development in a volatile region that includes China, Russia, North Korea, South Korea,...

My Job: Battling Invasive Species in Hawaii

Emma Yuen is a system planner for the Hawaii Natural Area Reserves System, where she works to contain the spread of invasive species such as pigs, goats and deer

Hawaii Opera Theatre Blends Old and New

The goal of HOT's new executive director, Simon Crookall, is to increase the audience for opera, especially among young adults



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CBP's NATO West Program Helps New Recruits Transition Quickly to Career in Real Estate


If you were ever interested in a real estate career, then Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’ New Agent Training Office (NATO) West...

Technology Fun Fair


Technology Fun Fair presented by HTDC, DOE and Kahala Mall Presenting area schools with STEM projects including science fair entries,...

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties Hosts Free "Design on a Dollar" Seminar


Are you a homeowner looking to upgrade the look of your home without breaking the bank? Attend this free seminar to hear from experts in this...

Maryknoll School’s 16th Annual Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano Award and Scholarship Dinner


Maryknoll School’s 16th Annual Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano Award and Scholarship Dinner will recognize one noteworthy community leader...

Onoe Kikunobu


The Kikunobu Dance Company, Inc.`s 15th Dance Concert , is dedicated to the 50th memorial anniversary of the late Onoe Kikunojo I; introduction...

Hawaii Pops Premiere Season Finale: Dinner, Dance & Concert


Hawaii Pops, Hawaii's first independent pops organization led by artistic director Matt Catingub, announces its premiere season lineup of...

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