Business Trends

Spaces & Places 2020

Hawai‘i’s idyllic setting allows for meeting spaces at some of the most picturesque locations.    Depending on the type of event you're hosting, whether that be a gala, trade show, seminar, convention or company meeting, the array of spaces to…

Plastics Ban: What’s Next

Local restaurants are seeking alternatives and worried about the costs, customer experiences and other challenges O‘ahu’s new law restricting single-use plastics has business owners scrambling to comply with the impending bans – just as happened on the Neighbor Islands after…

Here Comes Gen Z

About 72 million people in America have been born since 1995, with the oldest in their early 20s and entering the workforce. Here are four important things that supervisors and colleagues should know about the growing wave of post-Millennial young…

The Family's Glass Ceiling

Women continue to face more obstacles than men when they aspire to lead their families’ businesses small survey of women who work in their families’ businesses in Hawai‘i and California indicates they fare no better in securing leadership roles than…

The Female Factor

Does a founder’s gender shape the evolution of a startup? Three female founders reflect on how being a woman has defined their businesses. You’ve probably heard enough intriguing founders’ stories to know that an entrepreneur’s personal experiences and identity –…

How to Increase Visitor Spending

Millions more tourists are coming to Hawai‘i and venturing beyond the resort areas – crowding our parks, beaches, hiking trails, roads and more. But total inflation-adjusted visitor spending has actually declined, which means there is no extra money to fix…

Jones Act: Pro and Con

Advocates say it ensures reliable, on-time delivery of everything Hawai‘i needs, while providing a strong U.S. Merchant Marine in time of war or other crises. Opponents say the Jones Act raises prices for everyone in Hawai‘i and puts those who…