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Each episode we interview Hawaii business owners or talk about topics and trends that affect the business environment in Hawaii.

Each episode we interview Hawaii business owners or talk about topics and trends that affect the business environment in Hawaii.
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Each episode we interview Hawaii business owners or talk about topics and trends that affect the business environment in Hawaii.




Episode 38: Ryan Esaki @ Ukulele Underground

Ryan Esaki co-founder of Ukulele Underground These days the concept of a "startup company" is ingrained in our pop culture, with superstars like Elon Musk of Tesla & SpaceX, Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook, and Travis Kalanick of Uber making big waves in the news and changing the way more than a billion of people live their lives. It's no surprise that everyone wants their own startup, and you can find piles of books, magazines, and blogs dedicated to teaching people what the "startup...


Episode 37: Tori Lowry @ La Gelateria

Tori Lowry in her new office Tori Lowry has been at the helm of La Gelateria for the past 6 years. In this episode she shares the history of the company, how she got the top job, and most importantly, how many taste samples you can ask for at a ice cream shop before it gets weird.


Episode 36: Edward Kim @ Hi Capacity

Edward Kim, Director at Hi Capacity Hawaii has its share of makerspaces but Hi Capacity is a hackerspace where the focus is on technology. Edward Kim heads up the community space where for a small monthly fee, members can come to work on pet projects and learn from other members. In this episode Ed shares with us what the goals of Hi-Cap are, the difference between White hat and Black hat hacking, and how the hobby of making and building helps you in your day job.


Episode 35: Will Chen and Jed Inductivo @ fresh BOX

fresh BOX cofounders Will Chen(L) and Jed Inductivo(R) fresh BOX is a weekly meal delivery service that operates across Oahu. Founders Will and Jed leveraged their extensive culinary and restaurant background to bring delicious meal kits to a generation of eaters with a love of food, but not quite a love of cooking. In this episode, learn about how fresh BOX helps people cook their own meals, where the idea came from, and what the future of food should look like.


Episode 34: David Pae @ Korean Elvis Hawaii

David Pae, Elvis impersonator David Pae is an Air Force veteran with one of the craziest stories I have ever heard. It begins with a night out and car ride with his military friends and ends with a new found appreciation for some classic Elvis Presley music and 3 years of rehabilitation. David performs at parties, weddings, and even funerals to not only share the music of Elvis, but to inspire others with his life. Special thanks to Bert Uyenco for connecting us with David, and for...


Episode 33: Perry Martin @ Maryknoll School

Perry Martin, President of Maryknoll School The Mx Scholar programs at Maryknoll are the future of education. That's the vision President Perry Martin has for a Catholic school that has been in Hawaii for almost 90 years. Join us as we learn more about the programs and how they intends to prepare the next generation for the rapidly changing and uncertain world climate of tomorrow.


Episode 32: Robbie Melton @ the HTDC

Robbie Melton Executive Director & CEO of the High Technology Development Corporation For decades, Hawaii has been trying to turn the technology industry into a significant part of our economy. Robbie Melton heads the HTDC, one of the organizations tasked with making that a reality. She brings to the table a successful history of helping startups on the mainland but also has deep roots here in the islands. Listen in to learn about her history, her goals for the tech industry in Hawaii...


Episode 31: Dean Levitt @ Tea Cup Analytics

Dean Levitt, Founder of Tea Cup Analytics Dean is not your ordinary Hawaii entrepreneur. Born in South Africa, Dean got his start on the East Coast of the U.S. with his first company Mad Mimi before moving to Hawaii and starting Tea Cup Analytics. In this episode, we learn a little about what google analytics is and how Tea Cup Analytics makes it easier for business owners to gleam meaningful insight from their website traffic data. Dean is also kind enough to recommend a favorite tea to...


Episode 30: Eric Pape @ Civil Beat

Eric Pape, Editor for Civil Beat In this podcast we have Eric Pape, editor for special projects and innovations for Civil Beat. Eric has written for Newsweek, The Guardian, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Spin, and many other major news publications. He’s covered everything from U.S. politics to Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge. He is probably most recognized in Hawaii as the man writing the series of articles on the cost of living in Hawaii. We talk about his articles and the different aspects...


Episode 29: Craig Katsuyoshi @ Helena's Hawaiian Food

Craig Katsuyoshi, Owner of Helena's and Lianna Lam our guest Co-Host for this episode Helena's Hawaiian Food is arguably the best Hawaiian food on the island. In this episode we sit with 2nd owner Craig Katsuyoshi about how his grandma started the business, the correct way of saying "Helena's", and what's in store for the next 70 years. This episode was recorded on site so please forgive the background noise.


Episode 26: Michael McEnerney @ UH Board of Regents

Michael T. McEnerney, MBA.JD,CPA/ABV/CFF,ASA,CVA For this week's podcast, we have Michael T. McEnerney, a business valuator with McEnerney Shimabukuro Okazaki and Fujita CPAs. Mr. McEnerney currently serves on the Board of Regents and previously served on the Guidelines Support Committee of the Family Law Section and as a member of the Tax Review Commission with the State of Hawaii. In this podcast we talk policy, University of Hawaii, and local economics. If you're interested in...


Episode 25: Andy Doka @ Andy's Bueno Salsa

Andy Doka, owner of Andy's Bueno Salsa For this week's podcast we have Andy Doka of Andy's Bueno Salsa. You might have seen him at one of many farmers markets in Hawaii or seen his product on the shelves of Whole Foods and other grocers on the island. In this podcast we talk about bringing a food product to market at farmers markets and retail establishments, creating new varieties of products, and eating too many peppers. This podcast is certifiably delicious.


Episode 23: Lynn Miyahira @ UH Shidler College of Business

Lynn Miyahira, Marketing Director at the Shidler College of Business If you've ever considered getting an MBA, then this is the podcast to listen to. We talk to Lynn Miyahira about the current programs offered, why it helps, and what the College plans to do with the enormous $100 million gift from local businessman Jay Shidler. Lynn also shares with us her work with the Hawaii United Okinawan Association and which Star Wars characters she would pick to be the group's mascot.


Episode 22: John Garcia @ Brain Eye Creative

John Garcia and his signature hat For this week's episode we have John Garcia, a serial entrepreneur, whose most recent venture is a design firm called Brain Eye Creative (along with his partner Avy Chan). We talk about the different aspects of a business and how they ultimately affect the image, brand, and overall design of the company. John Garcia, prior to starting Brain Eye Creative, helped launch Our Kakaako, Greenhouse Innovation Hub, Nonstop Honolulu, and many other projects...


Episode 21: Tom Simon @ The FBI

Special Agent Tom Simon This episode we talk to Tom Simon, special agent for the FBI. Tom shares stories from his 20+ years of experience about financial scams, crime in Hawaii, and how to spot an embezzler. It’s a great podcast listen for every business owner.


Episode 20: Ray Carbullido

Ray Carbullido In this podcast, listen to us talk to Ray Carbullido about being a martial artist focused on personal development. Ray has been training in the martial arts since 1993 and runs martial arts workshops which help people focus on what they're trying to achieve in their lives and how to get the mindset to accomplish those goals. His business plan is keeping it as simple as possible so he can help as many people as possible. Please join Ray at his Art & Shamanism event happening...


Episode 19: Jonathan Parrish @ Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan Parrish is ready for the 2015 Season to begin on September 26! In our newest podcast, we talk to Jonathan Parrish, Executive Director of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. We talk about the history of the symphony, rockstar musicians, and reinvention of a historic institution. We also talk about the upcoming season and the cool stuff they're doing including their Masterworks program and Pops concerts, which includes some Disney classics and the Nightmare Before Christmas.


Episode 18: Kimo Cravalho @ the Institute of Human Services

Kimo Cravalho, on the rooftop gardens @ IHS In this podcast, we talk to Kimo Carvalho, the Director of Public Relations at the Institute of Human Services. We discuss homelessness in Hawaii and the affect it has on Hawaii's business community, including the programs and policies IHS has helped install to try and address the concerns the community has about homelessness. We also dive into lighter topics such as things the community can do to help, the programs offered by IHS to both prevent...


Episode 17: Niki Libarios @ Hawaii Doggie Bakery

Niki Libarios, Co-Owner of Hawaii Doggie Bakery and Katsumi Firefox Event coordinator turned entrepreneur Niki Libarios stopped by to discuss how she convinced her sister and parents to join her in buying and running Hawaii Doggie Bakery! We learned that giving dogs raisins is a bad idea and that there's such a thing as a Shiba Prom. Also, please follow Men's Wear Dog on IG. It will blow your mind. Also, please follow Katsumi & Kuri Firefox to see what life as a shiba is like.


Episode 16: Misa @ Oahu Fringe Festival

In this podcast, we talk to Misa Tupou, organizer and founder of the Oahu Fringe Festival. We talk about performances, arts in Hawaii, the festival, buying cabaret outfits off Ebay, and how nobody can buy a New Zealand soccer jersey. A Fringe festival is an international festival originating in Edinburgh, Scotland. It's a performing arts festival which welcomes everyone and has no formal rules regarding the performances. It has the same vibes as the Salon des Refusés (literally "exhibition...


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