Couple opens coffee shop in Naalehu amid pandemic

  • Photo courtesy of Janet Honua Honua's Coffee House occupies an old building on Mamalahoa Highway in Naalehu. After opportunities consistently presented themselves, Janet and Kaաla Honua decided to open the cafe in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Photo courtesy of JANET HONUA Honua’s Coffee House is a new coffee cafe operated by Janet and Ka‘ala Honua in Naalehu. The couple opened the cafe during the COVID-19 pandemic after being laid off their jobs.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Kamalani Tuifagu, left, and Kanani Petrill-Abrogina help their brother and sister-in-law operate their new coffee shop, Honua’s Coffee House, on Nov. 10 in Naalehu. The sisters maintain daily operations when the owners have to work on schoolwork for their college courses.

Editor’s note: Only the brave would dare to open a small business during a global pandemic. This is the final story in a four-part series celebrating entrepreneurs who launched their ventures under the shadow of COVID-19.