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.

Business in Hawaii and Workers Comp 101

Workers Comp is an important safety net that we should all appreciate and have a better understanding of.  Please join Dr. Scott McCaffrey, Senator Matt Matsunaga, Esq. (and yes, Matt is the Son of US Senator Sparky Matsunaga) and myself as we discuss this very important program. 

The Maui Chamber

The Maui Chamber of Commerce rocks!  They have so much going on and so many events.  Get caught up on all that the Maui Chamber offers in this weeks Business in Hawaii show with Reg Baker

Bank of Hawaii Update


I had a great time with Kevin Sakamoto of Bank of Hawaii walking down memory lane. 

About 25 years ago, I worked for the Bank of Hawaii as the Manager of the International Operations, Finance and Administration.  The Bank of Hawaii has changed quite a bit since then and has become more innovative, efficient and technology focused.  Kevin explained how the Bank has evolved and become the power house of banking it is today.

SBA Update with Jane Sawyer and Reg Baker

The SBA always has so much going on.  Working with Bankers, Small Businesses and various organizations around the state to ensure a healthy and thriving small business environment. Jane Sawyer leads the SBA Team in the Pacific and is an amazing example of how one person can make a difference.

Hawaii Taxes Skyrocketing!!

Hold on to your wallets!! Hawaii taxes likely to significantly increase this year.  Tom Yamachika, President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, joins Reg Baker on Business in Hawaii to discuss the various proposed new taxes in Hawaii.  Scary times and Holloween still months away!

Sniffing Out the Fakes - Service Dogs

Aloha –

This week’s show breaks from the regular format a little. 

I had Dr. Lucy Miller, who is a local and national advocate for the ADA, provide some insight and training on the do’s and don’ts all businesses need to know about service dogs.  A very interesting topic and one that all businesses and their employees need to be aware of. 

What is PAU & How can it Save my Business Money??

Aloha!!  And Happy New Year!! 

This week’s episode of Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker discusses the PEO market in Hawaii and how it continues to evolve. 

Hawaii’s PEO market for the last few years have been dominated by the big three - Altres, HiHR and ProService.  With ProService’s acquisition of HiHR there was only two dominant players left.  For those looking for an option other that the “Dominant Ones”, there is PAU or Pacific Advantage Unlimited. 

PAU has formed some very interesting affiliations and the synergies of these relationships will be impressive.  During 2017 PAU and their affiliates will be rolling out new products, services and pricing.  A third very competitive option will soon be available.  PAU will be a firm to watch during 2017!

Hee is the link to find out more about PAU and the very talented staff they have to help your business save some big bucks! 

Thank you and everyone please have a great 2017!!  It is already looking good!

Teacher Shortage Solved!!

This week’s Business in Hawaii Show focused on solving the Teacher and Healthcare Workers shortage in Hawaii.  A very simple solution exists that is immediately available and could help solve the shortage problem.  Active duty military and their spouses are highly trained, experienced and ready to start.  All we need to do is match the supply with the demand.  Not a total solution but a this would go a long way to solving the need for teachers and healthcare workers.  

Additionally, there are many other trained individuals ready, willing and able to get started.  These individuals have lived in Hawaii, are comfortable living here and want to stay.  This is a low risk, low cost alternative to moving someone recently hired from the mainland to see if they “like it”.  The children of those deciding to stay would also attend our schools, colleges and universities and bring additional dollars into the system.  Not to mention the tax dollars generated from the families who decide to stay.

Overall a win-won for everyone and a great way to support our veterans!

We need employers to assist with keeping these highly trained and motivated professionals in Hawaii.