Hawaii Business Magazine is a respected, relevant and innovative resource for Hawai‘i and its people. We have won more than 100 national and state awards over the past five years, including the prize for best regional business magazine in the country for three of the past five years.
Our stories cover the big issues impacting our island home, its people, companies and nonprofits, such as climate change, the cost of living, affordable housing, entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, education and other important issues.
Our editorial team works hard to cultivate relationships with sources and dig for information so that readers receive in-depth, fact-based articles. We also give readers useful information that helps companies succeed and helps people advance their careers.
We want our stories to be inclusive of Hawai‘i’s diverse voices and people, and we want to make sure that our stories are serving our audience, their interests and their needs. Our call-outs for sources and information help guide our reporting so that we can fulfill those commitments.
And we’re more than just a monthly print magazine. Our website, email newsletters, social media and events also keep readers and attendees informed, engaged, inspired and entertained.
We welcome any feedback you might have for us. To send a letter to the editor or send us your comments, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Mission: To strengthen the local economy and help our communities thrive.
As publisher of Hawaii Business Magazine, Cheryl oversees sales, marketing, digital, design, content and events, including Leadership Conference, Top 250 Black Book and Wahine Forum. She has held leadership roles at KSSK, KHON, KGMB, Pacific Business News, Hawaii News Now and PBS Hawai’i. Cheryl serves on the board of the American Lung Association in Hawai’i and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks, long books and is passionate about travel – especially to Italy!
Meet the Editorial Team!
Steve Petranik has been an editor and reporter for almost four decades and now is the editor of Hawaii Business. Before joining the magazine in 2009, he spent 18 years as an editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and five years at the Honolulu Advertiser. He’s reported from six countries on three continents and his stories have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.
Cynthia Wessendorf oversees Hawaii Business Magazine‘s annual lists, preps newsletters and writes feature stories, among other duties. Prior to joining the magazine in 2020, she spent decades working as a copywriter, editor and designer for both national and local publishers and nonprofits. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Writer & Engagement Editor
Noelle Fujii-Oride writes about affordable housing, working families, education, construction, climate change, tourism, entrepreneurship and more. She also leads the editorial department’s audience engagement efforts. Prior to joining Hawaii Business Magazine as a staff writer in 2017, she held internships at the magazine, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Honolulu Civil Beat. She is a graduate of UH Mānoa’s journalism program and now lives on Kaua‘i. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chavonnie Ramos is a staff writer for Hawaii Business Magazine. She enjoys writing stories about the community, education and entrepreneurship. She has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and English from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Prior to joining the magazine, Chavonnie was a digital content producer at KITV4 and intern at Hawaii News Now.
Our Motto: Locally Owned, Locally Committed since 1955.
Meet the Creative Team!
Kelsey Ige is the Creative Director for Hawaii Business Magazine from Wahiawā and Mililani, Hawaiʻi. She oversees all design and visual branding for the magazine, and her work has been recognized by local and national awards. Prior to joining the magazine, she led design and art direction for the Waikīkī Aquarium, Bank of Hawaii and HONOLULU Magazine. In 2019, she was named a Patsy T. Mink Leadership Alliance Fellow.
Mallory Adams-Nakamura is the Art Director for Hawaii Business Magazine. The Mililani resident received her degree in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After moving back to Hawai‘i in 2018, she began working in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Creative Department. In 2020, she was promoted to Creative Supervisor at MidWeek. Mallory is excited to be a part of the Hawaii Business ‘ohana by maintaining the magazine’s design standards and working collaboratively with the team.
Aaron has been one of Pacific Basin Communications’ staff photographers since 2016, and a photojournalist since 2003. He was born in Honolulu and currently resides in Nuʻuanu. He enjoys using his photography as a medium to storytelling.
Meet the Digital Team!
Digital Marketing Director
Joelle Cabasa is the Digital Marketing Director for Hawaii Business Magazine from Hilo, Hawaiʻi and oversees direction of the website, event marketing and social media presence. She also supports digital sales initiatives and virtual events. Joelle drives the magazine towards digital innovation as the landscape of publishing continues to evolve. She also serves on the nonprofit board for the charter school Hawaii Technology Academy. Before joining the magazine in 2018, Joelle spent eight years in California building experience in digital marketing across various industries.
Digital Media Manager
Tianna Morimoto is the digital media manager for Hawaii Business Magazine. She has a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Chapman University. Tianna previously interned at Hawaii News Now on Oʻahu and West Hawaii Today in her hometown, Kona, Hawaiʻi.
Meet the Sales and Marketing Team!
Kent Coules joined Hawaii Business Magazine in August 2021, bringing 30-plus years of experience in print and digital media, as well as events. He worked for major newspapers in California, Minnesota and New Jersey, where he started a 16-year event production career. A Hawai‘i resident since 2013, Kent is excited to be part of the Hawaii Business ‘ohana.
Kellie Moe is an account executive for Hawaii Business Magazine and is from Kaua‘i, Hawaiʻi. She is responsible for generating revenue through print, digital and event sponsorship. Kellie joined Hawaii Business Magazine in February 2021 as she was moving back home to Kaua‘i, where she now resides. Kellie travels between the islands of Oʻahu and Kaua‘i to maintain and cultivate client relationships.
Mea Aloha Spady
Mea Spady is an Account Executive for Hawaii Business Magazine and is from Hale‘iwa, Hawaiʻi. She works with Hawaiʻi businesses in partnerships toward a sustainable and thriving community. Mea has an extensive background in philanthropic and non-profit work in Hawaiʻi. Her lifelong volunteer work continues to this day.
Advertising Project Manager
Michelle Okada supports the Hawaii Business sales team and coordinates advertising materials. She joined the magazine in 2017 as the events and marketing coordinator after working in Human Resources at First Hawaiian Bank. She is a UH Mānoa graduate and a member of The Aloha United Way Society of Young Leaders.
Loren Doctolero is the Events Director for Hawaii Business Magazine. He joined the team in July of 2021 after managing Bishop Museum’s events department for four years. He sees events as opportunities to strengthen our shared community. He is a member of the ʻEwa Beach Neighborhood Board and the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Young Professionals Program. Born and raised on Oʻahu, you can catch him on the golf course or playing with his pup Kiko on his days off.
We want our journalism to be inclusive and responsive to the communities we cover. We welcome your participation in our reporting through our “Get Involved” page, where we ask for your help to find new people to speak with and topics to write about.
How We Work
This page explains how Hawaii Business Magazine journalists, editors and designers do their work. We talk about the editorial mantra that guides our story selections, the methodologies behind our lists, the awards we’ve won and some of our editorial policies.