45 episodes

Welcome to Season 2 of The Hawaii Business Podcast! Listen to engaging and inspirational conversations with Hawai‘i’s influential business, community and cultural leaders.

Host Unyong Nakata of Nakata Advisory engages each guest in a warm and lively conversation about their career path, business advice, and plans for the future. Hear from the people who are shaping Hawaiʻi today.

This podcast is presented by Servco Pacific.

Hawaii Business Magazine covers the big issues impacting our island home and is a respected multichannel resource for local leaders and managers in businesses, nonprofits and government – and for you.

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Welcome to Season 2 of The Hawaii Business Podcast! Listen to engaging and inspirational conversations with Hawai‘i’s influential business, community and cultural leaders.

Host Unyong Nakata of Nakata Advisory engages each guest in a warm and lively conversation about their career path, business advice, and plans for the future. Hear from the people who are shaping Hawaiʻi today.

This podcast is presented by Servco Pacific.

Hawaii Business Magazine covers the big issues impacting our island home and is a respected multichannel resource for local leaders and managers in businesses, nonprofits and government – and for you.

    S2E20, Ken Sakurai, Coastal Construction

    S2E20, Ken Sakurai, Coastal Construction

    In the latest Hawaii Business Podcast episode, Ken Sakurai, CEO of Coastal Construction, discuses his experiences in the construction industry, the impact his family had on the success of the 50-year-old company, and how its collaboration with Castle & Cooke on a Mililani housing project paved the way for light-gauge steel framing in Hawaiʻi.

    Sakurai also talks about his company’s dedication to its workforce, with employees boasting nearly half a century of service, and how Coastal Construction’s involvement in a $54.4 million affordable housing project in Kona reflects its commitment to community impact.

    On Dec. 6, 2023, Hawaii Business Magazine recognized Sakurai as its 2023 CEO of the Year, an annual award that honors and celebrates outstanding CEOs for their exceptional leadership, strategic vision and overall contributions to their respective company, industry and the Hawaiʻi community.

    • 50 min
    S2E19, Rick Ching, Servco Pacific Inc.

    S2E19, Rick Ching, Servco Pacific Inc.

    For Rick Ching, the senior advisor and global mobility board director of Servco Pacific, fostering servant leadership and advocating for inclusivity was all part of the journey.

    He shares how Servco Pacific drew from Google’s principles of respect, service, team work and innovation to create and adopt a servant leadership framework. That work, plus Disney Institute training, has resulted in a workplace culture that goes beyond the traditional corporate paradigm. For example, Servco created allyship groups so that diverse teams can voice opinions on policy decisions. Ching says this demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity and helps spearhead changes meant to foster a more diverse workplace.

    Ching’s personal journey, from starting in 1985 to assuming the roles of CEO and President, reveals the challenges of leadership in a corporate setting. The discussion on decision-making made evident the delicate balance between information gathering and timely execution, with both experience and humility playing pivotal roles.

    Beyond the corporate realm, the podcast provides a glimpse into Ching’s family history, education and career path. And, as he transitions into a senior advisory role, the podcast explores his reflections on retirement, future plans and the importance of family.

    • 1 hr
    S2E18, Peter Ho, Bank of Hawaiʻi

    S2E18, Peter Ho, Bank of Hawaiʻi

    Peter Ho, the Chairman, President and CEO of Bank of Hawaiʻi, provides valuable insights into his family legacy, career path, and the bank's commitment to its employees and the community.

    Ho grew up in a family of successful business leaders – his grandfather and father were self-made multi-millionaires – and he credits them for instilling in him a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility.

    Ho values surrounding himself with smart people, especially women, and highlights the importance of teamwork, perseverance and leadership skills, which he believes can be developed through sports. He shares his experience working in the banking industry in New York City during the late 1980s and early 1990s and reflects on the impact of major events like the savings and loan crisis and the Gulf War.

    Ho discusses the value proposition of a regional bank in Hawaiʻi, where a combination of local talent, deep understanding of the communities being served and technical expertise from the mainland are all needed. BOH is helping to build a more resilient and diverse economy through partnerships, such as its "all-in" involvement with Hawai‘i based accelerator Mana Up. Ho also talks about the bank's philanthropic efforts, including its dedicated trust division that administers foundations and charitable trusts. He shares the bank's commitment to helping legacy families and new businesses give back to the community.

    • 49 min
    S2E17, Peter Dames, Servco Pacific Inc.

    S2E17, Peter Dames, Servco Pacific Inc.

    Servco Pacific newly appointed CEO Peter Dames' consistent, ego-free approach has been crucial to his success. In this episode, we explore his journey, the influence of music teachers, and the importance of empathy and compassion in business.

    Originally hailing from Bayonne, New Jersey, Dames shared how economic changes led his family to move to Los Angeles when he was just ten months old. He fondly reminisced about embarking on cross-country adventures in a Volkswagen minivan with his family as a child. He credited his music teachers, particularly Gordon Henderson, with shaping his personality and being instrumental in his growth.

    "Fail quick and make changes. Don’t worry about planning for years. Let’s put some plans together, execute, make some mistakes … let’s make some change."

    The interview delved into his career choices, which included a noteworthy internship with Ronald Reagan's office and experiences working with Mark Fukunaga's family at Toyota in Japan. He also discussed Servco Pacific's succession planning efforts, which resulted in him becoming president and CEO on Oct. 1, 2023, and the importance of company culture, empathy and adaptability in the ever-evolving automotive industry.

    • 55 min
    S2E16, Chad Buck, Hawaiʻi Foodservice Alliance

    S2E16, Chad Buck, Hawaiʻi Foodservice Alliance

    Chad Buck, founder and CEO of Hawaiʻi Foodservice Alliance shares insights on leadership, entrepreneurship, and personal growth, highlighting his unique approach to business and leadership that has made a lasting impact on the Hawaiian islands.

    In this episode of The Hawaii Business Podcast, we delve into the journey of Chad Buck, owner and CEO of Hawaiʻi Foodservice Alliance. Buck’s journey, from childhood struggles to building a successful business, is a tale of determination. HFA, founded in 2002, has become the largest distributor of perishable foods statewide, serving retailers such as Costco and Safeway.

    The company plays an essential role during disasters. And its leadership was put to the test when Gov. Josh Green reached out to Buck for assistance during the devastating fires on Maui. The conversation explores post-disaster relief efforts, personal growth, and the importance of holding leaders accountable for addressing social issues in Hawaiʻi.

    • 59 min
    S2E15, Kevin Chang, Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA)

    S2E15, Kevin Chang, Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA)

    Kevin Chang, the Executive Director of Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo, discusses the organization's mission to empower rural Hawaiian communities and promote community-based natural resource management.

    With origins dating back to 2003 and Chang joining in 2011, Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo has established itself as a driving force for positive environmental change across the Islands.

    Chang emphasized the cultural significance of fishponds and their role as key components of traditional land stewardship. He also introduced the Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa network, a statewide initiative that fosters dialogue among fishpond practitioners for cultural and community revitalization, while simultaneously promoting environmental conservation.

    • 43 min

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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Unyong does a fantastic job, great questions, conversations and topics. Guests are from all areas of local influence. Keep up the great content

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