Author: Janel Lubanski

The Cost of Cosmetic Surgery in Hawaii

Plastic surgery is a growing business in Hawaii, with thousands of local customers and others flying in from the mainland, Canada, Japan and South Korea for procedures, say two of Hawaii’s top specialists in the field. Dr. Robert Peterson, chief…

5 Steps to Social Media Success

“Social media is a marathon, not a sprint. You just have to start,” says Toby Tamaye (@atmarketing), president of AT Marketing. He outlines five social media platforms that can help you connect better with your customers.   On Facebook, provide content that…

Raising Koi

When Bob Armstrong moved into his Nuuanu home 20 years ago, he couldn’t tell if there were fish hidden in the muddy water of his backyard pond. He didn’t know it then, but, along with the pond, the CEO of…

English Bulldogs

The dog you choose as your best friend can make a big difference on your wallet. One of the most expensive pure breeds is the English bulldog, which can cost $4,000, according to the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association. Bulldogs are…

Hawaii's Construction Industry by the Numbers

After more than two miserable years, many in Hawaii's construction industry think the near future will be brighter because of the Honolulu rail line, planned hotel redevelopments and other projects. "It's cautious optimism," says John White, executive director of the…

Nonprofit Celebrates A Century of Outreach

During 100 years of service at Palama Settlement, the faces have changed. In the early years, the nonprofit helped Japanese, Chinese and Hawaiians. Later, a helping hand went to Filipinos, Samoans, Tongans and Laotians. More recently, Micronesians have been coming.…

Local Swimsuits Are Globally Inspired

Talk about swimsuits that have been around the world and back: Acacia swimwear is designed on Maui as a fusion of low-cut Italian bikinis with a Brazilian fit, manufactured in Indonesia and then sent back to Maui for shipping. The…

Pau Hana: Warren Evans

Terrifying Yet Exhilarating Twenty years ago, during his first retirement, Warren Evans tried mountain climbing while on a scouting trip with his sons in North Toronto. “We rappelled down this 100-foot cliff,” he says. “I was terrified, but, by the…

Growing Tilapia and Vegetables with Aquaponics

Clyde Tamaru, an aquaculture specialist atUH Manoa's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, is on a mission: putting marginal land to good agricultural use with aquaponics. Along the way, Tamaru helps enhance the reputation oftilapia, a fish that many…

Military Money By the Numbers

“How Much Does Military Spending Add to Hawaii’s Economy?” is the name of a study by the Rand National Defense Research Institute. Here are numbers from the report, including some that received little media attention when it was released in…

Internationally Recognized Customer Service

Every business claims it puts its customers first, but what elevates some companies above the others? One crucial factor is the ability to adapt and improve customer service with changing circumstances. Lex Brodie’s Tire Co. is the first winner of…

Take Control of Your Truck Fleet

if you ever wonder what your drivers are doing with your delivery trucks, GPS tracking may be the answer. Local companies such as Comspec and Hawaiian GPS say their vehicle-tracking systems can save you money, increase your drivers’ productivity and…

Polo Tailgating

If you miss fall’s football tailgating, drive up to Waialua on Oahu’s North Shore any Sunday until Labor Day for horses and tailgating at Polo Mokuleia Field. Spectators enjoy two polo matches plus an eclectic mix of halftime shows, from…

What it's Worth? Piano Planet

What’s It Worth? $65,000 What is it: This fully restored 1948 Steinway Grand piano, with a mahogany finish and ivory keys, was the personal piano of tobacco heiress Doris Duke. Restoration: George Nellas, owner of Piano Planet, purchased it in…

Zoo Renovations by the number

Poor reviews of the Honolulu zoo from visitors and trip advisories were some of the reasons the City and County of Honolulu and zoo director Manuel Mollinedo devised a six-year plan to turn the Waikiki attraction around. Here is a…

Ex Cons Make Great Employees

Kahala Caterers had difficulty recruiting dishwashers and general laborers for its chef staff a few years ago. “People were coming in but weren’t motivated,” company president Winston Gample says. “They all just want to be executive chefs or the next TV…

Tesoro Hawaii Transforms Oil into Fuel

About 40 million barrels of oil are delivered by tanker to Hawaii every year and transformed into a host of products: gasoline, jet fuel, asphalt, diesel and more. These photographs trace the process of refining oil, which – even in…

5 Steps To Email Marketing

Smart email marketing makes the difference between emails that are read and those that go straight to the trash. Damian Davila, online marketing consultant and CEO ofIdaconcpts.com, explains how to make it work: 1) Short and focused Content is crucial,…

Innovation: Kuehnle Algae Replaces Oil

Problem Hawaii spends $5 billion a year on imported oil, but biofuels that can replace oil usually require a lot of agricultural land. Solution Using its library of algae strains, Kuehnle AgroSystems says it can select, analyze and optimize algae for specific…

What it's worth?

What it's worth? $7,500 Hawaii’s most prized shells, those washed up on the beaches of Niihau and known as Kahelelani, are strung into beautiful lei. Rob Arita’s gorgeous Niihau shell lei can take years to make. In fact, he says, it takes him…

Pau Hana with Bobby Witworth

WHEN HE’S NOT OPERATING, selling and overseeing large construction equipment, Bobby Whitworth is likely deep-sea fishing. “Getting out on the ocean is physical therapy for me,” says Whitworth, general manager ofHawthorne Cat in the Pacific. “The ocean…

Yoga in the Classroom

The many benefits of yoga are especially valuable to children, and that’s why a new nonprofit is bringing yoga into public elementary schools. “I believe movement exercise and mindful activities such as yoga help to stimulate brain growth and development,…