Anni Caporuscio

Anni Caporuscio

Anni Caporuscio is the owner and operator of one of Kaua‘i’s most cherished coffee shops, Small Town Coffee in Kapa‘a. Last month, she celebrated 11 years of ownership of Small Town. But her relationship with coffee goes way back; she’s been in the coffee industry since high school.

With multiple awards to prove it, Anni can stand her own against the best baristas in the country. She said she loves having the opportunity to be a part of people’s day, “give them a good cup of coffee, a good word, you know. And I really love working with my staff.”

 

Stephanie Kaluahine Reid

Stephanie Kaluahine Reid

Stephanie Kaluahine Reid has been working in public relations for 31 years. She’s the Director of Public Relations for the luxurious St. Regis Princeville Resort, overlooking the gorgeous Hanalei Bay, one of Kaua‘i’s most valuable gems.

“Kaua‘i is a treasured place in the world. My father taught me that we must act as stewards of our island home, with respect and care. In turn, I have been able to share this with the many visitors I have encountered throughout my career,” she said.

 

Maryanne Kusaka

Maryanne Kusaka

Maryanne Kusaka works in real estate and consulting since 2005. But she’s most remembered for more than 30 years of service as a schoolteacher and two terms as Kaua‘i Mayor, from 1994 to 2002.

She said working in real estate helps her to meet new people and get acquainted with what’s happening in our community. She is concerned that in the last 15 years, our island population increased almost 20,000 to 75,000. As the price of real estate keeps going up, she said, there isn’t anything affordable in the market for locals. “We need to take care of our local people,” Maryanne said. “We need to really take care of them, and we are not doing that.”

Maryanne is also active in the community through the Kaua‘i Museum, where she serves as the president of the Board of Trustees. Being a part of the museum for the last seven or eight yeas, she said, is one of the most rewarding things about her retirement.