Hawaii Business Magazine - March 2017

Making and Re-Making Beds

Richie Stewart builds 15 new platforms a day at the Green Bed Factory, a division of Ross’ Appliances and Furniture. The frames take the place of traditional boxsprings (though the company calls them by that traditional name, “boxsprings”) and are…

"I Love My Job"

It’s not easy for a company to inspire employees who are engaged, willing to put in extra effort and truly trust their organization. Nominate your organization for the 2018 Best Places to Work here: www.hawaiibusiness.com/bptw2018 The…

Nonprofit Corner: Finding Self-Worth in Recovery

Ku Aloha Ola Mau means “to stand in love and health forever,” and is the name of a nonprofit committed to welcoming those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction as haumana, or students, lovingly, for the rest of their lives.…

Hurricanes: The Other Checklist

The usual prep list does not tell you such things as: Which island is more likely to get hit frequently? Which islands are more likely to get hit severely? (The answers are different.) How can you tell how much damage…

My Job: Everyone Needs a Hug

NAME: Celeste Indvik AGE: 25 PART-TIME JOB: Professional cuddler and co-owner of Aloha Cuddle Co. START: Indvik was born and raised in Orange County, California, received her B.S. in nursing from Hawaii Pacific University, and is now a full-time labor…

ALL the Top Local News

Hawaii Business wants you to have a quick read of the top local news stories every weekday morning. That’s why we are launching Hawaii’s most useful newsletter on Tuesday, March 28. Each weekday, “Today's Hawaii News” newsletter will give you:…

Repurposing With Style

Ross’ Appliances & Furniture was founded in 1975 by Ross Wigney, an Australian who served as an electrician’s mate aboard Jacques Cousteau’s ship Calypso. “He met a girl on the Mainland, and when the Calypso pulled out of port, Ross…

5 Steps to an Executive Presence

Readiness for next-level success often depends on the leader’s ability to develop the complex set of qualities that comprise “executive presence.” R. Scott Simon, an executive coach frequently engaged by Hawaii companies to support their emerging leaders, offers five steps…

Five Things to Know About the Trump Effect

“Change is ahead for your small business, and how do you prepare?” Jane Sawyer, Small Business Administration Hawaii district director, asked a room of more than 100 people at the YWCA Laniakea on Thursday. Jane Sawyer,…

Talk Story: Scott Higashi

Higashi explains how the 48-year-old company stays relevant amid unprecedented disruption in the real estate industry. He also weighs in on Hawaii’s paltry housing supply, offshore home buyers and whether the new presidency will impact Hawaii’s market. Q: How does…

You Are What You Surf

Last fall, Cliff Kapono could be found surfing waves off the coasts of Ireland, Spain, Britain and Morocco. After a brief stop home in Hilo this January, he planned to head south to Chile and then west to Indonesia. Kapono’s…

His Formula for Success: Fail, Fail, Fail, Prevail

Kalin Uluave didn’t let business failures stop him. Good thing, because the fourth succeeded, and the fifth and sixth are on track, too, with a seventh on the way. Uluave, a business-management major at BYU-Hawaii, topped three other contestants to…

Ask the Expert: Spot Rising Stars

Q: How do I identify rising stars in my organization and help them reach their full potential? 1. HIRE SMART Take. Your. Time. Look for more than just the right skills and experience; make sure candidates are a good fit…

20 for the Next 20 2017: Hawaii’s People to Watch

Each year, Hawaii Business recognizes 20 people who we believe will have a major impact on Hawaii over the next two decades. They have already proven themselves by their accomplishments, intelligence, charisma, leadership and passion, but we expect even more…

Senior Care Guide 2017

Our 2017 Senior Living Guide highlights Hawaii’s top health and wellness providers to ensure that the golden years are, indeed, golden. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SECTION

Editor's Note: Success, Failure, Joy and Health

A major quandary faced by journalists is balancing our opposing responsibilities to expose and to celebrate. Society expects journalists to report on injustice, inefficiency, corruption and other problems, and when we don't, the news media are rightly derided for the…

Who's Who in Healthcare 2017

We rounded up the professionals and organizations that are staying abreast of the changes in healthcare and leading the way to a healthier Hawaii. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SECTION

20 for the Next 20 Community Project: Giving Back

Despite being sandwiched between a busy road and a thoroughly non-native hillside, Oahu’s Hamakua Marsh is home to some of Hawaii’s rarest birds, including the red-plated Hawaiian moorhen, or alae ula, which is federally listed as endangered. [caption id="attachment_19723" align="alignright"…