Employment in Hawaii

This weeks Business in Hawaii features guest host Dailyn Yanagida and guest Chad Higa of Express Employment Professionals, the largest staffing company in the US with 750 locations.  Dailyn and Chad discuss the very challenging employment situation in Hawaii and what companies can do to deal with the challenge.

Having So Much Fun!

These two ladies were so much fun and had a great message to share.  

Leaving the corporate world to roll the dice on starting your own business is very scary! 

But boy are they having so much fun and helping people too!!

Ocean Legends and Wounded Warrior Diving

It was so interesting to learn about Darren Fox and his International Diving Academy called Ocean Legends. Starting from nothing he has built a company that serves international clients and is opening additional locations in southern California and Florida (Tampa Bay area).

They are the first and only dive company in the US that has been approved and certified by the VA for rebreather training and certification. What an accomplishment for a local company!!

They offer a number of certifications such as recreational diving, commercial diving and movie production diving. If you ever thought about giving diving a try, they offer family rates and individualized courses. They have a dive boat to that allows for a wide variety of diving experiences for the entire family.

For those that want a new career, you can get certified and trained to be a commercial dive. And if a veteran the VA will pay for it!

Please watch the video to learn more and how easy it is to get started.

Ray Tsuchiyama - Local Boy with Global Perspective

We have amazing talent and experience right here in Hawaii if we only take the time and look for it. Sometimes we get too caught up with what is happening on the mainland (which we have no control over) and we lose sight of what is happening right here in our own backyard (which we can control).

Ray Tsuchiyama has vast international experience and a global perspective. He is also a “local” having grown up in Kalihi and graduated from Farrington High School. His perspective is refreshing and valuable for Hawaii to move forward and address the numerous issues she faces today.

Take a few minutes and listen to what Ray has to say about Hawaii from a global perspective and a large dose of international experience.

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Native Hawaiian, Woman Owned, SBA Success Story

Aloha –

So good to be back and in the saddle again.  Had a fantastic show with Lia Hunt Young of Goldwing Supply Service and Dennis Wong from Hawaii National Bank.  Two very dynamic individuals. 

Lia’s company is a Native Hawaiian, women owned, 2nd generation and SBA Certified small business success! Very impressive story of taking over a company and making it grow and compete.  

Everyone have a great weekend and see you next week!

Very Busy World of Senator Josh Green

Aloha – 

Senator Green is a busy guy!  And if (correction - when) he wins the next Lieutenant Governors election he will be busier than ever!  Such a down to earth and articulate guy.  

Headed to Washington DC late next week for the annual US Small Business Administration (SBA) Board of Directors meeting for Regulatory Fairness.  I will be making congressional testimony on two separate issues (representing the four Liquor Commissions in Hawaii and the Jones Act).  As chair of the Region IX (southwestern states), I will also be coordinating a break out session for prioritizing issues to address for the Region and reporting back to the full Board.  Should be a very busy Board meeting!

Aloha till next week!

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.