In celebration of Filipino American History Month, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa event “Entre-Pinoy-Ship” brought together a dynamic panel of Filipino-American entrepreneurs who shared their incredible journeys, the influence of their Filipino culture and the challenges they’ve faced, and imparted advice to young entrepreneurs.
They also discussed their visions for the future of Filipino-American entrepreneurship, all while pursuing their dreams in Hawaiʻi. The panelists included:
- Karlo Tanjuakio, CEO and founder of GoLeanSixSigma.com + Kure
- Kit Furukawa, owner of Maui Chili Chili Oil
- Lalaine Ignao, co-owner and CEO of Sama Sama
The event was organized by Shidler College of Business Marketing Instructor and Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) Faculty Fellow Constancio Paranal III, PACE Program Manager Adelene Ortiz and PACE Leader and Hawaiʻi Student Entrepreneurs President Daniella Pasion. The event provided a platform for the Filipino-American community to explore the stories and experiences of successful entrepreneurs who are making a significant impact in the state.
Each panelist revealed what motivated them to embark on their entrepreneurial journey. Their stories were diverse but shared a common theme of a relentless drive to create something meaningful and impactful.
For Karlo Tanjuakio, it was about finding a problem that he was passionate about. Tanjuakio advised young entrepreneurs to “be brave and surround yourself with people who support your vision.”
The discussion highlighted the profound influence of Filipino culture on their business decisions and strategies. From how they approach their businesses to the products they create, the entrepreneurs were intentional in incorporating cultural elements and values into their ventures.
The event provided a platform for the panelists to offer valuable advice to young entrepreneurs. They encouraged aspiring business leaders to embrace their cultural heritage and use it as a source of inspiration.