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Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Learning Center Makes Parents Part Of Process
Last Tuesday morning, about a dozen toddlers explored a colorful room filled with a ball pit, slides and toys alongside their parents before the instructor...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Biz Launch Program Seeks Applicants For Next Cohort
Last summer, 21 hopeful individuals stepped into the Manoa Innovation Center to share their ideas and aspirations to start their own companies as first-time founders....

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Dad-baby Clothing Combos At Expo
A T-shirt, says Ku’ulei Vedder, “can be a form of expression and a representation of yourself.” With Altered Ink LLC, which Vedder founded and co-owns...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Pool Company Puts Customers First
Growing up, Misty Tausaga discovered one major downside to having a pool: Her family had trouble finding a pool-cleaning company that provided the level of...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Kaimuki Music Store Carries On Legacy
As a trumpet player and orchestra conductor, Harry Yoshioka wanted to provide a place that could offer other musicians supplies they needed. In 1946, he...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Small Business Coach Shares Advice
During early mornings, evenings and weekends in his 10 years in corporate sales, Patrick Snow built up a side business of coaching, speaking and consulting....

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Turning A Hobby Into A Business
As a stay-at-home mother of two, Uakea Egami would spend her children’s nap time learning to sew by following online tutorials. “I had this urge...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // New Site Allows Social Interaction With Safety
When Cynthia Tercier moved to the Islands from Philadelphia to attend Argosy University, she didn’t know anyone. She made friends at school, but everyone was...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Local Company Expands Nationwide
When Michael Menendez flew into L.A. from Honolulu earlier this month, he kept moving – driving from there to San Diego, then to Phoenix, then...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Life Coach Shares Success Secrets
In 2010, Rosetta Thurman quit her job at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., to pursue a consulting business that focused on leadership guidance for nonprofit...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Local Musician Branches Out
When people ask musician Koa Siu how he is doing, he often responds with, “Living the dream.” That especially has been the case in the...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Personal Need Fuels Treatment Program
Nearly 15 years ago, Susan Sorensen started trekking to the Mainland to seek out specialists to help her then-8-year-old daughter, who suffers from a severe...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Taking Big Risks To Create Koa Products
Every couple of months, JACY Inc. president Jorma Winkler collects koa wood from the upper slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on Hawaii Island,...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Local Businesses Share Work With Legislators
From food to fashion and information technology to clean energy, Hawaii-grown businesses represent a vibrant, diverse entrepreneurial community. But there is much room for growth....

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Friendly Approach Keeps Biz Thriving
Last week, I gave an Ilio Dentals’ Teeth Treat to each of my best friend’s three dogs. By all three of their accounts – if...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Focusing On The Beauty Of The Islands
About 12 years ago, Tom Yim sold all of his belongings and left Los Angeles and a career in the fashion industry to move to...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Student Hopes To Kick-Start Pen Line
Like a lot of children, Grant Takara loved to build things when he was a kid. He often would spend a whole Saturday making his...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Social Media Helps Launch Clutch Line
Several months ago, Amanda Dela Cruz snapped a photo of a cup of coffee adorned with a design on the surface and posted it on...

Christina O’Connor
Entrepreneurs // Finding Just The Right Fit
For years, when Amy Berthiaume would visit home from Vancouver, British Columbia, where she attended college and worked in a lingerie boutique, she and her...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // A Sweet Future For Cultural Candy
Owner and artist Nathan Tanaka of Candy Art Hawaii brings the traditional Japanese art of amezaiku, or candy crafting, to life. This sweet, home-based business...

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