Duane Kurisu Bio

aio Founder and Chairman

Duane Kurisu, aio founder and chairman, was born and raised in the sugar towns of the Big Island’s Hilo Coast with traditional values of Hawai‘i’s plantation culture. He graduated from Hilo High School and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and in his late 20s, launched his first company in commercial real estate development and management throughout the islands and on the mainland. He soon branched out into a variety of business interests including the acquisition of his first media company in the 1990s, which led to the creation of the aio family of companies.

The aio brand include three divisions: aio Media Group, aio Digital and aio Foundation.

The aio media division includes many of Hawai‘i’s most respected and influencing publications, broadcast and events including Hawaii Business magazine, Honolulu magazine, ESPN Honolulu, CBS Sports Radio – Hawaii, Watermark Publishing, to name a few.

The aio Digital group includes various companies, brands, new ventures and investments including Upspring, Library Creative and GamePress.

The aio Foundation was created to provide young people with skills and knowledge to be self-sustaining, community-minded individuals who work toward making the islands a better place for future generations. The projects include the Kahauiki Village for homeless families; VEX IQ robotics to inspire student interest in science technology, engineering and math; and mentorship programs such as Reach the Runway for middle school students and Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders ambassadors program.

Other companies under the aio brand include: B. Hayman Co., Hawaii Distribution Center, Pagoda Floating Restaurant and Catering and Punalu‘u Bake Shop.

Today, Kurisu’s plantation roots still shape his vision for aio. Those time-honored small-town values of family and community are equally important in the world of commerce and industry — the local values of trust, respect, humility and honesty that drive the companies and inspire the people of aio.