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What's it Worth?

$1,050,000 WHAT IS IT The Rotonde de Cartier tourbillon sapphire skeleton watch is part of Cartier’s latest fine watch collection, which launched in September. The skeleton-style watch boasts 18k gold barrels, crystal Roman numerals, 20 jewels and an alligator strap,…

Tension Over Tourism

Should Hawaii’s tourism czars focus on attracting more visitors or take a holistic view of tourism’s impact? During  good times, there is virtually nothing easier to sell than Hawaii.  If people have money and an itch to travel, all you…

Waking Up to Working Out

Helping people balance their work, home lives and down time. Dr. Laurie Steelsmith won’t shower in the morning until she has worked out. That rule helps keep her exercising daily – even when she has a full day ahead. Fitting exercise…

Living Art

Greg Lee, CEO of 1st Look Exteriors, combined his two greatest passions — plants and art — to create a niche business that’s so unique he’s the only licensed contractor of his kind in the state. 1st Look Exteriors designs…

Building Jobs

With Hawaii’s construction industry facing hard times, the state Senate hopes a new task force will come up with creative ways to save jobs and generate new ones. “We wanted to make sure that we did whatever could be done…

What’s the Buzz On Your Company?

Free Internet monitoring tools can help businesses manage their online reputations by searching the most popular news sources, blogs and social networks. Type in a company name and a few key words, and you can read what people are saying…

5 Steps to Prevent Credit-Card Fraud

Credit-card processing is a ubiquitous and major expense for businesses. Most of the cost is upfront, according to Matt Sakauye, senior consultant at credit-card processing firm Gravity Payments. Once things are running, he says, “credit-card processors are pretty automated. But…

Tech-Startup Lessons

When Ben Leong graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in digital animation, he was determined to live and work in Hawaii – even if that meant creating his own company. He and UH classmate Michael Varley founded…

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