Member Spotlight:  The Temple Bar

Tell us about yourself, and what led you to your business.

I put in over 10 years in the hospitality industry in all aspects up and down the California coast as well as a few years on the Big Island.  Put myself through school for Graphic Design and Digital Marketing and started my own Digital Marketing Firm over 15 years ago on the Big Island with a focus on hospitality.  I always felt there was a need for something like The Temple here in Hilo so when the opportunity presented itself everything just seemed to fall into place with help of some amazing people.

Tell us about your business and your role in it.

The Temple is a high-end but casual modern craft beer, wine and cocktail bar with a creative tapas style menu. Our staff is knowledgeable, friendly and committed to provide a personalized experience for our guests.  My role as Operations Manager is to ensure the success of our day to day operations.

What does a typical day look like?

Each day is a little different to keep all things running smooth.  My favorite part is the relationships made with the people I work with, the customers that support us, as well as being more of an active part of the Hilo community.

What makes your business unique?

I believe that our attention to detail and commitment to serve quality product is what makes us unique.

Why did you choose Hilo (area)?

Hilo is my home.  It is a very special place and my family is blessed to call Hilo home.  I would not have attempted this venture in any other location.

What inspired you to join the HICC?

I first joined HICC years ago to help my Digital Marketing Firm network with other local business professionals.  It’s a great organization and Miles of HICC has made it an easy decision to renewing my membership every year.

Are you involved in other community organizations?

I was a member of the Hilo Rotary Club for a long time but I took a leave a few years back because I was just too busy trying to run multiple businesses and still make enough time for family.  Hopefully some day my work load with slow down and I can rejoin again.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

We have been truly blessed to be where we are now because of our dedicated, talented staff and amazing community support.  Additionally, the architects at Flemming & Assoc. and Blackstar Construction were instrumental in building our foundation for success.  

How can our members reach you?

A special thanks to HICC.  If interested HICC members can email me directly at