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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...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Are You A Leader? TH!NK About It
Through years of hard work and dedication, entrepreneurial phenoms Sarah Kalicki-Nakamura and Cindy Sakai have catapulted their business, TH!NK LLC, to a premier level of...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Specializing In Healthy Smoothies
Co-owners Heidi Hawkinson and Jason Coleman opened the doors to Leahi Health on Waialae Avenue last August, and say that within the last year of...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // The Place For Charming Treasures
Preserving the past one charm at a time is what Susan Valle, owner and jewelry designer of One Charming Treasure, is devoted to. In 2010,...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Lessons On Piano — And For Life
Joyce Shih, owner of Joyce Shih Piano Studio, has been brightening the lives of keiki and adults alike through the beauty of music since 1964....

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Life Really Is A Circus Sometimes
For Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas, there’s no business like show business. As a longtime entrepreneur, Nicholas has been producing shows for about 30 years with the...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Teachers Open Dream Preschool
With the pressure to obtain quality education also comes higher expectations of students, no matter what grade level. Even in primary school, the academic rigor...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Celebrating All Things Ink And Art
Creative juices – or ink, rather – run through the veins of Danny Casler, co-founder of the Pacific Ink & Art Expo, an event centered...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // A Botanical Boutique In Kakaako
Interior design takes on a new and decidedly green twist at Paiko. The botanical boutique run by president and creative director Tamara Rigney specializes in...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Planning Bollywood Weddings
Mira Savara, owner and founder of Mira Savara Events, brings the Bollywood craze to life as the mastermind behind the majority of the Islands’ Indian-style...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Garden Elements And Classes Too
For those seeking a garden makeover, Geobunga can create an outdoor oasis by turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Providing unique garden elements from around...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Artistically Enhancing Your Home
Thomas Deir, owner of Thomas Deir Studios, can transform areas of your home into visual masterpieces. As an artist, he specializes in custom tile murals...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // An Online Customized Workout
Pro Fit Athletics brings fitness to the Web with just a click of a button. Conceived last July by owner Tyree Payne and her staff,...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // A Local Girl Bakes Treats — Sweet
If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I have a gigantic sweet tooth – as in huge! Therefore, when my coworker...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Making Custom T-shirts Easy
For Gabriel Lipetz, owner of Aloha T Shirt Factory, the T-shirt is a canvas for a masterpiece to unfold. Lipetz embarked on his business venture...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Producing Ivy League Students
Sun Lee, principal and director of Ivy Prep Academy, is changing lives for the better, one student at a time. Lee opened the doors to...

Alana Folen
Entrepreneurs // Enhancing Clients’ Beauty
For Nathalie Cookie Kim, opening the doors to Salon Cookie Couture in July 2011 with co-partner Archie Awaya was like witnessing a childhood dream blossom...


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