ALOHA Elev8 Hawaii Supporters!!
First of all, I'd like to send a B-I-G Mahalo wrapped up in lots of love and Aloha to everyone who has stuck by me in creating "Elev8 Hawaii". This journey has been so incredible.
I started this publication as a hobby as I LOVE small local businesses! From the "hanabada days" (as a child), my dad used to take my brother and I to these small shave ice shops and cracked seed stores. I was always intrigued by business and watched as dozens of people would line up outside the store til the doors opened.
Growing up in the __'s was such an interesting experience but it also was very humbling. I didn't know this at the time, but I was a witness to watch how small family owned shops would evolve. As the years go by, technology and demands change. Most small family owned companies that were present while I was growing up are no longer in business. This is what motivated me to push harder with ELEV8 HAWAII...
Small, local businesses of today will always be faced with this same challenges that existed 20-30 years ago BUT at a exponentially quicker pace. Online businesses may offer cheaper products that are made in factories, more competition from other small local businesses creating the same type of product but with a twist, and consumer changes in their "needs-and-wants".
Of course, we all love the NEW, HIP, and CHIC restaurant that's just opens down the street. Everyone's going to it, YELP is hosting events at it, your friends are keeping you drooling while watching Facebook threads and Instagram photos... but what I find is that once the hype is gone what do you have left?
I applaud all the small local businesses that are recognizing that CHANGE is INEVITABLE and are keeping up with creating NEW and INNOVATIVE products to entice customer and deliver on promises.
As ELEV8 HAWAII, I made a commitment to SUPPORT SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES without charging for any services. The hashtags I use throughout my social media platforms show that I want people to know that support to small local businesses is a choice, and encourage everyone to try a new one each week while posting about them to spread the news!
I know it's been a while since I posted a review for a business BUT that doesn't mean I've stopped! I'm working diligently to create a platform that will help small local businesses THROUGHOUT Hawaii to keep their customers updated on changes in products, services, sales, events, or just to say "hi"...while reaching NEW small business supporters at the same time!
If you could do me the favor and help to grow ELEV8 HAWAII by passing this site or INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK page to your friends who may enjoy supporting local businesses in Hawaii.
I can't wait to SHARE more information with you so be sure to JOIN US and sign up for a newsletter on the 1st page of the SMALL BUSINESS BLOG!
Mahalo for your time and KEEP supporting small local business!
Love and Aloha,
Editor and HBIC (Head Blogger In Charge)