All posts tagged: start up

Mitzi Toro: Sharing Aloha, One Cookie At A Time

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There is something comforting about cookies, homemade cookies that is.  Meet Mitzi Toro, a long-time cookie enthusiast and founder of The Maui Cookie Lady.  Her giant sized cookies are hand rolled using the highest-quality ingredients.   The unique flavor combinations and use of locally made alcohol have made her product popular.  Initially sold at a farmer’s market, you can now find her gourmet cookies at Maui hotel and resorts such as the Grand Wailea and […]

Phillip Han: Following My Passion

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Photo: Eric Miyasato Raised by foreign born parents, my sister and I grew up with expectations to graduate from college and have a lucrative career as a doctor or a lawyer.  If not this, then at least marry one!  Our parents just wanted the best for us. They did not want us to experience the hardships that came along with being financially unstable.  For them, education was the solution to financial freedom. Maybe they are right, but […]

Summer Shiigi: The Power of Collaboration

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Photo: Eric Miyasato Summer Shiigi learned early in life that the achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit 100% of yourself to it.  She watched her parents become successful business owners and experts in their respective fields.  “Whenever I walk through downtown, I would meet people who know my Dad and they would share with me how much they admire him.  That’s the kind of legacy I want to leave,” says the Mid-Pacific Institute graduate and […]