Author: Jackie M. Young

Right On Target

The Island Archer has been supplying local enthusiasts for over three decades Mention archery and images of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest or Native Americans hunting on the prairie might come to mind. But what you may not know is…

Building a Financial Foundation

“I would recommend Hawaiian Community Assets to anybody and everybody. At any stage of life you can benefit from financial education,” says Shyla Lafaele, 32, who works for the housing education nonprofit. “I feel empowered when I help someone because…

Stylist to the Stars

Name: Paulette Crammond Job: Hair, makeup and wardrobe stylist for film, TV and stage productions Start: Paulette Crammond was born and raised around Huntington Beach, California. “I was secretary/paddler for the Southern California Outrigger Canoe Association. They come every year…

High-Energy Baking from the Girls Next Door

During a supposedly slow day at The Girls Who Bake Next Door store and kitchen, baking pans fly into ovens, timers are anxiously set and cupcakes deftly frosted. Not your usual definition of “slow.” “It could be worse; we got…

EMSS Provides Business Solutions

EMSS focused on paper forms when it was founded 31 years ago; today, the company is “a one-stop shop” for paper, tech, consulting and many other solutions. Vietnam veteran Larry Watanabe was the manager of Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s information…

The Real World of Private Investigators

Name: Elise Johnson Age: 56 Job: Private investigator and owner, Busch Investigations Inc., which uses her maiden name. Start: “I grew up watching ‘Charlie’s Angels’ on TV, and I thought I could be Farrah Fawcett,” Johnson quips. “The job’s not…

A Clown’s Life

NAME: Steve Hawkes JOB: Performer and owner, Stevo the Clown START: “When I was 8, I got this pogo stick and a unicycle under the Christmas tree, so I mastered both of them early on,” Hawkes recalls. “I was in…

Theater with Impact

Kalamaikamala Elouise Margaret Sylvester, 26, moved from American Samoa to Oahu when she was a young child for corrective leg surgery. She lived with her biological aunt and her aunt’s husband. “I was sexually abused by my aunt’s husband at…

My Job: Car Trouble - Who You Going to Call?

Name: Lincoln Smith Age: 34 Job: Tow Truck Operator and Owner, Areo Towing & Recovery The Kaimuki High School graduate got the idea to start his own towing company in 2012 when he was working as a security guard at…

Nonprofit Lets Kids Be Kids

All four of Stacy Sur’s daughter’s have attended The Early School. “They absolutely love it. The school focuses on building socialization skills, the ability to explore and think, and it lets the kids be kids,” says the Waialae-Kahala resident. Sur…

My Job: Protecting Animals

Name: Tom Chmielowicz Age: 36 Job: Humane investigator, Hawaiian Humane Society Start: The New Jersey native received a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics  from Rutgers University in 2006. He moved to Honolulu in 2014 to be closer to his fiancee’s family. “I had…

Loans Support Food Sustainability

When Zac Hosler needed funding in 2014 to build out his aquaponics business in South Kona, he believed he would be rejected by a bank. “Financing for farmers is hard to come by,” says the majority owner of Ha Farms…

Jam All Day and Night

Island Sound Studios in Hawaii Kai has hosted stars like Kanye West, Beyonce and Rihanna "My thing is keeping this studio open for Hawaii,” Gaylord Holomalia says. “It’s more of a mission for me. I want it to be available…

My Job: Building Resilience into a Whole County

Name: Joshua Stanbro Age: 47 Job: Chief Resilience Officer and Executive Director, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resilience, City and County of Honolulu Start: The California native graduated from the Berkeley School of Law in 2001 but says he…

Tech (and Training) Helps People With Disabilities

Greg Ventayen, 50, has renal failure and congestive heart failure, is blind in his right eye and visually impaired in his left. About two years ago, the former industrial salesman was referred to the nonprofit Assistive Technology Resource Centers of…

Making Hawaii Greener

Daniel Lankford opened the first store of his Ohana Greenhouse chain when he was just 23. Thirteen years later he has four locations. Daniel Lankford is compelled to succeed. “I’ve worked a full-time job since I was 14 and I…

My Job: Explosive Vocation

Name: Kamakaniolu De Dely Age: 36 Job: Unexploded ordnance technician team leader Start: The Waianae High School graduate received a certificate from Texas A&M University's Unexploded Ordinance Technician Level 1 program in 2006 after working as a bomb sweeper for several…

My Job: Software Architect

Name: Caden Morikuni Age: 41 Job: Software architect, RevaComm Start: Morikuni was raised in Aiea and went to Iolani School. He has a B.S. in computer and information science from the University of Oregon. “Initially, I was in the architecture program and decided…

They Heal by Grieving Together

Sherrie Coronas says life was unbearable after the death of her 23-year-old son, Ian, from a rare cancer in 2016. “I didn’t think I could go on. It seemed impossible that there could be a future without him,” says Coronas,…

Nonprofit Focuses on Mental Illness

Everyone in this nonprofit has dealt with mental illness “Bud Bowles saved my life. He came to my aid when I was floundering and gave me a kit of tools so I could deal with my mental illness,” says Mark…

Hearing Help on The Road

Annabel Anae’s mobile business brings hearing help to her patients’ homes. How do you know if you’ve got hearing loss? “Most of my clients say they first experience tinnitus or ringing in the ears, maybe dizziness or they can’t hear…