Hawaii Society of Business Professionals

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Luncheon: Farm to Table VII

Mahalo to our sponsor, Brue Bar, and to our partner organizations:  

This year’s Farm-to-Table program features the chef for Bloomingdale’s Forty Carrots and its new fine-dining restaurant, the president of the largest roaster of Kona Coffee in the islands, and the owner of a local farm that produces organically-grown portabella mushrooms. Topics include the future of locally-grown products prepared for consumption by residents and visitors, the use of locally-sourced products in Hawaii’s restaurants, and the impact of locally-grown products on Hawaii’s economy. The new food and dining editor for HONOLULU Magazine, Catherine Toth Fox, will be the panel moderator.

Chef Jon Matsubara is culinary director/Executive Chef for all food and beverage at Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana. He was Chef de Cuisine for Japengo at Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Azure at Royal Hawaiian, Canoe House Restaurant at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, as well as Stage in the Honolulu Design Center. He is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York City.

Dan Dinell is President of Hawaii Coffee Company, the largest roaster of Kona Coffee in the world and Hawaii’s leading supplier of coffee to hotels, restaurants, and retail stores.  Hawaii Coffee Company’s brands include LION Coffee, Royal Kona Coffee, Royal Hawaiian Coffee, and Hawaiian Islands Tea. 

Fung Yang owns Small Kine Farms in Waimanalo, which produces locally-grown portabella mushrooms, fertilized with organic waste obtained through his company Oahu Community Recycling.  Mr. Yang sells his mushrooms to gourmet restaurants, including Roy’s, Town Restaurant, Alan Wong’s, BLT Steak, and JJ Dolan’s.  They can also be found at Down to Earth, Whole Foods, and Hawaii’s Farmers Markets. 

Moderator Catherine Toth Fox is HONOLULU Magazine’s food and dining editor.  She has worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawaii for more than 10 years and freelanced -- in between teaching journalism, hitting the surf and eating everything in sight -- for national and local print and online publications since 1997.  She has been chronicling her adventures in her blog, The Cat Dish for nearly a decade.


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Luncheon: 2020 Vision with Jack Wong

2020 Vision: Kamehameha Schools' 5-year Strategic Plan

Livingston “Jack” Wong is Chief Executive Officer of Kamehameha Schools (KS) which was founded in 1887 by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The trust’s statewide educational system serves more than 48,000 Hawaiian learners annually through its three K-12 campuses, 30 preschools, and numerous community education and scholarship programs. Last year, KS spent more than $360 million on education.

In addition to overseeing the educational system, his kuleana includes strengthening the trust’s endowment currently valued at approximately $11 billion, and ensuring the wise stewardship of more than 363,000 acres of KS land in Hawaiʻi.

Prior to being named CEO in 2014, Jack served as an attorney for KS for 17 years, most recently as Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel. 

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Luncheon: Entrepreneurship

  • Hawaii Prince
Eventbrite - Entrepreneurship: an HSBP Luncheon Meeting

Hawaii is 12th* in the nation for the most startup activity. What is a startup company, and what is the basic entrepreneurial process of taking an idea, and planning, funding, and launching a new business? What is the Entrepreneur EcoSystem in Hawaii? How does the growth in available Venture Accelerators in Hawaii benefit startups, and how does this promote economic growth and diversification?

Chenoa Farnsworth is the managing director of Blue Startups, Hawai‘i’s only first venture accelerator. She also manages he Hawaii Angels investment network, and is the founder of Hi Impact —an impact investment and social entrepreneurship organization launched
in 2010. In 2006, she co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawai‘i-based venture capital firm that invested $50 million into Hawai‘i-based technology start-ups. 

Karl Fooks is President of Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC), an agency of the state of Hawaii that partners with private sector investors to mobilize investment capital for the growth sectors of Hawaii’s economy. Formerly a managing director and head of Private Equity in Asia for J.P. Morgan & Co., Karl has extensive experience as an investment professional.

Dr. Alex Bergo is CTO/CIO & Co-founder of MeetingSift. He is a futurist with a research background in expert collaboration systems and Artificial Intelligence. He started MeetingSift to address the inherent problems in and around meetings. MeetingSift is an easy to use collaborative technology that helps meeting leaders plan and run more productive meetings, with higher participant engagement, better decision making and more consistent follow up.

10:00 am10:00

Boardroom: Cut Collective


Ever wonder about Andy South, one of the finalists on “Project Runway”?  One of the results of South’s success was to shine national and local focus on the Hawaii Fashion Industry.   And as a result, we have seen renewed energy and professionalism in the local design and couture industry. 

November’s Boardroom ventures into the field of couture and the fashion design industry.  With the help of Alison Izu Song and Summer Shiigi we will hear firsthand about the “Cut Collective”.  This is Hawaii’s fashion incubator which also functions as a factory hybrid dedicated to providing independent designers with the resources and skills to streamline their production process, transforming local manufacturing into the most innovative and affordable process, while providing a design-driven option for the local consumer.

Alison is the owner of Alison Izu Denim which focuses on clothing for petite women and is featured at Nordstrom and carried nationally at jeans.com

Summer has over 12 years of experience in retail and buying and is a contributing editor for HONOLULU magazine.  She has already launched her “Ten Tomorrow” line of ready-to-wear fashion.

Cut Collective also serves as consultants to up-and-coming Hawaii Designers.  HSBP members will have the opportunity to see not yet available fashion lines from designers you will hear about in months to come.


Cut Collective is funded by a venture capital grant from the Hawaii State Development Corporation and a grant from the US Department of Economic Development Administration.


Boardrooms are free and limited to HSBP dues-paying members only.  Registrations by nonmembers will be cancelled. Attendance at this Boardroom is limited to 20 HSBP members. 

As this is a members only event, invitations are sent directly to members.  To request an invitation please send an email info@hsbp.biz .

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Workshop: Six Sigma

  • IBM Building

Learn How to Improve Profitability In Your Business (for Members only)

Glenn Hamamura, Six Sigma expert

Glenn Hamamura,
Six Sigma expert

Business professionals who are committed to improving the profitability and performance of their company are invited to attend this 3-hour workshop that puts customer satisfaction at the core.

During this hands-on workshop you will work collaboratively in teams to:

  • Identify customer expectation and what keeps them coming back.

  • Learn the philosophy and method of creating a systematic approach to identifying and solving issues that stand in the way of customer satisfaction.

  • Create a system that will allow your business (big or small) to consistently deliver customer satisfaction and exceed customer expectation.


Six Sigma is a systems’ improvement process used by companies including the Pearl Harbor Shipyard, Amazon and 3M.  The process starts with defining customer expectation than creating a system to measure and improve how the customer receives the product or service. 

Usually $200 a session, this workshop, conducted by Six Sigma expert Glenn Hamamura, is offered at no charge as a benefit to the HSBP membership. There is a limited availability.

NOTE: Public parking is located across the street on the Mauka side of the building.

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Luncheon: Honolulu's Chinatown

  • Hawaii Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea Ballroom

Honolulu’s Chinatown – Past, Present and Future
sponsored by American Savings Bank

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Honolulu’s Chinatown is an energetic and dynamic community.  Home to the Hawaii Theater and monthly First Friday festivities, Chinatown is a distinctive blend of art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques, and merchants selling an array of products including fresh produce, seafood, herbs, leis and flowers, and household goods.

Our panel will share their perspectives on Honolulu’s Chinatown – it's history, how it compares to Chinatowns in other communities, and future development, including development in connection with Honolulu Rail Transit and the priorities from the recent Chinatown Action Summit.

Guy Kaulukukui is the newly appointed Director of the Department of Enterprise Services for the City and County of Honolulu.  He leads the operation of the City’s revenue generating activities including Blaisdell Center, Waikiki Shell, Honolulu Zoo, municipal golf courses and all of the city concessions.  He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Hawaii, an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Andrew Y. K. Tang is a Senior Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planner with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting.  Born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Andrew studied in Chicago, and has worked all over the world contributing to innovative and challenging projects in the field of Architecture & Urban Design. Andrew has resided in Chinatown for the past 3 years and is an active community member.

Jeff Au’s great-grandfather (CQ Yee Hop) started one of the first markets in Chinatown, and his family still owns the building on the same property.  Although he does not have direct involvement in the family business, Honolulu’s Chinatown has been an important part of his history.  He has visited Chinatowns in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.  In his “day job,” he is a co-founder and Managing Director of PACIFICAP, Hawaii's largest locally based venture capital investment firm.

Beth Whitehead is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for American Savings Bank.  She oversees a wide range of functions including Human Resources, Learning and Development, Community Advancement, Corporate Communications, Corporate Real Estate and Facilities, Legal, Compliance, Corporate Security and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities.

Background image by David Livingston. 

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