As a way to help Hawai‘i businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Punahou family with talents and expertise in employment law, human resources and technology launched free webinars to share valuable information about the federal CARES Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package recently passed by Congress and President Trump.
Knowing the devastating impact the crisis is having on local businesses, employment attorney Darin Leong ’95 and his brother, Evan Leong ’91, a business consultant, decided to spread the word about available resources by initiating a webinar with Jane Sawyer, Hawai‘i district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Stacey Katakura, president of the Honolulu outsourced accounting firm, Accumulus, which works with small- to mid-sized companies. The response was so strong, it quickly reached maximum capacity, and prompted the Leongs to plan future sessions. “Congress provided a huge financial lifeline to businesses, essentially paying for two months of payroll and some rent if conditions are met,” Darin said. “We’re just trying to get the word out.”
Here’s a recording of their first webinar, “Save Hawaii Jobs and Businesses.”
The Leongs invited their respective professional and personal networks to participate in their efforts, and Evan’s children, Buddy ’21 and Koko ’24, helped set up the webinar links, YouTube channel, social media, email lists and Google Drive folder full of resources.