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Architecture essentials: a game face and “man shoes” Architects Marni Murdock and Rachel Jorgensen chime in on the realities of their career choices

In a fortunate crossing-of-paths with a Principal in another firm, MGA Architecture President and Founder Matt Gilbertson was introduced to healthcare architect Marni Murdock. Matt quickly came to respect her expertise not only in the healthcare arena, but as a successful business woman. Several years later, an opportunity arose to bring Marni on board which was perfect timing for the direction MGA Architecture was taking. She joined MGA as Principal and Director of Healthcare in early 2014, one of two female architects in the firm. Matt’s introduction to architect Rachel Jorgensen was similarly fortuitous, and she became the first hire at MGA almost five years earlier. Always receptive to hiring women, Matt found that the bulk of his connections to licensed architects locally were mostly men. In a recent interview Matt (MG), Marni (MM) and Rachel (RJ) talked about their perceptions of women working in architecture, the challenges and rewards, and what lies ahead in their careers. How is a career in Architecture different today for a woman? MG – Anybody in this field has to have thick skin. I think some women believe they have to act more like men if they’re going to succeed, as if it’s harder to be feminine, to feel confident in who they are. That’s very unfortunate and very wrong. No one should tell you to be something you’re not. MM – Well, it’s true that women still represent only 25% of all architects in the profession, so for me, I expected a few barriers when I first started working and was told some people were not accustomed

to working with a woman in this profession. I used to joke about putting on my “man shoes” to go out to a job site, because it’s just not practical to wear a skirt and heels, but I never felt that I couldn’t be myself. My first boss (in California) used to tell me, “don’t be afraid to show how competent you are, regardless of who you’re with.” Having him as a mentor early in my career really gave me confidence. RJ – I agree, you don’t necessarily have to act like a man, but you have to show up to a job site with your game face on. It’s been assumed that the women are interior designers, not the architects on a

project, but once it’s clear you know what you’re doing, I think most people have a professional attitude. MM – One of the biggest challenges for me was when I had my daughter. I was principal of a firm at that time and took a year and a half off. It was a decision that I think most men don’t have to face, the decision to put a career that you’ve worked hard for on-hold to start a family. I went back to work part-time as a staff architect, so took a step back from where I had been. It was a personal choice that I wouldn’t have done differently, but it was a challenge to balance it all.

What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about a career Architecture? RJ–Do your homework about what this kind of work really entails. Architecture is as much project management and client relations as it is design work, and it requires learning other skills which I didn’t learn in school. It’s actually very rewarding to take a project from beginning to end, but you have to master other business skills along with the creative work. It’s a continual learning process. MM –It’s also good to know that some companies prefer you to specialize in one area so you end up only working in one area. I think learning is limited that way, but it just depends on what your goals are. What I like about MGA is that I can see a project through to completion, from design through construction, and every day is different. Not all companies operate this way however.

What motivates you?

MM – Even before I decided to go into architecture, I knew I wanted to help people, so getting into healthcare architecture seemed to be a good fit. And that’s what keeps me going most, helping clients who are so appreciative for what we bring to their projects. It’s almost sad when a project ends. RJ – I agree with Marni, it’s really rewarding to have a successful project. By “successful,” I mean we met the budget, timeline, we exceeded the client expectations for design, and the client is happy.

“At MGA, it’s not about gender. It’s about a culture that supports our individual strengths and talents.” - Marni Murdock, Principal, MGA Architecture How has MGA helped you to grow professionally? RJ – I wanted to be the best all-around “Architect” in the truest sense of the word, and Matt has always provided me with the opportunity to take the lead and to know and learn all aspects of the business. I’m not in any hurry now, but someday I may want to be an owner myself. “Moving up” is growing and developing in your career, not competing in some big firm for a higher place on a corporate ladder. I know I wouldn’t flourish in that kind of culture. MM – At MGA, it’s not about gender. It’s about a culture that supports our individual strengths and talents. I can take charge of a project and do what I do best, and still find that life balance that’s so important. My goal now is to put MGA Architecture on the map as Hawaii’s top firm in Healthcare Architecture.

2012–2014 MGA AWARDS & RECOGNITION 2014 WAIKIKI IMPROVEMENT ASSOC. Ho‘owehiwehi Award Waikiki Business Plaza renovations PACIFIC EDGE MAGAZINE 2014 Business Executive of the Year Matt Gilbertson MASONRY INSTITUTE OF HAWAII 2014 Project of the Year Walgreens Waipahu PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS “Fastest 50” #13 2013 WAIKIKI IMPROVEMENT ASSOC. Ho‘owehiwehi Award Waikiki Shopping Plaza Offices Tanaka of Tokyo Restaurant PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS “Fastest Fifty” #39 2012 PACIFIC EDGE MAGAZINE Best New Business Award


Matt Gilbertson and MGA’s 2014 accolades include Pacific Edge Magazine’s Business Executive of the Year, the Waikiki Improvement Association Ho’owehiwehi Award, & the Masonry Institute of Hawai‘i 2014 Project of the Year.

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April/May/June 2015







26 LAURA AYERS Lead Architect, Philip White Architects

PUBLISHERS' NOTE Living Business

28 JASON SELLEY Co-Founder, Workshop-Hi President, U.S. Green Building Council Hawai‘i Chapter




EDGELINES 14 EDGE EFFECTS Design Epicenter Na Lama Kukui


BIZLINES 12 Business news and developments

BALANCING ACT Professional assistance for the active businessperson


MARKETING 19 Toby Tamaye shares five social media tips for promoting events

EVENTS 57 Philip Richardson on selecting an event-planning team

36 JASON OSHIRO Area Vice President, Airgas




HUMAN RESOURCES Sean Knox on hiring success


SPOTLIGHT ON KAUA‘I Kaua‘i Fashion Month, Na ‘Aina Kai, Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce


58 AMY BRINKER Kamehameha Schools, Sustainability Manager

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN Leaders in the field


SPOTLIGHT ON BIG ISLAND Paradise Helicopters, Big Island events


BUILD, BUY, DESIGN Business resource


FIT FOR ROYALTY The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace preserves the history of the Hawaiian monarchy SOCIAL STUDIES Scenes from the hippest events around town


FRESH EDGE Livestock Tavern


60 LAUREN C. ROTH VENU President, Roth Ecological Design International




CATCHING UP WITH YPS James Chan, Joey Gottesman




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STAFF WRITER Alyssa Fukumoto Lauren McNally

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CATCHING UP with Young Professional

JAMES “JIMMY” CHAN Featured January/February/March 2007

James “Jimmy” Chan Founder and owner Hawaiian Chip Company


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Fourteen years ago, James “Jimmy” Chan developed the Zesty Garlic Sweet Potato Chip— his personal favorite—for Hawaiian Chip Company. “I can’t stop at just one when running the quality-control taste tests,” he admits. Much to Jimmy’s chagrin, he’s retiring the flavor this year in favor of options more popular with the public, ones that have allowed the company to grow threefold since he began the business in 2000. In addition to stocking Hawaiian Chips’ products in stores throughout the islands, from chips to a selection of sauces, dressings and marinades, Jimmy and his team cook up made-to-order requests at their location on Nimitz Highway. “Peeling and processing potatoes is not glamorous work,” he shares. “However, it does provide good, steady jobs in a growing company with lots of opportunity for advancement and hopefully continues to do so for the next 14 years.” —Alyssa Fukumoto

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JOEY GOTTESMAN Featured October/November/December 2008

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Spirit specialist Joey Gottesman remains at the forefront of Hawai‘i’s mixology industry as a key accounts manager for a beverage service and distribution company. “Pioneering cocktail trends and educating my clientele is a huge component of what I do at Young’s Market Company Hawaii,” he says. “Staying ahead of the curve requires extensive research and while I’m traveling out of town, to local farms or to different cities, I’m constantly finding new flavors, new techniques and new methodology that I’m able to apply to creating new and exciting cocktails and concepts.” Gottesman has seen Young’s Market Hawaii through several changes that have kept him busier than ever. He works from the company’s brand-new cocktail lab and professional kitchen, training clientele and tasting new recipes. What are Joey’s current favorites? Savory drinks, gastriques and briny, sweet elements that bring out the “wow factor” in an expertly crafted cocktail. —Alyssa Fukumoto

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Up-and-coming leaders develop and grow business skills The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii’s Young Professionals program hosted a networking mixer at Morton’s The Steakhouse on October 17 for an evening of connecting with fellow up-and-coming business leaders while engaging in meaningful conversation and making valuable connections. The YP program offers young professionals ages 21 to 39 the opportunity to exchange ideas, grow professionally and share common interests while sharing an insider’s view of the Hawai‘i business scene. Throughout the year, the Young Professionals program hosts a variety of business-building seminars featuring Hawai‘i’s top business executives, along with networking functions, mentorship opportunities and community service activities. For more information on how to get involved with the YPs, please visit or call (808) 545-4300. 

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Make Professional Development a New Year’s Resolution Join more than 300 female professionals in Women in Lodging Right now is the perfect time to start compiling your list of personal and professional resolutions to motivate you in the New Year. For some, that may include a healthier diet, more exercise, or perhaps you can finally book that dream vacation with family and friends. For others, their New Year’s resolutions might be career oriented, like seeking out growth opportunities to take leadership skills to the next level. Can you say promotion in 2015? The recent establishment of the Women in Lodging and Tourism – Hawaii Chapter, the state partner of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Women in Lodging Program, presents an exciting opportunity for female executives in Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry to connect with and learn from the best in the business. This national association is committed to the professional development of women in the hospitality industry, promoting long-term careers in hospitality and enhancing professionalism and success. The organization accomplishes its mission through educational programming, structured mentoring and networking opportunities. Visit to learn why more than 300 female professionals have joined Women in Lodging and Tourism and about the benefits the association provides. Photo: The Groove Hawaii

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Na Lama Kukui OHA revamps Gentry Pacific Design Center

The home design and corporate hub previously known as the Gentry Pacific Design Center is under new ownership and sporting a fresh, new look. Renamed Na Lama Kukui, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs purchased Gentry Pacific­—brainchild of renowned housing and business developer Thomas H. Gentry—in 2012 for more than $21 million and has spent an additional $9 million on upgrades. While a handful of tenants chose to leave, spaces around the OHA offices are filling up fast as local businesses and native Hawaiian organizations express interested in the renovated space. The space remains dominated by architectural and interior design services. Other enterprises that make up Na Lama Kukui’s eclectic mix of local services include law and corporate offices, rustic American café EAT Honolulu and the Royal Academy of Ballet. —Alyssa Fukumoto

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On one side, The Myxx Studios is a hair and beauty salon featuring monochromatic white décor with subtle feminine touches. On the other, it’s a stud-ifying man cave with brick accent walls, a flat screen TV and black leather furnishing. In addition to a range of hair, skin and waxing services, the dual studios offer makeup application and styling treatments for the ladies plus specialized grooming options for the guys, including facial hair blending and a classic hot towel shave. Prior to opening The Myxx Studios in the spring of 2013, owner Edy Gawiran felt that Hawai‘i lacked the kind of masculine salon experience growing in popularity on the mainland. Located at the Century Center on Kalakaua Avenue, her dual studios offer a place of indulgence to suit masculine and feminine sensibilities. —Lauren McNally

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The Pig & The Lady The seasonal fare at Chef Andrew Le’s The Pig & The Lady employs Vietnamese flavor sensibilities and principles of yin and yang to balance contrasting elements supplemented by an eclectic cocktail menu well fit for pairing. —Lauren McNally

Pho French Dip + Cobra Commander A Bloody Margarita-like concoction of avocado-infused mezcal, pink grapefruit liquor and sriracha-flavored ice cubes adds smoke and spice to tender, slow-roasted brisket in this Vietnamese take on the French dip sandwich.

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Sashimi + A Walk On Clouds Zesty citrus notes in the gin-based A Walk On Clouds complement this cold and bright shared plate without overwhelming its delicate flavor. The drink’s ginger syrup and pink peppercorn garnish mimic the slight warmth and bite of the dish’s wasabi greens and smoked shoyu seasoning.

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Gnocchi + Anticipation

Chocolate Cake + The Cure An effervescent libation of lilikoi bitters and refreshing Cocchi Americano offsets decadent layers of Valrhona dark chocolate mousse, fresh lilikoi curd, Dutch cocoa cake and a reservoir of juicy lilikoi pulp hidden beneath a crisp milk chocolate caramel tuile.


Sharing common sprigs of aromatic fennel, the gnocchi’s festive medley of saffron, pomegranate and octopus Bolognese pairs with a versatile, food-friendly highball of vodka and elderflower liqueur.

Shinsato Farm Pork Ala Basquaise + Early Harvest Rye whiskey and a persimmon “drinking vinegar” shrub cuts through rich, grainfed local pork while the shrub’s marriage of acidity and sweetness enhances the bold Basque flavors of the accompanying chorizo pipperada and aligns with other vinegars present within the entrée.


ALOHA FLYDAY Old-school style never looked so fresh

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Remixing an iconic mashup of Asian, Polynesian and Western influences, local designer Roberta Oaks updates the traditional aloha shirt by giving it a sharp, modern fit. The original design—a composite of the European button-up, Filipino barong and textiles from diverse sources including Japanese kimono, Tahitian pareos and Polynesian tapa—was first marketed to tourists and later adopted by kama‘aina in subdued prints following the advent of Aloha Friday, the precursor to “casual Friday” on the mainland. Unlike the more traditional, muted variations, RO shirts feature streamlined silhouettes and abound with funky patterns and vibrant florals in addition to micro-prints and subtle, classic motifs. They’re the Tyler Durdens of aloha attire—vividly adorned alter egos coolly upstaging their more conservative predecessors. Handmade from vintage fabrics unique to Hawai‘i, the limited-edition designs bear locally inspired names like Kewalos, Kaimana’s and Ho‘omaluhia, though their tailored shape and bold prints exhibit an urban aesthetic that transcends local appeal. Splashy, tropical prints flooded the runways of luxury fashion houses from Prada to Yves Saint Laurent last spring, with street wear brands like Obey and Opening Ceremony following suit. Roberta Oaks pioneers the latest generation of aloha shirts in lines for both men and women, modifying the conventionally boxy shape to yield contemporary style and polish. Available online and at her boutique in Chinatown, their retro prints and signature slim fit inject streetwise wardrobes with a dose of aloha spirit. —Lauren McNally



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Crafted with choice Canadian barley and mineral-rich glacial water, Masterson’s Straight Barley Whiskey is double distilled to preserve the barley’s full flavor. A limited release of 12,800 bottles, the 92 proof spirit is aged in white oak casks for over 10 years to mellow and refine the flavor. On the nose are sensations of woody must, earth and oak. The whiskey has a smooth, light and summery taste with a fruity aftertaste that bursts in the mouth.

Recipient of the Triple Gold Medal at the 2011 Microliquor Spirit Awards, this 100 proof, 100 percent rye whiskey is crafted in small batches incorporating only the most fragrant and plump grains of rye and pure glacial water from the Northern Rockies. Distilled in an old-fashioned pot still, the spirit is then aged in charred white oak casks for over 10 years, yielding a taste profile with traces of pepper and spice along with a soft, lingering sweetness.

WHEN STRANGERS MEET HIFF is a film festival for filmmakers Nearly 400 people lined up outside of Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX for the 2014 Hawai‘i International Film Festival’s Hawai‘i premiere of their centerpiece film, The Imitation Game. While this is the face of the festival that the public at large sees—film premieres from Hawai‘i, Asia, the Pacific and North America—there is a dynamic behindthe-scenes festival playing out between content creators, producers and film financiers. In 2015, HIFF’s 35th anniversary year, the first Asian film festival in the United States and one of the longest running film festivals in the world is developing a new international destination conference to promote film financing and distribution. A-list industry insiders like Jerome Paillard, the Cannes International Film Festival executive director, know HIFF as “an intimate festival where everyone is accessible.” It’s where filmmakers tap into HIFF’s organic networking environment to find new screenplays and film concepts.

“Through the new HIFF Foundation’s educational opportunities, it is our hope that emerging filmmakers, who want to learn how to be a good producer, will join us to share their experiences and learn from those producers who are currently succeeding in the forever changing world of film finance and distribution,” explains HIFF Executive Director Robert Lambeth. “We see countless examples of films from Hawai‘i that don’t make the marathon because they lack the experience and knowledge in producing for the long run. That’s where the new conference comes in.” Lambeth is organizing top-level speakers from the film industry for a four-panel conference dedicated to film financing and distribution. HIFF Director Emeritus Chuck Boller has been cultivating relationships with China’s biggest studios for over a decade. He and Lambeth are confident HIFF will draw China’s top film investors seeking fresh content, particularly the screenplays created by the participants in HIFF’s educational programs.

“We are a festival for film makers,” says Lambeth, alluding to the intimate nature of the festival that gives emerging filmmakers the unique opportunity to network and learn from leading industry professionals. “We’re not looking to be massive. We’re looking to be that place where strangers meet to explore new ideas that ultimately become exciting new creative content for the future.” —Kevin Whitton

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DESIGN EPICENTER Inspiration for a spruced-up office or home abounds at Na Lama Kukui on North Nimitz Highway. The business and design center offers a variety of furnishing, interior décor and improvement services. —Alyssa Fukumoto

Baik showcases fine Southeast Asian home accents, furniture, lighting and antiquities with rows of earthy pieces fashioned in bamboo, stone and reclaimed teak. Rare items from overseas are hand selected by Baik’s owners, resulting in one-of-a-kind items making their way from the tropics of Indonesia, Thailand and Burma to Hawai‘i homes. (Pictured: Baik Designs showroom)


Luxury modern design and eco-friendly furniture are staples of bespoke furnishing experts Studio Becker. Concentrated on custom cabinetry and architectural millwork, Studio Becker crafts kitchens, wardrobes, libraries, wine cellars and more for discerning and unique design aesthetic. (Pictured: “ZenLuxe Asian Fusion”)


Aptly named “beautiful stone” in Italian, Hawai‘i’s premier stonework company provides attractive, natural stone for indoor and outdoor application. Counting globallysourced marble, granite, slate, limestone, coral stone and basalt lava among their specialties, Bella Pietra’s work is found in island hotels, stores and luxury homes. (Pictured: Artistic Tile “Toledo” mosaic)


Retail facet of ARCHitectural SURFaces, Inc. and a color and textural vehicle for Hawai‘i designers and architects, The Honolulu Wallcovering Boutique promises a product line including “all but your grandmother’s wallcovering.” Their showroom features business and home-appropriate pieces with sculpted wall panels, metal and wood laminates and non-tarnishing metallic paints. (Pictured: “Braided Walls”)


From hand-knotted works featuring local flora and fauna to shibui-style motifs of paisley and damask, Indich showcases the largest selection of hand-woven contemporary, Hawaiian, Oriental and Persian rugs in the Pacific. The shop also offers a large selection of discounted rugs and will work one-on-one with customers to create custom designs. (Pictured: “Coral Sea” in Aqua)



Blast It! Five tips for using social media to promote events

Toby Tamaye is president of AT Marketing, a locally owned advertising and publicity firm. His clients include a variety of restaurants, visitor attractions, and financial institution and a major shopping center.

#MyHIFFMoment and encouraged festival attendees to take selfies and other photos to communicate and share their experiences at the film festival. 3. Focus On Facebook Pre-Event You should direct most of your efforts to Facebook before the event date. I usually start promoting with Facebook two months prior. I start bringing in a stronger Instagram and Twitter program about two to three weeks before the event. Always create a Facebook event page and ask all of your event staff and volunteers to invite their friends via the event page. Post to Facebook daily with event information and photos from past events. An advertising budget for Facebook will be helpful to build more followers and reach those connected to your event page more effectively.

Social media has transformed everything we do in marketing and has made a significant impact on the way events are promoted in Hawai‘i. Last year, I was fortunate to work on the social media marketing teams for the Hawaii International Film Festival, Waikiki Spam Jam, Korean Festival and other fabulous events. I’ve used the same social media marketing formula for each event, based on these five tips. Make them your own and make an impact. 1. Assemble A Productive Team If you want to make social media marketing a one-man show, that is fine, but I recommend having a few people on your team. You will need them to help promote the event before it happens and while it is happening. It’s good to have someone on the team who has participated in the event in the past. If you have the budget, I recommend outsourcing this part of your marketing to a social media firm.

2. Create A Hashtag You should do this early on in the marketing of the event. To avoid confusion, use a single hashtag for the event (I prefer hashtags without a year), which makes it easier to search the event on social media. List the hashtag on your advertisements, flyers, posters, website and event materials. For the Hawaii International Film Festival, we created a hashtag to encourage social media sharing. Rather than using #HIFF, we created

4. Live Event Marketing On Two Social Media Channels During the event is when you should be doing the most engagement with your followers. Use a combination of Instagram and Twitter and post consistently during the event. Monitor your hashtag as much as possible. Share content by re-tweeting posts on Twitter and reposting photos from Instagram. Having multiple team members will come in handy due to all of the social media opportunities during the event. 5. Create Photo Opportunities For Attendees Day-of marketing is a key part of event marketing and with social media, the potential reach is wide. Create an area to encourage photo taking and social media sharing. For the Waikiki Spam Jam, we put together a wave made of SPAM® cans and asked attendees to use the #SpamJam hashtag in their posts. Get creative here and have fun with it!


Hands-On Design Thomas Sorensen built an empire to foster a community [ BY KE V IN W HITTON | P HOTOS A A RON BERN AR D ]


Thomas Sorensen is tired, but the finish line of Ironman Copenhagen is finally in sight. He swam 3.8 kilometers, biked 180 kilometers and in several heav y steps, will finish a full marathon. As he nears the finish line, his training paying off in spades, he has one thing left to do. He grabs the hand of his new bride and they cross the finish line together, the culmination of a shared passion for life, hard work and the success those qualities bring. At 59 years old, Sorensen, founder and owner of the Honolulu Design Center, has retired into Hawai‘i and retail. Unlike most, his version of retirement includes owning and overseeing operations at the Design Center’s community of businesses—INspiration, Stage Café, Amuse Wine Bar, Stage Restaurant and Cupola Theatre—in addition to training, staying fit, collecting vintage automobiles and simply enjoying life with his wife, Michele Sorensen, owner of Chinatown’s Tea at 1024. Sorensen’s professional journey and dedication to design, furniture and art has finally afforded him the luxury of stepping back from the non-stop work pace he’s carried over the past four decades. Born and raised in Denmark, Thomas has been into furniture and de-

sign since he was a tender 17 years old. “I’ve always had a keen interest for design and colors, building things,” Sorensen says softly, his penchant for color apparent in the orange laces sewn through his designer leather shoes. “My dream when I was young, I wanted to be an architect with some type of trade prior to studying architecture.” Architecture never panned out for Sorensen. Instead, the ambitious 21-year-old went to Phoenix, Arizona as an exchange student, studying business and design as he had done in Denmark. One year later, he helped open a furniture retail store in Tucson, Arizona. Gaining a reputation in the furniture industry, he was headhunted to start Honolulu’s Scan Design in 1979. One year later, he started up Scan Line

Office, then Euro Kitchen. In 1982 he registered the Honolulu Design Center name with a “community house” concept in mind, a combination retail design center, restaurant and community resource. He bought a property on Beretania Avenue that same year, but his first attempts to open a design center didn’t materialize and he sold the property. In 1987 Thomas sold his part of Scan Design, Scan Line Office and Euro Kitchen before moving to Reno, Nevada, where he lived for the next 15 years. Besides a savvy business owner, Thomas is a self-professed “homemade artist.” With no formal training in the arts, he puts his ideas on paper with simple pencil sketches and also makes physical models. In Reno, he found large-scale commercial success designing chairs. He started Via, a manufacturing and retail company offering a line of contemporary office, lounge and multi-purpose chairs. Via produced over 40,000 chairs a year with Thomas was at the helm. He even designed the chairs he uses everyday in his third-floor office at the Design Center. Sorensen finally sold Via in 2000. Flush with capital from his exit at Via, Thomas returned to Hawai‘i in 1997 to revisit his design center community house vision. Unable to secure a suitable property in Honolulu, his first location choice, Sorensen opened INspiration furniture store in Pearlridge. With his eye still trained on Honolulu, Thomas worked


daily for two years with architect Matt Gilbertson to design the center in concert with the construction of the Moana Pacific. When the Honolulu Design Center finally opened to the public in 2007, it was exactly the community house that Sorensen had envisioned: INspiration retail furniture store, a café, a restaurant, a wine bar and Cupola Theatre, a venue for art, fashion shows, community meetings, weddings and events. Scandinavian design aesthetics have always resonated with Sorensen, whether in the look and feel of a space or in colorful pieces of furniture, like those throughout INspiration, He prefers the contemporary clean lines, the artistic, unique designs, the bright and bold colors and the scaled-down size of the pieces. Now more than ever, he believes that Scandinavian designs—smaller sofas, multi-purpose furniture—are a smart, stylish option for ever-urbanizing O‘ahu. “In the last seven or eight years there’s been a dramatic growth in condos. However, they’re all getting smaller,” he says. “The standard condo today is not more than 1,000 square feet, if you’re lucky. And it’s becoming more difficult to furnish those apartments because of the scale.” According to Sorensen, European furniture is smaller in scale and fits these tighter spaces much better. They

“I’m very, very fast in making decisions. It’s one of my strengths. It doesn’t have to go to committee. It’s either yay or nay. And it’s fun to do it that way because you get a lot more done by not having to wait for a decision to be made.” don’t fill up the room like t La-Z-Boy or Heritage furniture. With an eye on the future build-out of Downtown Honolulu and Kaka‘ako, Sorensen is branding another addition to INspiration—a kitchen center on the third floor. Sorensen says that he is growing the brand not only for the customers, but for the business as well, so his employees see the company as progressive and not afraid of change. “It’s a lot of detail to bring

cabinets in from Europe. It’s not an easy business to coordinate,” he says. “You’re dealing with a lot of detail in homes, you work directly with the homeowners. But I see a lot of opportunity with all the new buildings in Kaka‘ako. There’s a good possibility for remodeling existing homes, too. Some of the old kitchens they put in are absolutely substandard.” In lieu of the recently launched addition, Thomas is happy to run the Design Center’s daily operations and remain a fixture in the industry. “I have no aspirations of starting any new empires,” Thomas says with satisfaction. “I’ve done enough. I’ve owned manufacturing. I’ve had past companies. I’ve designed casino chairs. I’ve done a lot with my life and I’m very pleased with where I’m at today. Also having been in the business for 40 years and still having a passion for it, I probably can’t let it go.” With a team of over 140 employees, many who have been with him for over 20 years, Thomas has trust and confidence in his team, allowing him to focus on his new path in life— his family, his training and health, his new Diamond Head home, compete with a man cave that houses his vintage cars and pool table— and the time to indulge in his success.

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Structure and Simplify for Hiring Success Create a mutually beneficial working relationships starting with the hiring process

Sean Knox is the President of Hawaii Employment Services, Inc. (HiEmployment), one of Hawai‘i’s premier staffing agencies. HiEmployment specializes in connecting talented people with great companies.

company’s values and culture. Hone in on tone and manner for behavioral insights. Take the extra time to do professional references and research the applicant in social media. This final step in the hiring process can be the most crucial. A prospective employee may say all the right things in an interview, but may have failed miserably at his last job. A quick social media search could also uncover behaviors you don’t feel are positive to your company culture.


Hiring and getting hired can be overwhelming for both parties. Job seekers can get lost in the unremitting array of cover letters, resumes and job applications. Employers, in many cases, overlook the interviewing details to quickly fill a need. Taking time to structure and simplify the process will ensure a better fit on both sides of the interviewing table. Once an employer has chosen a suitable candidate to fill the position, he or she should complete the process with a training program and a set onboarding process. Let’s review the key ingredients that create a simplified, structured hiring process for both employers and applicants. EMPLOYERS Don’t skimp on the job description. Take the time to precisely define the prospect employee’s role in your long-term business plan. A clear, comprehensive description will be beneficial to reference during and after the hire. Create structure to achieve insights. To gain quantifiable results that provide valuable insight, create a standard set of interviewing questions, based on the initial job description. Create rating

systems that are based on skills, certifications and experience. Finally, measure skills and performance through aptitude tests. Ask open-ended questions and ensure the candidate aligns with your company’s values and culture. Asking open-ended questions like, “Describe your experience with…” gives hiring managers examples of candidates’ skills and decision-making process. Questions should also confirm that your candidate is aligned with your

Learn about the companies you are meeting with before the interview. Knowing specific details about a company will demonstrate your initiative and interest. An employer wants to make sure you’re after that specific job, not just any job. Create your personal brand, both online and offline. Your social media profiles, blogs and website will be sought out by prospective employers, so showcase your expertise and talents. Use your portfolio to describe your experiences in interviews. Set goals and manage your time effectively. Setting goals and time frames for the interview process are important. Examples include number of people to meet while networking, the quantity of interviews and the amount of call backs you’d like in a given time. Analyze your progress weekly. Be active on LinkedIn and use it to its fullest. Ask previous employers and colleagues to recommend your work and fill out your profile completely. Look for jobs, connect with recruiters and utilize groups. Know your career goals and what you bring to the table. Just as employers are setting their business goals, what do you want to achieve in five or 10 years? Be prepared to show how you can help the company achieve its goals as you progress in the organization. Research competitive pay and benefits, based on your experience and skill set. Find out what you are seeking and use this as a measurement when job hunting. Define a minimum that you’ll accept and what you prefer, so you will be prepared to answer when employers ask.


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Remedy Intelligent Staffing Team

The Right Remedy for Your Workforce Why businesses use staffing companies In the past, temp agencies were mostly used to provide seat-warmers for vacationing receptionists or absent administrative assistants. Today, “staffing” has evolved into one of the most lucrative and relied-upon industries in the nation. While the majority of businesses still value the short-term, or “temporary,” help that agencies provide, others are turning to staffing firms to eliminate the stress of finding highly skilled employees and implementing workforce management solutions. Here are just a few other reasons why staffing firms have evolved into a respectable and necessary solution for companies large and small:

1. Increase flexibility for greater productivity

A flexible workforce helps businesses adjust to their ever-changing needs. Companies are increasingly hiring temporary help during their peak seasons and cutting back when demand falls. According to the American Staffing Association, 90 percent of businesses rated flexibility as an important reason to use staffing companies, saying it keeps them appropriately staffed during busy—and slow—times.

2. Reduce hidden hiring costs

Hiring the right talent can be expensive. In addition to the costs to run newspaper ads and online job postings, there’s also the lost time that the hiring manager would usually spend doing his or her regular duties. Staffing firms assume the burden of recruiting and screening candidates, freeing time for more valuable priorities. On top of that, staffing firms assume the responsibility for benefits, payroll taxes, workers’ comp insurance and more.


3. Benefit from HR expertise

Small and mid-sized companies rely on staffing firms’ expertise in employee-related matters, such as performance evaluations, hiring, terminating and disciplinary matters, insurance and benefits administration, workers’ compensation, safety, payroll services, employee handbook policies and procedures, orientation and more. 4. Minimize costly hiring mistakes Small and mid-sized companies rarely have access to the behavioral testing, skill assessments and performance management technologies that many staffing firms have to offer. For instance, we can accurately evaluate each candidate and place them in a job where they will be most successful. We also offer a temp-to-hire option, allowing companies to evaluate a candidate before making a long-term commitment.

5. Gain immediate access to a pool of talent

Staffing companies have professional recruiters who know precisely where and how to find quality candidates with the specific skills and experience businesses need. By proactively placing ads, participating in job fairs, reviewing résumés and conducting interviews, recruiters are able to save companies a lot of time, money and headaches! Remedy Intelligent Staffing is a full-service staffing organization that specializes in temporary, temp-to-hire, executive search and payroll services to help you avoid the stress, pressure and expenses those processes entail. From recruiting, pre-screening and placement to ongoing performance validation and workforce management, we manage the time-consuming details so you don’t have to. Owner Kristi Inkinen Yanagihara and her dedicated staff, Kim Miyashiro, Kelly Nishimura, Kristin Alm, Erinn Howland and Marisa Wong, look forward to partnering with you to meet your staffing needs. Please contact Kristi to find out how Remedy can add value to your company.

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HiEmployment Delivering high-quality recruitment services Hawaii Employment Services, Inc. (HiEmployment) commands the resources, market insight and industry expertise to help your company navigate the changing job market. Our professional staffing and executive search services match employers with qualified, compatible applicants in mid- to high-level management positions across numerous industries throughout Hawai‘i, Asia and the mainland. Operating with over 40 years of combined professional staffing experience, HiEmployment President Sean Knox and Professional Recruiters Barbara Guss and Keiko Schultz are prepared to serve as trusted partners in your effort to build a winning team.

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Personalized approach

At HiEmployment, we take the time to truly get to know our clients and understand their diverse needs. Our multi-faceted process includes examining your company’s corporate culture and conducting in-depth assessments of potential candidates to develop a keen sense of how they will fit into your organization. From staffing a specific position to the more turnkey option of a fully assembled team, we offer a range of services suited to your individual situation or stage of business.

Mutually beneficial relationships

We facilitate lasting and rewarding employment matches by addressing the needs of both employers and employees. Our comprehensive perspective enables us to bridge generational gaps, identify potential synergies and recognize that a mutually beneficial match is essential to operating at peak capacity. As such, we establish each party’s unique contributions and maintain relationships throughout to ensure success on both sides of the employment arrangement.

Market knowledge

Our clients entrust us to stay ahead of market shifts and emerging trends. Utilizing our extensive knowledge of the job market, we identify opportunities in high-growth industries and facilitate strategic relationships based on a thorough understanding of today’s professional landscape. We’ll take care of not only the time commitment, hidden overhead and many of the regulatory complexities associated with the employment process, but also the nuances of administering strategic recruitment operations.

Barbara Guss and Keiko Schultz

HiEmployment’s workforce solutions include consultations, candidate research and search profiles, recruitment and advertising strategies, preliminary candidate screening, final interviews, facilitation of the evaluation process, background and employment checks, preparation of employment offers and announcement and candidate notifications. In addition to executive sourcing and professional staffing services, we offer temporary staffing, temp-to-hire and consultation services in the accounting, administrative, agriculture, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial and technical industries.

Exceed expectations

Client satisfaction is a top priority at HiEmployment. We offer flexible payment options and competitive fee structures and are committed to setting a high bar of service with our consultative methods, rapid turnaround and quality candidate pool. We measure our success through the success of our clients and will help you achieve your shortterm objectives while advancing your long-term goals to maximize your return on investment.

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MASTER PLAN • Laura Ayers •

Laura Ayers is a busy woman. Some might say she’s a superhero, managing to enthusiastically take on multiple roles as a full-time architect, business owner and mother of two. But her positive energy and love for architecture drive her success in all aspects of her life, both personally and professionally. “I feel like life’s too short for everything to be gray and beige,” Ayers says, describing the inspiration behind her designs at Philip White Architects. Drawn to the exotic, historic buildings of Hawai‘i, the 42-year-old Michigan native received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. She moved to Hawai‘i with her husband, Mark, in 2001 and took her first job in the islands at Philip White Architects, an award-winning architecture firm of six employees. Through her 13 years as an architect in Hawai‘i, Ayers has proven herself as a leader in innovative and sustainable design, playing pivotal roles in a variety of eco-friendly projects including a LEED-certified renovation project on South School Street. Originally constructed in the 1960s, Ayers and her team transformed an abandoned and derelict structure into a modern and environmentally conscious commercial property utilizing organic elements like passive cooling and sunlight. Ayers credits the natural surroundings as a prime inspiration behind her green designs and prides herself on making use of what already exists in Hawai‘i. “Light and brightness can make a huge difference in people’s work environments,” Ayers says. “It makes a difference in how people feel, even if they don’t initially realize it.” One of her favorite projects is her firm’s other green commercial property on Hekili Street in Kailua. Completed in January 2014, the building was designed to take full advantage of the natural light, with its roofs facing south to optimize the solar energy potential. It also exemplifies the jubilant charm that she typically strives for, blending a contemporary Hawaiian look, using traditional materials like woods and textural fabrics, with eye-popping colors. “It just gives a vibrancy and brightens up the street and the streetscape,” Ayers says. “It seems to make people happy.” Most recently, she is making headway on plans for two state-of-theart projects: transforming the former Hard Rock Cafe near the Hawai‘i Convention Center into a coffee experience where visitors can learn more about the coffee-making process and converting a library at Punahou School into a learning commons that includes a café as well as added work

spaces—dubbed “makeries”—for hands-on projects. “It isn’t just a library anymore,” Ayers says. “Everyone, including high school students, is doing so much research online and doing things in different ways. It would be a blend of places.” Ayers says her forward-thinking architectural approach—taking commonplace items and reinventing them into one-of-a-kind, reusable pieces of art—is also apparent in her side business, Mint Events Hawaii. Launched on Earth Day 2012, with business partner Stacey Levine, Mint fuses her architectural design talents with her outgoing personality. Although Levine relocated to the mainland in 2013, Ayers continues to manage the company, which repurposes items for better use. For example, many items that go to waste at parties, such as paper plates and napkins, can be recreated into party favors and table centerpieces. “We thought there was an untapped niche of doing a twist on event planning but adding a sustainable tip to it,” Ayers says, adding that she helped plan a corporate party for the solar firm, RevoluSun. If juggling two jobs doesn’t sound hectic enough, Ayers also serves on the event planning committee for Parents and Children Together, or PACT, a nonprofit organization that raises money to prevent child abuse. Her number-one priority of spending time with her six-year-old son, Rune, and two-year-old daughter, Malea, has taught her lessons that she applies to her work, like better prioritizing tasks. When it comes to both Philip White and Mint, Ayers says one of the biggest challenges is the project management aspect of dealing with vendors and their expectations. Having so much on her plate while trying to keep all her clients happy by producing the best quality of work possible can be an uphill battle, which is why she turns down so many great opportunities. “You will burn yourself out,” she says, “and I just feel like you’re not really helping the people you’re working with or the clients, and you’re also not helping yourself.” Ayers isn’t concerned with Philip White or Mint becoming juggernauts. The most important thing, she says, is seeing her clients happy. “We’re not designing museums or maybe some of the things that make the architectural magazines, but I feel like we’re in our own little world where we have some really great projects that are really making a difference.”

“Light and brightness can make a huge difference in people’s work environments. It makes a difference in how people feel, even if they don’t initially realize it.”

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When it comes to architecture, sustainable design is an important tool used throughout the design and development process. But for local architect Jason Selley, green means going beyond LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a third-party sustainability certification) and toward a type of architecture that’s healing for Hawai‘i. “Restorative and ‘Regenerative’ architecture is the next stage of sustainable architecture, where more is given to the environment over a building’s lifetime than is taken during its construction and operation,” Selley explains. He further explains that instead of using LEED as a guiding principle, the architecture design uses the values of a tree as a checklist. For instance, the design creates oxygen, distills water, uses solar energy as fuel and creates beauty. It’s this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that Selley has managed to bring to the table as co-founder of Workshop-HI, an environmental design and planning studio in Hawai‘i. Although a fairly new startup, the studio already has an impressive lineup of projects in the works, with 36-year-old Selley at the forefront. The projects range from a state-of-the-art sand volleyball facility in Kaka‘ako to the award-winning Eulu net-zero classrooms, which are designed to mimic an environment under the canopy of a tree. But the project he is most proud of is developing design concepts for the Hawaii Presidential Center. Workshop-HI was one of three local firms selected for the task in late August. It is a task that this Nebraska native is confident he can achieve. As the future of sustainable architecture continues to climb the ladder of innovation, Selley is designing his way to the top. Beyond geothermal heating and low-flow sinks, the young architect says clients nowadays want to know the ingredients in their buildings as they would in their food. Moreover, they want to know where the materials are from and if they release toxins. The Living Building Challenge addresses these issues and is considered the world’s most rigorous design and construction standard. Selley and his team are more than up for the challenge, already targeting the Living Building certification for a number of their projects. They hope to have more conversations about how to craft buildings for much higher passive performance instead of always relying on technology to “Band-Aid” a challenged design. Selley points out that for this to happen, great minds must come together throughout the design process; it’s a concept that fueled the idea behind Workshop-HI, which he says is more of a creative think tank than a typical

architecture firm. The studio focuses on collaboration and a formulated creative process. Their mission is to design structures with a purpose, creating built environments that foster and enhance a sense of community. Working in Hawai‘i makes the mission a little easier. Hawai‘i not only boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones that allow for flexibility in design, but the state has an astounding diversity of natural elements, history and culture from which to draw inspiration, he says. “Hawai‘i has to be one of the absolute best places to explore and practice,” Selley remarks. “I love the rich tradition of storytelling and how, as a designer, you can tap into that spirit and create an experience that also shares a story.” Before coming to Hawai‘i, Selley did everything from designing residential homes in San Francisco to installing set designs for an opera troupe in Rome. Finally, when his visa was up, Selley found himself basking in warm Hawaiian weather and a promising future in the architecture field. Eventually, he went on to work with two notable firms over the course of five years; a time in which he contributed to major projects for The Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki and Hanalei Plantation Resort. It was his first project, however, that helped steer his career in the direction of sustainable architecture. The University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine sought to examine ways to curb the intense water and energy use common with medical and laboratory buildings. The solution? An innovation replacing standard cooling towers with cold seawater-extraction wells. According to Selley, this was a first-of-its-kind invention for Hawai‘i that now helps save the university about 25 million gallons of drinking water every year. Selley has always been about sharing ideas and collaborating with others to design a greener future. He takes this philosophy beyond the blueprint while serving as president of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Hawai‘i Chapter. With this position, Selley hopes to inspire similar out-of-the-box environmentally friendly designs in others, as he spent the last year and a half educating and offering resources to help guide more conscious decision making in development. Selley wants to heal the world one building at a time and though he has taken a hefty portion of the burden upon himself, he recognizes the need for everybody to jump on board. After all, it’s not just his future he’s helping to build.

“I love the rich tradition of storytelling and how, as a designer, you can tap into that spirit and create an experience that also shares a story.”

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Leaders In The Field

Tiare Noelani Pinto, Linda Miki, Bettina Mehnert, Rhonda Goyke and Janine Clifford are leading O‘ahu’s construction boom BY TIFFANY HERVEY Architecture and design in Hawai‘i is much like its people—uniquely local but characterized by a multitude of worldwide influences. In Honolulu alone, one can see New England frame houses with high-pitched roofs and Hawaiian Gothic buildings influenced by Roman and Hawaiiana aesthetics from the Monarchy realm. Buildings like Bishop Museum boast rounded arches, barrel vaults and cruciform piers with dark basalt boulders that harken to the Hawaiian Romanesque. Hawaiian motifs and tropical treatments incorporated with modern Greek and Roman architectural styles can be seen at Hawaii Theatre and the Waikiki Natatorium. Many neighborhoods tell the story of plantation days with a variety of influences from Asia, such as Shoji screens, bilateral symmetry, enclosed courtyards and gabled roofs. While Hawai‘i is abundant with multicultural influence, it is also the most isolated place on Earth, so any kind of building begs for big-picture mindfulness. Enter Hawai‘i nei’s top tier of architects and deisgners. The fierce pioneers profiled here are models for the heights that hard work and imagination can reach. Perhaps their female nature is what also makes them known for designs that nurture Hawai‘i’s fragile ecosystem and limited resources. These leaders are giving back to the community as company policy and improving the planet one project at a time.


Linda Miki

Vice Chair and Principal, Group 70 International As a child, Linda Miki dreamed of being a surgeon. When she was eight years old, she would catch the bus to work at her dad’s gas station, which was right across the street from the Honolulu Academy of Arts and next door to Vladimir Ossipoff’s architecture office. She loved math and drawing, so her parents enrolled her in some art classes. The formal training was her very first introduction to appreciating culture and the arts. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Hawai‘i and is now vice chair and principal of award-winning design firm Group 70 International, which is a family of architects, planners, interior designers, civil engineers and asset managers dedicated to an integrated and collaborative approach to all projects. Group 70 is a pioneer in Hawai‘i’s sustainable design movement with 32 LEED Accredited Professionals, the largest body of LEED professionals within one company in Hawai‘i. The company follows a mantra that serves as the backbone of its business and the reason for its success: “We only do projects that improve our community, respect the environment and benefit Hawai‘i.”

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What is your favorite part about what you do? Mentoring. I feel like it’s my calling right now. To see people’s gifts and bring it out, help nurture it. Mentoring is deeply imbedded into my genetic makeup. I work closely with our firm’s next generation of leadership and always maintain an open-door policy with the staff. I love seeing the creative synergy of inspired ideas and teamwork. When each person in the team is operating with their gifts, it actually enhances and raises each other’s talents to another level.

What does it take to succeed in your line of work? Learn how to really listen. It is critical to listen and comprehend what the client wants and needs, what the team needs for you to do. Look at the big picture, think ahead and deliver more than what is expected. Surround yourself with talented, creative, smart people who are passionate about what they do. Be a lifelong learner, glean from others, but also share. Be a life giver, stay focused, work smart and keep a balanced life.

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What is your advice to future designers? Don’t focus on a position or title, but what fuels that fire in the belly. Do what you think is right for the community, the client and your own personal values and the other things will follow. Think like an owner and not an employee. Look for areas of improvement or focus on what you are passionate about. Share your gifts with others and don’t be afraid to make suggestions, they may actually like your ideas. Believe you have something to contribute. Don’t underestimate the importance of relationships—a balanced life and family. Having a satisfying personal life will positively affect all aspects of your world.


Tiare Noelani Pinto, CKD, Allied ASID, CGP

Born and raised in Kailua, O‘ahu, Tiare Noelani Pinto started out in the professional world selling furniture at CS Wo. She hated selling sofas but loved when she got to go to people’s homes and help them pick everything out. After graduating from Chaminade University with a certificate in interior design, Tiare worked with Liz Howard FASID for a few years and then formed TCB Island Interiors, working out of her home in Lanikai. She became certified as a kitchen designer and headed kitchen design firm Studio Becker with her brother for seven years. After rebranding the company to Archipelago Hawaii in 2009, they moved out of the Gentry Pacific Design Center to Kailua where they shared space with Mokulua High Performance Builders, the beginning of a fruitful design/build partnership. Tiare designed one of the first Gold Certified Green Homes with National Green Building Standard and continues to design many ground-up homes, including several LEED Homes and extensive remodels along with kitchens, baths and interiors.

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Archipelago Hawaii, President

The first ground-up home I designed was one of the first Gold Certified green homes in Hawai‘i with NGBS. The budget was tight, the family was awesome and we gave them a beautiful home that will function for their lifestyle for years to come. They let us do our job and design the best home we could within their budget. That sparked my interest in ground-up home design and green building practices.

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What has been your most proud project you’ve worked on and why?

What is your design philosophy? Form follows function. I feel strongly that each space needs to function for the occupants—then you can get down to the beauty of it. I also feel it’s important to learn what my client’s tastes are. I am not one to follow trends so I think people should express themselves in their space and surround themselves with things that they are attracted to. It’s my job to pull it all together and help them create flow and balance.

Hawai‘i’s isolated location creates lots of issues. We need to get everything here to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We are very limited in our selection of goods and services so I use local artisans and utilize repurposed materials whenever possible. Re-use Hawaii always has amazing treasures and now Habitat for Humanity also has a store.


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What are the unique challenges of your industry?

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Bettina Mehnert, AIA, LEED-AP

President and CEO, Architects Hawaii Going to architecture school in Germany’s oldest city, Trier—a metropolis of the Roman Empire over 2,000 years ago that also enjoyed prosperous medieval and Renaissance eras—offered Bettina Mehnert a deep well of inspiration. Born and raised in Germany, in between Düsseldorf and Cologne, she experienced the best of two worlds: a country upbringing in between two cosmopolitan cities. When she came to Hawai‘i in the late ’80s, she did not speak much English, but her computer knowledge made her attractive to larger architecture firms that were just starting to figure out how to adjust to the disruptive technology of CAD. She started at Architects Hawaii in 1988 and rose steadily, becoming the company’s first female principal, director, COO and now president and CEO. In addition to her role as CEO, she is the director of marketing and human resources. A registered architect in both Hawai‘i and Germany, her architectural résumé includes projects from across the world, in all markets and sizes.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I am a third-generation architect and knew first-hand how this profession can take over your life. I wasn’t sure I was ready for this, so I dreamt about everything from jockey to forest ranger. I am a trained carpenter—something I truly enjoyed doing, but it made me realize that I had the right profession and that I wanted more.

What is some advice that got you to where you are today? Stay true to yourself. Don’t do anything because you think it might advance your career. Work hard, always go the extra mile doing the right thing, have fun and be OK if you don’t get there. Learn from your failures as well as your successes. My mom told me at a young age: “If you really want something and end up not getting it, you didn’t want it bad enough.” Work hard and smart.

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What is innovative about your company’s business model? Our 1% Program. We pledge to donate one percent of our work effort as pro bono services to nonprofit organizations. We help empower those in our community to give back, helping them to materialize their visions to do more and better. Being with a firm that feels this is important and allows me to play an instrumental role is deeply satisfying and humbling.


Rhonda Goyke

President and Chief Executive Officer, Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability As a child, Rhonda Goyke dreamt of exploring the oceans and unspoiled natural world with renowned undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau—quite a jump from the deserts of Phoenix, Arizona where she was raised. After earning a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University, Rhonda moved to Hawai‘i, desiring to be close to water and rainforests. She sees Hawai‘i as the place to be focused on saving the environment where blessings are abundant, but there is also much to lose. As president and CEO of Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability, Rhonda runs the company at all levels, from marketing to budget to branding and daily operations. Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability is a full-service design firm with a strong commitment to health, sustainability, the environment and beautiful spaces.

What is the one question the consumer should always ask their design firm? “What amount of principal-level attention will my project receive?” Young architects are talented, but do not have the same level of experience as the architects good enough to be principals of a firm. Architecture is highly aesthetic problem solving, the more experience and practice you have the better you are, plain and simple. In many firms the principals are too busy running the business to actually work on projects any longer. Photo: Aaron Bernard

Some say building green costs more. What is the payoff? Adding healthy or green features may add to first costs, but as the saying goes, the results are priceless. Examples of features that add first costs include PV systems, battery backup for PV systems, water catchment and water purification systems, sound mitigation features if you’re noise sensitive, EMF mitigation features if you’re sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies, specialized indoor air quality features if allergies or asthma or health challenges indicate specialized systems are warranted. Some natural materials have a higher first cost than their synthetic counterparts that may contain harmful chemicals.

How did you happen upon this career path?

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I have always been drawn to health, science and nature with a strong aptitude for business, while my husband is a very talented architect who also loves nature and biophilic design. So combining our two separate businesses into one business was a perfect fit. And with most business decisions, the timing was right. The green movement was in its infancy and we were well positioned to be leaders in the field with a perfect partnership of design and science, which equals beautiful, functional projects. Proper green, healthy or sustainable design requires much more technical knowledge. Green architecture helps provide healthier living environments for humans while helping to save the planet one project at a time.


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Janine Clifford, AIA/AICP/ASID

President and Managing Principal, Clifford Planning & Architecture After parting ways with her previous architecture firm of 18 years, Janine Clifford envisioned a slightly different take on her profession—one founded on collaboration and design integration. Thus, Janine created the multi-disciplined facets of Clifford Planning & Architecture, a 25-person planning, architecture and interior design firm founded in 2001. Her firm was recently selected to design the Daniel Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership. They will be collaborating on design with the internationally acclaimed Pei Cobb Fried & Partners. Janine was born and raised in Honolulu. She is a proud alumnus of the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture and holds a Master in Design Studies (with distinction) and a Doctor of Design, both from Harvard University.

What values have shaped the way you work? I had great mentors along the way. Early in my career I learned that my gender didn’t matter if I didn’t let it limit and shape me. What mattered and still matters is hard work, perseverance, a can-do attitude in the face of adversity and the ability to share with and rely on my colleagues and peers. Over the years, a solid sense of humor, along with the ability to laugh at myself, has gone a long way toward achieving my goals. Adopting an ethos of lifelong learning has also served me well in an ever-changing field of new technologies and building practices.

How can modern living be more eco-minded? We have an example in a 24-unit sustainable residential housing project called Kapiwai or “sprinkling water,” which is under construction in Pauoa Valley. We are collaborating with Joel Turkel from Massachusetts and Mark de Reus from the Big Island to create an interpretation of a fresh, mid-century modern living urban oasis in harmony with the natural forest, the stream that runs through the site and the existing 25-foot waterfall. While the site could certainly accommodate more units, higher density does not always mean better. With more green land, our client will be able to set aside lands along the stream to restore the ancient lo‘i (taro patches) for the community.

What is your design philosophy? We are charged with a gift and a responsibility. If we set our sights a bit higher, no matter the project or work at hand, together we can dream of and build places and communities that transcend what we know today. We should never take this honor lightly.






CORPORATE LADDER • Jason Oshiro • As Jason Oshiro sits upright in his cozy Kapolei office, explaining what a day in his life is like as area vice president of Airgas, his calm and collected demeanor defy any notions of the stress and pressure one might expect associated with leading one of the state’s largest distributors of industrial, medical and specialty gases. Perhaps it goes back to his humble roots as a forklift driver for the company about 12 years ago, followed by years of consistently pushing his way to the top. “When I was 20 years old, I set myself to this course,” Oshiro says. “Part of that was schooling, part of that was hitting specific benchmarks within a company. It was executing on positions that I’ve held.” The 30-year-old Kunia native says attending college wasn’t even in his plan. He graduated from St. Louis School in 2001 and, a year later, entered the workforce at Airgas, which was Gaspro at the time. But after realizing that a college degree was essential to move his career forward, he enrolled in courses at Leeward Community College and then transferred to the University of Hawai‘i, West Oahu where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2009. “School definitely gives you discipline and understanding of what needs to happen to propel and administer a business,” Oshiro says. “It teaches you a lot of good fundamental business acumen skills that you wouldn’t otherwise learn.” Oshiro went a step further by pursuing an Executive Master of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University, while concurrently working his way up the chain. In just four years, he became a union foreman—directing workflow and production issues on the floor—and later took on several management roles including plant, distribution, operations, sales and district manager. By March 2014, he was promoted to area vice president of Airgas and now oversees the company’s manufacturing and retail operations, cylinder repackaging plants and branch and administrative staff for the entire state. Being responsible for seven branches and more than 100 employees can be a daunting task, especially given the fact that Airgas, a 32-year-old company with more than 1,100 branches nationwide, is based in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania. “It’s always a battle, especially in Hawai‘i, operating as a corporate-owned company because you’ve got a lot of

people communicating with you from three-thirty in the morning all the way till seven in the morning,” Oshiro says, adding that customer service is a core part of the business and contributes to the everyday challenges of being area vice president. “Anybody in the company can service a customer in good times and when transactions are smooth, but what really separates your company from everybody else is your ability to fix a customer’s problem as it happens,” he says. Through several acquisitions, Airgas bought out the now-defunct local company Gaspro in 2004. It currently services approximately 5,000 customers including medical health care facilities, construction firms, beverage companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, airline catering businesses and university and science labs. The company sells everything from carbon dioxide and dry ice to industrial gases and welding products. “When a nurse plugs into the wall, they expect oxygen to come out; when a welder cracks his gun, he expects to have gases come out; when a torch guy lights his torch up, he expects the gas to be there,” Oshiro says. “It’s not an option to run out.” Airgas also offers safety retail merchandise such as gloves for material handling and driving as well as face and eye protective gear. In fact, when it comes to business priorities, his number one goal is to safely and ethically take care of Airgas customers. Not only does that mean ensuring the safety of the products the company offers, but also simply emphasizing safety to sales associates on a daily basis. “Throughout the course of the day, it’s doing the right thing and then committing that we are going to do today safe,” Oshiro says. Meanwhile, having a sense of urgency when dealing with customers is an essential, everyday goal. That means responding to inquiries in a timely fashion and aiming for less than 10 emails in his inbox by the end of the day. Oshiro admits that assuming the head honcho role can get a little lonely, having to constantly mentor staff members and not always having the opportunity to bounce ideas off others. But at the same time, a job that enables him to see his employees thrive and find success in their business endeavors is something he would never trade for the world. “I want to be in a position to influence positive change for people.”

“Anybody in the company can service a customer in good times and when transactions are smooth, but what really separates your company from everybody else is your ability to fix a customer’s problem as it happens.”

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Revolusun Smart Home RevoluSun, Hawai‘i’s leading solar provider, is evolving into a one-stop shop for advanced sustainable home technology. RevoluSun’s new location off of Ward Avenue, located in the old Bank of Hawaii space, is a gathering place for eco-conscious homeowners, architects and residential home developers to meet and collaborate, while those interested in solar can also learn more about the latest in photovoltaic solar options and financing. RevoluSun’s showroom will feature their new “Smart Home” offerings.

SunBandit solar water heaters utilize innovative PV technology to deliver clean, reliable hot water by putting the abundant energy of the sun to work without utility oversight or approval. This product is eligible for PV tax credits. QuietCool whole house fans provide energy-efficient ventilation and cooling for the entire home and feature the best warranty in the industry. While the fans remove pet dander, odors, germs, smoke and VOC gases, they can also save homeowners up to 90 percent on air conditioning bills. The savings also include a $75 rebate from Hawaii Energy. Velux natural lighting solutions offer a wide variety of affordable, high-performance lighting solutions that bring daylight into interior spaces and improve indoor air quality. Velux fresh air skylights significantly reduce the need for electricity lighting and are also eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. Clipper Creek EV charging stations are a perfect marriage for those with solar panels. RevoluSun has chosen to install the workhorse of the industry, Clipper Creek, which has universal stations compatible with any electric vehicle on the market. As an dealer, RevoluSun advanced home automation and security offers energy management, home automation, video monitoring, keyless entry codes and locks and motion sensors. IntelliFlo variable speed pumps lead the way in poolside savings with electricity bill reductions of up to $1,500 a year, energy savings up to 90 percent over traditional pumps, dramatically quieter operation, variable speeds and built-in timers to assure optimum efficiency. “Solar is just one way to make our homes more energy-efficient,” says Chief Innovation Officer Eric Carlson. “We can help homeowners save in a variety of utility costs. We will be continuously adding to the Smart Home offerings and will hold regular, free educational seminars here in our new space. We invite the public to visit us to look, touch and learn more about sustainable home assets.”


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Alakea Construction Services Through the years, the construction industry in Hawai‘i has seen its fair share of ups and downs. The increased pressure of doing business in the Aloha State in conjunction with economic instability these past several years have caused many independently owned business ventures to dissipate. Few companies, like Alakea Construction Services (formerly 3 Builders Inc.), have managed to thrive in the tough economic state by staying relevant and adapting to the growing and everchanging industry. The locally owned and operated business provides intelligent, fast, high quality production as they have for the past 30 years. Alakea’s highend residential homes are unsurpassed in quality, style and durability. Additionally, their commercial construction projects are delivered on time and on budget consistently, with strict adherence to both safety and quality controls. With these credentials the company has truly earned the trust and respect from the community to become leaders in luxury custom-built construction. Alakea Construction Services reputation for premium quality controls has helped build a well-established clientele that continue to return. Their customers can rest assured that Alakea will continue to provide optimum results in budget, schedule and quality; ensuring that every project’s warranty program is well managed—repairs and refinements are performed quickly and properly. Quality of craftsmanship, repeat clientele and a drive for success have allowed Alakea to flourish in recent years with many projects on O‘ahu and throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In addition to rebranding the company, Alakea has also expanded their company through the inception of Alakea Site Construction, a heavy equipment and machinery rental division. 40

Alakea Construction Service’s formula for successful production continues to improve as they streamline their team of seasoned project managers and highly skilled administrative staff under the direction of Nick Denzer, BC owner and operator. Nick’s creative eye, innovative approach, experience and ability to manufacture a custom-built product are what set Alakea Construction Services apart from the others. Their motto, “build with us,” proves worthy as Hawai‘i’s best subcontractors and suppliers are eager to team up with Alakea to serve your every building need; delivering the same great services with the same great quality from the people you trust.


The Experienced Touch Are you looking to renovate your home but are afraid to make mistakes? Have you always wanted a designers touch but are afraid it was going to break your budget? Lauren Makk Interiors specializes in affordable luxury and offers full-scale services—no matter your budget. An Emmy-Award-winning interior designer from TLC’s Trading Spaces, Drill Team and Hotel Impossible, Lauren and her team of amazing designers are ready to assist you in creating the home of your dreams today! Please call (808) 744-3814 or email to schedule an appointment.

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GROUP 70 International This fall, CBRE Group, Inc., one of Hawai‘i’s largest commercial real estate firms, welcomed its employees to the newly redesigned office space at its Honolulu office. The 100-percent-free-address environment, part of CBRE’s global workplace strategy initiative Workplace360, enhances workplace flexibility, mobility, technology, wellness and productivity. CBRE’s Pauahi Tower office space offers employees 12 different ways of working, depending on their activities and needs on any given day. Highlights of the renovation include height-adjustable workstations, standard wrap-around desk workstations, huddle rooms, offices-fora-day, focus rooms, conference rooms, open team areas, touchdown spaces and RISE café, a gathering space located at the heart of the office where workers and clients can get a coffee, have lunch or work at high-tables, counters and small seating areas. The award-winning Workplace360 initiative has been implemented in 20 other CBRE offices around the world, with several more planned for 2015. “Because we are living this model ourselves, we’re able to provide our clients with greater insight as they reimagine their own work environments,” says Kim Lord, senior managing director of CBRE, Inc. Hawaii. “Working in partnership with Group 70 and our internal workplace strategy team, we were able to create a design that supports the way our employees work today.”

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ANNA EMERSON, IIDA Anna served as the interior designer on this project. She has more than 15 years of experience in commercial interior design projects, from corporate offices to educational facilities and senior living communities to medical office design, where she excels in conceptual design, space planning, design development and furniture and finish selection.

GROUP 70 INTERNATIONAL 925 Bethel Street, 5th Floor Honolulu, HI 96813 808.523.5866


Architects HAWAII LTD. design.elements Air You’re anxious. A CT scan means confinement. You dread the experience. With a breath of relief, you find the scanning room is as peaceful as a spa. Calming hues of sky blue and sunset orange color the light. Textured walls with sand and ocean motifs softly blanket the space. Water It’s your day in court. The weight of proceedings looms, but it’s not dark and gloomy. You can see the rhythm of the day through the prism of glass that reflects the patterns of an ocean you know well. You feel balanced and positive. The weight lifts. Earth It’s been a long day. All you want is peace and quiet. The door opens into harmony. Native greenery and stone surround and ground you. You’re home. Design shapes experiences. It connects and evokes emotions. We design for your experience.

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Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability has a strong track record for delivering innovative and creative solutions to challenging projects. From creating cool interior environments to fully integrated, off-the-grid, multiple-structure projects, no job is too complex for Green Sand. True to their reputation, Green Sand delivered yet another award-winning project, the 2014 BIA Overall Grand Award winner Hale Pacific Heights Place. The challenges of this project, met head on by a thorough study of the site, included designing a major renovation/addition while maintaining existing non-conformities, dealing with a steep site, capturing trade winds to reduce the need for AC, designing for natural daylighting to reduce energy demands, connecting the interior spaces to nature and views and fulfilling multiple other client goals. Hale Pacific Heights Place clearly shows what a major renovation and addition can accomplish. Many people struggle with visualization and cannot see the potential in existing buildings. It is important from an environmental perspective to save more buildings through renovations/additions. By showing examples of what can be done, we hope to demonstrate that wonderful homes can be created starting with existing structures. Not only is it good for the planet, but many times there are huge benefits to the owners due to changes in building codes over time. This wonderful house would not have been feasible if the old house had been demolished. What a wonderful story. What a transformation, to turn a mini-Winchester house into a one-of-a-kind, award-winning home.

Green Sand Architecture + Sustainability P.O. Box 2241 Honolulu, HI 96804 808/457.1360


Fine Design INTERIORS, INC. Fine Design Interiors, Inc., (FDI) a Hawai‘i Island-based firm specializing in residential interiors, assists clients with a variety of projects ranging from quaint beach cottages to construction management on the highest-end luxury resort homes. Led by Principal Designer Shirley Wagner ASID-NICDQ, the experienced team at Fine Design has been rewarded with a multitude of highly prestigious design industry awards for their work, which spans 25 years in Hawai‘i. FDI has also been commissioned to work in California, Colorado, Washington and the Caribbean. Some of the more outstanding projects in the FDI portfolio include the historic Charles Dickey Residence in Honolulu, several Kukio Resort residences, an Estate Villa at Hainoa at the Hualalai Resort, Hokulia Resort Residence, Modern Hawaii Beach Cottage and Mauna Kea Villa, among many others. In their mission to promote beautiful, healthy furnishings and to honor the natural environment, Fine Design has recently joined the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Ms. Wagner is assisted by a talented team of designers including Lead Project Designer Diane Bobek and Project Designer Kiana Waters Allied Member, ASID. Together they are committed to designing beautiful, mindful spaces that tastefully blend art, textures, materials, form and function to create an authentic, true sanctuary for living.

Fine Design Interiors, Inc. P.O. Box 7019 Kamuela, Hi 96743 808.885.8992

has been working throughout the Hawaiian Islands for 25 years and on the mainland since 1987. Her widely published work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards. Clients appreciate Shirley’s ability to listen well and understand their needs, making the design process streamlined and enjoyable.

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Big Projects “Map” Small Firm Designing and building in Hawai‘i is changing, thus design demands need evolution when looking for the right designer. Sustainability has become a must, collaboration is imperative and design and delivery are what sets a design firm apart from the others. Honolulu-based Clifford Planning + Architecture may have just recently been spotted on the “map” with some large-scale projects, but they’ve been designing in Downtown Honolulu for the past 13 years. This small, woman-owned company, led by Dr. Janine S. Clifford AIA/ASID/AICP, has learned to evolve with the changing times through rapid staff growth and partnerships with well-known firms and clients. Utilizing BIM technology and fostering creativity with designs, planning and partnerships have successfully captured the attention of clients both old and new. The variety of projects available are vast and CPA has had the opportunity to provide its stateof-the-art capabilities in design and planning services for some of these projects on Maui, Kaua‘i and Moloka‘i. Larger projects include the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope Administrative Building on Maui, the Kapiwai Urban Luxury Homes in Honolulu, the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole Federal Building and the U.S. Courthouse. Contending with Hawai‘i’s leading designers and keeping up with the design demands of our regenerating economy has kept CPA’s avidity competitive, while Dr. Clifford’s unique and functional designs have set CPA apart.

Clifford Planning + Architecture LLC 55 Merchant Street, Suite 3020 Honolulu, HI 96813 808.537.1200 www.



MOKULUA High Performance Builder What happens when you upgrade the world’s premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings? LEED version 4 is here and this newly constructed four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, 3,200-square foot home in Kailua is the first single-family residence in the United States to pursue and obtain LEED for Homes v4 certification, which will be introduced to the market in the summer of 2015. With its combination of Energy Star lighting fixtures and appliances, solar hot water system and significantly improved thermal barrier, the home’s electrical load is minimal, requiring a much smaller PV system to achieve a level of energy efficiency that is near net-zero consumption. As a new requirement for LEED, the home was completed using the EPA’s Water Budget Tool, a method for reducing overall water usage by utilizing high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and irrigation. One of the most notable features of this high-performance home is the continuous radiant barrier, which extends from the foundation to the roof. In Hawai‘i, radiant barriers are typically limited to the roof, but this newly introduced radiant system ensures that ultra-violet radiant heat transfer is greatly reduced from the exterior walls as well as the roof, keeping these happy homeowners cool in the summer and more comfortable during Hawai‘i’s cooler months. At Mokulua High Performance Builders, we consistently challenge the status quo and incorporate the industry’s best practices from design to completion, ensuring all of our clients get the high performance quality, durability and sustainability Mokulua is known for, at a cost that beckons with affordability!

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Archipelago Hawaii Archipelago Hawaii has been designing interiors, kitchens and baths in collaboration with architects for years. This experience has brought to light the disconnect that so often happens when several experts are brought in on a project at different phases. This compelled Archipelago Hawaii President Tiare Pinto to develop a design team that brings together the designer, structural engineer, general contractor and any other specialists necessary for each project. With Archipelago Hawaii leading the way, working as a team from the inception of the project has proven to create a more cohesive process and avoid costly changes and oversights. With exceptional design expertise and knowledge of the latest products, Archipelago Hawaii’s team provides a complete resource for the homeowner. We design new homes and home remodeling projects. From inception of the design and selection of finishes to procurement of products and delivery to the job site, Archipelago Hawaii is the liaison between the client and all of the various specialists on the project. Our project management team will be onsite to make sure everything goes as planned and that both client and contractor have all the answers they need to complete the project on time and on budget. Our goal is to make this a pleasant experience for everyone. Archipelago Hawaii is a complete design resource. Visit for complete details and more photos of completed projects.

TIARE NOELANI PINTO, CKD, ALLIED ASID, CGP As president of Archipelago Hawaii, Tiare draws on many years of design-related experience to make clients’ visions a reality. As past owner of SlipCovers, Etc., TCB Island Interiors and Studio Becker Honolulu, she honed her skills as a one-stop design resource handling both residential and commercial projects.

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You’re tired. You’re busy. You had a long day at the office. You’re stressed out and crunched for time—cooking, cleaning, organizing and working out is taking a backseat to endless work tasks. The Wall Street Journal asked serial innovator and University of Pennsylvania professor of entrepreneurship Karl Ulrich his thoughts on maintaining a work-life balance. “Balance implies a yin and a yang, pros and cons, costs and benefits. In my experience, that’s a misframing of entrepreneurial life,” he stated. “As an entrepreneur, work is your life, so embrace that reality.” This is a disheartening concept for professionals who do not prefer an all-work, no-play regimen. Should they give up the search for that elusive happy medium between professional and personal time? The work demands of entrepreneurs, CEOs and business owners are often inextricable from travel, social and recreational activities. However, new companies, aware of the businessperson’s unique circumstances, are creating niche products and services that not only simplify daily activities, but also maximize time spent on work and personal ventures.

Eat Here Preparing and packing home-cooked meals for long office days can be an arduous task. The need for convenience, however, can negatively affect food choices. “At work, on the days I forget to pack lunch, I make the worst decisions,” admits Kyle Shimoda, a self-professed health and fitness devotee. He and partner Lori Kohara created Food Centric, a meal and delivery service, to remedy the issue. Food Centric offers individual and business plans built upon a Whole Foods Personal Shopper Program model in three ways: increasing convenience, curbing unhealthy eating habits and controlling portion sizes. Rather than delivering raw ingredients to customers’ doorsteps, Food Centric takes its service one step further with prepared meals delivered to the home or office in BPA-free, vacuum-sealed packaging. Set the package to boil for complete meals like cioppino, Irish lamb stew or ratatouille and bok choy within minutes. In addition to delivering freshly prepared meals, Food Centric offers educational seminars on healthy eating, company meal programs and

corporate wellness collaboration. Where nutrition is concerned, a lack of preparation time doesn’t have to mean a lack in quality.

Fit and Connected The same mindset that favors fast food over healthy, homemade meals also tends to neglect physical fitness. Businesses like the Honolulu Club serve dual purposes of assisting career growth while encouraging personal health, allowing you to make both endeavors a priority. Upscale athletic and social club, Honolulu Club offers programs assisting members in both endeavors. Club membership comes with a range of wellness program options, including classes with certified personal trainers, group fitness courses and practice areas for racquetball, tennis, golf and basketball. Catering to a clientele of executives and business owners, Honolulu Club membership includes access to the exclusive H Club Network, a networking hub of professionals that facilitates member-to-member business referrals and offers.

A Click Away A great leader’s capabilities are limited wihout an effectively managed schedule, which often requires a second hand. Virtual assistance is a means of getting necessary professional, administrative and technical support without worrying about the logistics of hiring an in-house employee. San Francisco- and Las Vegas-based Zirtual hires a virtual assistant for you, employing exclusively U.S.-based college graduates who have completed a rigorous training program. The Zirtual Assistants, or ZAs, are trained to assist in everything from scheduling meetings, booking travel itineraries and making purchases to market research, copy editing and social media posting. “Zirtual has been amazing,” shares Michael Puhala, vice president of worldwide sales engineering at Lithim Technologies. “Starting in on my third month with my ZA, I am better organized, more efficient and more productive in my job as I can now spend time on more strategic, high-value tasks related to revenue of our business, rather than be dragged down by much of the ‘administrivia.’”


Keep It Clean Online assistance is effective for administrative tasks, but subduing a chaotic home and office environment requires an in-person expert to better organize your space. Enter Aloha Organizers, an O‘ahu-based professional organizing company that not only declutters, but also implements action plans to keep their clients organized. “So much of business is about fighting fires, dealing with whatever situation is screaming the loudest,” says Nancy Nino, owner of Aloha Organizers. “It’s taxing on the psyche to be operating this way constantly. When you have rock solid systems in place, it’s much easier to deal with the fireballs.” Aloha Organizers offers a range of home, office, photo and estate organizing services. In addition to filing paperwork and rearranging rooms, Nancy and her team specifically cater to entrepreneurs with

their office organization service and productivity and time management training. Aloha Organizers assist with institutional development and provide outsourcing suggestions to promote more efficient work habits. “Organization is about habits. It is just as easy to be in good habits as it is to be in bad habits,” Nancy explains. “When professionals take the time and make the investment to work with an organizer or productivity coach, they are generally motivated to make changes that are going to make their work life easier.”

assistance during a vacation, these luxury packages supply full-time childcare along with special services ranging from airport pickups and restaurant reservations to grocery shopping and activity arrangements. Happy Kids also partners with Luxury Retreats so that families staying at specific, high-end retreats and villas can utilize their services to bank quality travel time for the whole family.

Keiki Care Seeking professional assistance in your work life is a straightforward decision compared to entrusting an outside party with childcare. Happy Kids, a nanny service working on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and parts of the mainland, offers luxury and travel packages that cater directly to parents with demanding careers. “Our nannies are vetted and have a lot of experience in childcare,” explains Julia Wurst, marketing and events manager for Happy Kids. “We make childcare easy and stress-free.” Whether you’re on a business trip or need

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organized is activity the first step totoward From cocktail receptions Staying to culinary & beverage stations productivity. formal dinners, we design balanced menus and well-orchestrated Luxury Retreats events that result in pure gastronomic harmony.

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Selecting your event-planning dream team

The foundation of event success is building a team that will collaborate to make your vision a reality, no matter what obstacles emerge. Case in point: Heroes of Aloha, a community event held in recognition of our 30 th anniversar y. Initially planned for the Waikiki Shell, we had to change venues just two days before the actual event because of a potential hurricane. Thanks to a stellar team, calls were made, logistics were reworked, guests were notified and the result was event perfection. Here are several steps to building a great event team.

As the president of Current Affairs, Philip Richardson has more than 30 years of experience conceptualizing and implementing extraordinary events throughout Hawai‘i. His past work includes positions with London’s Capital Hotel and Hotel Lancaster in Paris.

DETERMINING YOUR NEEDS The first step in executing your event is always to clearly spell out the event objectives. Next, assess the structure of your event team. For example, determine whether you are going to hire an event coordinator to oversee all aspects of the event or if you are going to act as the event’s “general contractor.” If you prefer the latter, break the event down into key areas: location with parking and signage, food and beverage, decor and design, entertainment and audio-visual. REQUESTING PROPOSALS When utilizing assistance from outside organizations, you may need to draft a request for proposal (RFP) to handle the different aspects of your event. Your RFP should address the following questions: who, what, where, when, how and why. In addition, the RFP must clearly spell out your event vision, including your event objectives, the scope of the work and any special conditions. When sending RFPs to a select group of qualified companies, I recommend soliciting three companies to receive a well-rounded estimate of the perspective costs. You should be available to respond to questions through a certain date and the proposals should be submitted by a specific yet reasonable deadline. The date you award the contract should also be stated. SELECTING YOUR TEAM What’s the best way to choose your team? Firsthand experience is always the best method, but referrals from trusted peers are also an excellent source. This is a critical part of the process. Your team will be your reputation, your brand and your success. A wise choice comes through diligent research and a common understanding of goals seen in the proposal. Your talented team will prevail through their attitude, passion for the work and professionalism in how they present their proposals. The world of events gives room for some very full, colorful and elaborate presentations, so be ready for Pinterest-type collages of inspirational photos, sample videos, floor plans and preliminary show flows to share with your team. Once you have selected your winning team, there is no time to waste. Set up a meeting right away to make sure any modifications or updates are covered and verify that all team players are working collaboratively.





TOMORROW • Amy Brinker •

“When I applied for law school, in my application I wrote that my job wasn’t invented yet,” recalls Amy Brinker, sustainability manager for Kamehameha Schools. “My thought was that we live in a changing world and the jobs we need tomorrow are not around today. I didn’t want to practice law in the traditional sense. I wanted to leverage that training in the business world.” The day after she graduated from the University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law with a focus on Native Hawaiian law and environmental law, the Texas native began work at one of Hawai‘i’s first local sustainability consultancies, architecture firm KYA Sustainability Studio. She worked there as director of policy on a variety of sustainability projects for public, private and nonprofit clients. It was hard for her to leave a great team, but she followed her gut and accepted the position of sustainability manager for Kamehameha Schools earlier this year. In her new role under the chief financial officer in the Facilities and Finance Group at Kamehameha Schools, Brinker will chair the organization-wide sustainability council, creating and directing sustainability programs, projects and initiatives. One important task she is currently working on is the integration of sustainability into the next five-year plan. Brinker is also working to understand environmental impacts involving water, waste and energy on Kamehameha Schools campuses and Kawaihao Plaza, securing rebates from Hawaii Energy at Kamehameha Schools properties, helping implement sustainability curriculum for students and professional development workshops for kumu and giving presentations to inform Kamehameha Schools’ staff about the sustainability council. “Sustainability is not new to Kamehameha Schools,” she explains. “There are a lot of people who have been incorporating sustainability into their work there for a long time. One challenge in my work is understanding what these folks have already started and figuring out how to design a formal sustainability program to support their efforts.” Another challenge Brinker is tackling is designing a system for succession. There are many opportunities to get Kamehameha Schools students involved in a robust sustainability program and create a rich, place-based learning environment. “They can and should be a part of the research,

design and development of sustainability projects,” she maintains. “I want to help grow the future leaders of Hawai‘i and support Kamehameha Schools’ transition to an even more sustainable organization.” While she thinks it’s important for young people to have a strong voice in the business community, Brinker hopes that those young, strong voices come with even stronger hearing. “We have a lot to offer and a lot to learn,” she states. “There are a lot of systems that have become so routine, businesses don’t realize they are no longer the most efficient or effective way to do things. The business community needs what I would call ‘bridge people,’ people who can learn the old systems—how they work and why they existed—and communicate that to young people so they understand that any new system proposed needs to address certain issues.” Brinker was raised to rever previous generations. She has vivid memories of summers spent with her grandparents and great grandparents. Her grandmother was a tireless volunteer and they spent hours together dropping off meals for seniors with the Mealson-Wheels program. “She still volunteers a lot at her church,” Brinker says. “She believes in giving back when you have been blessed with the time or resources to do so.” While her elders stayed put, Brinker’s family moved a lot. She went to three junior highs and four high schools across the state of Texas. She was bit by the surf bug on Galveston Island, a passion that subsequently led her to Hawai‘i. “Of all the places we lived and all the places we visited, whether at my grandparents’ houses or on vacations, I remember spending time outside or in the water,” she describes. “I probably spent half of my childhood in the water. My brother and I were both on the swim team and when I was old enough, one of my first jobs was lifeguarding.” A love of the outdoors and community service has driven the 32-yearold toward innovative policy work, the kind that has the big picture of a sustainable future at its core. She has no real blueprint to follow in her specific job title, so she is trusting her instincts and keeping in mind a time-tested recipe for professional success: “As best as I can tell, the formula has not really changed from what it seems to have been for a long time—working smart, hard and with a sense of humor and thick skin.”

“There are a lot of systems that have become so routine, businesses don’t realize they are no longer the most efficient or effective way to do things.

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• Lauren C. Roth Venu • Who would have thought that after a renewable energy boom there would be a new renewable in the pipeline—water. Lauren C. Roth Venu did. “Water is not a finite resource, it’s just disappearing from where we find it today,” says Venu, who combines the imagination of an artist with the practicality of a scientist as the president of Roth Ecological Design International. Since 2006, she and her staff have imagined ways to capture and reuse water, to recharge water supplies and apply new methods to regenerate this critical resource. Roth Ecological provides consulting, project management, master planning and design/build services for sustainable water projects and wastewater management. Seventy percent of the work is in the private sector and the rest involves government contracts. Venu and her staff work to address issues of pollution, drought and waste. According to a Department of Land and Natural Resources planner, O‘ahu has only half the water supply it did 100 years ago. Venu adds there is also a weather twist predicted—arid leeward areas will become dryer and windward and mountain areas are expected to become even wetter. Venu attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned an environmental science degree specializing in water resources. Her studies included water law, policy, water science and economics. “Being young and wanting to save the world, I became frustrated,” she recalls. Venu joined a research project related to the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Denver. The area had become a radioactive dump and scientists were researching how sunflowers could break down radioactivity to make the dangerous material benign. Venu began working with John Todd, inventor of the Living Machine, a nature-based filtration system comprised of bacteria, microorganisms, plants, fungi, shrimp and fish. In early 2000, Todd and Venu shipped the Living Machine to O‘ahu and put it to use filtering waste from a slaughterhouse on Fort Weaver Road in ‘Ewa. When the facility closed, a full-scale ecological treatment system was established at its new location in Campbell Industrial Park. “Pollution is just a resource that is out of place,” says Venu. Venu continued her schooling and received a Master in Oceanography from the University of Hawai‘i. Yet again she yearned to be on the front lines to combat pollution and advance sustainability. She performed feasibility studies for clients Maui Land & Pineapple, Kapalua Resort on Maui and the Rocky Mountain Institute for a resort project on the Big

Island. Venu didn’t limit herself to the islands. She volunteered with Engineers Without Borders and went to Thailand, where officials in the village of Ban Mae Wan proposed building a dam for crop irrigation. She instead presented them with a water management plan, cautioning that a dam would lead to water shortages downstream and could cause a flood during a major storm. The project is ongoing with the goal of establishing a water management framework for nearby villages as well. Roth Ecological’s current Big Island projects utilize constructed wetlands technology. The new Kaiser Permanente in Kona was unable to connect to the municipal sewer system and has instead implemented an on-site treatment system using wetlands, allowing water to be recycled for irrigation. A similar project is under construction at the University of Hawai‘i West Hawai‘i campus at Palamanui. Following completion in 2016, the school’s wetlands will eliminate the need for the county wastewater treatment system. “Wetlands are the kidneys of the planet,” Venu explains. “These ecosystems allow waste particles to settle out.” Managing water supplies in such decentralized ways prevents water waste. They permit the reuse of water similar to how renewable energy is generated, she adds. The current infrastructure sends used water offshore or it simply runs off, polluting sea life and coral reefs. Perpetuating water also means developing mindfulness in the next generation. To educate youth, Venu plans to utilize the Water Institute for Sustainability Education, or WISE, her company’s non-profit affiliate. Her goal is for students to retain sustainability concepts as they become adults. Venu may have found a way to merge art and science to perpetuate water and wants to raise the bar for her own company by obtaining larger development projects and more federal work. “Without water, we don’t have much chance in the islands,” says Venu. “Or we’ll have to build expensive water desalination plants and pay the costs to run them.”

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Garden Isle Style Hawai‘i Fashion Month hits Kaua‘i Hawai‘i Fashion Month made its Kaua‘i debut this past fall as part of a state-wide effort to promote Hawai‘i’s $750 million fashion industry. Kicking off in early November to coincide with Honolulu Fashion Week on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Fashion Month Kaua‘i spotlighted local designers and artisans throughout the month with events including a launch party in the Kaua‘i Museum courtyard, fashion shows at The Shops at Kukui‘ula in Po‘ipu and the Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihue and a trade seminar at KaiKini Bikini in Kapa‘a. Initiatives down the line for Kaua‘i Fashion Month include partnering with Kauai Made to connect members of Kaua‘i’s fashion industry through the program’s online index of local products and businesses. Hawai‘i Fashion Month Kauai also saw the arrival of Kaua‘i fashion on O‘ahu, a development made possible by the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce and Hawai‘i Fashion Month organizer the Hawai‘i Fashion Incubator, an organization working to develop Hawai‘i’s fashion industry as a tourist draw and economic driver. Six designers from the artist collective Kauai Art Factory presented a runway show on day two of the first-ever Honolulu Fashion Week, which ran November 6 through November 9 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Their thematic “A Journey to Kaua‘i” show featured apparel by Gypsy Rain and Chez Chanterelle, jewelry by Veronica Jewels and Melea Artistry, swimwear by Bikini 808 Hawaii and accessories from Tikishiki and Salt Designs, with contributions by O‘ahu-based stylists adding to the interisland collaboration. —Lauren McNally



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First Hawaiian Bank sponsored its 40th annual Kaua‘i County Business Outlook Forum at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort. Dr. Jack Suyderhoud discussed Kaua‘i’s economic forecast for 2015 and Dr. Ken Miller presented the national and global economic forecast and a market analysis.

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The business of flying From tours to conservation with Paradise Helicopters “I can’t keep our pilots out of the sky,” says Waynette Kwon, director of marketing for Paradise Helicopters. “They just have to be helping out in some way or sharing what they love about Hawai‘i with our visitors.” That jones for airtime is met with a solid foundation in sustainability on the ground. In addition to its sightseeing operation, Paradise Helicopters transports birders and entomologists, works closely with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies on special projects, conducts bridge and irrigation repairs, provides maintenance and pilots for the backup helicopter at the Hawaii County Fire Department and, most recently, operates media flights around Pahoa and resident flights for families who want to see their homes from above. “It just so happens that we also fly tours,” Kwon says. “And they are awesome, but we do so much more.” Paradise Helicopters founder Calvin “Cal” Dorn got his start flying in the Marine Corps and later continued his studies in forestry at Humboldt State University. It didn’t take long for him to migrate to the islands and combine his awe of nature with his love for flying. He began with utility missions, fixing fences and working on invasive species projects. Soon after, he was picking up tours for other operators as a side gig. An experience en route to a conservation project—Dorn dropped off a friend atop one of the local mountains for a few hours to explore— changed everything. “My friend was thrilled at the end of the day when I picked him up and that morphed into a real intent to try to land visitors and get them out of the helicopter,” Dorn says, referring to tours like his Volcano Kohala Landing, which includes an exclusive stop to step off the chopper and get up close and personal with nature. “The minute you turn the engine off and hear the birds and the rushing water, the mode of transportation matters less. My quest and joy is helping others gain an appreciation for the land and show them places they didn’t know existed.” To Dorn and his team, sharing Hawai‘i is nearly as important as being involved in the community. Community service, he insists, is just good stewardship. Partnering with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, leading the restoration of Puo‘o Ranch and working closely with the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation top the list of recent activities. That list, as Kwon will tell you, “runs a mile long.” Their goodwill and constant behind-the-scenes efforts have paid off. Paradise Helicopters added six new tours in the last year alone: five on the Big Island and the Magnum Experience, with the doors on or off, at Turtle Bay on O‘ahu. The company boasts 11 tours on the Big Island, six on O‘ahu, nine choppers and 16 pilots. “When we first started out we thought, how hard can it be?” chuckles a now-seasoned Dorn, who recounts launching Paradise Helicopters in 1997 with his savings and a vision for charting new paths. “Well, it was harder than we thought, but it has been well worth it. We’ve gone from one Jet Ranger to a whole fleet and it’s been a wonderful ride.” —Tara Zirker


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Keauhou is home to several locales significant to Hawai‘i’s rich history, including a ho- lua course used in sporting events by ancient Hawaiian nobility. Now, island visitors can partake in a variety of activities that not only celebrate the site’s rich history, but afford adventures and thrills, support local industry and showcase Keauhou in all of its natural beauty.



Photos: Friends of ‘Iolani Palace

The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace are dedicated to the restoration of the palace and the preservation of the history of the Hawaiian monarchy

‘Iolani Palace was the center of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1882 to 1893. The official residence of King Kalakaua and his successor, Queen Lili‘uokalani, it was where the leading men and women of the Hawaiian Islands met and mingled with distinguished visitors from overseas. Princes and prelates, diplomats and naval officers, writers and artists, entrepreneurs and adventurers were welcomed and entertained with typical Hawaiian aloha. Kamehameha I established the Hawaiian monarchy in 1796. It lasted until 1893, when it was overthrown during Queen Lili‘uokalani’s reign and replaced first by a provisional government and then by the Republic of Hawai‘i. In 1898, the Hawaiian Islands were annexed to the United States as a territory. In 1959, the Territory of Hawai’i became the 50th state of the United States of America. After the end of the Hawaiian monarchy, the palace was converted into legislative halls and executive offices. Government business continued to be conducted in the palace until a state capitol was completed adjacent to the palace grounds in 1969. After extensive restoration, ‘Iolani Palace was reopened to the public in 1978 as a historic house museum, once again reflecting the regal grandeur it possessed during the days of the monarchy.

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The First Renovation Was a Demolition While King Kalakaua was on the U.S. mainland coping with affairs of state, he entrusted his brother-in-law, Archibald S. Cleghorn, with the task of sprucing up the old palace and its grounds. With $16,000 appropriated by the Hawaiian legislature, Cleghorn supervised the demolition of a number of subsidiary buildings in the royal compound and the renovation of several others, but soon discovered that termites had ruined the palace. The aging structure was in such poor condition that the thrifty Scot decided it would be a waste to spend any more money on it and ordered it torn down. When King Kalakaua returned from his travels, all that was left of his palace was the foundation. It took a few years for the King to persuade the legislature to appropriate enough money to build a new official residence. In 1878, $50,000 was set aside for the construction of a second ‘Iolani Palace. Building costs escalated over the next few years and by 1884, $350,000 had been spent on the royal residence. On December 31, 1879, Queen Kapi‘olani’s 45th birthday, the cor-

nerstone of the palace was laid with full Masonic rites. A copper casket containing memorabilia of the day was inserted into a hollowed-out concrete block and the cornerstone was lowered into place as the Royal Hawaiian Band played solemn music. King Kalakaua and the Masonic Grand Master descended into the site to supervise the elaborate ritual. This ceremony is recorded in detail in contemporary newspapers and Masonic accounts, but mystery surrounds the event today. When subsequent restoration of the palace was undertaken in 1969, the cornerstone could not be found. Architects poured over the blueprints, archaeologists probed the foundations and the U.S. Army even assigned its metal detection squad to assist in the search, but the cornerstone has still not been located.

Rebuilding a Palace Local contractors, artisans and laborers built most of the palace, but much of the material used was imported. Redwood and Port Oxford cedar were imported from the Pacific Northwest, sheets of etched glass for the doors of the main hall and plate glass for the other doors and windows arrived from San Francisco, as did the cast iron columns that line the verandas. Also from California came two dumbwaiters, small elevators operated by ropes and pulleys used to convey food from the kitchen in the basement to the dining room on the first floor and private apartments on the second. Slate for the roof was shipped all the way from a quarry in Pennsylvania. The architectural style of the new palace has been called American Florentine, but its solid bulk, deep verandas, high ceilings and proliferation of doors and windows bears a close resemblance to many important governmental-colonial residences erected in tropical and subtropical countries during the late Victorian period. King Kalakaua took an active interest in the construction of his new palace and it was at his instigation that many progressive elements were included. For example, in the early 1880s, the use of concrete was new to masons throughout the world, but several experts in this modern building technique had been brought to Hawai‘i by the Hawaiian government ten years earlier to work on Ali‘iolani Hale and were still in Honolulu. The plumbing arrangements were lavish. On the second floor, there were four full bathrooms, an almost unheard of luxury in the 1880s. The King’s copper-lined bathtub was seven feet long. No expense was spared


Time for a Full-Scale Restoration

in providing the most modern plumbing throughout the building. The washbasins were made of Italian marble. Off the dining room were two water closets for guests and, in the spacious butler’s pantry, copper sinks and running water were installed. In the basement, there were deep sinks in the kitchen and laundry rooms and the staff was provided with a bathtub, cold-water shower and toilets. The new palace was initially provided with gas chandeliers, the most modern lighting at that time. But in 1881, on his trip around the world, the King was enthralled with a display of electric lights he saw in Paris. Kalakaua resolved to import electricity into the Hawaiian Islands and use his palace as a showplace for this latest marvel. A telephone was immediately installed in the palace after Charles O. Berger established the Hawaiian Bell Telephone Company in 1880. A replica of an 1883 telephone is exhibited in the King’s library. Another innovation that the King incorporated into the palace was the use of water from an artesian well. In 1883, a team of well drillers struck a vein of artesian water 730 feet below the rear of the palace. This new source supplied water to the royal household and, eventually, the entire neighborhood. The original well, located near the gate between the palace grounds and the Capitol, was covered in 1921 with a fountain-like structure. In 1882, King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi‘olani moved into their new palace. From then until the King’s death in 1891 and throughout the reign of his sister Queen Lili‘uokalani, ‘Iolani Palace was the formal residence of the monarchs of Hawai‘i. It was not their only home, but the palace was the focal point of political and social life for the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.


Hawai‘i became a territory of the United States of America in 1900 and, in 1959, the 50th state of the union. During all those years, ‘Iolani Palace was used by the governor and his staff and by the legislature of the territorial and state governments until 1969, when Governor John A. Burns and his administration moved into the new capitol adjacent to the palace grounds. In 1938, the Throne Room was restored and a number of internal supporting beams replaced, but it was not until 1969 that a full-scale restoration of the palace was initiated. The floors, walls and ceilings had to be completely stripped, plumbing and electric wiring were rerouted and steel members were inserted to insure the stability of the structure. Once architects and builders were assured that the palace was sound, new wooden floors were installed, walls and ceilings were replaced and a master plasterer was brought out of retirement in Italy to replicate monarch-period plaster designs on the ceilings. Slowly, the palace was restored to its former grandeur. Before that time, however, a good deal of groundwork had already been done on plans for restoration. Mrs. Lili‘uokalani Kawananakoa Morris, a grandniece of Queen Kapi‘olani and daughter of David Kawananakoa, one of the last royal princes of Hawai‘i, founded a community-based organization. The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace was dedicated to the restoration of the palace and the preservation of the history of the Hawaiian monarchy. After her death, other members of the Hawaiian royal family—especially her daughter, Abigail Kekaulike Kawananakoa—carried on the work of The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace. In 1965, the Junior League of Honolulu funded and staffed a scholarly investigation into the construction, decoration, furnishing and use of the palace and the planting of the grounds during the late monarchy period. Members of the League’s research committee combed old inventories, government records and the newspapers of the latter part of the 19th century in an effort to assemble an accurate picture of the palace during King Kalakaua’s reign. The physical restoration of the building began in 1969 under the supervision of The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace and the architectural guidance of the late Geoffrey W. Fairfax, F.A.I.A. Restoration cost more than $7 million, which was provided by the State of Hawai‘i. The Friends also solicited money from private sources and foundations to acquire and restore original palace furnishings, which had since been scattered about the world. Meticulous curatorial sleuthing uncovered pieces in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Through exhaustive scientific analyses, restorers determined the original fabrics and finishes to be duplicated on all surfaces and furnishings throughout the palace. Carpets and draperies from a century ago were carefully recreated, often with only a minute fragments of the original material for reference. Coordinated by palace staff and in cooperation with eminent conservators and craftsmen from many parts of Europe and America, the restoration reflects furnishings and decorative styles faithful to the period in adherence to the latest and highest museum interpretive standards. This protracted and costly effort has returned the palace to an extremely close approximation of its original appearance and constitutes one of the most extensive historic house restorations in America.




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Numerous events take place around Town, providing great opportunities to celebrate, educate and network.

PACIFIC EDGE MAGAZINE’S A TOAST TO 2014 Over 200 attendees gathered in the exclusive thirdfloor watch room at T Galleria Hawaii by DFS for the launch of Pacific Edge Magazine’s fourth quarter issue. Guests networked over hosted drinks and hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed shopping promotions and giveaways including designer accessories and a round-trip ticket on Alaska Airlines. Photos: Dave Livingston, Aaron Bernard

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAWAII HOSTS 3RD ANNUAL BUSINESS ON THE GREEN GOLF TOURNAMENT The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii held its 3rd Annual Business on the Green Golf Tournament, presented by ALSCO, at Kapolei Golf Course where more than 120 players gathered to compete in friendly competition, hone their golf skills, enjoy great food and engage in meaningful networking. A variety of local businesses and restaurants participated to keep golfers well nourished and hydrated while playing on the course. The evening was capped off by an awards banquet ceremony, during which golfers were rewarded with great prizes including free trips, hotel stays and restaurant and other gift certificates. Photos: Dave Miyamoto


EUROCINEMA HAWAI‘I AWARDS GALA The EuroCinema Hawai‘i Film Festival, a “festival within a festival” showcasing the best of European film in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival, hosted its fifth annual awards gala at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. The black-tie event commenced with lavish red-carpet arrivals and a gourmet food and wine reception, followed by a prestigious awards program and Casino Royale-themed after-party. Photos: Courtesy of EuroCinema Hawai‘i; Ed Morita, Mark Ramelb



SOCIAL STUDIES GREEN MAGAZINE HAWAI‘I END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION Green Magazine Hawai‘i debuted its final issue of 2014 at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. Taking in specialty organic cocktails and farm-to-table appetizers, attendees filled the Monarch Room and Terrace to net work, visit sponsor booths and hear presentations by guest speakers Alan Hornstein, owner and president of Lenox Metals, Waikiki Aquarium Director Andrew Rossiter and Kelly Hoen, the resort’s general manager, who spoke about The Royal Hawaiian’s “Pink is the New Green” sustainability initiative. Photos: Dave Livingston

CABARAE GRAND OPENING PREMIERE PARTY Following a preview run over the summer and soft opening on Halloween, Waikiki’s spellbinding new variety show celebrated its official premiere and the grand opening of a custom-designed, multimilliondollar CabaRAE showroom and afterhours lounge in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Tower. Photos: Courtesy of CabaRAE; Ed Morita, Ric Noyle


FOURTH ANNUAL HAWAI‘I FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Set in the lush paradise of Hawai‘i, the fourth annual Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival took place between August 29 and September 7, 2014, with more than 80 internationally renowned chefs from around the globe participating in culinary events on Maui, O‘ahu, and Hawai‘i Island. Photos: Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival

SMEI FALL HAPPENINGS SMEI members enjoyed dinner meetings at the Pacific Club with ABC Stores’ CEO Paul Kosasa in September, a live forum for Governor David Ige, Duke Aiona and Mufi Hannemann in October and Rear Admiral Richard Williams in November. A members-only exclusive dinner at the internationally famous Makk family studio was held in December. Photos: David Livingston, Kelly Chin, Sylvia Makk




Hawai‘i’s culinary movement has gained considerable steam in recent years, with epicurean exploration at the forefront of Chinatown’s ongoing cultural renaissance. The latest addition to the district’s growing abundance of farm-to-table cuisine and craft cocktailing comes from owners Dusty Grable and Jesse Cruz, whose popular ramen joint, Lucky Belly, debuted just two years ago on the corner of Smith and Hotel Street. The duo unveiled their encore venture, Livestock Tavern, directly across the street from their first restaurant this past October. Serving home-style classics like pot roast and hanger steak with upscale additions including brown butter hollandaise and bourbon marinade, Livestock Tavern’s seasonal menus of American comfort food exhibit both rustic charm and progressive urban mentality. The renovated space reflects these disparate influences. Iron light fixtures jut from authentic exposed brick; a wall of industrial metal shelving divides the bar and dining area with a minimalist display of vintage objects. The dichotomy makes for a distinct identity executed with skill and creativity indicative of Hawai‘i’s ripening reputation for cutting edge gastronomy.


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