YOU AND YOUR OHANA
What is your name?
Where were you raised?
Kaumana in Hilo
Where is your ohana originally from?
Big Island and Moloka’i
Do you come from a family of entrepreneurs or have people close to you who have encouraged and supported your entrepreneurship?
Yes. My dad is an entrepreneur and part owner of our family restaurant on Moloka’i. I’ve learned a lot from him. He encourages and inspires me to follow my dreams as an entrepreneur. My mom, Suzy, my fiance, Mosese, and my mentor, Maureen, are my other biggest supporters, always pushing me to do and be better at my craft. I am here today doing what I love and helping our local community because of them.
What is the name of your business?
Bryson Hiro LLC
What is the best way to contact you/your business?
By phone at (808) 443-6076
Does your business have a website and/or social media presence? If so, please provide a link/s.
NATIVE HAWAIIAN BUSINESS DIRECTORY: https://kanakaeconomy.com/listing/bryson-hiro/
How long has your business been in operation?
Over 3 years
Where is your business located today?
What products and/or services does your business provide?
Life Insurance, Annuities, and Funeral Assistance plans
Please describe your business in 1-2 sentences.
With care and professionalism, I provide knowledge, value, and various options to our local community–kane, wahine, kupuna, and keiki–to help them avoid suffering financially due to life’s uncertainties.
Why do you do what you do?
In life everyone needs a Hiro! And I want to be and continue to be that for my ohana, friends, local community, and people afar because I really do care. What I have the opportunity to do every day makes me happy and brings meaning to my life.
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
When did you first think of starting this business?
What type of experiences (education, work, life) were most important in shaping the skills you use to run your business today?
Gaining mana’o and wisdom from mentors and experienced professionals in my industry and outside over the last three years.
YOUR BUSINESS TODAY
In what stage of development is your business: pre-formation, early stage, growing, or mature?
Do you have employees? If so, how many?
No. It’s just me.
Are you working to get your business to the next stage in development? If so, where are you in that development?
To expand my reach as far and wide as I can.
What is the greatest challenge you have experienced as an entrepreneur?
Distractions and how it can delay my goals and things I want to achieve in my career.
How did you overcome that challenge? (Or are you still working through it?)
Still working through it by getting better at sticking to a daily schedule.
THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS
How do you envision your business in the future?
Thriving while continuing, with honesty and sincerity, to reach as many people as I can and never giving up on my dreams and goals. I want to lead by example. The sky is the limit, and I have faith in Akua to guide me on my journey.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE, PLEASE TELL US ABOUT A HOBBY, INTEREST, OR TALENT YOU NURTURE OUTSIDE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
I enjoy volunteering with the Hilo Garden Initiative founded by Sarah Barry a few times a month, helping to serve free meals to our houseless Hilo community in need. I’m also a ambassador of the Hawai’i Diaper Bank founded by Jessica Histo. I help to bring awareness to the needs of wipes and diapers for our local keiki. These two things make me feel good to be apart of.