Hawaii Business Magazine - September 2018

Four Ways to Fight the Flu [Sponsored]

Every fall, employers remind their employees to get their annual flu shot. That’s because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination as the best line of defense against the flu. But it isn’t the only way to stay…

Wahine Forum 2018 Information

We Are Wahine The Wahine Forum is Hawaii’s largest leadership and career development conference for women. Hawaii's top female executives, entrepreneurs, up-and-coming leaders and others intent on advancing their careers come together for a full-date event featuring national speakers and local…

Do Drop In to the Dew Drop Inn

Cooking runs deep in the Tsai family. From grandfather to father to Charlie, and now to son Jimmy, culinary skills are like a family heirloom. Charlie is the chef, owner and manager of Dew Drop Inn. The dumplings, drunken chicken…

Please Nominate Outstanding People and Businesses

Hawaii Business magazine is accepting nominations for two of its popular programs: 20 for the Next 20, Hawai‘i’s People to Watch: We are looking for 20 people whose talents, accomplishments and potential set them apart as emerging leaders of Hawai‘i…

Hawaii’s Super Coral: Evolution on Fast Forward

Gates Coral Lab intern Casey Harris sets collection nets on Montipora capitata colonies in Kaneohe Bay. The resilient species is hermaphroditic and one of the main corals that build reefs in Hawaiian waters, says Research Project Manager Kira Hughes. Its…

Your Company Needs a Pet Policy

Allowing pets in the office can be a perk for some employees, but for companies it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Q: An employee has asked if he can bring his dog into the office. I’m not against…

Nonprofit Improves Native Hawaiian Education

InPeace was founded in 1994, long enough ago to have seen lasting results from its early childhood program. “Our Keiki Steps preschool will be in operation for 20 years next year,” says Maile Keliipio-Acoba, CEO of the nonprofit that started…

The Future of Recycling in Hawaii

A City & County of Honolulu leader wants to recycle less because she says it doesn’t make sense economically or environmentally. Environmentalists say “refusing” and “reusing” are much better than recycling. Here’s what you should know. Recycling is changing on…

How to Bridge the Skills Gap When Qualified Workers are Scarce

Employers seeking qualified workers are facing unprecedented skills shortages among potential employees. Here are five proactive strategies companies can take to help ensure a stronger workforce. 1. Tap into employee referrals  Many companies are finding success with personal referrals. “These…

Strategy Manager's Role: Don't Just Do It; Plan It First

Name: Jason D’Olier Age: 41 Job: Senior VP and Business Planning & Strategy Manager, Bank of Hawaii Start: D’Olier was born and raised in East Honolulu and received a B.A. in mathematical economics from Pomona College and an MBA from Georgetown University. Despite…

How Your Hawaii Business Can Export to Japan

This Month’s Expert: Ray Tsuchiyama Japanese people love Hawaii. Over 600,000 Japanese study hula or Hawaiian music regularly and nearly 2 million visited Hawaii last year. Ray Tsuchiyama, a bilingual business consultant with 20 years’ experience in Japan, suggests five…

Reaching for the Stars: Astronomy’s Lifting Impact on Hawaii

For more than five decades, astronomy has enriched young minds, fortified the local workforce and pumped millions of dollars into the economy. Going forward, the industry could be pivotal in helping Hawaii Island rise from the devastating lava flows by…

5 Steps to Building Rapport with Others

How many new people do you meet per week? If I’m out and about without my head buried in a book, I might meet three new people per day. Assuming the interaction is more than a cursory, “Nice to meet…

Sizzling Parties by Accel Event Rentals

Accel Event Rentals has staged events for Rihanna, Kanye West and Donald Trump, and can do yours too "I may seem relatively young, but I’m actually a veteran in this industry,” says Scott Rabe, 36, president of Accel Event Rentals…

Hawaii's Groundbreaking Leaders

  Here is a convenient guide to the industry leaders featured in this month’s issue. Bacon Universal Co., Inc. Corporate Headquarters 918 Ahua Street, Honolulu, HI 96819 (808)839-7202 | baconuniversal.com Kaikor Construction 94-1388 Moaniani Street #401 Waipahu, HI 96797 (808)841-3110…

The Cost of Climate Change in Hawaii

The world is literally changing and here are six issues we need to understand so we can begin calculating the costs and consequences of climate change and prepare for them. We won’t be able to save everything, so all of Hawaii…

Building for Climate Change in Hawaii

Rising seas and other effects of climate change are changing the way buildings in Hawaii are designed and constructed. In this two-part report, we look at what the building industry is already doing and should be doing, plus some ways…

Talk Story with George Ehara

He's the VP and Division Manager, Swinerton Builders Fifteen years after bringing Swinerton to Hawaii, Ehara offers a nuanced take on the construction industry: Bigger isn’t necessarily better; boom markets have their own challenges; and if you build it, they…

The Secret Weapon for Running a Better Construction Company [Sponsored]

In today’s market, running a construction company is a challenge—razor-thin profit margins, skilled labor shortages, increasingly complex projects. One expensive area of inefficiency is job costing, or understanding true payroll expenses by project. Too many contractors still use old school…