Biz of the Month

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Kaua‘i Chocolate Co. — the Secret to Happiness

By Léo Azambuja The secret to a happy life, most would say, is chocolate. Now add a Hawaiian flair to it — or better, a Kauaian flair. How luckier are we for living on this island? “Our chocolate is the best; our chocolate is really, really good,” said Jessica Tabalan, manager at Kaua‘i Chocolate Company [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Your Perfect Swimsuit at Sweet Bikinis

By Léo Azambuja Tanira Weston-Webb, owner of Sweet Bikinis in Kapa‘a For the majority of her life, Tanira Weston-Webb has been closely connected to water. Her first job was teaching swimming in Brazil. Then she became a professional bodyboarder. So when she decided to open a retail business, she sold something she knew [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Aloha Furniture Gallery

By Léo Azambuja Leslie Rodriguez, sales and design consultant at Aloha Furniture Gallery. 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 [...]

By | December 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Salty Wahine

By Léo Azambuja Salty Wahine owner Laura Cristobal-Andersland, right, and Jessica Montoya, executive administrative for the business — and also Laura’s future daughter-in-law. As a child, Laura Cristobal Andersland liked to create salt rubs. She grew up and made a career in the hospitality industry. Meanwhile, she still kept making salt rubs. After [...]

By | November 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Excellence at The Computer Hospital

By Léo Azambuja Jeff Elkins, a former DJ at Kong Radio, took over the ownership of The Computer Hospital in 2010, and has since expanded the business. Jeff Elkins is the kind of person who thinks outside the box, even though he works inside the box. A computer box, that is. He fixes [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|0 Comments

The Kaua‘i Store

By Léo Azambuja The Kaua‘i Store owner Eric Burton, center, with artists and staff Mary Felcher and Chongolio. The Kaua‘i Store opened its doors for the first time in July 2015. Since then, this Kapa‘a store has become an outlet for at least 150 vendors, showcasing more than 1,500 products. And what’s more [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Bikram Yoga Kaua‘i — Body, Mind and Soul

By Léo Azambuja Bikram Yoga classes last 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Students do 26 postures, half standing, half on the floor. Buddha once said no one can save us but ourselves — we ourselves must walk the path. For many Kaua‘i residents and the occasional visitor, this [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Spicing up with Uncle D’s BBQ

By Léo Azambuja Dustin Stonner Dustin Stonner grew up in Kansas City, Mo., home of the American Royal World Series of Barbeque, one of the country’s biggest barbeque celebrations and arguably the largest barbeque competition in the world. “Barbeque is very much culture where I grew up,” said Dustin, who also worked alongside [...]

By | July 15th, 2016|2 Comments

Blenda Montoro Photography — Love Captured in Real Film

By Isis Ava Wilkinson Blenda Montoro uses real film in her wedding photography business. Contributed photo Somewhere in Lima, Peru’s capital, a small photo album is placed on the lap of an 8-year-old girl. As she turns the pages, she notices the smiles and the stories that unfold with each page. Peruvian scenery [...]

By | June 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Ink Spot Printing

By Léo Azambuja Ink Spot owner Marynel Valenzuela and press operator Don Newhouse. For almost three decades, Ink Spot Quality Printing Corp. has been providing instrumental support for Kaua‘i’s businesses and residents. Personalized service, diversification, competitive rates, experience, top-notch products and creativity have kept this little print shop in Līhu‘e in business all [...]

By | May 30th, 2016|0 Comments