Candela Strategy Group
Hawaii's Affordable One-Stop Business Consulting Shop

Team

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Meet the Team

co-founder
business consultant

Zach DiIonno

Zach handles a broad range of areas from business entity formation to assisting small businesses maximize outcomes while minimizing expenses and liability. He assists clients at the "idea" stage when they're considering starting a new company and helps to steer his clients' passion, expertise, and resources into the most advantageous path for the clients' goals. His philosophy is that small businesses comprise the backbone of Hawaii's economy and therefore those businesses need consultants that are competitively-priced, free of billable hours, and as passionate and hard-working as the clients they are serving. 

Zach moved to Hawaii in 2007 to serve as a middle school special education inclusion teacher for three years at Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach through Teach For America Hawaii.  He helped pioneer the school's first-ever co-teaching model while also earning his Master's in Special Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's College of Education. In 2013, he earned his law degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's William S. Richardson School of Law, where he focused his studies on legal reform in public education, Native Hawaiian rights, and Federal Indian Law.  After clerking for one year under Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack at the Hawaii Supreme Court, he worked for three years as an associate attorney at the law firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing located in downtown Honolulu, where he specialized in the firm's commercial and business litigation practice as well as the firm's public interest work, including class action lawsuits on behalf of students with disabilities.  

Zach is a founding board member and president of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit DreamHouse, Inc., a nonprofit created solely to support DreamHouse Ewa Beach, the first charter school approved to open in Ewa Beach in August 2019 that will serve grades 6-12.

 
 

 

co-founder
public relations, Marketing, Events

Kira DiIonno

Born and raised in Hawaii, Kira is passionate about sharing the amazing stories of small business owners in her home state. Known for her strong work ethic and team-oriented attitude, Kira does not see herself as hired help, but an extension of her client’s team.

Kira has spent the last seven years representing clients in the food & beverage, retail, and travel & tourism sectors. Current and past clients have included the Oahu Visitors Bureau, Ala Moana Center, The Modern Honolulu, Brick Fire Tavern, and Noa Botanicals, to name a few.

In addition, she spent two years on staff at Hawaii Business magazine managing the planning and execution of the publication’s 15+  seminars, galas and conferences. As a current contractor of Hawaii Business magazine, she has the honor of organizing four signature events and conferences including the Best Places to Work in Hawaii Annual Celebration, Merging Visions: A Black Book Event, Leadership Conference and Wahine Forum.

In 2014, Kira was the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Hawaii Hokupaa Award recipient, recognizing a young PR professional that has demonstrated exceptional leadership. Additionally, she has received a number of PRSA Koa Anvil and Hammer awards for the work she has undertaken on behalf of her clients.

Kira is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 
 

 

business consultant
Content Creation

Seth T. Buckley

Seth consults clients in the areas of business and creative content. Within these areas, he has a broad range of experience, including:

  • Advising businesses on entity choice, organizational development, contract negotiation, and marketing/advertising strategy.

  • Assisting clients to develop a comprehensive strategy for intellectual property, including trademark and copyright.

  • Developing original content (including photography and writing) for use in marketing, social media, website, business proposals and other communications and advertising.

  • Assisting with real estate issues, such as purchase and sale transactions and commercial leasing.

Seth loves the Asia Pacific region, and has traveled there extensively. Seth's sojourns include legal studies (at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong) and working for law firms in Hawaii, Australia and China. Seth even had the opportunity to publish a few articles on the 2008 Financial Crises and Chinese commercial law and practice.

Seth has a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems, Marketing and Graphic Design, a Masters in Business Administration from Chaminade University, and a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii.

Seth believes that creativity is crucial in the consulting world. To keep an open mind and quick wit, Seth enjoys photojournalism and writing on life in the Pacific Rim with his blog, Musings by the Glass