Today’s BONUS and final episode of Season 5 is with a food entrepreneur from Hawaii, Tina Kekoolani.
Tina is the creator and owner of Haleakala Supah Shots.
Her Haleakala Supah Shots is a healthy re-imagination of the classic Hawaiian chili pepper water. Her immune-boosting elixir is made with Hawaiian chili pepper water, fruit juice, vinegar, organic agave and hand-harvested Hawaiian sea salt.
Tina lives as a teacher and farmer on the island of Maui, having moved to Maui from Oahu where she grew up.
Tina moved to Maui in 2000 to work on a Kahoolawe bomb clearance project and has been on the island ever since.
When the Kahoolawe project ended, Tina began teaching and connecting with her community. At school, she teaches Hawaiian Studies to local children. When she is not teaching, she is growing food and making raw, vegan elixirs.
Tina founded Haleakala Supah Shots in October 2016 and at the local community fair, sold out of her first batch of 40 bottles.
In 2019, her elixirs were named the best new food product at the Made in Maui County Festival. She experienced a rush of orders during the pandemic lockdown in March 2020 because everyone was concerned about boosting their immunity.
Tina speaks of her products in a way that’s totally different from other entrepreneurs I’ve spoken to. She brings reverence to her products and imbues them with spirituality which I appreciate. We don’t speak enough about spirituality and particularly in the entrepreneurial context.
I am also delighted that I cap the season with an episode with a Hawaiian entrepreneur who believes deeply that community health is community wealth. As we have experienced over the past 3 years, we are nothing without our health.
As I wrap up my podcasting year (and a total of 72 published episodes as of December 2022), I look forward to taking a break and enjoying the holiday season.
Season 6 begins in March next year and I hope you will continue to share my podcast with friends who are on their entrepreneurial journey. Each of us needs that one story that lifts us and I hope my podcast gives you a buffet of stories that you can listen to over and over!
Thank you for being with me on this journey as I podcast my way into more stories and experiences from Asian women in Asia. I am already preparing for Season 6 and I can tell you, my guests for Season 7 are incredible indeed. Stay tuned for their stories and strategies.
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And that’s it, my friend. I’ll see you in 2023. Be well, be happy and appreciate your business journey!
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