Mike Faye is the grandson of Hans Peter Faye, founder of the Kekaha Sugar Co. in the late 19th century. A general contractor for about 30 years, Mike and his wife, Coleen, own Kikiaola Construction Co. The company specializes in moving large structures, heavy crane work, and building and restoration.
“There is a new challenge every week,” he said of his job. “It’s never a dull day.”
Will Lydgate is part of a family that has been on Kauaʻi for five generations. As a manager or Lydgate Farms, he supervises the production of cacao, vanilla and honey, as well as sales of value added products to the visitors of the farm. He has been with the family-owned and operated farm for10 years, but really took the full-time position in the last two years.
Will said he loves the excitement of being involved in a growing industry, and especially “being part of something that is growing in a really beautiful way.”
With more than a decade of professional experience, I draw much of my inspiration for my journalistic career from Literature Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway, who was also a gifted reporter. Just like Hemingway, I strive to celebrate what makes us humans. I want to be in the crowd, to meet the people and find out about their history, their lives, their relationships, everything about them. This is really the best part of my job; the human connection.