Hawaii Business Magazine - May 2019

Pulelehua in the Wild

A Kamehameha Butterfly is released at Kawainui Marsh in Kailua. The Kamehameha is endemic to Hawaii and the official state insect. This species numbers have been declining and a study by UH graduate student Colby Maeda suggests that habitat destruction…

How to Install Order on a Messy Workplace

Q: After bingeing on that TV show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” my husband and I got our home a lot more organized. I still have a mental block, though, when it comes to my desk. The word mayhem may…

A Clown’s Life

NAME: Steve Hawkes JOB: Performer and owner, Stevo the Clown START: “When I was 8, I got this pogo stick and a unicycle under the Christmas tree, so I mastered both of them early on,” Hawkes recalls. “I was in…

Securing a Loan: Top 5 Tips for a Small Business

At some point in the life cycle of a business, most small business owners will need to apply for a loan. The process can be daunting, even intimidating, because proving you and your business are creditworthy takes effort and preparation.…

Theater with Impact

Kalamaikamala Elouise Margaret Sylvester, 26, moved from American Samoa to Oahu when she was a young child for corrective leg surgery. She lived with her biological aunt and her aunt’s husband. “I was sexually abused by my aunt’s husband at…

5 Steps to Choosing a Realtor

Purchasing or selling a home has a huge impact on our lives. Kalama Kim, principal broker of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, offers this guide to choosing the right Realtor for you. 1. Ask Friends for a Referral  Ask friends and…

Do It for the Gram

Instagram has emerged as a vital (and potentially lucrative) marketing channel that not only drives customer acquisition, engagement and sales, but also provides small businesses with a free innovation lab and instant feedback for designing their brands and iterating new…

Talk Story: Chason Ishii, President, Atlas Insurance Agency

If you thought insurance was dull, you haven’t talked with Chason Ishii about all the industry’s developments, including the need for more focused data to enhance the pricing accuracy of premiums. He also discusses how insurance can help companies grapple…

Is There Pay Disparity Where You Work?

We asked that question in the BOSS Survey of 350 local business leaders and the 808 Poll of 481 members of the general public. Both surveys asked: At the companies where you work, are women and men paid the same…

Hawaii Thinks Immigrants Help the Economy

That’s what we learned from two surveys: The BOSS Survey of 350 local business leaders and the 808 Poll of 481 members of the general public. One question in both surveys asked: Which of these statements best reflect your view?…

The Best of Small Business 2019

Profiles of 26 local companies and business leaders who won this year's SBA Hawaii awards, plus the inaugural members of the Hawaii Small Business Hall of Fame, and the Editor's Choice Awards.

Your Future is Our Focus [Sponsored]

Meeting the needs of individuals and organizations, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College Professional Programs is your partner for innovative and career-relevant learning experiences. At UH Outreach College, we offer an array of year-round learning opportunities for professional development…

What's Next for OHA

The organization serves thousands of Native Hawaiians each year, but its scandals, infighting and negative image often overshadow its good work. Here’s a look inside OHA and how its problems are being addressed. For 16 years the staff of nonprofit…

Natural Environment: Saving an Essential Part of Hawaii

Hawaii as we know it is at risk from climate change, eroding beaches, marine debris and many other threats. Here are five stories on how we can prepare for the present and the future, and what individuals, businesses, nonprofits and…

Corporate Anniversaries: 2019

What does it take to succeed in Hawaii?  Here are stories from local companies that are celebrating important milestones. Each has its own unique recipe for achievement and accomplishment.    ALTRES, INC. Making Business Simple It’s 6:00 in the morning…

Hawaii Island Business Report 2019

Remarkable Resilience This isn’t the first time the residents and businesses of Hawaii Island have had to band together to get through difficult times, and it most possibly won’t be their last. After impactful changes to the island’s economy following…

Pathways to Sustainability 2019 [Sponsored]

The companies featured provide solutions that are innovative, efficient and save money. This guide will help you to create better practices that will benefit your company and community.   HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC The Project Footprint Initiative Make a Big Impression on…

What is Captive Insurance? [Sponsored]

General Concept Captive insurance is an alternative to purchasing traditional commercial insurance coverage.  It is formalized self-insurance through a licensed insurance company that is owned and controlled by its insured(s).   What Benefits Can Captives Provide? Enhanced risk management and…

Editor's Note: Immigration Has Upended Our Opinions

Conservative writer David Frum has stirred a hornet’s nest on the issue of immigration, and since that’s a topic that sharply divides Americans, I think it is worthwhile to dive in and provide local perspective. Frum’s article in the April…