Hawaii Business Magazine - January 2020

Sustainability Called a Key New Trend in Investing

It was also a major theme at the East Meets West conference, which brought together investors, entrepreneurs and professionals from around the Pacific Venture capital’s investments in startups will focus more on sustainability in the coming decade, according to a…

Timeless Technique

Allen Wall, left, and Arian Yee squeegee ink through a silk screen to apply a Sig Zane design called Ho‘olauki. It took two stages and about one hour to print one 30-yard piece of fabric, says Chris Yokogawa, the second-generation…

Adding “Wow” to Events

Events International has been planning, producing, marketing and servicing events throughout the Pacific since 1987. In 2017, it merged with Arch Hawaii, a custom design and fabrication shop – allowing the combined company to offer customers even more services. “We’re…

Sizing Up Earthquakes

Name: Jefferson Chang Age: 40 Job: Geophysicist/seismologist, U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawai‘i Island Beginnings: Chang is from Waimānalo on O‘ahu and a Kailua High School graduate. “I ended up in Flagstaff, Arizona, where I received a B.S. in…

Bringing Life to Art, and Art to Lives

For over 90 years, the Honolulu Museum of Art has served as a very special gathering place for our community to celebrate the amazing things that can happen when art, history, culture and education all converge in one place. As…

Ban bad breath

Ever feel like you have bad breath? If you’re worried about your breath, it’s hard to be confident about what you’re saying. HMSA Dental can help.   Dry mouth Dry mouth is the leading cause of bad breath. Dehydration and…

The U.H. Brain Lab Watched Me Think

he lab’s studies into the human mind open many possibilities, including helping paralyzed people to speak and improving traffic safety There were 68 wires protruding from the cap on my head, which allowed a whole team of researchers to look…

Now Helping Everyone from Keiki to Kūpuna

Siletha Hubbard moved to Hawai‘i from North Carolina in 2014 to be closer to her daughter. Two years later the monthly rent on her Waikīkī apartment was raised by $400. “I’m just living on Social Security. I have no pension,”…

Getting On Board

You’ve been offered a seat on an executive board. Should you take it? Q: I’ve been asked to serve on an executive board for a local charity. I’m flattered but worried I don’t have time. What are some pros and…

Japanese Companies Seek Hawaii Investments

With record-high cash reserves and a long-term stagnant domestic economy, Japanese businesses have been expanding oversees for continued growth opportunities. Bloomberg News reported that Japanese corporations invested more than $500 Billion in the United States last year alone and project…

Japan Investors Can Grow Your Hawai‘i Business

This Month’s Expert: Frank Clark, CEO of Real Select International Japan is the hottest overseas investor market now for Hawai‘i business owners and developers who want to sell, lease or offer equity. Thanks to low interest rates and a recent…

We’re 65 Years Old and Never Felt Younger

Ethel and Joe Murphy launched a business magazine in 1955 called Hawaii Engineer, which eventually morphed into Hawaii Business. That founding 65 years ago makes us the first and oldest regional business magazine in the country. But instead of slowing…

West Oʻahu Magazine 2020

Aloha Mai Kākou The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu is an anchor institution that supports the health and well-being of our communities in partnership with an ever-expanding network of community and business partners as well as state and local…

Hawaiʻi’s Future Liabilities are Expected to Cost $88 Billion

$88 Billion is the estimated liabilities for state and local governments over the next 30 years on infrastructure, pensions and climate change. We explore three broad options to pay these liabilities: increase government revenues, reduce government spending and grow the…

Celebrating 25 Years:
House of Finance, Inc.

House of Finance, Inc. House of Finance, Inc. offers an experience that stands apart from the traditional—and often stressful—home buying and mortgage process. At the company’s headquarters, family photos adorn the walls and desk tops, pot luck lunches are accompanied…

5 Ways to Boost Local Innovation

Authors say Hawai‘i can help build a vibrant and diverse economy in the 21st century with a coordinated effort by business and government. Visitor numbers keep setting records year after year, but core questions about tourism and the Hawai‘i economy…

Corporate Anniversaries 2020

What does it take to succeed in Hawai‘i?  Here are stories from local companies that are celebrating important milestones. Each has its own unique recipe for achievement and accomplishment.    House of Finance, Inc. House of Finance, Inc. offers an…

An Ordinary Businessperson’s Guide to Influencing Lawmakers

Compromise, Negotiation and Patience - After You Do Your Homework Starting when the 2020 state Legislature is gaveled into life on Wednesday, Jan. 15, myriad interest groups and individuals will be making their case in person to the lawmakers. To…

New Labor Laws Hawaii Employers Need to Know for 2020

Employment and labor laws evolve every year and with that comes added compliance for Hawaii employers. As 2020 kicks off, here is a quick breakdown of the new labor laws your human resources team needs to know. New Hawaii Employment…

The Boss Survey: Steady Performance, Falling Optimism

A BOSS survey of 433 business leaders shows continuing strong performance by local companies, but those leaders are now more wary of Hawai‘i’s economic future We surveyed leaders at 433 Hawai‘i companies and got 433 different sets of answers. When…