Island Business

Island Business stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

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Sound Investment (VIDEO)

Haleakala Ranch goes out on a limb to conserve native forest — by harvesting trees to transform into koa guitars.
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Cause for Success

Old Lahaina Lu‘au’s high performance goes beyond the stage to embrace community.
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Winds of Change

Kaheawa Wind Powerbrings alternative energy to Maui.

An Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Eco-sensitive Bikini

For swimwear designer and professional windsurfer Lisa Letarte Cabrinha, green has always been center stage.
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An Appetite for Culture + VIDEO

How Maui farmers are cultivating ancient wisdom to feed a population—and a hunger for culture.
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Paper, Scissors . . . Wrappily Rocks!

This Maui mom turned a throwaway commodity into a flat-out brilliant business model.
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If Can, Can

With a host of national awards and a name everybody’s getting to know, this local brewpub has plenty to cheer about.
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Listen Up

Requests Music in Wailuku, Maui sells CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records and even eight-track tapes.
Padilla Design Team on Maui

Torch Song

Meet a family of metal artists who craft beauty out of the ordinary.

Romancing the Olive

Could this tiny, ancient fruit become Maui’s next big thing?
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Family Tree

At Hashimoto Farm, persimmons are a way of life, generation after generation.
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Wild Harvest

Maui offers bees a friendly environment, and their keepers the potential for sweet rewards.
Central Pacific Bank

Keeping Good Company

The companies spotlighted here have defied the odds over the past two decades while others shut down. How have these businesses managed to survive?
Roselani Hawaii Ice cream

Da Local Scoop

Manuel Nobriga began making ice cream from scratch in 1932. Now Roselani is an island favorite dessert only available in Hawaii.
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Donut Dynasty

Ninety-two years after Takezo Komoda started the family business, the last of the Makawao mom-n-pop stores is still winning customers, still making dough.
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Harvesting Maui Gold

Maui Gold harvests premium pineapple year-round, averaging 12,000 cases per week. That’s 3.7 million pineapples a year.

Solar Q&A

Hawai‘i's subtropical latitude and abundant sunshine make solar power an obvious energy choice, but factors like proximity to the ocean create specific challenges. That’s why it's important to hire seasoned professionals.
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Banking on Maui

A local stock exchange could strengthen island businesses and give the community a greater voice.
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High Stakes

Maui Cattle Company is betting its brand of premium beef can save ranching in the Islands.
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Shooting the Curl

Clark Little has a different angle on ocean photography. He finds it in the curve of huge waves just before they slam into the shore.
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Garden of Knowledge

Helping Farmers Combat Disease, Pests, and Challenges of the Global Marketplace

The Reign of ‘Ulalena

A West Maui theatrical troupe celebrates a decade of performance art that wears a Hawaiian face.
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The Sailmakers

Sail designers and Maui's trade winds are a match made in heaven (and at sea).
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Branding the Bean

A buzz in the fields: coffee is ripe to become Maui’s next major specialty crop.
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Native Intelligence

Native Intelligence in Wailuku, Maui, is a cultural resource center disguised as a store.
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Kitchen Startup

Maui’s new Food Innovation Center offers entrepreneurs recipes for success.

Maui’s Changing Landscape

With this first installment in a yearlong series, we explore the future of farming on our still mostly rural island.

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