Business: Very Fast, Very Far

Outside San Francisco in Marin County, a 2,200-acre luxury real estate development is rapidly going up that will eventually be home to 16,000 people. In Honolulu, plans are afoot to break ground for a 28-story, 1,056-unit cooperative apartment building. In Hong Kong, the foundation for a new 166-room hotel is being laid. In Manila, Tokyo and Bangkok a network of agents are investigating new business opportunities. Masterminding this transpacific wheeling and dealing is stocky, cigar-chomping Chinn Ho, 57, the prototype of Hawaii's newest business phenomenon: the self-made, fast-moving Hawaiian millionaire of Oriental descent.

For generations, Hawaii's business community was tightly controlled...

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