Noelle Fujii-Oride

Writer and Engagement Editor

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Noelle Headshot WebNoelle Fujii-Oride writes about Hawai‘i’s economy, housing, education, construction, climate change, tourism, entrepreneurship and more. She also leads the editorial department’s audience engagement efforts. Prior to joining Hawaii Business Magazine as a staff writer in 2017, she held internships at the magazine, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Honolulu Civil Beat. She is a graduate of UH Mānoa’s journalism program and now lives on Kaua‘i.

 

 

 

Articles

How to Get Startup Paradise to the Next Level

Hawai‘i’s startup community creates and nurtures plenty of early stage innovative companies but loses them before they scale into national and global players. Should we be happy with that storyline or should we try to change it? Twenty years ago,…

How to Sell Amid COVID-19

Practical advice to help you sell and maintain customer relationships during this uncertain time Salespeople are struggling with how to sensitively approach customers and make sales while many businesses furlough staff and scale back operations.  Scott Hogle, senior VP of…

Preparing Teens for Tomorrow

We are continuing to publish stories researched and written before the COVID-19 crisis, such as this one.   Schools and businesses are partnering in unprecedented ways to develop the state’s future workforce. This is Part I of a two part…

Microgrids: A Different Way to Deliver Power

Imagine an electric grid that keeps your lights on while the rest of the island’s grid is dark during a natural disaster or outage. That’s the promise at Kahauiki Village, a community for formerly homeless families near Sand Island. The…

Snapshot of Hawaiʻi's Family Caregivers

Keali‘i Lopez, the Hawai‘i director of AARP, has a village to help her care for her 81-year-old mother: her adult son, daughter-in-law and two sisters chip in to provide around-the-clock care, and the family recently hired someone to help twice…

Our Kūpuna, Our Kuleana:
Senior Care Crisis in Hawaiʻi

The growing number of seniors is a personal challenge for hundreds of thousands of local families and a collective challenge for all of Hawai‘i. IF you donʻt see this silver tsunami coming, you’re not paying attention,” says Jim Shon, president…

Wahine Forum Inspires and Informs Sold-Out Audience

More than 1,200 people attended Hawaii Business Magazine’s 12th annual Wahine Forum, a sold-out daylong conference that was held Thursday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The theme of this year’s inspiring and informative event was “live fearlessly.” “It’s really a…

KTA Super Stores CEO Barry Taniguchi Dies

Barry Taniguchi, chairman and CEO of KTA Super Stores, a Hawaii Island grocery store chain, died on Sept. 20 from medical complications. Taniguchi was a well-respected business leader and known for his involvement in numerous professional, civic and community organizations,…

How to Increase Visitor Spending

Millions of tourists come to Hawai‘i and venture beyond the resort areas – crowding our parks, beaches, hiking trails, roads and more. But in 2019, total inflation-adjusted visitor spending actually declined, which means there was no extra money to fix this worn infrastructure. Here are three ways to turn that problem around.

Impact of Oʻahu's Vacation Rental Crackdown

A new law went into effect Aug. 1 on Oʻahu that limits the number of new short-term rentals — which are rented for less than 30 days at a time — bans the advertising of unpermitted rentals and imposes hefty…

A New Way for Electricity

The business model for electric utilities is almost 100 years old. Some energy experts say Hawai‘i is a pioneer in creating a 21st century business model that will mean more clean energy, lower rates, greater efficiency and better customer service.…