Welcome home, Brian Dote

Friends, family, and local food.  The 3 Fs are typical reasons for kamaaina to move back home to Hawaii.

But, having his daughter see Grandma’s smile only once a year caused a different F to drive Brian Dote to make the move back to Hawaii…fricken lame.

Brian grew up in Waipahu, went to the University of Hawaii at Manoa and got a Zoology degree before catching the computer science bug just as he was finishing up. He saw the dotcom explosion in the Bay Area and knew that’s where he had to be. So he made the move and rapidly inhaled software skills that landed him a dream job at Apple working on the first iPhone. But with his growing family, Brian felt the pull to return home.

When his Mom was no longer able to fly over to visit his two-year old daughter, he did the math. A once a year visit didn’t add up to nearly enough time to be with family.

So he prepared for the move home with Plan A and Plan B. Then, when things weren’t going as expected, he moved to Plan C and D.  Brian was ready for every challenge he faced because besides being extremely talented, he always had a backup plan. His well-planned efforts eventually led him to his current job, bringing the newest tech to Mid Pacific Institute as their Chief Innovation Officer.

Podcast music by Yeyey and Podington Bear

Words of advice – Hawaii is a small community with a lot of aloha, build relationships and give to the community before asking for favors. Prepare for the cost of living and pay difference. [Average cost of childcare, $970/month. One week of school break program, $500/week. Parents and family support system, PRICELESS.]

Here’s more helpful advice (also featuring Brian on this very topic)!

Do you have a story you’d like to share? I want to hear it. Drop me a line at cindy@htdc.org.


This is one of Brian’s favorite photos that reminds him why Hawaii is the best place to live and work.

Brian Dote grew up in Waipahu and got his BS in zoology from UH Manoa and his MS in Management Information Systems from HPU. He is a multiple patent holder and award winning Silicon Valley engineer in addition to being the Chief Innovation Officer at Mid-Pacific where he is responsible for articulating a vision for educational and administrative use of technology throughout the school. Brian has experience as a tech lead and has been a co-founder on multiple technology startups in Hawaii, helping companies bring their mobile and web products to market. He is a black belt in karate, so watch out!


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