By Wendy Osher
Duane Ting, owner of Flyin Hawaiian Zipline was honored Friday night with the Mayor’s award for Young Businessperson of the Year. The award celebrates a businessperson 40-years-or-younger, but Ting is a mere 32-years-old, Hawaiian, and owner and operator of his own business. The business focuses on keeping Maui natural, while sharing it with visitors. Duane designed the business to leave the lightest footprint and care for the forestry, native habitat, and endangered species restoration. Having the vision to restore the ‘aina, he was able to get the necessary federal permits to propogate the rare and endangered plants located on the Zipline property.
Finalist in the Young Businessperson Category were:
- Duane Ting, Flyin Hawaiian Zipline (winner)
- Erin Brittin, Horses R Us
- Jason Evans, SilverShark Media
- Josh Jerman, The Wailea Group
- Kapono’ai Molitau, Native Intelligence
Customers participate in planting a rare endemic native Hawaiian plant, the yellow hibiscus, while on the tour. From the main Honoapiilani Highway, the zipline is hidden from view. The lines cross seven gulches over a distance of more than two miles. Only three tours and a maximum of 40 people are allowed on the mountain daily. The business was designed to combine fun and adventure with culture and kuleana. Today, the company employs 22 people, and more than half of them are younger than the boss!
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