A loan of $6,500 helps the first of its kind Polynesian Store purchase inventory and equipment to grow our small business.
Mesa, AZ, United States
I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, dancing, cooking, and learning about different Cultures as Hawaii is a melting pot of many different cultures. This dream started in my kitchen as an 8-year-old boy, working alongside my mother, as well as when I would perform in my May Day celebration in Elementary, or when I would attend the Samoan Flag Day.
Throughout my life, I have always dreamed of having my own business that would be of service and love to not only my own Samoan people but everyone that has been touched by the Aloha Spirit the Islanders provide. One of the examples of this Aloha Spirit is when I visited American Samoa, Manu'a. My Uncle brought out a special box he only brought out on Christmas, and took out 1 snicker bar and cut it up for each one of us his visitors. Every Christmas, he would take a snicker bar he would save the whole year to have enough money to buy and cut it into 9 pieces and shared with his wife and 7 kids as their Christmas treat. As a 10-year-old, my heart melted as I thought how lucky I was to be able to eat a candy bar anytime I wanted. I sold lemonade for an entire year and bought an entire case of Snickers for my Uncle and his family on our next visit. This is what motivates me to share and bring to Arizona all of the goods and delights that we don't find in Arizona. This is the first of its kind Polynesian Market and wants to share all of the Aloha treasures that you can only find in the South Pacific, whether it be food, clothes, or just the Spirit of Aloha.