Hawaii Business Magazine - September 2017

Our Kakaako: Connecting People and Place

Kakaako: The People's Place Kakaako has lived many lives. Before grey industrial complexes squared the streets there were families and communities-diverse immigrant camps sharing culture, food and stories-and, even before then, there were fishing villages, salt ponds and the ancient…

Nonprofit Corner: Music That Heals

When Keiko Kajiwara was studying jazz in New York City in the late ’80s, she heard about a music therapy program at New York University. “They showed me a video of a music therapy session and I was so, so…

BizWiz: Start Exit Planning Today

This Month’s Expert: Vladimir Sasic, ChFC, CFP, AEP Managing Partner, Wealth Strategy Partners   Q: Why should I be exit planning now when I don’t plan to sell my business for at least 10 years? A: “Begin with the end…

Making Macs Easy for All Hawaii

"What I find interesting is the change in laptops and devices I’ve seen people use at the airports since about 2006,” observes Phil Markowski, CEO and co-owner of the five Mac Made Easy computer sales and repair shops spread across…

Trump and Hawaii's Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. As a candidate, that's how much Donald Trump said he planned to spend, if elected, to fix the country's crumbling infrastructure. This proposal was one of the key policies Trump used to distinguish himself from…

Newcomer's Guide to Business in Hawaii

New to town? Planning to do business in Hawaii? Then you should know that understanding local culture, with all its subtlety and surprises, is as important to success as paying your bills and keeping your word. "Doing business in Hawaii…

How to Improve Your Attention Span

5 steps to improving your attention span in a world that demands focus but seems intent on destroying it The human brain is a complex computer that helps us interact with our complicated world. Other computers, however, are among the…

Big Hawaii Plans for Resort Developer China Oceanwide

Most people in Hawaii have never heard of China Oceanwide. They will soon enough. The little-known Chinese conglomerate has purchased $569 million of real estate in West Oahu, including the remaining oceanfront land between Aulani and the Beach Villas at…

Hawaii's Most Profitable Companies

Welcome to Hawaii Business Magazine’s Most Profitable Companies list, the only compilation of net profit performance in the state. Each year, when we survey companies for the Top 250 list (published in the August issue), we ask them to also…

Talk Story: Gerry Majkut of Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.

As head of Hawaiian Dredging since 2014, Majkut reveres the history of the state’s oldest full-service general contractor. The company has helped to shape the way Hawaii lives since 1902 through its involvement in big projects, including the Ala Wai…

The Careerist: You'll Live, Despite No-Phone Meeting

 Q: I run weekly team meetings with our field staff so we can stay abreast of everyone’s projects, deadlines and possible crossovers. It’s one hour, and I try to run a tight agenda that covers all the ground without bogging…

My Job: Giving an Arm and a Leg

NAME: Randall Pang AGE: 51 JOB: Certified prosthetist, C.R. Newton Co. Ltd.   START: Randall Pang was born in San Jose, California, but moved to Kaneohe with his family when he was 8. While at Mid-Pacific Institute’s high school, he…

8 Fat Fat 8

When Sai Yeung opened his bar and grill over 30 years ago, he wanted a lucky name. His choice was 8 Fat Fat 8 and the lucky name seems to have worked, as the restaurant has been in the same…

Salaries for Hawaii's Biggest Sports Stars

In professional sports, landing top-dollar contracts is as competitive as the action on the field. In the National Football League, for example, player compensation is restricted by a salary cap – $167 million per team in 2017, according to league…

Visioning Hawaii's First Vertical School

Architects are currently dreaming up designs for the tower of classrooms that will become Hawaii's first vertical school. It will occupy part of a 10-story, 2.5-acre development on Pohukaina Street that will include stores and mixed-income rental apartments. It will…

The Cost of Silence on Hawaii Domestic Violence

If you think domestic violence does not affect you, you’re wrong. You may not be the one with the bruises, broken bones and worse, but you are paying part of the price – at your workplace and with your taxes. Twenty-one percent…

5 Things to Know About the Customer Connection

There's an old saying, "The customer is king." Today, the customer really is a king: well informed, very demanding, willing to change their mind at a moment's notice - and with their phones - able to act on those whims.…