The belt and road to democratized globalization
China's Belt and Road Initiative is infrastructure and trade development on such a massive scale that it has the potential to reshape the world geopolitical order read
Summit + Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative
HLRI Works to Preserve Forestry at Kahuā Ranch
Partnering with legacy land steward Monty Richards, HLRI furthers its forestry goals read
Joint Arab-Jewish business venture signals hope for peace
An Oakland business connects people, land and profits read
Summit + SXSW
Steering toward the post-economic Trekonomics of Star Trek
What we can learn from Star Trek’s vision of an egalitarian, altruistic society and the economics that power it read
Elon Musk speaks out about space, solar and not being sad

Elon Musk spoke at the TED conference and discussed his expanding portfolio of companies – space, electric cars, underground tunnels, solar panels and artificial intelligence.

Rural renaissance
Adapting the festival model to grow alternative entrepreneurship and promote sustainable thinking read
The giving trees
How local wood crafts might one day support reforestation read
Summit + Kualoa Private Nature Reserve
Picture perfect
Tucked away along the northeast coast of O‘ahu lies a natural wonder and epicenter of the international film industry read
Sun dance
How a common, household appliance can help transition Hawaiʻi into a renewable energy future read
Coding for culture
Purple Prize competition brings together technology and culture read
Summit + Market City Shopping Center
A tale of two markets
The story of Market City, Foodland and Hawai‘i's oldest family-owned shopping center read
Summit + Whole Foods Market
Mother natured
A whole body approach to life’s curveballs read
Summit + Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative
Growing a legacy
Saving the planet, one tree at a time read
The long line
The beauty of the Marshall Islands belies an extractive system based on the global tuna trade read
Prints of passion
Hawai‘i designer Nake‘u Awai threads a career of fashion and grace read
Let them eat meat
Chef Bob McGee is doing what he does best – cutting, curing and casing meats for his new venture, Link Honolulu read
Summit + Whole Foods Market
Home sweets home
Breadfruit, deliciously reimagined as the final course read
Summit + Hawai‘i Life
Now Hana
Why saving the land is a savvy investment read
The TPP and Brunei’s regressive human rights policies
Is America compromising its morals through the inclusion of nations with oppressive regimes in the TPP trade deal? read
Summit + Toyota Hawaii
Test driving Toyota's hydrogen-powered Mirai
A natural and fitting design that blends in with Hawaiʻi’s environment read
Canada to join TPP talks in Hawaii despite ag concerns
The U.S. and Canada continue to disagree on lowering agricultural trade barriers, but negotiators are still hoping to wrap up the deal later this month. read
Oahu GET surcharge for rail extended through 2027
Honolulu taxpayers will continue to pay half a percent more on their GET to fund rail for an additional five years read
TPP entry could hurt rising minimum wage trend domestically
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could undermine recent progress in addressing depressed minimum wages here in America. read
Is the city paying too much for rail’s property acquisitions?
Value assessments on the city-purchased properties along the planned rail line are far lower than the amount of tax payer dollars that went into their purchase. read
Global trade and the middle class
The U.S. is on the brink of entering into the largest trade agreement in history. Will the middle-class benefit? read
Bids submitted for West Oahu rail stations
City officials estimate each station will cost between $60-70 million. read
TPP fast-tracking stalls in House
The president's unusual alliance with House republicans came up short as the fast-track bill was resoundingly defeated today. read
China adjusts to a new normal as its sizzling economy cools
How will China handle growing pains in its economy as the country shifts its focus away from manufacturing? read
Nathan Higa
The O‘ahu Makerspace is a unique place for creatives to learn from one another read
A space to make our own
A new spirit of island industry is rising, combining open source ethics with real world materials read
Alex Eteuati
O'ahu Makerspace gave me a sense of place read
Kampai to the Sake Shop

Sake has a reputation as your father’s drink. But for Nadine and Malcolm Leong, proprietors of Hawai‘i’s first retail sake shop, they’ve found that their core market is 30– to 40-year-olds.

“We cater mostly to locals; tourists are often interested in tropical drinks like mai tais,” Ms. Leong told Summit.

Prices for their 150 different sake range from $20–$40, with some exclusive brands commanding much higher prices. The Sake Shop has grown every year since it opened in 2010.

Its location on King Street has proved to be good for business, Ms. Leong says. “There’s a lot of doctors and professional offices nearby. Our plans for the future include possibly moving to a bigger location and maybe opening a small sake tasting bar to accompany our retail store,” she says.
Reid Shigemura
How has Oahu Makerspace influenced your craft? read
Summit + Whole Foods Market Summit + Madre Chocolate
Bean to bar
Hawai‘i’s topography creates micro environments capable of nurturing cacao, and Madre Chocolate is bearing the fruit. read
A lady maven's haven

Melissa Kim, General Manager of the Box Jelly, announced the opening of a new project within the large Kakaako coworking space today.

Kim is hosting an open house-style grand opening for "Haus of Maven" today in part of the Box Jelly known as The Zone. Tea and pastries from Morning Glass Coffee + Cafe will be on hand, and coworking will be free (work stations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis).

"Thanks to the generous support of our founders, Rechung and Tony, we've created a beautiful, safe haven for women to work and build community with one another," says Kim.

Haus of Maven is described as "a pop-up women's coworking space" and will be held within the Box Jelly, allowing female entrepreneurs, creatives and other independent workers to meet and collaborate.


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