Elev8 Hawaii: Hale’iwa’s New Look is Focused on Small Businesses

It’s here, it’s finally here! HALE’IWA STORE LOTS have finally graced the shores of Hale’iwa town! This adventure begins in a 2012 Jeep Wrangler that has no doors but loves the outdoors. It easily transported me and few other friends to the tranquil city of Hale’iwa. Upon our arrival, we were starving and couldn’t wait to find the perfect spot to enjoy some tasty libations and good grub. We kept proceeding down Kamehameha Highway and saw the site where Matsumoto’s shave ice used to be. The car slowed down and we took that left into what surprisingly turned out to be a large 90+ stall parking lot. It was busy but we easily found a stall and anxiously proceeded to the front of this redesigned masterpiece.

As we started from the beginning of Hale’iwa Store Lots, we found Clark Little‘s gallery that was perfectly displaying some of Mr. Little’s most fascinating photographic pieces in an array of different sizes. Further down, we visited theGuava Shop and Mahina, two intriguing small businesses that have taken space at this new complex. At the very end in the courtyard, we ran into Matsumoto’s Shave Ice (famous shave ice store in Hale’iwa) with a long, long line that stretched into the middle of the yard. (Thank goodness for that space as people can now wait comfortably under a tree instead of alongside a road where cars passed quickly).

The Hale’iwa Store Lots are expecting a lot more businesses to come take their place among these other incredible small businesses. A few restaurants and snack shops are also present and ready for your business, among them areTeddy’s Bigger Burger and Whaler’s General Store and Fruit stand. We were very lucky to also stop by Spam Hawaii and see their kiosk filled with everything SPAM as they just opened for business the day prior! From hats, shirts and pens to coffee cups and lunch boxes, Spam Hawaii was really busy and very popular with people passing by. If you visit them and take a photo, be sure to hashtag SPAMHAWAII on Instagram!

So all in all, this trip to the North Shore of the island was a success. We got to visit so many small local businesses and it was such a pleasure to be a part of sharing this information with others who will be able to visit Hale’iwa Store Lots. At this time, more stores are in the process of getting established in their spaces so I will definitely be back in the new few months to see the completed works.

I highly recommend you visiting this renewed location and thank you for supporting small local businesses!

Posted in Features, Merchants.