Author: Jeff Hawe

High Seas Entrepreneur

Local sailor charts a unique course in sailing’s toughest challenge – a dangerous round-the-world race. Mark Towill gripped the helm of the 65-foot Volvo Ocean Racing boat in the inky blackness of an Antarctic Ocean night, pushing the boat to…

Ahead of Her Time

Among her many achievements, Liliuokalani helped create a bank for women Queen Liliuokalani is well known as a courageous advocate for Hawaiians. Less known are some of her efforts to improve the lives of women and children when she was…

Proving Ground for Young Talent

Students compete to demonstrate their entrepreneurial chops Rose Wong’s first job was at 14 working as a cashier and sushi roller for Kozo Sushi. Three years and seven jobs later, tired of minimum wage, she launched Kolohe Ocean Gems while…

Paperwork Clogged Up Local Liquor Sales

But a simple form helped resolve the problem and got drinks flowing again. A chronic bottleneck at local IRS offices forced as many as two dozen small bars, restaurants and storefronts in Hawaii to temporarily halt liquor sales each summer,…

Entrepreneurs and Investors to Converge in Honolulu

East Meets West Conference: Interview with Blue Startups Managing Partner Chenoa Farnsworth The annual East Meets West Conference brings together tech industry entrepreneurs and investors from markets in Asia, the U.S. Mainland and Hawaii. The event will take place on…

Surf Competition Pumps Millions into Oahu Economy

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing draws global attention while boosting local businesses John John Florence won his second surfing world title Dec. 18 at the Billabong Pipe Masters on Oahu’s North Shore. “I’m so happy to have been surfing here…