He's been told to prepare to go viral. Larry Rutkowski's "Hell No Kitty" designs once caught the eye of a marketing executive from Disney who leaned in for some close conversation with him about one of his product lines.
This is a big season for Simply Sisters by Lola Miller Designs. The Big Island jewelry and apparel company has just received a shipment of its first bolts of top-grade rayon fabric designed and made exclusively for it.
Angie Higa became an entrepreneur at age 11, selling hand-crocheted bikini tops at the long-lamented Waialae Drive-In Theater swap meet. Given that, it should be no surprise that following a 30-year career at Central Pacific Bank, she's back in business for herself making things by hand.
Barbara Chung didn't give up a workaday office routine to start her Palapala Designs woodblock print business three years ago. She always has been a fine artist, she said, "always drawing and painting." She has helped people with colors, such as for interior design, and worked as a floral designer for weddings and in other artistic endeavors.
Sometimes summer camp can set the direction for the rest of your life. "There was a girl there wearing a silver ring," said Charms of Aloha Inc. owner Cathleen Bunt. When the girl told her she made the ring herself, "I was totally fascinated that somebody my own age made jewelry," she said.
Chic Naturals is not an airy-fairy clothing line made from organic hemp for hippie chicks. The first word isn't even pronounced "sheek." Rather, "Chic" is pronounced "chick" and is taken from the first four letters of the product's main ingredient, chickpeas.
Imagine getting the fruits of your labors into chain stores nationwide with financial help from the chain itself. Maui Taro Burger-maker Hawaii Taro Co. LLC, founded by Robert Mitnick, is the first local company to receive a loan from the Whole Foods Market Local Loan Producer Program.
A Christmas tree need not come from the Pacific Northwest to be beautiful. If you don't like to read anything about Christmas until after you've eaten turkey and all the trimmings, please save this page for next week.
Ken Hirata was nervous when Toshihiro Manzen came to visit him from Japan in April, as the shochu master was coming straight from the airport to sample his pupil's first commercial batch of Namihana, his Hawaii-made sweet-potato shochu.
Palaka, or the Hawaiian version of plaid, has been around more than 100 years, and Rodney "Sparky" Doo is seeing a resurgence of interest in the once-ubiquitous "Hawaiian denim," which he markets as Palaka Hawaii.
Even a Japanese emperor's fish tales could not be exaggerated once gyotaku prints were made depicting the size of his catch. That is one version of how the Japanese rendition of this type of nature printing came about.
Broad and sturdy banana leaves, prolific ti leaves, idyllic bird of paradise plants and charming honu, or turtles, all can be seen in practical and artful ceramic form at Tropical Clay — if you know how to find them.
From nondescript packaging with plain white labels, Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts LLC has upped its game with sleek re-branding, plans for a store and a trip to the Summer Fancy Food Show industry exposition in New York.
Normally "Buy Local" focuses on one Hawaii company that makes a product or products in Hawaii, but this time it's about a Hawaii company, soon to expand to the mainland, that helps organizations raise funds by selling mostly made-in-Hawaii food favorites made by a range of companies.
Hawaii-grown and made Malie Kai Chocolates Inc. will soon have its own retail store in the Royal Hawaiian Center in the heart of Waikiki. Upon its July 16 opening on Level 1 in Building C, the company will unveil a new product — Hawaiian rum truffles — that will be available exclusively at the new shop.
It is the type of stuff that makes you smile, or grin, or laugh out loud, and it is made by a mom-and-pop business with the kids' help and input — though this mom and pop, Terri Dux and Karl Miyashiro, are not married to each other.
The southernmost bakery in the U.S. finds itself needing to expand, having reached capacity. Punaluu Bake Shop's bakery and visitor center on the Big Island has become such a popular stop for visitors and local residents that it served roughly 343,000 guests in 2012.
The Print Replica of the newspaper is a page-by-page replica of the day's printed newspaper - including all stories, sections, photos and ads - not including advertiser preprints - in PDF like form. It can be viewed on your computer's web browser, iPad, iPhone and some e-Readers.
Let There Be Lei
There is something special about lei that goes beyond the visual and aromatic pleasure they invoke. Lei are living and wearable pieces of art that touch not just our senses, but our emotions. Read More »