Island Business

Island Business stories published in Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine.

Home Grown

Maui's farmers face a host of challenges. Here's what some are doing to survive—and why we all need to help.
Kaupo Store

Kaupo’s Last Store

How do you stay in business after everyone else moves away? Kaupo Store maintains a slice of Maui history.
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The Wow Factor

This Maui business has a zest for success.
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Sound Investment (VIDEO)

Haleakala Ranch goes out on a limb to conserve native forest — by harvesting trees to transform into koa guitars.

Flower Power

The sun may have set on two of Maui’s main agribusinesses, but a local company is betting its future on energy crops.
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High Stakes

Maui Cattle Company is betting its brand of premium beef can save ranching in the Islands.
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Shooting the Curl

Clark Little has a different angle on ocean photography. He finds it in the curve of huge waves just before they slam into the shore.
Padilla Design Team on Maui

Torch Song

Meet a family of metal artists who craft beauty out of the ordinary.
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Aloha, Pine

When Maui Land & Pineapple Company stopped planting fruit last December, it looked like the end of an era—and an island way of life.
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Listen Up

Requests Music in Wailuku, Maui sells CDs, cassette tapes, vinyl records and even eight-track tapes.
Pasha Cargo Shipping

Precious Cargo

Every issue of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi spends its first week traveling the Pacific. We went along for the journey.
Roselani Hawaii Ice cream

Da Local Scoop

Manuel Nobriga began making ice cream from scratch in 1932. Now Roselani is an island favorite dessert only available in Hawaii.

Romancing the Olive

Could this tiny, ancient fruit become Maui’s next big thing?
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Inside the Dragon’s Den

No need to dig a hole to China—Malik Cotter brings the healing arts of the Far East to Makawao Town.
Tina Keko'olani Haleakala Supah Shots

Recipe for Success

The Maui Food Innovation Center gives homegrown entrepreneurs the ingredients they need to build their businesses.
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Heritage Crops

Heritage Crops: Part 4 in our yearlong look at the future of Maui agriculture.
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The Few. The Small. The Delicious.

How will Maui’s landscape change, now that Big Ag is gone? The answer may lie with new “boutique” farms that offer the promise of diversity.

Solar Q&A

Hawai‘i's subtropical latitude and abundant sunshine make solar power an obvious energy choice, but factors like proximity to the ocean create specific challenges. That’s why it's important to hire seasoned professionals.
MAPA Maui

Playing Their Part

The Maui Academy of Performing Arts could make a revolutionary difference to Maui's economic scene.

An Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Eco-sensitive Bikini

For swimwear designer and professional windsurfer Lisa Letarte Cabrinha, green has always been center stage.

Sweet Charity

Philanthropy is at the center of each piece of Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate.
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Kitchen Startup

Maui’s new Food Innovation Center offers entrepreneurs recipes for success.
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Paper, Scissors . . . Wrappily Rocks!

This Maui mom turned a throwaway commodity into a flat-out brilliant business model.
Central Pacific Bank

Keeping Good Company

The companies spotlighted here have defied the odds over the past two decades while others shut down. How have these businesses managed to survive?

Maui’s Changing Landscape

With this first installment in a yearlong series, we explore the future of farming on our still mostly rural island.
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Native Intelligence

Native Intelligence in Wailuku, Maui, is a cultural resource center disguised as a store.

The Reign of ‘Ulalena

A West Maui theatrical troupe celebrates a decade of performance art that wears a Hawaiian face.