Hale ‘Oihana is new in business services sector

Hale ‘Oihana (House of Business) earlier this month opened its doors as a new

business support and mail service center, with no advance

advertising.

Entering its fourth week today, it has already expanded its

services to include courier and direct-mail capabilities, said partner

Stephanie Reed.

The business, in the Lihu’e Plantation Building behind

First Hawaiian Bank on Rice Street in Lihu’e, is a one-stop center for those

needing copying and fax service, packaging and mailing, laminating, binding,

and secretarial assistance.

Reed, a former newspaper editor from Baltimore,

explained that the new business also offers computer time with Internet access

available for rent and, if requested, time with a QuickCam can be rented with

it.

“I think this is a great opportunity for someone who’s on vacation, and

who wants to show off their tan while they chat with friends back home,” she

said. “I’m certain that business professionals will put it to use for modified

video-conferencing,” Reed continued.

The sign in front of the business

reads Hale ‘Oihana and Kokua Business Services, the latter to reflect the side

of the enterprise specializing in accounting, tax preparation, and temporary

employee rental.

Where Hale ‘Oihana’s new direct-mail service is concerned,

Reed explained that if a client requests a flyer, brochure or other item to be

designed, the company can also copy, print, and mail the documents,

internationally or just to certain Kaua’i zip codes.

The store, open

Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., has state-of-the-art Xerox

equipment for black-and-white and color copying; scanning services with editing

capabilities; and efficient and experienced secretarial services.

Reed even

offers gift-wrapping, regardless of whether or not a customer desires to

utilize the mailing service along with the wrapping.

“I always dreamed of a

place where I could just drop off the gifts I buy and have them all

gift-wrapped, especially during the holidays,” she said.

“I love it that I

can offer that to people.”

Copy jobs big and small are being accepted. “We

have the capability to create booklets and newsletters, reports, and even

visual aids for office presentations,” she said.

“The copier that we have

here can add the date or comments to the documents being copied. It can even

number the pages.

“These features save the time of someone having to go

back and work on the documents before they bring them in to be copied,” she

said.

“I think the professionals in the area will want to take full

advantage of these kinds of services,” plus the accounting, payroll, tax

services, and temporary employment services Hale ‘Oihana is offering, she

added.

The firm is already doing much business with an architect in another

office in the historic Lihu’e Plantation Building.

As well as being an

authorized shipping center for UPS, FedEx, and DHL, Hale ‘Oihana offers

packaging and supplies, and rents personal mail boxes.

“Hale ‘Oihana will

use recycled and biodegradable materials for packaging whenever possible,” she

said.

“I know that the landfill doesn’t have long to go before it’s at

capacity, and as a new member of the community I want to extend that life as

much as possible.”

Cornstarch peanuts instead of Styrofoam are used for

packaging, and paper instead of plastic bubble wrap is used for filler. The

bubble wrap is saved for fragile pieces, and when the customer requests it, she

said.

“We want to let people know that we’ll accept used mailing boxes and

packing materials for recycling.” Customers can call 245-3442 with questions

about materials acceptable for recycling.

“I want to help preserve the

beauty of this island in any way I can,” she said. “I fell in love with the

purity of the air and water, and the gorgeous, picture-perfect scenery. So I

was determined to help make a positive impact on the environment by making

recycling a priority in my business,” she said.

“Kaua’i is a completely

different way of life from the East Coast. The island is exactly the type of

place where I want to raise my daughter; where stress is the exception and not

the rule,” she said.

She admitted it’s taking her awhile to get used to

“island time. But I quickly came to my senses and realized that island time was

just another aspect of the beauty of the place.”

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