Hawaii Business Magazine - June/July 2023 May 30, 2023 Michelle Tan FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Turning Clay into Objects Is a Lesson in PatiencePaola Rodriguez Beltran’s Mudd Studio in Honolulu’s Chinatown goes through 3,000 pounds of clay a month. Purple Mai‘a Is Building a Tech and Innovation Ecosystem, Starting with KeikiThe nonprofit’s ambitious “Malaplex” is grounded in Hawaiian culture, says co-founder Kelsey Amos. Kukulu Hale Awards 2023Recognizing excellence in Hawaiʻi's commercial real estate industry with NAIOP Hawaii's 26th annual Kukulu Hale Awards. Wherever There’s Need, Keiki O Ka ‘Āina Aims to Meet ItThe Hawaiian culture-based nonprofit offers everything from preschool centers to lomilomi lessons to programs on growing food. My Job Is Hunting for Hidden Treasures and Reselling Them“Upscale cheapskate” Jamie Nalani Fulkerson has found $15 Tiffany coasters that she resold for $250. Kalihi-Pālama and Waiawa: O‘ahu’s Next Boomtowns?Kamehameha Schools is planning 15,500 new homes in the areas, but it could take decades to become a reality. 6 Steps to Prepare Your Business for Hawai‘i’s Hurricane SeasonAn expert at First Insurance Co. of Hawaii explains how to safeguard a business – and save it if disaster strikes. Ka‘ōhao or Lanikai? Maunalua or ‘Āina Haina?Two of those names are made up, while nicknames like Diamond Head have supplanted older names. Hawaiian leaders want traditional names to come first. In Hawai‘i’s Housing Crunch, Tenants Are Vulnerable to Rent Hikes and Evictions. Here’s What They Need to Know.This overview of renter protections explains what their rights are, where to get help and how Hawai‘i’s laws stack up against other states. What It’s Like to Ride the “Skyline”The head of the Honolulu rail project says the bird’s-eye view from the first 10.75 miles is like a “Disneyland ride.” Try it yourself starting June 30. Hawai‘i’s Love-Hate Relationship with Tourism Is Getting a Little FriendlierSupport for the state’s largest industry rose to 57% in the latest Hawai‘i Tourism Authority survey. It should probably be higher. Leveling Up Maui’s Housing OptionsMulti-level, multi-use and affordable, a new development in Kīhei provides one solution for helping Hawai‘i's housing crisis. Book Excerpt: “Our Beaches Were Empty, Our Hospitals Full”Authors Kirk Caldwell and Georgette Deemer interviewed local leaders for an inside view of what it was like to navigate the pandemic. Growing Up in an Age of AnxietyHawai‘i’s young people are struggling with mental health issues. Nearly half of high school girls and 60% of LGBQ students experience depression. And help can be hard to find. Hawai‘i’s Got Pride: Spotlight on Jack LawIt took four years for the co-founder and owner of Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand to make money, but the groundbreaking bar still thrives today. Hawai‘i’s Got Pride: Spotlight on Beth WhiteheadThe executive VP and CEO of American Savings Bank says “inclusivity is truly welcoming all the diverse people and points of view.” Hawai‘i’s Got Pride: Spotlight on Francine Naoko BeppuThe VP of Integrated Marketing at NMG Network says “it’s stressful to not share who you are when you’re at work.” Hawai‘i’s Got Pride: Spotlight on Ha‘aheo ZablanThe GM at Kaimana Beach Hotel strives to create “a hub, a wonderful mix” for employees and diverse communities.