Quarterly Commentary - Medical Tourism, North Korea and RAIL

Do you know what medical tourism is?  

This week’s commentary discusses the concept and how it can help the local economy plus North Korea and the Rail (again).  

Here’s the link and please enjoy: https://youtu.be/G7QtOUcvRH0?t=23 

Headed to the SBA Board meeting in DC on August 25.  Should be very interesting this year with the focus on regulatory reduction and reform on the agenda. Will be providing testimony on behalf of the four liquor commissions in Hawaii plus the Jones Act with Grassroots CEO Keli’i Akina. 

Healthcare in Hawaii - Growing Problem

Aloha –

Healthcare in Hawaii is huge and growing.  As our population grows older and lives longer the need will escalate and qualified staff will become an acute problem.  The time to fix this is now, not when it becomes critical.  If we wait much longer this will just be one more reason for our elders to move to the mainland for care and our youth to move to the mainland for the opportunity. 

I chat with Matt Delaney and Terry B about their efforts to address this very important issue.

Special Session Update with Gene Ward

This week’s Show we discussed the special session that the Governor announced for the end of August.  Hold on to your wallets!!  More taxes coming to fund an outdated and obsolete elevated fixed rail system that will never cover its own operating costs.  It is also the most expensive rail system ever built in the US.  Sounds like another Super Ferry failure on steroids!!  Here is the link - https://youtu.be/LYs0Y5o5K-A?t=24

Bar and Resturant Legal Update

Did you know that the stacking rules for drinks have changed??    Mia Obciana, who is an attorney that has extensive experience in the restaurant and bar business in Hawaii, provides us an update and provides some thoughts on how to stay out for trouble.  The restaurant and bar business is complicated and risky and you need someone like Mia to guide you though the minefield. 

Business in Hawaii - The Hawaii Group

Hawaii Group Leans Forward!  A One Stop Shop for SMB’s. 

What a Team!!  Matt Delaney and Sean Knox make a great team offering professional staffing and executive search to Hawaii’s SMB’s (Small and Mid-Sized Businesses).  Watch how these two individuals combine their talents to make the Hawaii Group a “one stop shop” for all back-office functions for Hawaii’s SMB market place. 

When you include the recently announced merger on June 30 of HiAccounting with WR Financial (a wealth management, tax and accounting service company) the opportunities for increased efficiencies and cost savings for SMB’s increase significantly. 



Island Plastic Bags 25th Anniversary

Business in Hawaii - We had Adrian Hong, President of Island Plastic Bags, as our Guest for the 25th Anniversary of the company. As many of you are aware, the plastic bag business, especially in Hawaii, has had some challenges which Adrian is very effectively addressing. Thank you Ray Tsuchiyama for sitting in as Guest host for this weeks show. Great job as always!

The Future of the GOP

Anyone with any sense knows that the future of the GOP (or any political party for that matter) lies with the younger generation. Time for some new blood, new perspectives and a lot of collaboration.

Andria Tupola is exactly what the GOP needs. Here is her impressive interview on Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker.