Ke Ola magazine has achieved lucky position #13 on the 2012 Hawaii’s Fastest 50 list, presented by Pacific Business News. The list is compiled by percentage of growth from 2009 to 2011 and the Hawai‘i Island publication comes in at 179% growth. Since it’s December 2008 launch, the 100-page, four-color glossy magazine has nearly tripled in size. It comes out bi-monthly, with six issues per year.
“We are very proud to have earned this benchmark and to be in the upper quadrant of the list is amazing,” says Publisher Barbara Garcia. “It would not have been possible without the support of Hawai‘i Island businesses, who understood our vision from the beginning.”Garcia adds that she knew the Big Island was ready for its own arts, culture and lifestyle magazine. Ke Ola, meaning “The Life,” is organized into sections with articles featuring The Life of the Land, Culture, People, Art, Home, Music and Business. Topics are geared for island residents and those worldwide that have a special connection to Hawai‘i Island. Writers, artists, photographers and authors all live on the Big Island. The publication is distributed free at over 300 locations on the island, and subscriptions are available via First Class mail worldwide and on their website, www.keolamagazine.com.
Ke Ola is honored to be counted among the other 49 Fastest 50 businesses, including the following Hawai‘i Island-owned businesses: Akamai Pest Solutions, Aloha Coast Realty, Fleming & Associates, Hula Moon Boutique, K&G Architects, Kona Mountain Coffee, Lipps & Son Construction, ProVision Solar, and Tropical Dreams Ice Cream. Also on the list this year are Hawaii Life Real Estate and Sleep Center Hawaii, which have satellite offices on Hawaii Island.