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Local entrepreneurs blossom business at new Kapolei Mall

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KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

With the opening of the new mall in Kapolei last fall, Ka Makana Alii, several residents of Oahu’s West coast took advantage of an opportunity to take their entrepreneurship to the next level. After acquiring temporary space for the holiday season, Aumoana Designs, Wehiwa Soaps, and Homegrown Hawaii spent the months of November and December selling products and connecting to their community with their businesses.

Owner of Aumoana Designs, Corrina Travis shared that they received a great response from the community and have recently secured a long-term space starting February 1, 2017. The leading businesses for the February opening include Travis’ Aumoana Designs and partner, Wehiwa Soaps. Together they will open February 1, 2017 and will follow a mission to support smaller local business who all want to see each other’s respective products and businesses find success.

Travis explains that their store concept brings in various made in Hawaii artists and allows them to showcase items together. These vendors who participated in the holiday season are transitioning with them to the new space and bring with them apparel, jewelry, soaps, body lotions, la‘au lapa‘au (Hawaiian medicinal plants), pre-packaged food items, and more.

“We are looking forward to eventually bringing in artists for meet-and-greets each month and to conduct workshops to strengthen our network,” shares Travis.

The store, No’eau Designers, held a soft opening on February 1, 2017 with the grand opening that followed on February 4, 2017, featuring all the new products, pupus, and entertainment.

“Supporting Hawaii’s small business community helps your friends, neighbors and family participate in local economy, share the word and join us in bringing light to awesome success stories like Corinna and Vaalele,” shares Michelle Kauhane, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement President & CEO.

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