Hawaii Business Magazine - May 2021 April 14, 2021 Joelle Cabasa FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Bypassing the Bitcoin BlockadeHow one state worker helped open the door to Cryptocurrency in Hawai‘i Editor's Note: The Best of Times and Best of WorkplacesWhen I mentor college students, I often tell them about my college days and fall back on the famous opening lines of “A Tale of Two Cities”: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Hawaiʻi Island Business Report 2021The road to economic recovery is challenging, but businesses are optimistic as they take steps to reopen safely, and progress is made toward sustainable goals. Best Practices for Community EngagementHere's advice from experts in conflict resolution and planning. It's mainly geared toward project leaders and developers, but community members may find it useful. How to Resolve Community ConflictsCommunity opposition to proposed projects is nothing new, but it seems to be more common nowadays. And more effective. To get moving on such projects, and others, Hawai‘i must work with communities that are demanding a voice in their future. The Best of Small Business 2021Profiles of 16 local companies that have survived and thrived, including companies that made the 2021 Hawaiʻi Small Business Hall of Fame. Maui Varieties LTD. / House Mart Inducted into Hawaiʻi Small Business Hall of FameMaui Varieties is the parent company of 14 Ace Hardware and six Ben Franklin stores in Hawai‘i, as well as five stores in Seattle and Oregon, and two in Las Vegas. Maui Varieties also owns two Daiso discount stores on Oʻahu, which specialize in Japanese products. GBC Boxes & Packaging Inducted into Hawaiʻi Small Business Hall of FameGBC Boxes & Packaging was founded by George and Bertha Chu in 1972, and originally sold Hawaiian souvenirs wholesale to stores statewide, including ABC Stores. Big Island Candies Inducted into Hawaiʻi Small Business Hall of FameAllan Ikawa launched Big Island Candies in 1977 after working with a Swiss pastry chef and has grown the company into an internationally renowned brand. Lanikai Brewing Co: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for BeverageSteve Haumschild moved to Hawaiʻi in 2001 to become a researcher at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Lanikai Bath and Body LLC: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Women-owned BusinessThe pandemic made hand sanitizer a necessity in March 2020 and Lanikai Bath and Body continued to have a supply when many other stores on Oʻahu ran out, says Brook Gramann, co-owner of Lanikai Bath and Body. Pacxa: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for TechPacxa was formed in 2010 when several local tech businesses united into a single company offering a range of IT services, including support, outsourcing and consulting. Big Island Coffee Roasters: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Hawaiʻi IslandA listing for a Hawaiʻi coffee farm caught the eyes of two Oregon natives as they surfed through Craigslist in 2010 during the aftermath of the Great Recession. Koʻolau Distillery: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Veteran-ownedIn the early days of the pandemic, Ko‘olau Distillery pivoted from making whiskey to creating hand sanitizer, which it donated to first responders, hospitals and others in need. S&G Labs of Hawaii: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Health CareS&G Labs of Hawaii began COVID-19 PCR testing earlier than other labs at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, says owner Lynn Welch. Inter-Island Solar Supply: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Green BusinessInter-Island Solar Supply started 46 years ago as a supplier of solar hot water equipment but has since expanded to also sell solar PV panels, residential gas water heaters, water filtration systems and other equipment to Hawaiʻi contractors and builders. Nalu Health Bar LLC: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Food"I describe Nalu as the power of friendship, how four friends made it happen against all odds,” says Tomas Kloosterboer, co-owner of Nalu Health Bar. Accumulus: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for New BusinessLast March, when the first CARES Act became law, Stacey Katakura says Accumulus held financial webinars that taught business owners how to access federal aid and keep their doors open. Mid-Town Radio Disco Mart: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Long-Term SuccessMid-Town Radio Disco Mart is an appliance, electronics and furniture retailer known around Waipahu for its hardworking team and quality customer service. Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Advocate for BusinessesThe Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce has been furthering the interests of local businesses since its founding in Hilo in 1898. Island Metals: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for Kauaʻi IslandA neighbor island manufacturer that quickly makes and delivers large, custom products for a fair price might seem like something from the past, but Island Metals says it is breaking the norms of manufacturing. Kalapawai Market: Small Biz Editor’s Choice Award winner for RetailThe emerald green plantation-style store is an eye-catching landmark on the edge of Kailua Beach Park.