Micronesia Mart now open
Micronesia Mart recently opened its doors for business on Saturday, April 27, 2013, located in a prime location across the Hawaii Convention Center, on the corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue at the gateway to Waikiki. As the name suggests, Micronesia Mart is essentially a general convenience store that caters to the Micronesian community.
Owner and president of the company Caesar Hadley points out that they want to be appealing to the tourism market from nearby Waikiki as well, placing it in a nutshell as an ABC store and 7-Eleven with a specific community in mind. While there are some Micronesians that live in Waikiki, many live nearby its outskirts, along the eastern corridor of Kapiolani Boulevard, heading towards Kaimuki, so this location really is convenient for them.
One of the biggest misconceptions Caesar says folks have about Micronesia Mart when they first walk in, is that it’s going to be an ethnic store that sells imported goods FROM Micronesia. However, that’s not the case, as it’s the other way around. The products they carry are from the mainland United States, Hawaii and various asian countries, widely distributed to local retailers. What Micronesia Mart really is, is a retail outlet of their wholesale business, d.b.a. Sarau Distributors, Ltd., EXPORTING groceries and other goods available in Hawaii TO Micronesia, specifically to the island of Pohnpei, where Ceasar, his wife Hiromi and family are originally from.
As reflective of their wholesale export division, some of the food products they carry that are most popular with the local Micronesian community include canned goods such as tuna, mackerel, corned beef and of course SPAM. Also, asian noodles, rice, candies, snacks and domestic beer. They also carry various housewares products, while the only products they carry that are FROM Micronesia are arts & crafts and clothing. Oh, and yes, they carry Betel Nut, supplied by a grower in Kaneohe.
Previously occupied by Diamond Head Video, which closed years ago, Micronesia Mart has been under construction for over a year, where the property is now owned by Sarau Distributors. The store itself is approximately 1,100 square feet, while another 1/3 of the total structure’s space is used as part of their wholesale business. There’s ample parking on the Kalakaua side of the store, plus 5 extra designated stalls in an adjacent empty lot; both of which you must enter from Kalakaua Avenue, heading Makai (ocean-bound).
For more information, visit MicronesiaMart.com
Coconut Willy’s reopened at former Hard Rock
Speaking of gateway to Waikiki, “kitty corner” to Micronesia Mart diagonally across the street, Coconut Willy’s Bar & Grill also opened softly recently on April 27th in the space previously occupied by Hard Rock Cafe. This, after a one year hiatus from their previous location in the Waikiki International Market Place, where they called home for 18 years.
Owner David Kenney had originally wanted to open in their new location last December, however delays in liquor licensing and building permits pushed their soft opening back. Coconut Willy’s grand opening is scheduled for May 10, 2013.
For more information, visit the following link:
• Coconut Willy’s Waikiki reopening in former Honolulu Hard Rock Cafe site – Pacific Business News
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers will be hiring for its new location soon to open in the also new Laulani Village Shopping Center in Ewa Beach.
Hiring day is Friday, May 3, 2013 from 3pm to 6pm and Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9am to 2pm.
Teddy’s Ewa is seeking to fill all positions from entry level to management, offering flexible schedules, competitive wages, room for advancement and immediate employment.
For more information, visit TeddysBiggerBurgers.com
The Laulani Village Shopping Center opened in November, 2012 with anchor Tenants Safeway, City Mill and Petco. While inside Safeway, also open is Bank of Hawaii and Starbucks. Recently opened also in Laulani Village is a stand-alone Starbucks, GNC, Central Pacific Bank and Ross Dress for Less.
For more information about Laulani Village, visit this Tasty Island post.
Rock & Brews opening in Paia
KISS legendary front man Gene Simmons has partnered with veteran rock promoter Dave Furano and restaurant empresario Michael Zislis to open Rock & Brews Restaurant in the old surf town of Paia, Maui, where it’s currently under construction.
Paia will be Rock & Brews second location. Their flagship restaurant in El Segundo, California is set in an outdoor patio and beer garden decked out like the backstage of a big rock concert, surrounded with the bands favorite and rare concert posters and photos, as well as big screen TVs playing vintage concert footage blasted loud and rock ‘n roll proud.
The rock inspired restaurant features over 100 locally crafted beers and food favorites by both the chef and the rock stars, including of course pizza, burgers and barbecue.
Gene Simmons may not need an introduction, however Dave Furano is as legendary in the business, being a veteran rock promoter along with Bill Graham, as tour manager for many great bands, including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, The Doors, the Allman Brothers, George Harrison and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
While it hasn’t been stated, it sounds like Rock & Brews Paia will be Gene Simmons’ personalized version of Hard Rock Cafe. Surely the bar must have a featured customized drink called “Cold Gin“.
As Hawaii Business Magazine has pointed out, Rock & Brews joins a growing stable of Rock ‘n Roll restaurants on the Valley Isle, with Mick Fleetwood’s Fleetwood’s on Front Street, and Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar & Grill at Kahului Airport.