Resource guide touts Hanapepe artists

Twenty-six galleries, artists and businesses primarily located in Hanapepe are featured in a design resource guide aimed at the development, design and real estate trades. The goal was to provide property sales managers and their customers with valuable connections to local designers, artists and solutions to their design needs.

Hanapepe Economic Alliance, a local nonprofit with a goal to promote economic development, is distributing 2,750 resource guides within the next two months to property and sales managers on Kaua‘i. The guide can be used to see sample products, contact the Hanapepe businesses and artists and find creative design options for properties.

“Local designers were aware that many new property owners are in need of locally designed products to enhance their living and working spaces,” HEA treasurer Joanna Carolan said. “The resource guide will introduce these products to real estate and property managers. The goal is to develop the market for locally designed products.”

All Hanapepe art galleries, retail businesses and many artists were approached to participate in a four-color, 32 page booklet to promote the quality design and artistic products. Over 26 local businesses and artists are featured. All their products were photographed to be featured in the guide.

The business community in Hanapepe, including retail, galleries and artists, are attracting more people and potential customers to Hanapepe town. With this in mind, Hanapepe Economic Alliance was awarded a grant from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the Kaua‘i county Office of Economic Development to develop and promote the guide.

A marketing and sales survey will be simultaneously conducted to track the impact of the guide. Visit these businesses and meet the artists Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hanapepe Art Night.

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