Kulani Mahikoa is vice president and marketing director of Kirkman Group, Inc. She has had successful careers both as a journalist and as an entrepreneur.
After graduating from Lewis and Clark College she worked for the Oregonian, KATU-TV and Community Press Newspapers in Portland, Oregon.
Ms. Mahikoa also lived in Honolulu Hawaii where she started Hawaiiana Products, that manufactured fragrances and bath products. That company was sold to General Atlantic Corporation, a major stock holder of Duty Free International.
She also founded Honolulu Premium Products, which became Maui Gold, Inc., the country's largest manufacturer of gemstone rings and also sold a range of products from country themed promotions to stuffed animals and luggage. Honolulu Premium Products won the distinction of being named one of the top companies in Hawaii by Hawaii Business magazine after only seven years in business and was also named by Inc. magazine to its list of 500 fastest growing companies in the nation for four consecutive years. She served as President of Maui Gold, Inc., until she and her partner-husband David Humphrey sold the company to the international conglomerate, Jardine Matheson of Hong Kong.
Ms. Mahikoa and her husband also founded American Business Systems, Inc., a sales training organization and Winchester, Inc., a jewelry company, in Reno, NV.