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The Conversation: Local Businesses Born Out of the Pandemic

Lance Arinaga
  • Cecil Morton, the owner and CEO of holoholo, on what prompted him to start the ride-sharing business that markets its services exclusively to Hawai'i residents | Full Article
  • Karen Gibson, a parent and an educator, on how she went from publishing parenting tips on social media to publish a book titled, "One Hundred Parenting Tips Inspired by the Pandemic" | Past Episode
  • Zach Villanueva and Courtney Ro, the owners of Sage Creamery, on going all-in to start an ice cream business and the inspiration behind their company's name | Past Episode
  • Ka'ohele Carlos, the owner of PIDGINMOJI, on his company expanding from local emojis to a lifestyle brand and expanding the availability of PIDGINMOJI Fortune Cookies | Full Segment
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Lillian Tsang is the senior producer of The Conversation. She has been part of the talk show team since it first aired in 2011. Contact her at
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