Kamehameha School staffers based at Kawaiahaʻo Plaza recently guest spoke with the haumāna in KS Kapālama High School’s entrepreneurship class to share important topics about starting a business in Hawaiʻi.
The presentation was an introduction and overview about various laws, taxes, accounting and marketing, with a focus on social media. Staffers shared important information about what is needed to start and run your own company in Hawaiʻi.
“We are thankful to have the staffers from KP come share their manaʻo with the students, “said Sheryl Kashiwa, entrepreneurship class kumu. “It’s a great way to connect campus with other KS members located at KP. The students really enjoyed the one-on-one time they received and look forward to future projects where they are able to work with other staff at KP.”
A week after the presentation, the speakers were invited back to the class to spend additional time with student entrepreneurs from two businesses start-ups, answering questions regarding their business operations.
The creators of “Stokked” and “Tomorrow’s Vibe” (both apparel companies) wanted to learn more about trademarking, employee/employer laws, and social media.
Staffers from KP plan to stay connected with the haumāna helping to build and shape tomorrow’s leaders. Activities like this help to strengthen the future for the lāhui of Hawaiʻi.
Learn more from KS Kapālama High School's Senior, Kullen Kekua
Questions answered by Kullen Kekua, entrepreneurship class student, class of 2018.
1. What kind of business would you like to build and why?
The type of business Laʻa Gamiao and I want to build is a clothing/apparel company driven to target our generation in anesthetics and design. The purpose for this is to create something we personally are proud of, and something we'd want to wear. Our model or business mission statement is the following: Tomorrow’s Vibe is a local clothing brand driven to supply the community with minimalist modern apparel. We like to keep things simple as they should be. In a fast-paced world, we urge our audience to slow down and enjoy the little things that in turn create lasting memories.
2. What was most interesting to you among the presentation and/or Q&A session?
It was very beneficial to have hands-on experience at our disposal. Furthermore, we were able to get the information we needed to get when we needed it. This opportunity doesn't come to often, in fact I doubt many people are allowed this experience. I really enjoyed it. Specifically, I enjoyed speaking to you about social media exposure. Paid advertisement was something I always thought of but always thought it'd be out of reach due to our limited funds. However, after speaking to you guys, it was clear that it was obtainable at our entry-level business.
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