Today, Jim is the owner of Kama‘āina Computers, which offers a wide variety of computer and technology services to individuals and businesses on Maui.
Jim founded the company almost a year ago after successfully operating a similar business in New Mexico for nearly 20 years. He said he wants his company to fill a void in which many companies find themselves.
“A lot of small businesses are not big enough to have a full-time information technology (IT) person,” he said. “But they have the same needs as a larger business. That’s where I come in. I want my services to be seen as more of an asset than an expense.”
Triche has been solving computer problems for 20 years. “I want my services to be seen as more of an asset than an expense,” he said.
And, he said, how he goes about his business is as important as the services he provides. “I can relate to people,” he said. “I have a personable, mature demeanor, unlike the computer geeks you might expect,” he said, referring to what he calls the stereotypical “Red Bull people.” Over the years, he said he has developed a degree of patience that is unparalleled.
Triche said his goal is to help people simplify their lives. “Technology, when used properly, can be a great tool. I want technology to work for people, not the other way around,” he said.
The business model Triche utilizes has served him well, he said. His mottos are “Service First” and “One Call Does It All.” He offers free evaluations and estimates at the client’s home or business and will pick up and drop off equipment as well, “all for a very reasonable rate.” And, he said, “If your computer doesn’t get fixed, you don’t pay.”
Kama‘āina Computers offers services ranging from simple hardware installation to designing complex, custom databases. The company can also install and configure software, remove viruses and spyware, set up wired and wireless networks, transfer files, recover and back up data and provide network security. Triche said some clients may need their entire systems rebuilt, while others “may just need a tune up.”
Jim has expertise in all areas of computer technology and has serviced many business and personal needs, from medium-sized networks at radio stations, art galleries and schools to simple home networks where file sharing from one office to another or sharing a printer is required.
He said he has mastered many software programs, including the Microsoft Office Suite, Filemaker Pro, image-editing programs like Photoshop and PaintShop Pro. He knows his way around the Windows operating system, the Macintosh system and Linux as well.
Jim stays up to date on the rapidly changing world of computer hardware and can assemble any level of system clients might need, from an entry level PC to a high-end gaming system or even a home theatre PC.
Despite the challenges associated with establishing a new business during difficult economic times, Jim is certain he made the right choice moving with his wife, Beverly, to Upcountry Maui and he has begun looking for a “storefront” for the business.
“In many ways, Maui and Taos are two sides of the same coin,” he said. “The energies are very similar. Both have a spiritual aspect and an emphasis on the quality of life. Maui is a wonderful, beautiful place. I think my general attitude fits in very well with the aloha style.”