Hawaii Business Magazine - December 2015

The Tour Starts Here

When Lawrence and Zachary Hester were booking activities for a family vacation in Hawaii, they noticed it wasn’t always a smooth process – so they took it on themselves to make a change. Their solution is FareHarbor, an online booking…

5 Steps to Improve Your Relationship with Feedback

It is difficult to become a better leader when you don’t know precisely what changes to make. But some people are so afraid of constructive feedback they don’t ask for it. Or, their negative response to feedback may cause others…

Ask the Expert Emy Yamauchi-Wong: Prevent Poaching

How do I prevent competitors from poaching my employees? You can’t control what your competitors do, but you have a lot of control over whether your employees want to stay or go. A perfect storm of low unemployment, geographic isolation,…

Good Neighbors with Aaron Okubo: Recycle Yourself

Aaron Okubo says organizations like Legacy of Life Hawaii saved his life. “Indirectly, I feel I’ve benefited from their efforts to encourage others to donate their organs and tissues for transplant,” reflects the 61-year-old senior program development manager at MC&A…

Are You Licensed to Do That Work?

The state’s Professional & Vocational Licensing Division is one of those government agencies that operates quietly, without much public notice – until people need its help. In 2012, a hailstorm damaged hundreds of roofs in Kailua, which meant hundreds of…

LocalKineBiz: Healthier Meat for Molokai and Beyond

With consumers seeking healthier options, small producers like Molokai Livestock Cooperative are enjoying a spike in popularity. “We have seen an increase in consumer demand over the years,” says GM Jack Spruance, 62. “But marketing is not our biggest challenge, …

Parting Shot: Holiday Magic

Tuesday, 11:34 am Pearlridge Center Photo by Josiah Patterson Stephanie Lake stores the elements to her larger-than-life holiday displays in this room at Pearlridge Center. Awaiting her creative touch are 16 plastic Christmas…

Worth Considering: Automatic College Savings Programs

This new monthly column looks at innovative programs elsewhere and asks: Might this work in Hawaii? In our first column, we explore the city of San Francisco’s mission to bring low-income students onto the college track and hear how one…

Bikini Barons

When it comes to bikini shopping, there’s a vital statistical difference between the buying habits of locals and those of Island visitors. It all comes down to cheeks – the okole, that is – and just how much a lady…

Preparing For When This is Not a Drill

"Are you breathing?" Emergency-room doctor David Williams leans over a “patient” covered in realistic-looking ash and blood. Surrounding him in the pop-up hospital tent lie a dozen more volunteer victims, ready for triage after a plane has crashed at Kahului Airport.…

My Job: She Creates “Wow” Holiday Displays

Name: Stephanie Lake Job: Creative Designer Responsibilities: For Stephanie Lake, the Christmas season stretches year-round. “I live in glitter,” says Lake, whose company, Platform, installs holiday displays at many of Oahu’s largest shopping centers. At other times of the year,…

BOSS - December 2015

The BOSS Survey is conducted twice a year for Hawaii Business by QMark Research. We ask about 400 business leaders, mostly company owners and CEOs, a host of questions: How is your company doing on revenue, staffing and profit? Will…

Off The Grid

Henk Rogers, Hawaii Business' CEO of the year, does not follow conventions - he ignores or breaks them. Henk Rogers is an unusual choice for Hawaii Business magazine’s CEO of the Year. Past CEOs of the Year have led some…

Man at the Center

YES! A Memoir of Modern Hawaii By Walter Dods Jr., with Gerry Keir and Jerry Burris Walter Dods Jr. was born in Honolulu just before Pearl Harbor, the first of seven children in a close-knit family that struggled to pay…

Editor's Note: Preventing Homelessness

As we step up our efforts to reduce homelessness, we need to work harder to prevent it. One way is to increase the number of people who have enough savings to weather a short-term financial crisis – a lost job, a…

The Careerist: Holiday Help

Our office holiday party is coming up, and I’m totally stumped on what to wear. Office attire is confusing enough during the daylight hours, with terms like “corporate casual” floating about. Sartorial direction gets even murkier when it comes to…

What's It Worth?: His Goal is a Better Santa’s Visit

Disappointed with a neighborhood Santa Claus as a kid, Mike Ching has made it his mission for three decades to offer a better Santa experience for his clients. It’s all in the details. Some of his custom-made Santa suits weigh…

Ornate Gift Wrapping Is Part of the Present

Those who view gift wrapping as a superficial formality are missing a key message that creative packaging can project. “The attention spent on putting together a beautifully wrapped present means someone really cares about you,” says Shiho Masuda of Shiho…