Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center CEO Loretta Yajima is on a mission to inspire lifelong learning through early education
It was July of 2001 and Kendra Murray was starting a new sales manager gig on a new island at a new dining and entertainment joint called Dave & Buster’s, opening in the new Ward Shopping Center. It was a lot of “new” for Murray, who was still fairly new herself to the restaurant business, having spent most of her career working in sales for the hotel industry.
Growing up in Hawai‘i, Lisa Rapp always thought she’d be a doctor one day. But when it came time to jump into career-focused studies at the University of Hawai‘i, the medical prerequisites just didn’t pique her interest. Disciplines that encouraged creative thinking, like art and philosophy, were more her speed.
There have been many times over the last 10 years that Jessica Munoz has gotten off work at 2 a.m., only to get up again at 5 for another busy day. It was the only way that Munoz could juggle her two demanding roles as a nurse practitioner at Pali Momi Medical Center and as president of anti-sex trafficking nonprofit Ho‘ola Na Pua.
Whatever team Tokunaga is quarterbacking for at the moment, the possibilities are endless when you have top-notch people coming together in a group effort and with enthusiasm like hers.
Ambitious but not yet ready to be away from home, Kristina Lockwood changed course after her first year of college on the mainland and instead dove headfirst into the professional world back in Hawai‘i.
From issues of gender diversity and workplace conduct to the infamous wage gap, there’s a lot to talk about when it comes the individuals now making up half of today’s work force. In the following pages, we speak to 10 executives at the top of their game about lessons learned, effective leadership and all the things going right for women in business.
Unlike many young people surprised to find themselves back in Hawai‘i after setting their sights on the mainland, Brett MacNaughton always had a feeling he would come back to perpetuate the legacy his father, Duncan MacNaughton, established at his real estate development firm, The MacNaughton Group.
With a passion and appreciation for both the analytical and abstract, it was a bit of a fortuity how Ian MacNaughton would come to launch his career. Though he did well his first year as an economics major at the University of California, Los Angeles, visiting home after his freshman year, he sought guidance from his father, Duncan MacNaughton, founder of real estate investment firm The MacNaughton Group.
Matt Barberi was a bartender at Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina when he met James Murray, who liked to unwind there after a long day of managing builds at his construction company. They got to be fast friends talking about life, Hawai‘i’s tricky business landscape and the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Barberi left bartending and got involved in roofing sales, but the two stayed friends.