Join the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii for weekly conversations with Hawaii’s business community. Hosted by Jo McGarry, this podcast will tell the story of business in Hawaii and address the challenges of adapting to an ever-changing economy. The podcast will also serve as a valuable resource to anyone looking to grow their business or hear the inside story of some of Hawaii’s most influential employers.

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Episode #34: How to Stop the Brain Drain with Ben Ancheta, Inkinen

On this episode, Ben Ancheta, President of Inkinen, and Jo McGarry discuss tips on how businesses of all sizes can help recruit and retain top talent, stop the brain drain and find people who can make a high impact on their organizations. Tune in to hear how you can apply their strategies to address your workforce shortages.

Ben is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and Carleton College, and has been recognized both for his leadership as well as his commitment to our community. He was named a Pacific Century Fellow in 2010, an Omidyar Fellow in 2012 and one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20 in 2013.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

19 Minutes

 
 

Episode 33: Debits and Credits: Adding It All Up with Stacey Katakura, Accumulus

On this episode, Stacey Katakura, Founder & President of Accumulus, and Jo McGarry discuss cost savings tips and solutions through tax reductions this tax season, managing your gross profit margins and inventory, and transitioning to an outsourced cloud-based accounting services.

Stacey Katakura founded Accumulus in 2017. She is a licensed CPA in Hawaii and California and is a graduate of Kaiser High School and University of Southern California.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

19 Minutes

 
 

Episode 32: Celebrating Earth Day and Month with Caroline Carl, Hawaii Energy

On this episode, Caroline Carl, Interim Executive Director of Hawaii Energy, and Jo McGarry discuss how Hawaii Energy is helping our state meet its clean energy goals before 2045. Despite current circumstances of inflation, rising fuel costs and the coal plant closure, Carl shares that there are many practical tips and solutions to increase cost savings and energy efficiencies for households and businesses. Tune in to hear how you can make smart energy choices and celebrate Earth Day and Earth month, every day and all year long.

Caroline Carl has been extensively involved in energy research initiatives in Hawaii for the past 15 years, designing and developing programs, and managing community outreach activities.

FRIDAY, April 22, 2022

20 Minutes

 
 

Episode 31: The L & L Legacy and American Dream with Elisia Flores

Elisia Flores joins the Voice of Business podcast to share what it is like being a female CEO and Vice Chair of Hawaii’s favorite plate lunch restaurant and the daughter to the L&L founder and entrepreneur, Eddie Flores.  As a second-generation business owner, even Elisia was tempted to not return to Hawaii and contribute to the “brain drain” after moving to the mainland for college and to begin her career. Ultimately, family and food brought her home and she is excited to lead the business into the next chapter with new menus, apps and locations.

Prior to joining L&L, Ms. Flores worked for General Electric Company. Ms. Flores served on the board of directors of Hawaiian Electric Industries, American Savings Bank, Hawaii Pacific Health, Diamond Head Theatre and the Hawaiian Humane Society.

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2022

21 Minutes

 
 

Episode 30: From Reporting the News to Making News with Senator Glenn Wakai

Senator Glenn Wakai joins the Voice of Business podcast to share how his career in journalism led him to politics.  After spending over 11 years reporting the news, he was inspired to take action and make a significant difference for our great state. In this meet your politician interview, Senator Wakai shares his common sense, bold economic diversity and recovery solutions for a post-pandemic environment, including the Aloha Stadium and innovative tourism ideas.

Glenn Wakai entered into the world of public service in 2002 when he was elected to the State House of Representatives. He moved to the Senate in 2010 and is currently the Chairman of the Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism Committee. He is the Vice Chairman of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committees.

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2022

23 Minutes

 
 

Episode 29: In Moments of Crisis, Red Cross Volunteers are the True Heros 24/7

On this episode, Diane Peters-Nguyen, Regional CEO of American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region, shares that while the pandemic canceled a lot of things, it did not cancel emergencies or disasters and, therefore, it did not cancel the Red Cross. From Hurricane Douglas in the fall of 2020 to the floods of 2021 to the Tonga disaster in 2022, the Red Cross Pacific Islands Region is working hard to support our community when they need support the most. March is Red Cross month, and our local chapter wants to say mahalo to all of its volunteers who supported the organization either virtually or in-person over the last two years, as it is the everyday courageous heroes and volunteers who respond to emergencies.

Prior to Diane’s appointment with the Red Cross, she served as Chaminade University’s Vice President of Advancement for 12 years. She serves on a number of advisory boards including Diamond Head Theatre, Pacific Arts Foundation and Friends of the East-West Center. Diane is a 2021 Pacific Business News Women Who Means Business Honoree.

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2022

20 Minutes

 
 

Episode 28: Boost 4Business with Sherry Menor-McNamara

On this episode, Sherry Menor-McNamara and Jo McGarry discuss how to boost businesses and the economy in 2022.

In her tenure as President & CEO of the Chamber, Sherry Menor-McNamara shares with podcast host, Jo McGarry, how these past two years have been the most challenging for business owners due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Tune in to hear how businesses can effect change, rally for recovery and navigate the path forward through the Boost 4Business initiative and by telling their story with policymakers.

Sherry is the youngest, and first female and Japanese-Filipino leader of the more than 172-year old organization. Under her leadership, the Chamber was recognized as the 2018 State Chamber of the Year, a national award presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

WEDNESDAY, February 9, 2022
26 minutes

 
 

Episode 27: Elevating Fashion and Small Business with Allison Izu

On this episode, hear from fashion designer and small business owner Allison Izu on her journey of being a small entrepreneur and petite fashion designer in the big fashion industry. Allison is an inspiration to many as she bravely took on the fashion industry to design clothing for the average-sized women. Learn how she pushed through the “no’s” and shifted to get the “yeses” for a great reminder that persistence is the key to success.

Allison Izu, Owner and Fashion Designer of The Allison Izu Company. Born and raised in Honolulu and a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy. She studied fashion in New York where her dream to design clothing for petite women was born. Allison Izu was featured in Oprah Magazine in 2010, and her brand was featured in Lucky Magazine, The Denim Blog, Refinery 29 and Style.com.

WEDNESDAY, January 12, 2022
18 minutes

 
 

Episode 26: Building a Sustainable Community Through Music with Dave Moss of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra

On this episode learn how the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra pivoted during the pandemic to create a renewed sense of community, doubled their donor base and is bringing more awareness to art education for our youth.

Dave Moss, Executive Director for the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, joins the Voice of Business podcast to discuss his passion for music, organizational growth and the community.

WEDNESDAY, January 5, 2022
17 minutes

 
 

Episode 25: It Takes Many Hands with Susan Furuta with Helping Hands Hawaii

On this episode, Susan Furuta shares how her team of 75 inspires hope to thousands of local families by providing guidance, household goods and opportunities for empowerment and connection. 

Susan Furuta is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Helping Hands Hawaii. Born and raised in the historic Ewa plantation, Susan is a graduate of James Campbell High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

WEDNESDAY, December 22, 2021
19 minutes

Episode 24: Unlocking the Hidden Value in People Through Habit-Based Leadership with Josh Ellis of The Initiatives Group

During challenging times (like during the COVID-19 pandemic), skillful leadership became even more critical. What are the qualities and habits that a great leader must possess to move a company forward?

On today’s episode, we sat down with Josh Ellis, Director of Digital Programs for The Initiatives Group, to break down how habits work, and how you as a leader, can develop them to improve your leadership style.

For more information on the Initiatives Group and their Leadership Execution Accelerator Program (LEAP), visit https://go.theinitiativesgroup.com/leap.

Download General Bill Martin’s free guide to motivating your team here

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021
18 minutes

 
 

Episode 23: Knowing the Signs of Alzheimer’s in Your Loved Ones with LJ Duenas of Alzheimer’s Association
with LJ Duenas

How does one know the signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a loved one? With more than three million cases per year in the US, it’s important to understand the signs at an early stage.

LJ Duena, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, joins us to talk about the signs, treatments that are available, and how Alzheimer’s Association can provide necessary resources to help navigate through these difficult challenges. 

Learn More: Hawaii Chapter | Alzheimer’s Association

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021
17 minutes

 
 

Episode 22: Is Outsourcing Right for Your Business? with Tim Mobley of Connext Global Solutions

Are you currently facing staffing challenges? Have you considered outsourcing positions?

Join us for this episode as we  welcome Tim Mobley, who currently serves as the President of Connext Global Solutions.

Tim graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he studied economics and mechanical engineering. He earned the Distinguished Cadet award during each of his four years there. He then earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, also earning academic honors. 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021
21 minutes

 
 

Episode 21: How 3-D Printing Can Be Used in Essentially All Business with Kai Oshiro

Darren “Kai” Oshiro is currently a 1LT in the Hawaii Army National Guard and deployed with 1-487FA to Afghanistan in 2019-2020.  Kai bought his first printer, a Prusa MK2, in 2016 and has been a 3D printing enthusiast ever since.

On this episode, learn about Kai’s mission with his company, Simply 3D Hawaii, and how various industries have benefited from using the tool.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021
22 minutes

 
 

Episode 20: Corporate wellness changes due to the pandemic with Alice Inoue

Happiness U’s mission is to teach that which was not taught in a traditional classroom about how to live a heart-centered life. With the pandemic, Alice’s teachings of mindfulness has been even more important and relevant for the mental wellbeing of working individuals.

On today’s episode, we are joined by nationally award-winning author and life expert, Alice Inoue.  She is Hawaii’s thought leader and celebrated expert on creating a meaningful and joyful existence, and has helped thousands of organizations and individuals over the past 20 years.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
22 minutes

 
 

Episode 19: An Unexpected Journey to Becoming the Owner of Chocolea with Erin Kanno Uehara

Chocolea’s mission is “Bringing Peace to our world, one chocolate at a time.” In 2021 when Hawaii locked down due to COVID, owner Erin Kanno Uehara felt helpless that she couldn’t deliver on her mission.

That’s when she started writing to, who she now calls her “chocolate friends,” and even ended up publishing a book about her experience as a local business owner dealing with the difficulties of COVID-19.On this episode, sit down with this local girl whose dream was to help make this world a better place by connecting with people and investing in relationships. A chance encounter with a long-lost family member taught her to make chocolates, which has led her to her journey today.

WEDNESDAY,SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
18 minutes

 
 

Episode 18: How Unite Us Works to Address Social Needs and Improve Health Across Communities with Carol Hayashida

Unite Hawaii is a coordinated care network of health and social service providers working together to address social factors affecting people’s well-being and improve health in our communities.Based in Mililani, HI, Carol Hayashida is a Community Engagement Manager at Unite Us with a diverse background in healthcare sales and social service. Her passion lies in connecting partners together to see communities transformed in Hawaii.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
16 minutes

 
 

Episode 17: Granting Life-Changing Wishes for Children with Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s President & CEO Trini Kaopuiki Clark

Research shows a wish can give kids the strength to fight against and even overcome a critical illness.

As President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Hawaii, Trini Kaopuiki Clark leads a team of nearly 30 staff and more than 700 Hawaii volunteers to support the organization’s mission of creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. A University of Hawaii graduate, Clark is an accomplished local professional with nearly 20 years of communication experience in the Hawaii television industry and 10 years of nonprofit leadership.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2021
18 minutes

 
 

Episode 16: Talking Story About Murphy’s Bar & Grill with Don Murphy 

In 1987, Don Murphy purchased what was then the Royal Hawaiian Saloon and opened Murphy’s Bar and Grill. Since then, Don and Marion Murphy have been giving customers a taste of the Irish homeland.

Learn about how Don got his start at Murphy’s, how they continue to give back to the community, and some of the signature dishes that you need to try when you make your trip to Murphy’s. 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2021
18 minutes