Hawaii Business Magazine - October 2017

5 Takeaways from the 2017 Wahine Forum

It’s 2017, and women are still striving for equal wages and better representation in the workplace. “How can we solve these issues?” asked Noriko Namiki, executive director of the YWCA of Oahu. “Today’s event’s theme says it all: ‘Work together…

107 Years of Eggs on Oahu

Fourth-generation chicken farmer Chris Peterson inspects eggs over the candler, part of a machine that checks egg fertility and shell quality. The machine is crucial in handling the around 6,800 eggs per day from over 7,000 chickens at Petersons' Upland…

Death by Amazon? Not in Hawaii

If national news reports are any indication, retailers should all hunker down for the impending Mall Armageddon. Myriad online headlines foretell the imminent doomsday: "The Great Retail Apocalypse of 2017," "Malls Are Doomed," and "The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst"…

BizWiz: Attract Your Dream Investor

Q: How do I position my company to land my dream investor? A: Every major milestone has a story, which only comes to life in hindsight. In April 2017, what had been Energy Excelerator transformed and became Elemental Excelerator, a…

Scott Hawaii: The Original Hawaiian Slippah

The Scott name has long been associated with footwear. “I went online and found out my ancestor, Pembroke Scott, worked in a shoe factory in the 1800s in Massachusetts,” says Steve Scott, CEO and owner of Scott Hawaii. “My grandfather,…

Hawaii's Biggest Cooking School Just Got Bigger

Food is at the heart of local culture. Whether we prepare, serve or simply eat it, food lets us show affection, support and sympathy for those closest to us. Those are big reasons that so many young people choose careers…

Hawaii's Species: Endangered and Underfunded

"What makes Hawaii more than your plants and your environment?" Nellie Sugii asks rhetorically. We're standing in the downstairs room of the micropropagation laboratory at the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum in Manoa, where Sugii manages the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program.…

Divorce in Hawaii: Till Debt Do Us Part

Divorce is painful no matter where you live, but the pain in your wallet can be especially torturous in Hawaii. Hawaii is highly ranked for quality of life – which helps marriages thrive – but is also worst in the…

Duck What? Duck Butt, That’s What.

When Jin Hong started visiting bar and restaurant suppliers as the new GM for Café Duck Butt, people remembered him. Some giggled when he said the name. “Back in the day, people thought I was either a pervert or that…

My Job as a Live Mannequin: Yes, I'm Alive

NAME: Christielove Espinosa was named by her mother after the ’70s movie, “Get Christie Love.” AGE: 20 JOB: Live mannequin and model, Bliss Models and Talent. START: Espinosa was born and raised in Hauula on the Windward side of Oahu. She’s a…

5 Steps to Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Going back to your job after the birth of your baby presents unique challenges. Ma Ry Kim, principal at the architectural firm G70 and the mother of five children, offers five pieces of helpful advice on that difficult transition. 1.…

BOSS Survey of Hawaii Business Leaders Asks About New Employees

The BOSS survey presented local business leaders with four negative characteristics of new employees and potential recruits. They were asked which characteristic impacted their companies the most.* Lack of reliability 40% Unmotivated 18% Leave company too soon 18% Don't know/None…

Acts of Aloha: A Partnership for Angels [Sponsored]

Something as simple as a toy or a blanket can lift the spirits of people in need, light up their faces and perhaps even change their lives. During the holidays each year, The Salvation Army’s statewide Angel Tree program invites…

Celebrate Rainbow Wahine Athletics

Young teens and preteens will have a great time at the Wahine Experience. The free event on Saturday, Oct. 21, features Rainbow Wahine players, coaches, celebrity alumni, cheerleaders and the UH Band. It will be held from 4 to 6…

Report from Washington: Good News for Hawaii Small Businesses

I just finished three days of providing testimony and participating in the national Small Business Administration’s Regulatory Fairness Board meeting. Twenty-two board members from across the U.S. attended and represented their states and regions. I represented Hawaii and served as…

Great Views, Free Vertigo for Hawaii Window Washers

A crew cleans the windows of the Pacific Guardian Center at the corner of Bishop Street and Ala Moana. Automated cleaning systems exist and are gradually being improved, but most high-rise owners prefer the human touch for their windows. The…

10th Annual Wahine Forum

The Wahine Forum is Hawaii’s largest leadership and career development conference for women. The conference is attended by Hawaii’s top female executives, entrepreneurs, up-and-coming leaders and others intent on advancing their careers. This year’s theme is WORK TOGETHER, RISE TOGETHER,…

Education at a Crossroads

New Chaminade president wants to build on the university’s strengths and add useful programs for undergraduates and older students Lynn Babington had a career in nursing before taking on leadership roles at universities. In August, she became Chaminade University of…

Hawaii's Young Businesswomen say: We can do it!

They may be young, but the women graduating from business schools these days already know what they want and they're shooting for the stars. They're passionate, assertive, organized, ambitious, altruistic and well-trained – often with many sets of business skills.…