A loan helped to purchase professional grade tools which will decrease production time allowing me to expand my business.


Crystal's story

I was born on Catalina Island in the heart of the 70's. My father owned a leather shop selling handmade leather sandals and suede bikinis. My parents divorced when I was very young. I was fortunate to have step parents and siblings that became family almost immediately. When I was five I moved to Hawaii with my mother, Stepfather and siblings. We lived in a tent on the edge of Hakalau Forest while our house was built by hand. As a kid, watching my mother raise us without electricity or running water was normal. Looking back now as a mother it was the biggest lesson of my life. My mother taught us that hard work never ends and that complaining doesn't make things easier... or go away! Even after we moved back to the mainland years later my mother never spoiled us. She would make us save our money if we wanted to buy something by working odd jobs. This work ethic never left me and has given me the drive and courage to venture out on my own.

Today I live in Long Beach, CA with my two children. My dream is to build my business so it can sustain a comfortable lifestyle for my family with Hakalau Studios as my sole source of income. As a single mother of 2 with a full-time job outside of the home and building a new business I feel torn between providing for my family and spending time with them. My goal through my business is to build unique and attractive custom wood products and furniture, offer workshops that expose these types of opportunities to other entrepreneurs and open a storefront gallery of our products.


This loan is special because:

it helps a female entrepreneur provide her handmade wood crafts to more people by purchasing the necessary equipment and tools to succeed.



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About Hakalau Studio

Industry: Manufacturing
Years in operation: 6 months - 1 year
Website: hakalaustudio.com


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