Hawaii Business Magazine - October 2018

Hawaii Salary History Ban Aims to Promote Pay Equality

New legislation in the movement for pay equality goes into effect on January 1, 2019. This leaves Hawaii employers just a few months to revise their hiring processes or risk breaking the law. The Equal Pay Act (SB 2351) is…

SmallBiz Academy: West Oahu - The Business of Restaurants

Hawaii Business magazine's SmallBiz Academy returns to West Oahu! Oahu’s “Second City” has been growing exponentially and today West Oahu is seeing the fastest growth of any area in the islands. What does it mean for small businesses? At the…

5 Takeaways from the 2018 Wahine Forum

  It’s 2018 and ninety-one percent of countries still have laws that discriminate against women, said Amanda Ellis, an adjunct senior fellow at the East-West Center. “We still do not have a level playing field,” she said, “and that’s…

A Tadpole That Never Grew Up

Tadpole Studio is not an aquarium. It’s a multidisciplinary design firm with offices in Honolulu and Bangkok. So what do tadpoles have to do with design? It’s all about mentality, says owner and architect Bundit Kanisthakhon, who grew up in…

Fendu or Fondue? It’s French Either Way

Ten years ago, when Neil Koep opened one of the first European style bakeries on Oahu, he wanted a name that would stand out and let people know this isn’t local style. He picked Fendu Boulangerie. Fendu is a French…

Dangers of Ignoring HR Technology in Your Business [Sponsored]

In this world of smartphones and connected refrigerators, your customers and employees expect you to keep pace with technology. From retail to travel to banking, the consumer expectation of on-demand service is the new normal. This goes for human resources,…

Relationship Banking Puts Your Business First [Sponsored]

What does American Savings Bank’s commitment to relationship banking mean for your business? They’ll consider your situation on an individual basis, assessing your unique needs and working closely with you to help your particular business achieve your particular goals. It…

It’s No Typo: Mahina & Sun’s

Mahina & Sun’s, the restaurant in the remodeled Surfjack Hotel, almost never happened. When the developer pitched Ed Kenney on the idea, his plate was brimming. Kenney is the owner of Town restaurant on Waialae Avenue and he had just…

Worldly Patterns Define Local Garments

Jams World has been producing aloha wear in Honolulu for 54 years. The second-generation family business creates shirts, dresses and shorts that are known for unique and vibrant color patterns, which are sourced from artists globally. Jams World often finds…

Food Truck Lets Him Be Chef and Owner

Name: Marcos Rebibis Age: 42 Job: Chef and owner, Koi Catering & Takeout, dba Koi Food Truck Start: Rebibis was born in the Philippines but moved to Honolulu with his parents when he was 2. The Roosevelt High graduate received his chef’s certificate…

Advocates for Mothers and Babies

“Reading books is great,” says new mother Kayleigh Idemoto, “but being able to talk with an experienced mom who was the group leader, and also having that community of other new moms giving me support and telling me I wasn’t…

How to Transform from Professional to Pau Hana

Going from the boardroom to the bar can be tricky business. Here are simple tips to make your 9-to-5 dress code work after hours. Name: Maya Rogers, CEO, Blue Planet Software Inc.Suck ‘em down spots: At…

Building Relationships with Honolulu Cookie Company

A little Aloha goes a long way when building relationships. In business, a personal touch strengthens foundations and can lead to new opportunities. For any occasion calling for a corporate gift, Honolulu Cookie Company offers amenities of style and taste.…

Build Your Business with Trade Shows

Q: How can I use trade shows to build my local business on the Mainland? A: Local brands looking to grow on the Mainland are in luck. Social media and digital marketing provide many opportunities for you to connect with…

Hawaii's Women in Dentistry

Learn what makes these wahine dentists leaders in their field   The Power of a Smile The power and influence that arise from conveying a genuine smile. The business women’s orthodontist. - Malia K. Pietsch Kamisugi,…

Local Trees Can Help Solve Our Housing Crisis

A UH graduate’s relentless three-year quest proves even invasive trees can be turned into useful, even beautiful, dwellings There’s no getting around how beautiful it is. The way its pale trunk slices through the forest canopy and its long, delicate…