Biz of the Month

//Biz of the Month

Tamba Surf Co., True to its Roots

By Léo Azambuja Tamba Surf Company owner Saa Tamba and employee Tessa Bueno. From its humble beginnings in a tiny retail space in Kapa‘a 17 years ago, Tamba Surf Company shot to fame and became a household name in surfing circles around the world. The reasons for its success include all the values [...]

By |January 12th, 2016|0 Comments

All You Need Is at Bamboo Works

By Léo Azambuja Bamboo Works owner Julian Ruppert Bamboo is one of the most versatile plants in the world, providing raw material for almost everything you can imagine; building supplies, transportation, clothing, furniture, accessories, kitchen utensils, surfboards and many more uses. And you can eat it too. Bamboo Works, in the heart of [...]

By |December 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Crush Boutique — Love at First Sight

By Léo Azambuja Crush Boutique — love at first sight You’ll love Crush at first sight, or at least you’ll have a crush on it. This tiny little boutique in Waipouli represents everything positive about Kaua‘i, its people and doing business here. Opened four years ago by a mother-daughter team, only a couple [...]

By |November 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Golden Lotus a Space for All

By Chandley G. Jackson Rod and Isabelle Fisher are seen here doing a demonstration during a massage course. Photo by Chandley G. Jackson Tucked in the heart of Kapa‘a is a meeting place for all people with vast arrays of interests. A place to gather, relax, inspire, move, heal, teach and learn. The [...]

By |October 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Hanalei Surf School Shares the Love for Surfing

By Caroline Farley A young customer at Hanalei Surf School is seen here learning how to surf in Hanalei. Growing up on the North Shore of Kaua‘i, Evan Valiere has lived the dream his whole life. He started surfing really young, and turned professional in his teens. By the time he was 20, [...]

By |August 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Lawa‘i Mushroom Farm Keeps Expanding

By Caroline Farley Keith Silva at his Lawa‘i Mushroom Farm After more than two decades of a close relationship with gourmet mushrooms, a Lawa‘i resident and former restaurant chef turned a unique hobby into a business that just keeps mushrooming. “I realized I needed to fulfill my passion and make a living out [...]

By |July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Art for the Masses, by the Masses

By Léo Azambuja From left to right, theater director Donovan Cabebe and business partners Chris Serve and Karlos DeTraux. Creativity takes courage, the late French painter Henri Matisse once said. For Karlos and Kathy DeTreaux, this sounds just about right. With 15 minutes to decide whether to embark on a 12-year lease for [...]

By |June 10th, 2015|0 Comments

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

By Léo Azambuja Lyle Kuboyama is seen here in front of Kapa‘a Liquor & Wine Company. His father opened the business in 1940. 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 [...]

By |May 8th, 2015|0 Comments

A Safe Haven to Pursue Beauty and Youth

By Léo Azambuja Haven Aesthetics 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 [...]

By |April 4th, 2015|0 Comments

‘The Sandy Dog’ Makes a Dog Happy

By Léo Azambuja The Sandy Dog owner Crissi Dyer and Honey 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 [...]

By |March 4th, 2015|0 Comments