Biz of the Month

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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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News from the Butterfly Garden (w/ KVIC-TV video)

Orchid Alley Kaua‘i in Historic Old Kapa‘a Town has now added an attraction that is unique to all of Hawai‘i — a Butterfly Garden. Designed by the creative mind of Orchid Alley Kaua‘i owner Neill Sams, the Butterfly Garden has more than 50 swirling Citrus Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies, a koi pond, waterfalls made from […]

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For the Love of Orchids

By Léo Azambuja In Old Kapa‘a Town, a heavy iron door with a sign that reads Orchid Alley Kaua‘i hides a matchless kaleidoscope of exotic flowers, butterflies and local art. “Anybody who comes here is going to guaranteed see something they’ve never seen,” Neill Sams said. “You can’t say that about every store.” Some 18 […]

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Sculpting with Scissors

By Léo Azambuja Rick Semonian has been a successful hairdresser and salon owner on Kaua‘i for the last 13 years. But the trendy Boston-native — a minority on his field — says he still has a boss. “She’s a huge part of this business, she’s the boss, there’s not doubt about it,” he said of […]

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Pain Free, Naturally

By Léo Azambuja You won’t find any prescription pills at Pain Free Kaua‘i. But you’ll likely learn how to address what caused your pain in the first place, thus eliminating the problem straight in its roots. “We have a natural healthcare facility that looks at the body a little differently,” said Dustin Dillberg, owner of […]

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Pigging Out, Sustainably

By Judy Tsuei Erron DePew and Lihue Lopez banter back and forth, laughing about their exciting adventures since opening The Green Pig food truck across Kealia Beach last September. Sitting beside each other, the afternoon sun warming the green painted picnic table we’re sharing, it’s obvious their partnership goes much deeper than simply business. “We’re […]

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