Author: Daniel Ikaika Ito

Talk Story: Trevor Ozawa, Honolulu City Council

This talk story features Honolulu City Councilmember Trevor Ozawa, who received the inaugural Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association Award for Leadership In the Industry: Young Achiever It’s become a tradition for Honolulu City Councilmember Trevor Ozawa to volunteer his time to…

Old Ways, New Ways, Great Success

The inaugural Small Biz Academy Hilo featured an iconic panel of business leaders to a full house on Hawaii Island. Over 200 people packed the Grand Naniloa Hotel's Crown Room to hear Central Pacific Bank Executive Chair of the Board…

A Tale of Two Sons

Stussy opens new chapter store in Waikiki Avant-garde streetwear brand, Stussy, opened their fifth Chapter store in Waikiki this month, and the 900-square foot retail space is an opportunity for two sons to honor their father’s legacies. The store is…

18th Annual HVCA Awards Gala

The 18th Annual Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) Awards Gala celebrated the best and brightest of Startup Paradise as well as the 30th anniversary of the organization at the Waialae Country Club on March 1. A little over 300 people…

The Aina Acknowledges East Meets West 2018 Summit Day

Hawaiians believe that when it rains on an event day that is the aina (that which feeds us) acknowledging your presence, and the land made attendees of the East West Conference 2018 Summit feel recognized. Venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, techies and…

Finding The Best Business Solution [Sponsored]

In January, Michael J. O’Malley became managing partner of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, responsible for the business, management and overall operations of one of Hawaii’s oldest law firms. The 64-year-old alum of Kailua High School is also a corporate…

Tutu's Tale [Sponsored]

Kiana Frank is one of those people that knew her career path from childhood. As a keiki from Kailua, Oahu, she was a self-described “inquisitive, young explorer,” discovering the natural nuances of Kawainui Marsh. Her grandmother told Kiana the story…

More Than A Mere Messenger [Sponsored]

It’s an honor for Adrian Kamalii to represent some of his childhood heroes professionally. The 35-year-old entrepreneur is the president of Pae Aina Communications. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama and Hawaii Pacific University. As a student,…

From the Sea [Sponsored]

Haunani Kane was built for the ocean. Whether as an apprentice navigator on Hokulea using indigenous forms of wayfaring or as an elegant surfer sliding across the face of a wave in Waikiki, she looks comfortable in the sea. Appropriately,…

In Language There Is Career [Sponsored]

Laiana Kanoa-Wong was a kumu olelo Hawaii even before he had a driver’s license. Not surprising since the 33-year-old’s parents were also Hawaiian language teachers at the University of Hawaii and Punana Leo. Wong is a proud graduate of Ke…

Talk Story: Sig Zane

Sig Zane is an icon of aloha wear. His mastery of hand-cutting rubylith is the signature of the SZD aesthetic and the sharp lines of his artwork make Hawaiian flora and fauna come to life like no other company. The…

Talk Story: Bob Hurley

In 1999, Bob Hurley launched Hurley International, leveraging a successful and lucrative 15-year career as president of Billabong USA and forever changing the landscape of action sports. Three years later, Hurley sold his namesake company to Nike, and in 2002…

Meticulously Whimsical

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…

The 10 Commandments of Corporate Social Media

I have climbed Mount Koko Head and took many selfies. From this pilgrimage I return to you, brethren and sisthren, with these 10 commandments to keep thy company’s image righteous on the World Wide Web. May the spirit of Steve…

Our Digital Media Director Links In

Power: As the new digital media director of Hawaii Business, I have the ability and responsibility to engage with you by sharing creative and smart content through social media and our website, HawaiiBusiness.com. I will share observations and insights in…