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The Great Aloha Giveaway

In celebration of local businesses, Rokaru Shabu Shabu Co-Owner Mark Ishii has teamed up with some of his former Aloha Airlines coworkers and forever friends, to giveaway the ultimate prize pack on Instagram.

It’s been ten years since Aloha Airlines shuttered. But when one door closes, another one opens. Now, the former flight attendants are following their passions and running their own local businesses.

Ishii’s friends and their businesses include: DJ and Chrissy Henriques, owners of Living Hula; Jodi Kaopuiki, owner of Green & Fit Mama; Robert James McPeek, owner of Robert James Hawaii and Andrew and Jennifer Banqui, owners of the Mehana Snack Shop.

“We wanted to do a giveaway to say a special mahalo to everyone for supporting us,” said Ishii.

It’s only fitting that the Instagram giveaway will begin on National Thank You Day, which is Saturday, September 15. The giveaway will end on Sunday, September 16 at 11:59 p.m. HST.

The grand prize includes:

  • $150 gift certificate to Robert James Hawaii

  • 4 standard Shabu Shabu sets at Rokaru Shabu Shabu

  • Golden Turmeric and CBD Salve from Green & Fit Mama

  • $50 Gift Certificate to Living Hula

  • $50 Gift Certificate to Mehana Gift Shop

How to enter:

  1. On Saturday, September 15, like the giveaway post on any of the above accounts.

  2. Tag three friends in the comments that you think would enjoy our local businesses. One comment = 3 friends.

  3. There is no limit to entries.

  4. One random winner will be chosen from all qualified entries by Monday, September 17 and announced on Instagram.

Learn more about their local businesses:

Robert James Hawaii Apparel
Robert James Hawaii

Robert James Hawaii - Clothing

Robert James creates unique prints made from his photography.

“Every photograph and print that I have used in my designs tells a story. In essence you will be wearing not just my art, but a piece of my heart....I know that sounds corny, but it's true,” explains James.

James was surrounded by beautiful flowers and botanicals growing up thanks to the green thumbs of his mom and grandmother. It wasn’t until 2004, when his partner got him a camera, that he began to take photos.

“I started off making notecards with my prints . Since then, it has evolved into much more than I could have ever imagined! I never dreamt that an apparel line would come out of all of this!”

You can check out his beautiful creations at

Living Hula Clothing
Living Hula

Living Hula - Clothing

Living Hula is based in Captain Cook, Hawai’i and was started by DJ and Chrissy Kama Henriques in 2001. Chrissy has danced hula since she was four and she always wanted to create her own Hawaiian contemporary print clothing.

“Our designs and prints are inspired by the passion for hula, Hawaiian culture, native Hawaiian plants and the beauty of Hawai’i,” explained Henriques. “All of our pieces are handmade and traditional batik dyeing techniques are used. Every piece has its own uniqueness made with love. “

The beautiful apparel includes clothing for men, women and children.

You can see their one of a kind creations at:

Green & Fit Mama

Jodi Kaopuiki worked at Aloha Airlines for 8 years before the airline shuttered. The end of Aloha led her to launch her own healthy food and supplement company.

“My business is Green & Fit Mama, it just started out as a way to share my passion for natural health and fitness, healthy eating and herbal remedies,” shared Kaopuiki.

Kaopuiki started making raw superfood energy bars over 12 years ago and decided to offer them to the public. As of last year she started selling her bars at farmers markets across Oahu, and then slowly added on health supplements including her Golden Turmeric Paste, CBD oil topical salves and Immunity Honey.

“ I wish to share my passion of eating healthy foods and using natural remedies for chronic and acute ailments first before turning to the addiction of pharmaceutical drugs,” said Kaopuiki. “My passion is to inspire others to love their bodies, be mindful of what they put in, as well as on it and to stay fit.”

You can learn more about Green and Fit Momma here:

Mehana Snack Shop ahi shave ice
Mehana Snack Shop

Mehana Snack Shop

When Aloha Airlines ended in 2008, Andrew and Jennifer Banquil lost their jobs as flight attendants. To make ends meet, they worked for Jennifer’s mother at Hawaiian Kine and eventually bought the company. Now the couple has opened a new snack shop in Kapolei called Mehana Snack Shop, selling gourmet sauces, seasonings, pre-packaged snacks, handcrafted cold brew coffee, ahi poke bowls and much more.

Mahalo for supporting local businesses and be sure to enter to win the grand prize on Instagram September 15-16!

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