Hawaii Business Magazine - April 2023 March 13, 2023 Michelle Tan FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Local Companies Are Honored for Excellence in Home CareThe CEO of Ho‘okele Home Care, one of the honorees, explains how they serve 300 seniors on O‘ahu and Maui. This Nonprofit Helps Kaua‘i’s Farmers Start Up and GrowMālama Kaua‘i’s network increased sales by almost 6% in a year, with one farmer reaching six figures. My Job Is Preparing Students for Careers in the Music IndustryAt Honolulu Community College, Eric Lagrimas draws on his experience in the music business to show how it’s done. Designing a Better World through PhilanthropyFor more than 20 years, architectural design firm Group 70 has made giving back a core element of its company culture. Pineapples May Be Iconic. But for Some Local Businesses, Niu and Naupaka Are the Real Hawai‘i.Native, endemic and canoe plants are popping up in nurseries, on fabrics and in herbal healing, replacing many introduced species. 5 Steps to Onboarding Leaders Who Are New to Hawai‘iTake a hands-off approach with mainland hires, and many won’t last. Bringing New Life to Hawai‘i Island’s “Hele-On” ServiceThe county’s mass transit system, which includes its buses, ride-share taxi program, bike-share services and paratransit services, is going through a major revamp. Hawaiʻi’s Top Employers Profiles 2023Employees have spoken in the 2023 Best Places to Work Survey. Read to find out where they work and why they love their jobs. New Wheels for TheBusSome buses have passed the million-mile mark. Now the fleet is getting an overhaul, including new EV and clean-diesel models. Hawai‘i’s Best Places to Work 2023These 76 companies and nonprofits score an average of 90% on employee engagement. The national average is just 32%. We Begin Reporting by Listening to Many VoicesStaff Writer and Engagement Editor Noelle Fujii-Oride explains part of Hawaii Business Magazine’s storytelling process and the crucial topics we are covering. Private Equity Helps Build Needed Housing in Hawai‘iAffordable and workforce housing is costly and complicated to build. Developers depend on private investments to bring thousands of units to market.