Lifestyle

Stay Healthy and in Touch at Lunch

Need another reason not to eat lunch at your desk? Here’s one: According to researchers at the University of Arizona, the average office desk has 100 times more bacteria on it than the average kitchen table. Here’s another reason: A…

What's it Worth?

One stamp for $8, two for $15 What is it? Collectors’ first-day cover of the 50th anniversary of Hawaii statehood commemorative stamp. Who designed it? Herb Kawainui Kane painted the surfer and paddlers depicted on the stamp. Kane is an…

Dinner Makes Big Difference

Helping people balance their work, home lives and down time. The research is clear: family meals create a protective bubble around kids. The September 2009 report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University clearly shows that…

Go Paperless

Three Ways To Make Your Office Truly Digital A great stack of banker’s boxes dominates the scanning room of Sterling & Tucker, a law firm that specializes in estate and financial planning. The neatly labeled boxes are packed with hundreds…

My Favorite Things

John Henry Felix, dapper CEO of the Hawaii Medical Assurance Association, is a collector of South Pacific and Oriental art — a fascination he attributes to a childhood spent in the shadow of the Honolulu Academy of Arts and years…

A Quiet Stroll Through History

Want to escape from your downtown office into the fresh air? Consider a stroll to the Mission Houses Museum, across the street from City Hall and next to Kawaiahao Church. One of the museum’s three buildings, Ka Hale Laau, was…

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$500 What Is It? The No Ka Oi black rooster was first bred by Paul Romias from stock developed by William McRae. These blacks, members of the Mel Sims family of roosters, are highly valued as breeding stock, say members…

5 Steps to Boost Web Traffic

You finally caught on and created a company Web site. The problem is, nobody knows about it. Mary Fastenau, president of StarrTech Interactive, explains how to drive more eyeballs to your Web site for little or no cost. OvercommunIcate your…

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Sam Choy is a world-class chef, restaurateur and TV personality who helped put Pacific Rim cuisine on the global culinary map, but he’s most proud of being a dad and grandpa. Grinds Choy goes to Best Drive In on Sand…

Whats it Worth?

$158,000 What Is It? A pastel Tahitian cultured pearl necklace made of 29 round pearls, each 14 to 17 millimeters. The clasp alone is worth $7,500 and is made of 2.47 carats of diamonds and 18k white gold. Where Is…

Parting Shot: Back To Work

12:30 p.m., Friday Off the Big Island's Kona Coast Photography by David Croxford >> Photographers reel in their lines on the media boat after learning one of the competitors had caught a fish in the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament off…

Talk Story with Henk Rogers

Henk Rogers is a video game developer and tech mogul who is best known for introducing Tetris to the Western hemisphere. Today, he’s committed to promoting a new concept to the world: renewable energy. In recent years, Rogers has been…

5 Steps to Motivating Employees

In good times or bad, motivating employees is an important, but often overlooked, aspect of running a business. Nicholas Mitsakos, chairman of Arcadia Holdings Inc., explains how to keep workers excited for the workweek, or “how to help your team…

Telecommuting Lessons

ComTel uses telecommuting technology to help businesses save money and improve their employees’ quality of life. For example, four years ago, after a pilot program allowed an employee and first-time mother to work from home, ComTel President Lou Darnell transformed…

My Favorite Things

For Bill Corba, the best part of being the chief marketing officer for Kaiser Permanente is working directly with the Hawaii community. Since moving to Oahu three years ago, Corba has taken right to the aloha spirit. Abroad Experiencing new…

What's it Worth?

$1,050,000 WHAT IS IT The Rotonde de Cartier tourbillon sapphire skeleton watch is part of Cartier’s latest fine watch collection, which launched in September. The skeleton-style watch boasts 18k gold barrels, crystal Roman numerals, 20 jewels and an alligator strap,…

Tech-Startup Lessons

When Ben Leong graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in digital animation, he was determined to live and work in Hawaii – even if that meant creating his own company. He and UH classmate Michael Varley founded…

5 Steps to Prevent Credit-Card Fraud

Credit-card processing is a ubiquitous and major expense for businesses. Most of the cost is upfront, according to Matt Sakauye, senior consultant at credit-card processing firm Gravity Payments. Once things are running, he says, “credit-card processors are pretty automated. But…

Date Night is a Marital Necessity

Helping people balance their work, home lives and down time. President Obama calls it “Michelle Time” – the special time he sets aside every day to catch up and talk story with his wife, first lady Michelle Obama. Not long ago,…

My Favorite Things

Allen Uyeda, president and CEO of First Insurance Company of Hawaii, is not your typical aloha-shirt-wearing, Honolulu businessman. Some of his adventures — like scuba-diving the shark-infested Great Barrier Reef would make Indiana Jones cringe. Gadget He says his Treo…

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Less than $160 Million What They Are Hawaii Superferry’s two 350-foot high-speed interisland ferries, the Alakai and Huakai. Why They Are Special The $80-million, aluminum-hull Alakai carried up to 866 passengers and 282 vehicles between Honolulu and Kahului, Maui, until…

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Barbara Tanabe, president and CEO of Hoakea Communications, is a pioneer. She crushed both color and gender barriers in the 1970s when she became one of the first Asian-American women TV reporters and anchors. Destinations Tanabe is a big fan…