Hawaii Business Magazine - July/August 2020

Your Guide for What Comes Next

For Atlas Insurance Agency (Atlas), Hawaii is home. It is where founder and Honolulu businessman Masayuki Tokioka began his mission to serve Hawaii’s businesses, families, and communities. With roots dating back as far as 1929, partnering with its clients to…

More Than 1,500 Workplaces Gear Up to Support the Community

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact life in Hawai‘i, more than 1,500 local workplaces launch giving campaigns to make it easy for employees to support relief efforts. Annual workplace campaigns in partnership between Aloha United Way (AUW) and an…

New Local Apps Will Help with Contact Tracing

Contact tracing helps fight the spread of COVID-19, but it is time consuming work that has overwhelmed the state Health Department. Two local apps designed to help contact tracers do their job faster and more effectively are in the works…

Interview: Kelly J. Ueoka, President, Pacxa

Please describe how and when you are conducting your return to your offices and other physical locations. Fortunately, at Pacxa, we have been able to conduct virtually all of our business remotely since mid-March. Our team is well-versed in providing…

Hub Coworking Hawaiʻi to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary

On August 23rd, 2020, the Hub celebrates three years of providing entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and businesses with a homebase and a strong network of colleagues who want to create an impact in their local community. Nestled in the heart of…

Interview: Ron Prescott, President, TM Construction Hawaii

Please describe how and when you are conducting your return to your offices and other physical locations. Construction was declared an essential industry during COVID-19. All staff, both field and office, reported to work as usual. Of course, we complied…

Local Black-Owned Businesses: Elite Prep Hawaii LLC

One in a series of profiles of Black-owned businesses across the Islands  Elite Prep Hawaii founder Seleena M. Harkness-Lee aspires to provide the guidance she wishes she had as a teen.  Harkness-Lee describes herself as an educational consultant, coach, teacher…

Local Black-Owned Businesses: Le Crêpe Café

One in a series of profiles of Black-owned businesses across the Islands Hawaiʻi offers more than just great local and Asian foods. Le Crêpe Café is an excellent example.  Soufiane Bouharkat grew up in Paris, where he had memorable experiences…

Leadership Conference Recap with First Hawaiian Bank's Sherri Okinaga

Sherri Okinaga, SVP & Organizational Effectiveness Manager at First Hawaiian Bank sat down with Anthony Bagnoli, Director of Events at Hawaii Business Magazine to discuss the first ever virtual Leadership Conference that took place July 28-30. Okinaga highlights record-breaking numbers,…

The New Abnormal: 13 Off-the Wall Tips for Working at Home

Office workers’ dream of finding a mute button for their boss is a reality now that they are working from home. Hawaii Business Magazine intern Chase Dalzell offers 13 other ways to enhance your work-from-home environment.   1. Use the…

O‘ahu’s Buses Are Crowded Again and Riders Worry

TheBus never shut down during the early months of the pandemic, and back then its few riders often had plenty of room to social distance – and faster commutes, too. But now as the economy slowly reopens, many buses are…

Interview: John Henry Felix, Executive Chairman, HMAA

Please describe how and when you are conducting your return to your offices or other physical locations. As a local health insurer, HMAA continued operations without disruption throughout the safer-at-home orders, and our office remained open to service our clients,…

Challenges Facing Nonprofits: Kinai ‘Eha

Interview with Josiah Akau, Chairman of the Board Of Directors, Kinai ‘Eha How has your organization been able to continue its core mission(s)? Kinai ‘Eha in Hawaiian means “To Extinguish Pain.” Our work focuses on extinguishing the pain of our…

Challenges Facing Nonprofits: Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke

Interview with Lipoa Kahaleuahi, Executive Director, Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke How has your organization been able to continue its core mission(s)? Our core mission – to provide youth with a way to learn that makes sense to them, that builds…

Hawai‘i’s Top Leadership Conference Helps Point the Way Forward

Navigating the coronavirus pandemic requires leaders to be relentlessly curious, emotionally intelligent, vulnerable and authentic. “Authenticity is something that, I think, we’re responsible, as Hawai‘i’s leaders, to share with the rest of the world,” said Duane Kurisu, chairman and founder…