Family Business Center of Hawaii

Equipping, educating and celebrating families in business

Shidler College of Business

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November 10, 2021

O'ahu Chapter Meeting

"Key Considerations when donating business interests to charity."


Thomas (Tom) Pauloski moderated by Ryan Martinez

Sept. 16-18, 2021

2021 Annual Retreat

"Navigating The Developmental Stages of the Family Business System"


Leslie Dashew, president of The Human Side of Enterprise, LLC and managing partner of the Aspen Family Business Group, LLC & Donnel Nunes, PhD, associate at the Aspen Family Business Group, LLC

Friday, August 6, 2021

O‘ahu Summer Social

Enjoy a fun evening of conversation with fellow members; action stations specially prepared by Y. Hata & Co., Ltd. Executive Corporate Chef Chris Blanc; and activities around their 45,000 sf wholesale cash and carry store. 

Friday, July 9, 2021

O'ahu Meeting

Topic: "Evolving Family Business: The Winding Path to Entrepreneurship, Returning to Our Roots and Facing Future"


Kiani Wong, President & CEO of Kaka`ako Kasuals

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

O'ahu Meeting


Angie Lee, Vice President of Fabric Mart, Inc. & Printex, Inc.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Hawai`i Island Meeting

Discussion Topic: The attorneys on the panel will be discussing when and why you need an attorney, in the context of governance and ownership issues along with other aspects of attorney engagement that business owners should know.  We hope that the presentation will be of value to owners of family businesses.


Panel of Speakers: Mark Murakami, Director at the Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert Law Corp. Alika L. Piper, Founding Member & Partner of Klevansky Piper LLP. Craig P. Wagnild, Partner of Bays Lung Rose & Voss Moderated by Mike Miyahira, Owner of Business Strategies

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Maui Meeting

Topic: Scooping Up Opportunities in a Shaken World


Buddy Nobriga, Operations Manager of Roselani Ice Cream

Friday, March 12, 2021

O'ahu Meeting

Topic: Chasing Rainbows - Evolving Success for the Next Generation


Chris Iwamura, CEO of Rainbow Drive-In

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

O'ahu Meeting

Topic: Insecurity about my Cybersecurity


Stanley Lau is the Founder of Hawaii Tech Support, a technology company focused on helping businesses effectively utilize technology. Stan has over twenty years of experience in technology in areas including systems administration, security implementation, software development, project management, and technology consulting. He leads the IT consulting firm that was twice recognized as one of Hawaii’s Fastest 50 growing companies. Stan earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA and was recognized by PBN as one of Hawaii’s 40 under 40.

November 20, 2020

All Chapters Virtual Social Event

Chief dreamer and visionary Dr. Gunars Valkirs heads up the company. A full-time Maui resident and retired biotech entrepreneur, Gunars started a cacao farm with the goal of making great chocolate. As the operation grew, he knew he wanted to tie it into the philanthropy that is so central to life for him and his wife JoRene. Plans for the farm, the factory and the company evolved—and MKEC’s Chocolate Kuleana took shape right along with it, creating a remarkable and admirable business model. As CEO, Gunars is responsible for overall leadership, strategic vision and financial vitality of MKEC.


From the comfort of your own space, enjoy a curated tasting led by CEO Dr. Gunars Valkirs

November 13, 2020

All Island Chapters Virtual Meeting

Topic: Positioning for Business Growth in 2021: Global Trends, Leadership, and Questions To Ask Yourself


Noel Pacarro Brown, CIMA®, CPWA® Financial Advisor, First Vice President Investing with Impact Director, Family Wealth Advisor, Senior Investment Management Consultant The Conscious Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley

September 30, 2020

All Island Chapters Virtual Meeting

Topic: Impacts of COVID-19: Beginning, Present & Beyond


Moderator: Tiffany Richardson, Current Events - An Event Production Agency Speakers: John Morgan, Kualoa Ranch Emily Porter, The MacNaughton Group Toby Taniguchi, KTA Super Stores

August 25, 2020

All Island Chapters Virtual Webinar Hosted by the Hawai'i Island Chapter

Topic: ʻOhana as interconnected systems in business and the environment Michele Zane-Faridi grew up in Kaneohe, O’ahu, and eventually migrated to Hawaii island. Opening the family store in 1993, nearly raising daughter Shadi Faridi in their little shop in downtown Hilo. Together they run, curate, and nearly live at their shops Cultivar Goods and Hana Hou in Hilo.


Michele Zane-Faridi and daughter Shadi Faridi of Hana Hou Hilo

July 29, 2020

All Island Chapters Virtual Webinar

Topic: "Four Principles of Family Business…Popeyes Style"


Speaker: Sean Uezu is President, Hawaii Pop’s Inc., operator of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants in Hawaii, Principal U-Mobile LLC, and Principal Take-N-Bake Hawaii LLC.

May 28, 2020

Webinar Presented by BCR

Topic: Disruptive Adaptation: Impacts on Stress and Succession in Family Business


BCR Speaker Panelist: - Laurie Foster, Senior Consultant/Partner - Lisa A. Menor Miller, Senior Consultant - Celine Casamina, Associate Consultant

May 20, 2020

All Island Chapters Virtual Webinar

Turning from Defense to Offense as they Recover from the Covid-19 Crisis


MODERATOR: Ryan A. Martinez Principal—Wealth Advisor PANEL SPEAKER(S): - Andrea L. Kushner Director—Wealth Strategies Group  - John K. Murphy Founder and CEO of JK Murphy Advisors