Hawaii Business Magazine - July 2013

Inspired by the World Around Her

What started as a pastime collecting shells on the beach in Sydney, Australia, has turned into a jewelry line featured last year in the pages of Sports Illustrated’s famous swimsuit edition. Marylea Conrad, founder of the line called [ki•ele], is still in shock. “Being featured in the…

Waterman Since Boyhood

Corbett Kalama sits in his one-man outrigger canoe six miles off Kailua Bay, surrounded by porpoises dancing on their tails. For most people, it’s a fantasy, but, for Kalama, it really happens. “At a young age, my father showed me how to interact with the dolphins in a special way,”…

Exceptional Family Outings

The Art of Learning Back when it was The Contemporary Museum, it was an idiosyncratic destination in the hills above Honolulu, a place where you could walk the gardens, grab lunch in the cafe and see intriguing contemporary art that…

Professional Videos sell Real Estate

Imagine buying a home without visiting it. That’s what a California buyer did to a Waikiki penthouse listed by Realtor Margaret Murchie, thanks in part to a video the buyer first saw on YouTube. Such videos, unlike a virtual tour,…

Making a living underwater

Name: Rob Hemsher Job: Scuba diving instructor and owner of Ocean Eco Tours Years of Experience: 17 years as a certified dive instructor   Background:  Hemsher made his first pool dive when he was 6 while growing up in Boynton…

Figs are hawaii’s most lucrative crop

Bree DuPertuis, manager of her family’s farm, Pono Farm and Landscaping, is as surprised as anyone that figs are her main source of income. “I grow about a hundred different crops,” she says, “but approximately 90 percent of my money…

Snoop on Your Neighbors (Or Yourself)

ver wondered what the people down the street paid for their house? Who owns that office building on the corner? Whether your home is in the flood plain? Which city council member to complain to about that pothole? All that…

Ask the Expert: Preparing Your Successor

Question: I am the founder of our family business and five years away from formally retiring. My daughter has been in the business for 12 years, but I feel she lacks the commitment and work ethic to run the business.…

The Rise of Kau Coffee

Loreto “Lorie” Obra and her husband, Restituto “Rusty” Obra, were unlikely coffee farmers. They had emigrated from the Philippines to New Jersey in 1972 to begin their careers, Rusty as a chemist and Lorie as a medical technologist. However, while…

Parting Shot: Dough Check

Wednesday, 2:34 PM Love’s Bakery, Kalihi Photographer David Croxford >> Nenita Ramos, oven infeed operator, checks the quality of the loaves heading into the 400-degree oven. This batch of Hawaii’s Hearth 100 percent Whole Wheat bread is one of 276…

Editor's Note: How to Spot Bad Advice

This month’s feature on the “Best Advice I Ever Got” suggests a complementary article, “The Worst Advice I Ever Ignored.” Every successful person has followed lots of good advice to get where he or she is, and, along the way,…

Talk Story with Matt Cox, CEO of Matson

Why did Alexander & Baldwin andMatson stick together so long, and why did they finally decide to separate? There was always a great story about why these companies ended up together. A&B was a landowner and an agricultural company, and needed a way…

The Best Advice I Ever Got

In our lives, we’re probably given more than a million words of advice. Almost everyone feels free to dispense it, even if we don’t ask for it, but much of it is trivial and soon forgotten. The advice that resonates…

Eccentric Businesses at the Blaisdell Hotel

A rich history and equally interesting cast of tenants make this century-old building one of a kind If you like modern glass and steel towers, Bishop Street has plenty of office locations to choose from. But if your taste runs…

Can the University of Hawaii make millions off its research?

These bacteria are a key part of UH’s plan to double the money it collects from federal grants over the coming decade “Micro-organisms dominate this planet,” says David Karl, director of C-MORE, the UH-based Center for Microbial Oceanography, Research and…