HSBP’s popular annual Farm to Table program returns in February. This year, we feature an acclaimed chef, a grower of specialty crops, and a representative of a market for local products. Add to that moderator Patti Chang of Feed-The-Hunger Foundation, an organization that makes loans to farmers and small restaurateurs, and this will again be a program you’ll want to attend.
Chef Russell Siu, Executive Chef/Co-Owner of 3660 On the Rise and Managing Director of Kakaako Kitchen. He directs the financial operations and creates the restaurant’s distinctive Euro-Island cuisine, a blend of East/West heritage with signature usage of seasonal products from Hawaii’s oceans and farms. Russell got his first cooking job at 15, at a local drive in and worked his way up to opening his own restaurants. He has received numerous culinary awards.
Lesley Hill, co-owner and operator of Wailea Agricultural Group, the country’s strongest producer of the very renewable and nutrient-rich delicacy called Heart of Palm. Each year, they harvest over 15 tons by hand for delivery and shipment to restaurants and hotels – local, national and international. Her farm is 110 acres diverse in tropical
fruit, spice and flowers on the lush Hamakua Coast of Hawaiʻi Island.
Pamela Boyar, Director of Development, FarmLovers Farmers’ Market (Haleiwa, Kaka’ako, Pearlridge and KailuaTown). The vision and mission of the farmers’ markets is to create a business incubator for small farmers, food manufacturers and artisans, by creating a supportive and nurturing environment, which will cultivate economic growth, community health, and cultural awareness. Pamela has dedicated her life’s work to health education and promotion of organic foods
Patti Chang, Chief Executive Officer of Feed-The-Hunger Foundation, whose goal is to eliminate poverty by providing microloans and networks of support for those who dream of creating a better life for themselves, strengthening their families and rebuilding
Many of us recall when Costco opened its first store in Hawaii in 1988 and became one of a few Mainland retail chains with Hawaii operations (Longs Drugs doesn’t count as we al thought of it as a “local” Hawaii store). Kmart followed a few short years later and the “import” of Mainland retailers to Hawaii was on!
Fast forward to 2014 and the list of Mainland retail operations with a Hawaii presence is long. Many of these Hawaii stores rank among the top tier in revenue of their chain’s U.S. operations. We all know there are barriers to having a successful business in Hawaii especially for companies without knowledge of the local market. Inquiring minds want to know what goes into the decision of a Mainland retail operation to open a Hawaii location. What are the challenges, and the differences in operating in Hawaii vs the Mainland?
On the flip side of Mainland companies coming to Hawaii are successful Hawaii based companies that have taken the jump lo “export” their business to the Mainland, navigate a different market, and attain success across the ocean. HSBP’s January program will cover both of these topics — the Mainland “import” to Hawaii and the Hawaii “export” to the Mainland. Our panel below covers both “shopping and eating” two popular local pastimes! And add to that a commercial real estate professional familiar with the process of bringing Mainland retail brands
to Hawaii, it’s a panel you don’t want to miss.
Brian Tatsumura, Store Manager of Nordstrom Hawaii will talk about the challenges and opportunities of operating the Seattle-based department store in Hawaii as well as Nordstrom’s future store plans. After 42 years of selling shoes in Hawaii through Liberty House and later Macy’s, Nordstrom opened its first full-line Hawaii store in 2008.
Dylan Ching, Senior General Manager of Duke’s Waikiki, is responsible for overseeing restaurant operations for Duke’s Waikiki as well as its 280-plus employees. Duke’s is a
part of TS Restaurants, which includes 5 properties in California and 8 properties in Hawaii. Dylan will speak about the challenges and opportunities of taking a successful Hawaii operation and “exporting” it to the Mainland.
Roger B. Lyons, a Senior Vice President in the Retail Advisory Services Division at CBRE, Inc., has been involved in commercial real estate for 25 years, including exclusive engagements in retail tenant and landlord representation throughout the State of Hawaii and on the U.S. mainland. Currently, Roger represents numerous national retailers in the market, including Target, Walgreens, Petco and Sports Authority