Small businesses band together

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Over 50 business owners came together on Friday at Olympic Cafe in Kapa‘a to discuss their concerns regarding the tourist industry being closed off and how they can be heard.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Kauai Juice Company owner Kristal Muhich introduced herself and explained why she was there at the meeting on Friday at Olympic Cafe in Kapa‘a.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Dr. Addison Bulosan speaks at a meeting of business owners and concerned citizens at Olympic Cafe in Kapa‘a Friday, hoping to get the meeting more organized.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Michelle Emura, Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce board chair, was at Olympic Cafe in Kapa‘a, and she shared survey data that her organization conducted last year with the chamber’s members.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Olympic Cafe owner Troy Trujillo opens up the meeting with why it’s important for business owners to meet at this crucial time during the pandemic.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    “For Our Rights” organizer Danny Hashimoto talked about why he was at the meeting Friday at Olympic Cafe in Kapa‘a and how important it is for business owners to come together and educate themselves on what is happening at the state and county levels that affects their rights.

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Jimmy Jasper, owner of Noka Fair, said he and his family’s businesses are done. Like many who shared their challenges during these hard times last week at Olympic Cafe in Kapa‘a, he hopes to find a solution soon.

KAPA‘A — Last week, more than 50 frustrated business owners gathered at the Olympic Cafe in Kapa‘a to discuss ways to keep their businesses open.

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