Hawaii Society of Business Professionals

March 17: Paul Brewbaker on Hawaii's Economy

Photography courtesy of David Livingston. 

Paul H. Brewbaker, principal of TZ Economics and former Chief Economist for Bank of Hawaii, returns to share his economic analysis and predictions with HSBP’s members and guests.

This luncheon included an interactive program with Paul fielding questions from the audience and answering them using his treasure trove of charts and graphs. Paul is widely regarded for his 25 years of research and insights into Hawaii’s economy. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. Paul also performed graduate work in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


June 18: Tourism in Hawaii



Is Hawaii just a pretty place with beaches and warm weather? Do we need to re-invent ourselves to improve our competitive position? What is being done by private companies to position themselves in Hawaii and globally?

Join us as travel industry experts discuss how they position themselves in Hawaii and globally and the obstacles that need to be overcome.

Michael Troy

Field Marketing Director Hawaii of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and has nearly 30 years of experience in the industry. Troy is responsible for on-line marketing and advertising/ promotions for Hawaii and French Polynesia. A past President of HSMAI, he is the 2015 President of SME (Sales & Marketing Executives of Honolulu).

Rick Egged

President of Waikiki Improvement Assn., a non-profit corporation working to improve, enrich, and beautify Waikiki for the benefit of residents and visitors alike, to promote conditions conducive to the economic and cultural good, and for the betterment of the entire community. Egged has over 16 years of service with WIA.

Julie Arigo

General Manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel (owned by Halekulani Corp.) and has over 20 years of service with the company. She oversees all aspects of operating the 297-room hotel. Arigo has a Bachelor degree with an emphasis in Travel Industry Mgmt. from UH Manoa and is a past chairperson of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association.

May 14: IGE on Hawaii's Economy

David Y. Ige was sworn in as the eighth governor of the State of Hawaii on December 1, 2014. In the opening to his inauguration address he stated that “an inauguration is really an introduction of a new governor, a new administration, a new beginning.” He went on to state that government must “do the hard work” of nurturing a sustainable economy and must take a more active role in growing small business and diversifying our economic engine, as well as in supporting our larger and more established industries. With the recent confirmation of Luis Salaveria as the director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, what will the new administration do to support business and economic development? Governor David Ige shares his perspectives on economic development and what businesses can expect from the new administration.


February 26: Farm to Table VI

Featured three panelists...

...Chef Russell Siu, Executive Chef/Co-Owner of 3660 On the Rise and Managing Director of Kakaako Kitchen.

  • He has developed different business models at the different locations. Kaka’ako Kitchen with lower prices means higher volume and it's harder to keep the margin up. There is more room to explore at 3660 with the higher prices.
  • Baby boomer generation has different tastes than the generations that are following. Younger guests are looking for more innovation.
  • A big issue for the restaurant related to local produce is consistency. The restaurant can't plan the menus of it is not known what will be available.


...Lesley Hill, co-owner and operator of Wailea Agricultural Group

  • They have been working and producing in Hamakua since 1994.
  • She described the Hawaiian Heart of Palm brand, which is exportable without treatment.
  • They are always diversifying, including fingerlimes, lychee, durian, nutmeg, lemongrass, peach palm
  • They are working to educate chefs about the sources of the locally produced food.
  • Grow what grows well in your area!
  • Important messages : Quality, consistency (chefs want to plan their menus), innovation, diversification, integrity, compassion (taking care of the land and people)


...Pamela Boyar, Director of Development, FarmLovers Farmers’ Market (Haleiwa, Kaka’ako, Pearlridge and KailuaTown).

  • Farmers markets incubate small businesses. Pamela focuses on assisting young businesses to develop sustainable business approaches.
  • She is seeing more young local farmers with energy and passion, focusing on organic and healthy.
  • Value added approach -- taking the raw produce and making it into something more, such as tomatoes into salsa -- can increase income up to 6 times.

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