Coffee Break: Stop and Smell the Roses

Richard Melendez

Mary Sigrah

Last month, I shared my experience returning to my high school alma mater and hearing from some of Hawai‘i’s building, banking and investment leaders as they discussed the future of construction in our state.

As I left at the end of the night, instead of heading straight to my car, I took a detour and checked out the rest of ‘Iolani’s upgraded campus. But passing the renovated buildings where I spent my formative years hit differently — instead of making me feel warm and fuzzy,  the walk reminded me of my mortality.

It’s kind of a depressing attitude to have, but the last few years have been tough for this Generation X baby who’s starting to lose friends and family and friends to illness and old age. At the same time, I’m continually grateful for the opportunity to watch my daughter grow up as keiki o ka ‘āina here in Hawai‘i.

This holiday season, take some time and contemplate not only what you have, but how much you’ve accomplished this year. Be proud of both your personal and professional accomplishments. Remember to reflect on your losses as well ­— but not too much! — while looking ahead to 2024.

Finally, I want to extend a warm aloha to our new Associate Editor Richard Melendez, who joins our staff with this issue. We also welcome Research Coordinator Mary Sigrah, who will spearhead work on sister publication BidService Hawaii, which is featured in our “Bids and Contracts” section every month here in Building Industry Hawaii.

The new year is shaping up to be an exciting one. I’m grateful you’re here to enjoy the ride with me.

Happy Holidays,

Jason Genegabus
Senior Editor
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