Total loan: $15,000


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Volcano, HI, United States / Food

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Ola's story

Ever since I could carry cups and clean tables I've been working in the restaurant industry. Raised in a rural mom-&-pop gas station/cafe on the big island of Hawaii, all aspects of the grit/tenacity required for business management is a way of life for my family as well as a deep passion for serving people. I married my best friend, Puna, who was raised on fresh vegetable juices and served her family business (house-cleaning), regularly scrubbing toilets and mopping floors, while attending Waiakea high school. There, Puna ran her own business of selling homemade lunches to save up enough money to attend pierce college in l.A. The normalization of hard labor we experienced as children gave us an edge in our approach to commitment and work ethic as adults. I attended Kamehameha schools where I won the Hawaii state history day contest and served as student body president. Later, I won the "Balanced man scholarship" as I went on to receive my B.A. in media design & arts from CSU Northridge also in l.A. In college, we set out for an answer to the depreciating health in our society. My great-grandmother was a Kumu la'au lapa'au(Hawaiian-healer) and Puna's great-grandmother was a curandero(Mexican-healer). Unfortunately, their knowledge was lost to us and nearly all of our grandparents passed away far too early from cancer & other auto-immune diseases, generating a cycle of poverty in our families. Consequently, after moving home from l.A., we founded liquid life as the solution to this global problem. Ola is head-of-operations and Puna is the executive chef who is studying digestive nutrition and ayurvedic medicine. We're a proud millennial mom-and-pop shop and we endeavor to heal the world through holistic nutrition. From farmer's markets to now three-cafe locations, our next goal is a global reach.