By Léo Azambuja
Aloha Furniture Gallery in Lihu‘e has been furnishing Kaua‘i’s homes for nearly a quarter century, offering quality, style, value and uniqueness to island residents and also to the hospitality industry.
“We sell furnishings for vacation rentals and full-time residents,” said Leslie Rodriguez, sales and design consultant at Aloha Furniture Gallery. “We have a 10,000-square-foot showroom, and we try to have a little bit of everything.”
Aloha Furniture has been in business since 1992. In 2001, the store moved to its current location on Umi Street in Lihu‘e, where the old Jack Wada Electronics used to operate, and right next to Photo Spectrum.
One of the store’s main goals, she said, is to have an inventory that is almost entirely made in the United States. The store also carries Serta mattresses, which are made in Hawai‘i.
With an outstanding customer service — most of the staff has been there for more than a decade — Aloha Furniture can help clients to customize their homes, offering free in-store consulting and a special order program. Rodriguez suggests that customers visit the store’s website before coming to shop. There are also financing and delivery services available.
The spacious warehouse, the exceptional customer service, the financing and the delivery may make the shopping experience more pleasant, but what really matters in a furniture store is the furniture itself. And here they excel.
“Usually, four times a year we get a container load directly from North Carolina, that’s the furniture capital of the United States,” said Rodriguez, adding Aloha Furniture has a buyer there to for them. “We want to get unique things.”
Aside from the North Carolina shipment, Aloha Furniture receives new inventory on a weekly basis. Special orders coming from the West Coast take about four to eight weeks to arrive on island.
Rodriguez encourages customers to ask questions with the sales staff, because they have the best knowledge and can really help.
“We have everything up to solid wood. We don’t do a lot of rattan anymore, only because it’s out of style, so we try to accent the tropical look more with pillows or pictures,” she said. “The weathered look is the style that has been on the Mainland for a couple years and is finally coming here.”
The local clientele has definitely a favorite. “Recliners, recliners, recliners, that’s one of our biggest sellers (among locals),” Rodriguez said.
On the store’s second floor, the clearance section has a lot of good deals, with furniture up to 50 percent off. And there will be more deals before 2017 arrives.
“We’re having an end-of-the-year clearance,” she said. “Come take it off our hands.”
Aloha Furniture Gallery is at 2981 Umi St. in Lihu‘e. They can be reached at email@example.com or 246-4833.
“We are off the beaten path, so you have to really think about us to come see our great store and great value and all our furniture,” Rodriguez said.
Visit www.alohafurniture.com for more information.