As Pacific Edge looks back on 10 years of featuring entrepreneurs and professionals in Hawai‘i, it also looks forward to finding new ways to support local business and develop Hawai‘i’s human capital.
Eggs ‘n Things Hawaiʻi President and CEO Yuka Nawano earned her business chops on the job, and has run her business with heart for the past eight years.
When Sherry Menor-McNamara took the reins at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the state’s leading business advocacy organization, she developed three primary goals to achieve progressive action: strengthen advocacy, increase membership and boost awareness of the organization.
Shelley Wilson, the force behind Wilson Care Group, is celebrating 20 years of service in the Hawai‘i home care business this year. Raised in a small farming town in Iowa, Wilson joined the Army National Guard hoping to see the world, but a car accident following basic training set her on a different path.
There may be no one more invested in Hawai‘i’s startup community than Meli James, an entrepreneur in her own right who launched successful apps in Silicon Valley before returning home to build Startup Paradise.
Josh and Cory created the first brick-and-mortar vape store in the islands in 2011. They have grown their e-cigarette business to be the largest in the state. Josh and Cory have remained competitive in the industry thanks to their understanding of the e-cigarette industry, their penchant for new technologies and, most importantly, their connection with the consumer.
John Leong’s career is evidence of the determination and conviction it takes to see a vision through to fruition. He’s brought community partners together to shape Kupu into a flourishing nonprofit that trains and places youth in sustainability internships and job positions.
On a trip to Hawai‘i in 2003, Maui Brewing Company owner and founder Garrett Marrero was enjoying a local beer that he later realized wasn’t actually brewed in Hawai‘i.
Since being featured in 1999, Christine Camp founded Avalon Development and grew the business from a one-woman real estate consultancy to a team of 27 professionals overseeing the development and management of $300 million in real estate assets.