John Kwee, CFP®
Why do you do what you do?
I grew up watching my mother build a company from the ground up. She woke up every morning at 4AM to work on making personalized cookies, grabbing all the ingredients, mixing the dough, and pulling out multiple racks in the oven. She finally returned home at 8PM just to start the process all over again the next day.
As a teenager, my whole family would help by doing deliveries every day to stores. We even shipped her cookies to Canada once.
That was the story of Cookkwee’s cookies. And after thirty years, those cookies are still on the shelves of many grocery stores in Maui.
I respect my mom so much, and I know there are so many other humble beginnings out there, many of which include hardworking families who work so diligently in building and preserving their legacy for many generations to come.
I do what I do because I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that: to serve and make a difference in people’s lives.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought” – Piece Pilgrim
When you go through life, there are so many good things and bad things that happen.
If you react negatively to those, your entire world can change. You have the power to set the tone of your life
What do you love most in being a part of INPAC?
When I found INPAC, it was a prime example of humble beginnings and hardworking families coming together.
I cherish that.
We collaborate our ideas and resources to make a difference in the financial picture of many hardworking families in Hawaii. I love being a part of a team that extends our hands to the rest of Hawaii like my family did for each other growing up.