Hawaii Business Magazine - February 2019

Biki Fixi

Time: Friday, 12:23 p.m. Location: Biki Bikes Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu Photographer: Aaron K. Yoshino Mechanic John Thompson completes an inspection after repairing the flat tire that this Biki bike was brought in for. “On average Biki bikes are serviced in…

Jam All Day and Night

Island Sound Studios in Hawaii Kai has hosted stars like Kanye West, Beyonce and Rihanna "My thing is keeping this studio open for Hawaii,” Gaylord Holomalia says. “It’s more of a mission for me. I want it to be available…

Does Your Workplace Offer a Wellness Program?

We asked that question in both the BOSS Survey of 350 local business leaders and the 808 Poll of 481 members of the general public. Here's what respondents of the surveys said:The bigger the company, the more likely a wellness…

The Careerist: Shake It Off

Pleased to meet your hot hand teeming with staph bacteria! Q: I’ve suffered from three colds in three months. I’m sick of getting sick and want to stop shaking people’s hands entirely. Is that rude? A: You could offer up…

5 Steps to Stress-Test Your Business Strategy

A business strategy maps out where your business is heading and what its priorities should be. However, what if your assumptions about the future of your industry are wrong or your ability to execute in that industry are no longer…

9 Ways to Retain Your Employees

We all know it’s much easier and cheaper to keep a good employee than to find and train a new one, but getting workers to stay is hard. Here are strategies that local companies can use to retain their employees.…

19th Annual Executive Vineyards [Sponsored]

Fund-rasier for the UH Shidler College of Business Alumni Association More than 100 wines are yours for the tasting at the 19th Annual Executive Vineyards event, a fund-raiser for the non-profit UH Shidler College of Business Alumni Association. The annual…

Hawaii Believes Climate Change Is Real

Two surveys of local residents indicate three-quarters believe it is already happening. The BOSS Survey of 350 local business leaders and the 808 Poll of 481 members of the general public show similar results on climate change. ━━ One question…

Nonprofit Corner: "It Takes a Hui to Raise a Parent"

When Krista Harper’s first son, Hudson, was born in 2016, she was a military wife with few close friends and relatives in Hawaii. “I was really alone when I became a new mom,” says the 31-year-old marriage and family therapist…

Voluntourism in Hawaii

The opportunities for tourists to volunteer are growing along with the demand for those opportunities. From beach cleanups to cultural exchanges, forest conservation to farm stays, visitors are looking for experiences that are authentic, intimate and altruistic. The trek starts…

My Job: Building Resilience into a Whole County

Name: Joshua Stanbro Age: 47 Job: Chief Resilience Officer and Executive Director, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resilience, City and County of Honolulu Start: The California native graduated from the Berkeley School of Law in 2001 but says he…

Minimize Costs. Maximize Opportunities. [Sponsored]

Pacxa is the largest IT solutions provider in Hawaii, offering a wide range of services to compliment small businesses, corporate enterprises, and everyone in between. Our roots are here in the islands, giving us the know-how to work in the…

BizWiz: Create Incentives that Truly Motivate Your Team

More pay won’t solve serious problems within your company. Q: How do I establish a program of monthly incentives to help my employees reach their goals? A: Many employers wrongly assume monetary incentives are a surefire way to enhance engagement…

The Next Generation of Hawaiian Designers

A new generation of Hawaiian creative consultants is challenging our expectations for indigenous design. The phrase “Hawaiian design” calls to mind familiar visual tropes: kapa patterns, hula dancers, maybe even (cringe) tiki kitsch. But a new generation of native Hawaiian…

10 Ways to Draw More Visitors to your Store or Restaurant

“Off the beaten path” means different things to different people, but overall, visitors to Hawaii are more sophisticated and going farther afield than ever before. That has been good news for many businesses that used to depend exclusively on local…

Editor's Note: When Working Hard is Hardly Enough

The most important stories we will publish all year begins with our first CHANGE Report. The first of our CHANGE Reports is about working families who live from paycheck to pay-check, not because they are unemployed or lazy, but because…

The Right Environment Improves Workforce Engagement [Sponsored]

The human body was made to move. It follows that the human-centered workplace should provide people with a choice among workspaces and working postures and the office furnishings that support them. Alert, engaged and healthy workers are most often those…

Half of Hawaii Barely Gets By

Two or three jobs are not enough to provide financial stability for many local families. How can we create CHANGE? ━━ Table of Contents Introduction CHANGE Framework Part 1: Hard Work is Not Enough Part 2: Possible Solutions Part 3:…

Achieve Your Goals with Small Business Financing

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to reevaluate your business goals. If additional funds could accelerate your plans, consider a line of credit or term loan. Get started with these tips! Know how much money you…

Hawaii's Construction Challenges 2019

Experts reveal the top challenges of today’s construction industry—and what’s to come in the new year. In a diversified industry involving numerous jobs, from property builders and developers to contractors, engineers and suppliers, the construction industry contributes greatly to the…

Spaces & Places 2019

As an ideal meetings destination, Hawaii has everything to welcome guests and hosts inspiring gatherings.   MEETING IN PARADISE Hawaii’s near-perfect weather averages out at 77-degrees Fahrenheit year-round. And its world-class lodging, beautiful setting, and warm hospitality make it an…