Testimonials

“Through a comprehensive reputation assessment, Kawehi and her ‘ohana at Kupa’a assisted our management team in understanding how we were being perceived by our customers and overall community.  Their attention to detail to include a fair and objective analysis was impressive and helped us to identify ways to improve.  Kawehi’s business experience and close ties to her community is paramount to the success of her clients.”

Peggy Ciriako Manager, Kona Country Club

"Starting a new business, is a daunting task for anyone. But, when you have an incredibly supportive, wise and caring person like Kawehi Inaba to help you see your business in a different perspective, it can make all the difference in the world! Using her knowledge in business, marketing, public relations, and her rooted Hawaiian Cultural practices, Kawehi and her team at Kupa`a Business Planners have a unique ability to make even the toughest of scenarios manageable. Their wide network of services and cohorts helps to strengthen all aspects of your business. She shared her knowledge with us by offering online options and solutions in an effort to secure a stronger marketing presence. Her “Secret Shopper” services allow you to get solid and constructive feedback from people who really know how to help elevate your product and service levels. All the while, Kawehi and her team continues to gently remind you of your place in the community and the need to always be mindful in all facets of business. We, at The Feeding Leaf, truly believe that it is through her efforts, knowledge and compassion, for all small businesses, that we are thriving today, and look forward to continued lessons to help us be as successful as we can possibly be. "

Les & Tracey Apoliona, Owners, The Feeding Leaf

"I wholeheartedly support and recommend Kupa’a Business Planners. Kawehi Inaba does a remarkable job in analyzing and identifying the needs of her clients. She clearly understood what my objectives were, and immediately presented a plan of action to accomplish my goals! No wasted time or energy, which ultimately saved me time and money. The Media Training Program they created was excellent and is the basis for our entire training program at NLTV. The networking that Kawehi has developed over the years is quite extensive and impressive, which paid great dividends in the creation of our plan. Kupa’a has such diversity that I don’t think there is very much that they could not handle. It really is a pleasure to work with a company who takes the time and effort to truly understand what your business is all about. Kawehi is a great leader, and that helped to ensure that we got everything that we asked for….and more! Thank you Kawehi and team in helping to contribute in making NLTV a better company, and for the wonderful Media Training Program you developed!"

Stacy K. Higa, President & CEO NLTV

“I have known Kawehi Inaba since 2011 through her work as a volunteer with the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.  She participates as a member of the West Hawai‘i Fund advisory committee and has brought with her a breadth of  knowledge and understanding of the needs of her beloved island community. Kawehi engages all that she does  with great compassion and understanding along with a strong work ethic and business acumen. She is truly an  asset to our work with helping those who do good, do greater”.

Marlene Hochuli, Pilanthropic Services Asst. (Hawaii Community Foundation)

“Kawehi approaches each work day with the values and character that make her a successful business woman and family matriarch. In our community, she is known for her dedicated approach toward any task with respected aloha spirit and trust. Simply said, her exuberant character is a representation of a person who will always do the right thing, even when no one is watching”.

Darren Rosario, Fire Chief (County of Hawai’i)

"Kawehi is a highly skilled professional with experience working in fast-paced environment demanding strong organizational and interpersonal skills. She is an excellent communicator and highly motivated team player. She is a passionate and dynamic leader effective in developing strategic partnerships and executing top-level projects with practical applications”.  

Leina’ala Fruean, Dir. of Sales/Cultural Consultant (Island Breeze & Hawaii Production, Inc.)

"As a “Keiki o ka ‘aina”, Kawehi Inaba is a person who is both culturally and ethically grounded. She is gifted with a business intellect and entrepreneurial spirit that has created a successful career, not only for herself, but for those who are associated with her businesses. Kawehi has much to offer and I totally support her endeavors”.

George K. Costa, Director, Office of Economic Development  (County of Kaua’i)

"Kawehi’s nurturing and honest spirit defines her as a true leader!  A native Hawaiian business woman of vision, and creativity is remarkable as we acknowledge her many accomplishments to include the first native Hawaiian woman pilot to establish a commuter airline. Accountable in all aspects as a professional, mother and friend, she is amazingly able to keep a balance of “pono” or righteousness in all that she does. Kawehi’s competence, organization and truth makes it easy to be a part of her team. Her character as a leader sets her apart from many and I continue to be inspired as I continue to watch Kawehi make a significant impact in her community”

Ka’ea Lyons, Kumu Hula (Halau Ka’eaikahelelani), Hawaiian Language Lecturer (Hawaiʻi Community College-Pālamanui), Radio Personality (KAPA Radio)

 

"Having the honor of being Kawehi Inaba’s friend for the past 15 + years. I have witnessed her leadership and aloha for her community. While setting a firm foundation for her own keiki, Kawehi always makes herself available to other keiki and ohana to share, work, mentor, feed, nurture and support them as young Hawaiians. No matter what obstacles appear she always has the right things to say and can be counted on to be consistent, true to her word and does everything with great integrity and pure intention. Kawehi is a true example of the idea that “It takes a village to raise a child”. I am so thankful to be a part of her village”.    

Annie Kamuela Meheula, Former Program Director (Aloha Kuamo’o ‘Aina)

"I have known Kawehi as a lifelong resident who possesses, epitomizes and truly lives the meaning of honesty, integrity and character. Besides her role as a devoted wife, mother, business entrepreneur and community supporter, she exerts the same (oftentimes more) of herself and her energy in whatever she partakes in with exceptional outcomes; Kawehi never settles for mediocrity”.  

Harry Kubojiri, Police Chief, Retired (County of Hawai’i)

Starting a new business, is a daunting task for anyone. But, when you have an incredibly supportive, wise and caring person like Kawehi Inaba to help you see your business in a different perspective, it can make all the difference in the world!

- Les & Tracey Apoliona - Feeding Leaf

Through a comprehensive reputation assessment, Kawehi and her ‘ohana at Kupa’a assisted our management team in understanding how we were being perceived by our customers and overall community.

- Peggy Ciriako - KONA COUNTRY CLUB

I wholeheartedly support and recommend Kupa’a Business Planners. Kawehi Inaba does a remarkable job in analyzing and identifying the needs of her clients. She clearly understood what my objectives were, and immediately presented a plan of action to accomplish my goals!

- Stacy K. Higa - NLTV

Kawehi is a highly skilled professional with experience working in fast-paced environment demanding strong organizational and interpersonal skills. She is an excellent communicator and highly motivated team player. She is a passionate and dynamic leader effective in developing strategic partnerships and executing top-level projects with practical applications.

- Leina’ala Fruean - Island Breeze & Hawaii Production, Inc.