Hawaii Business Magazine - February 2020

Dealing With Open Office Angst

Can’t work because your colleagues won’t shut up? This meditative mindset is better than murder. Q: I work in an open office with many kinds of personalities. When I need to dive deep into focused work my ideal environment is…

Playing “With Tonka Toys in Real Life”

Name: Samuel K. Peck Age: 57 Job: Heavy equipment operator foreman, Goodfellow Bros. Inc., Waikoloa office, Hawai‘i Island Beginnings: Peck grew up and lives in Waimea, where his father owned a trucking and heavy equipment company. “My dad was my…

Safe Practices in the Office

This Month’s Expert: Beverly Ament, President, Island Insurance Q: How do I reduce injuries in our office? It is in companies’ best interests to ensure a comfortable and safe work environment for their office workers. That’s because safer offices not…

Fresh Bread for Hawai‘i

After automated slicing and bagging, a worker at Love’s Bakery fills trays with loaves that will be loaded on delivery trucks. The daily baking of breads, buns and doughnuts is spread over two shifts – 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.…

Event Focuses on Creating Real Change in Hawai‘i

Half of Hawaiʻi’s population is barely getting by. About 11% fall below the federal poverty level and another 37% are members of working families that barely make enough money to cover necessities like food, housing, transportation and child care, according…

Nohea Gallery: A Lifelong Love

Laurie and Gail Baron’s Nohea Gallery offers local art at stores in Kahala Mall and the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Laurie Baron has loved art since childhood. Her early years were spent in Mānoa, then her family moved to Boston when…

5 Steps to Creating a Corporate Wellness Program

If your company wants to help its employees have happy, healthy and well-balanced lives, consider launching a wellness program. Janis Kushimi, VP of human resources at First Insurance Co. of Hawaii, offers these five steps based on her company’s program,…

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…

Saving Lives with Blood from Umbilical Cords

Blood from babies’ umbilical cords at birth can be used instead of bone marrow transplants to save the lives of patients with diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. And the cord blood does not need to match…

Building on the Momentum for CHANGE

The editorial team at Hawaii Business Magazine spent a lot of time, energy and brainpower last year producing six CHANGE Reports. I am as proud of those reports as anything I have worked on in 34 years of journalism in…

An Easy Way to Support Public Schools

It’s amazing how much passion there is within local businesses to support Hawai‘i’s schools and students. But how to connect the two, because many businesspeople don’t know many teachers and vice versa? Inspired by the momentum for CHANGE in Hawai‘i,…

How to Plan for Your Life as a Retired Senior

Save now Social Security will probably not be enough to support today’s working population because people are living longer and might have long-term care needs, writes Hua Zan, an assistant researcher at the UH Center on the Family, in an…

Snapshot of Hawaiʻi's Family Caregivers

Keali‘i Lopez, the Hawai‘i director of AARP, has a village to help her care for her 81-year-old mother: her adult son, daughter-in-law and two sisters chip in to provide around-the-clock care, and the family recently hired someone to help twice…

Factory-Built Housing Made in Hawai‘i

As the fifth-generation leader of a local company, Jason Fujimoto has seen the lack of affordable housing impact his own Hawai‘i Island community, including people he knows and works with. “We’re now in the second year of population decline in…

Listen to Your Heart

February is American Heart Month. In Hawaii, the Department of Health (DOH) reports that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and is responsible for nearly 4,000 deaths per year. One of the biggest contributors to cardiovascular disease is stress. Sarah…

Our Kūpuna, Our Kuleana:
Senior Care Crisis in Hawaiʻi

The growing number of seniors is a personal challenge for hundreds of thousands of local families and a collective challenge for all of Hawai‘i. IF you donʻt see this silver tsunami coming, you’re not paying attention,” says Jim Shon, president…

The Transformative Power of Creativity

When Honolulu Museum of Art founder Anna Rice Cooke first opened the doors to the museum in 1927, she made clear one of its most important roles in the community: to ensure that children from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds…

Construction Industry Outlook 2020

Experts reveal the top challenges of today's construction industry — and what's to come this year. The New Year has wrapped a decade filled with highs and lows—decreasing government contracts, new affordable housing projects, technological advances, and the end of…

BizEats: For Your Next Business Meet & Greet

Moonlit Event Spaces By now, Honolulu’s food-enthusiasts are familiar, and well-fed, with the global flavors available to them on Hotel Street, the foodie hub of Chinatown. What many still don’t know, however, is that the bars and restaurants within HOC…

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…