Author: Shara Enay

Hawaiʻi's Buy and Sell Entrepreneurs

Cory Asuncion was born to sell. He jokes that he would have rented space in his mother’s womb if that had been possible. “I could sell oil back to the Saudis,” Asuncion says confidently, and with good reason. He’s had…

Lessons Learned: Start up Lessons

Shawna Emery and Danni Fry startedD&S Fry Plumbing in April and already have so many jobs they each work nearly 80 hours a week. Here, the two women share their early triumphs and obstacles. What are you doing to build your…

Finding Your Way into the Food Business

Just about everyone has a family recipe or talk-of-the-town potluck dish they think is ono enough to be a grocery-store bestseller. These are our six steps to take your product from concept to consumer. Most of our guides are entrepreneurs…

5 Steps to Creating a Mobile App

Just when you thought you had perfected your company’s website, many consumers are turning to mobile apps for information, interaction and convenience. Brian Dote, the founder of Tapiki, a mobile-app development firm, provides these tips to help create an app…

Not Made in Hawaii

When was the last time you went to a luau and enjoyed deep-fried onion ring chips with your squid luau and lomi salmon? Never, that’s when. But Tim’s Cascade Snacks doesn’t care. The Washington-based manufacturer makes a lot of money…

Pau Hana with Teri Orton

Teri Orton caught the triathlon “bug” about 15 years ago. Today, she’s accomplished something that few athletes around the world have: She is an Ironman. Orton, VP of condominium resort marketing for Outrigger Enterprises Group, completed the Ironman Canada on…

Innovation: EggUp and GoEggIt stops movie piracy

Problem: Piracy costs the U.S. movie industry more than $20 billion annually, according to industry experts, who say illegal downloads and bootleg copies prevent many independent filmmakers from turning their passion into a livelihood. Solution: EggUp.com is a platform created in Hawaii…

What it's worth: Private Jets

There’s a way to avoid long airport lines and manhandling by TSA security agents, but it’ll cost you. What: Charter a private jet to fly you and your friends from Honolulu to Los Angeles, and you won’t have to arrive…

Faye Kurren President/CEO of Hawaii Dental Service

Kurren isn’t a typical business executive. She’s not a natural risk taker, has never thought of herself as ambitious, and credits others for recognizing her abilities and challenging her to accept greater responsibilities, which eventually gave her the confidence to…

What it's worth? 

What it's worth? $5,678 If you’re always entertaining guests at home and want to make a good impression, forget about your boring china and antique vases. The Toto Neorest 600 Elongated Toilet/Bidet is a way to make a statement, says…

Innovation: Wearable Ads

Wish you could afford to run commercials promoting your company and products all day long? Now you can with Pacific Digital Signs’ sexy new Digital Nametag. “This will definitely stop people in their tracks and deliver a perfect message every…

Social Media Can Wreck Your Career

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is the latest celebrity to be fired over social media, because of callous tweets about the devastating tsunami in Japan. In February, Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives after stories emerged that…

Monster Musubi

How can something as perfect as a Spam musubi possibly get any better? The answer: batter it, deep-fry it and drizzle it with homemade teriyaki sauce. Chefs at Da Kitchen on Isenberg Street, next to the Saint Louis Alumni Clubhouse,…

Mobile Medical Records

Straub Clinic and Hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic say they are the first healthcare facilities in the state to allow patients to access their medical records from an iPhone, iPad or iTouch using a new, free mobile app called MyHealthAdvantage.…

What's it worth? Orchid Suite

The Orchid Suite at the Halekulani is the ultimate luxury retreat. The 2,356-square-foot haven is separate from the main hotel and accessed by a private lift, offers floor-to-ceiling views of Diamond Head, a posh master bedroom, an expansive living room,…

Matson Sails Fast Boats to China

Matson Navigation Co. is a tiny blip on the radar compared to the 20 other major global transportation companies serving the China market. Still, as the first American shipper to enter the China trade, it’s secured an impressive client base…