Creepy *** Cracka | Jet Packs Hearing | Union Rallies | Hygiene Zones for Homeless | PAU HANA, at Hilo Hattie TONIGHT!

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BY SAM SLOM – PAU HANA, at Hilo Hattie TONIGHT!YOU are invited today, Wednesday, July 19, to a networking social at Hilo Hattie (on Nimitz Highway), sponsored by SBH, open to all, 4:30 – 7:30 pm. There will be pupu, networking, discount shopping, fun and new friends. RSVP at 396-1724.

Friday With Rusty Humphries! Still time to make your reservation for the HIRA’s exclusive presentation of national talk radio superstar Rusty Humphries at the Waialae Country Club this Friday, July 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. SBH is a co-sponsor. Listen to Rusty on Rick Hamada’s radio program Friday morning on KHVH News Radio’s 830 AM at 7 am. Contact for reservations.


Shawn Dohmen Next Thursday. Hawaii iDCard creator and marketing specialist Shawn Dohmen will speak at the next monthly SBH SUNRISE Networking Breakfast on Thursday, July 25, from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Pineapple Room, Macy’s, Ala Moana Center. His topic: “Persistence.” Marketing tips too. Info and reservations, call SBH at 396-1724

“Creepy Ass ‘Cracka'” Rachel Jentel, the prosecution’s star witness in the recent Florida Zimmerman trial, who brought us the term, “creepy ass cracka’,” (which Rachel said means “like a police”) and undistinguishable English, appeared on the night time TV program hosted by Piers Morgan on CNN, Monday. Presumably, she was paid for that appearance.

CNN hailed Jentel as a brilliant, intelligent, personable expert on sub-cultures. She explained that the jury was old school and she and her associates are new school with a totally new language. Morgan also asked her about the “N” word and she explained it had been changed “around 2002” and now is not racist at all, and is correctly spelled “nigga” and refers only to a “male,” “any male-even Chinese,” as she said. With the issues we have and the problems we face, it is heartening to learn of penetrating journalism by those like Morgan and noveau brilliance from a source such as Jentel. Why is this important? There are many out there who believe this shapes their perception and action in society.

Hygiene Zones for Homeless. Honolulu Councilmember Joey Manahan has proposed the City establish “Hygiene Centers” for the growing homeless population in Honolulu to allow them to shower, toilet, wash their clothes and other personal hygiene. His idea is patterned after Seattle. Good idea! The zones should be established on the lawn of the City Hall and State Capitol. Maybe the Federal building too.

Visitor Annual Convention Coming. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, will hold its Hawaii Tourism Conference on Aug. 22-23, 2013 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

  • Facebook global marketing solutions manager David Parfect will share the latest social media trends, its influence on travel and how to utilize Facebook to grow destination awareness and affect travel.
  • Marketing research experts Jeffrey Eslinger, account services director at D.K. Shifflet & Associates LTD. and Matthew McDougall, CEO and founder of Digital Jungle LTD. will provide insight on how North American and Asian travelers view Hawaii and other destinations to show how we stack up against the competition.
  • A new Meetings, Conventions and Incentives (MCI) panel will include local group sellers and respected industry partners who will discuss what is currently being done to grow this market and how to build the “business brand” for Hawaii.

Union Rallies Against Condo Conversion. An estimated 800 Unite 5 union members will demonstrate today in front of the Ilikai in opposition to further condo conversions by hotels. The union group, Aikea Movement, is opposed to the process that has generated hotel rooms going condo. The unions cite loss of jobs as their biggest complaint.

Case to Outrigger. Former Congressman, former SBH Director, and attorney Ed Case will join Outrigger Enterprises as Chief Legal Counsel. Case said he will not run for office as long as he is associated with Outrigger. Good luck, Ed!

Final Call: Job Openings. In case you missed our notice last week, SBH announced two IMMEDIATE job openings:

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant, part time (M-F), at Smart Business Hawaii (SBH) office in Hawaii Kai, which includes hourly salary, flexible schedule, medical and other benefits, community event participation and free parking.

State Senate Minority Attorney/Research Director, full time, M-F, permanent year around, at the State Capitol. Good salary and full benefits.

For more details on either position, call me personally (349-5438) or email resume to:

Home Remodeling Seminar at Bankoh. Building a new home or remodeling for multi-generations? Need financing information or ideas on how to do it? Get the information you need to efficiently finance the construction or renovation of your home. Thursday, Aug. 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m, Bank of Hawaii Ala Moana Branch (Ala Moana Building, First Floor).

Featured panelists include: Evan Fujimoto, President, Graham Builders; Marshall Hickox, President, Homeworks Construction; Iris Yafuso, Construction Loan Manager, Bank of Hawaii. This seminar is free and open to anyone to attend. Contact Bankoh.

Prime, Affordable Hawaii Kai Office Space Opens Up.Looking for a small (approx. 450 square foot) equipped office space in East Honolulu in a prime shopping center location? SBH will have such a space available to sublet August 1. With all taxes, fees, utilities, and parking, approximately $1,000 monthly. Larger space (1,250 sf) also available. Call 349-5438.

Reapportionment Loss. The Hawaii State Supreme Court last week upheld the political reapportionment of Hawaii during 2012 that resulted in disenfranchising more than 108,000 military, dependents and students and added a State Senate seat to the Island of Hawaii. The case will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to attorney Robert Thomas, since Hawaii is the only state to exclude so many military from legislative representation.

DLNR Hearing on Jet Packs. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, in the DLNR Board room 132 located at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Kalanimoku building, Honolulu, to discuss plans and possible state rules for modified water propulsion jet packs.

Due to concerns raised by the public regarding the use of jet packs (popularly known as JetLev or Flyboards) in Hawaii’s nearshore waters, DLNR is inviting the United States Coast Guard and interested members of the public, including ocean users and current jet pack operators, to meet and discuss usage issues, safety concerns, classification and possible regulation of these jet pack devices. Water propulsion jet packs consists of a boat unit that delivers pressurized water to an airborne flight unit worn on the user’s back.  The boat unit can be manned or unmanned.  In addition, the pressure from the flight unit can “fly” an operator up to 30 feet above the water and travel at top speeds of about 32 mph.

Blight, Trash, Kawamoto & More. The Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board #3 meets tomorrow, Thursday, 7 pm at the Hoaloha Kai Montessori School, 1339 Hunakai Street. On the agenda will be trash pickups, blighted neighborhoods, beach erosion and the ever popular Genshiro Kawamoto. Public welcome.

SBH Business All Stars. Don’t forget: the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation will host its annual SBH Business All Stars Awards Banquet on Friday, September 20, at the Waialae Country Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Several business people will receive awards, there will be a sumptuous buffet, fun, entertainment, a silent auction and good networking. Sponsorships available (contact Malia Zimmerman at 306-3161) or to make reservations, contact SBH at 396-1724. Auction donations appreciated and welcome.

2013 awardees:

    • The SBH Lex Brodie Business Person of the Year” (2013) is John Carpenter of Island Slipper Company. John will be honored for his many years of business success, management style and keeping alive an iconic family business that he successfully expanded.
    • The SBH Jean Fukuda Civic Leadership Award,” goes toVicky Cayetano of United Laundry Services for her role as successful businesswoman, civic leader and cultural advocate.
    • SBH George Mason Outstanding Business Reporting awardee is Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business Magazine. Petranik has written about, mentored and sponsored many small business events and individuals in Hawaii.
    • SBH Business Boosters” are Ryan Ozawa and Burt Lum of Byte Marks Café. Both Ryan and Bert are techie experts who give their time and knowledge to the community and are regularly speak up for business and entrepreneurs, in public, radio and television.
    • SBH Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” 11-year old (that’s right, 11!) Skylar Soares, who, despite serious medical challenges, chose through Make A Wish Foundation, and the help of students at Hawaii Pacific University, and Maryknoll School, to start her own successful sun-protection Hawaii hat business, “HI Sky.”
    • Also singled out for outstanding business contributions during the year are: Signe Godfrey, Olsten Personnel Services; Clark Hatch, Clark Hatch Fitness Center and Mark Storfer, Hilo Hattie as “SBH 2013 Business All-Stars.”
    • The “SBH Educator of the Year” is John Sosa, Principal of Kaiser High School.
    • The “SBH Lifetime Business Achievement Award” goes to John Henry Felix of HMAA.

Come, join and be inspired by Skylar and the other business awardees this year.

SBH Looking for Young Professionals. Smart Business Hawaii (SBH) is reaching out to Young Entrepreneurs. The SBH YOUNG PROFESSIONALS is now up and running. Annual dues are only $75 for those under 30 years. Contact me directly (, go online ( or call 396-1724.

As always, SBH appreciates your support, so please consider joining or sending a donation to help SBH continue to assist the private, independent businesses in our community. Mahalo!






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  1. First of all, the homeless need to find themselves a job. After they have a job they can afford to rent an apartment or a house or buy one taking a credit. you can find many nice and cheap houses on .

  2. This hygiene zone for homeless is a very good thing but I believe it would be better to help them to afford themselves a home of their own. There are many real estate agencies like Lowder New Homes which have lowered their prices more people to be able to afford buying a house.

  3. I salute this idea with the hygiene zone for the homeless, maybe that way they will learn to take care more of themselves. I heard that the Reformed Church Home also had a big contribution in this program.

  4. I simply find these hygiene zone for homeless people useless. First of all they should find themselves a job so they can afford to buy or to rent an apartment. I recently found some apartments at very good prices on the
    Pillsbury Senior Communities.

  5. The homeless people would rather need a home instead of these hygiene zones and if they find themselves a job, they could really afford to buy one. I recently saw some nice apartments at Sun Prairie Real estate agency at very good prices.

  6. I also believe that these hygiene zones are useless because the homeless people first of all need a job and then and apartment or a house of their own. There are so many real estate agencies like Shook which have very good prices, all you need is to have a job.

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