Episode 03: Steve Haumschild, Angel Investor and Founder and CEO of Lanikai Brewing Company


Steve is a successful entrepreneur and investor, in our show he shares a little about his exciting journey

Adventureman, investor, and master brewer; Steve shares his experiences in life and business. From living in a tent in the woods to working on a volcano in Hawaii, to launching a successful brewery; we cover it all! This is a fun episode where we enjoy some Moku imperial IPA (listen to learn what its original name was going to be), and chat startups, adventures, and life journeys.


Graduated from The Ohio State University

Lanikai Brewing Company, (Moku Double Impereal IPA Made with Pikake Flowers 808)

First job in Hawaii at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Sea Turtles Program

UH Executive MBA Program

Participated in the University of Hawaii Business Plan Competition in 2010

Local Asian Fusion Chefs: Roy’sMavroAlan Wong

69 Life and Startup Tips for Entrepreneurs by Luke Tucker

Books Referenced:

Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch, An American Icon

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon

Last Netflix show Steve binge-watched:

Entrepreneur or Investor Steve Admires:

Elon Musk


2:20 – “Cheers” Moku Double Imperial IPA Made with Pikake Flowers, Originally 8.08%, Trademark Issues

4:00 – How Steve went from studying Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the Ohio State University to owning a Craft Brewery (and other ventures) in Hawaii

5:25 – Bucking the trend as an entrepreneur: Father was a doctor, Mom a nurse but figured out early the the medical path was not for him

7:00 – Moving into a tent in the woods, entrance into the business world was buying in Real Estate, buying homes

10:10 – Falling in love with Hawaii

12:00 – From working, to managing, to owning a Kayak Company in Kailua

14:20 – East and West bound Markets: How tourism businesses in Hawaii have to market themselves.

15:30 – When Steve realized he wanted a business education

18:00 – Shidler MBA and choosing the sustainable brewing concept as his EMBA project

19:40 – Lanikai Brewing Co gets started

23:00 – Sustainable Brewing discussion: Infusing Flavors, “Distinctly Island Inspired”

26:15 – Steve’s initial experience with being a manager

27:15 – Steve’s initial experience with exiting a business

30:55 – Choosing passions that align with your business, Lifestyle Entrepreneur

34:10 – Steve wrote a love-letter to entrepreneurs (more to himself to encourage him in the low times)

37:50 – Steve’s post-mortem on some business failures: the moral is choose your partners wisely!

42:20 – Hawaii’s Startup scene

43:55 – Steve’s most recent investment and why he invested (hint: the entrepreneur’s name was Steve)

45:15 – Check out this video of Steve bombing hills in Lanikai on the One Wheel Skateboard

45:48 – Rapid Fire Questions: Favorite thing about Hawaii, Beach, Startup podcast, Book, Startup Founder or Investor he admires, Netflix Show, What he’s proud of, People who inspired him, tips and advice for entrepreneurs