Learn how to take your ideas to the next level in today’s business world. Join an Our Kakaʻako commercial tenant as he shares his story, tips, and insights about starting and growing a business. Hear how he built his company, overcame challenges, and continues to innovate and thrive during the pandemic. A moderated question-and-answer session will follow the speaker’s presentation.
KSK’06, Owner & Founder, ATH Sport
Stuart started ATH Sport in 2012 after returning home from college. As an athlete with a passion for jiu jitsu, surfing and lifting weights, he was searching for a tasty, all-natural sports supplement drink aimed at endurance-style athletes like himself. However, he couldn’t find one that met his expectations, so he decided to make it himself.
At first, he had no intention of starting a business. He ordered 50 pound bags of raw ingredients and mixed the first batch in his kitchen. To help pay for it, he took it to the gym to see if anyone was interested. His training partners literally ate it up, and the rest is history. Since then, ATH, which is located on Cooke Street in Our Kaka‘ako, has grown across the country shipping through three fulfillment centers on the continental U.S. that handle orders from athletes seeking supplements made with real ingredients from a brand they can trust.
Moderator: Kirstin Kahaloa
KSK’01, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Industry Development
Kirstin is an experienced Portfolio Manager with a demonstrated history of working in higher education and nonprofit management. Skilled in building and executing collaborative community engagement, event planning, strategy, and advocacy, she has a passion for finding meaningful ways to strengthen community resilience in professional and community work while uplifting Native Hawaiian leaders and entrepreneurs. Kirstin works in Kona on Hawai‘i Island and also serves as president of the Hawaiʻi Island Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. She was born and raised on Oʻahu and is an alumna of Kamehameha Schools.