Biz of the Month

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Kapa‘a Liquor & Wine Co. Folding After 75 Years of Service

By Léo Azambuja

By the end of June, one of the longest-running businesses in Old Kapa‘a Town and an icon of long-gone plantation days will close its doors for good.

“There used to be this line of family businesses along the street here. We are one of the last dinosaurs,” said Lyle Kuboyama, owner of Kapa‘a Liquor […]

By |May 8th, 2015|0 Comments

A Safe Haven to Pursue Beauty and Youth

By Léo Azambuja

After a few years working at a hospital, a registered nurse wanted to do something different, something not many on Kaua‘i were doing. But she still wanted to use her hard-earned degree.

In May 2014, Eden Noble officially opened Haven Aesthetics, a discrete place where men and women can take a few years — […]

By |April 4th, 2015|0 Comments

‘The Sandy Dog’ Makes a Dog Happy

By Léo Azambuja

Honey is quite a charming lady, with those big, mesmerizing brown eyes and a habit of walking around naked, wearing only red nail polish. Lately, she gained some weight, and is topping four pounds. But she looks great at 57 years old — in dog years.

Honey is a regular fixture at The Sandy […]

By |March 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Fun and Fashion at Hanalei Trading Co.

By Léo Azambuja

High-quality products, affordable prices and exceptional customer service are the pillars of a lasting and successful business. And Andrea Weston-Webb, owner of Hanalei Trading Company, knows it too well.

“Everything we have is a notch higher (than our competitors’ products), but with the same prices,” said Andrea, a former professional bodyboarder who moved from […]

By |February 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Art for Contemporary Art’s Sake

By Léo Azambuja

Born out of an urge to provide a space for no-boundaries, high-quality artwork — detached from a commercial driving force — Galerie 103 first opened its doors in the summer of 2009.

“For me, it’s about the art,” said gallery owner and artist Bruna Stude.

In the course of the next five years, Galerie 103 […]

By |January 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Yes I Kaua‘i Skateshop Better Than Ever

By Léo Azambuja

A mover and a shaker, but above all a hardcore skateboarder, Cameron Lovelace is all about rolling. His shop is thriving at a storefront location on Kuhio Highway in Kapa‘a, after changing locations three times.

Yes I Kaua‘i Skateshop, the only strictly skateboarding store on the island, opened more than four years ago in […]

By |December 5th, 2014|0 Comments

10 Years of Success for Talk Story Bookstore

By Léo Azambuja

It has been 10 years since Ed and Cynthia Justus opened Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe. Their hard work and smart choices have paid off in the form of several awards and a successful business model that just keeps improving.

“Every day is a money day,” said Cynthia, adding there’s no such thing as […]

By |November 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Healing Kaua‘i One Crystal at a Time

By Léo Azambuja

Coming from a family of doctors, it was only natural for Tanize Weck Kotsol to become one. But after a few years working as a psychiatrist, a chain of events led her career to a more enlightened path.

Today, Tanize owns what she jokingly calls “my own crystal palace.” Her Hanalei store, Crystals & […]

By |October 12th, 2014|1 Comment

Mo’ Bettah Fish at Kaua‘i Bettas

By Léo Azambuja

Some of the best fish in the United States can be found right here on Kaua‘i. But they’re neither salt-water fish nor good to eat. They’re the betta fish – also known as Siamese fighting fish – raised and sold by Waimea resident Liz Hahn.

The betta, originally from Southeast Asia, is a unique […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

Oskar’s Boutique a Treasure Trove in Kilauea’s Heart

By Léo Azambuja

Hidden in the corner of Kilauea Plantation Center, Oskar’s Boutique offers a window to the souls of many local and Mainland artists.

“I’m always trying to find things that you don’t find on island, it’s like a treasure trove,” owner Annie Saddler said of her business. “Even my non-local designers are usually really small, […]

By |August 6th, 2014|1 Comment