Kaua`i entrepreneurs Josh Tamaoka and Chef Brandon Baptiste have signed a lease for their highly-popular Wailua Shave Ice at Kilauea Lighthouse Village, a 48,000-square-foot neighborhood center in historic Kilauea Town that is currently under construction.
“We are pleased to welcome Wailua Shave Ice to Kilauea Lighthouse Village,” said Steve Colón, President of Hunt’s Hawai`i development division, which is developing the center. “It is a locally owned and operated company that has and will continue to delight customers with its delicious treats.”
Wailua Shave Ice offers shave ice, acai bowls, and smoothies using made-from-scratch syrups and local fruit. Its products contain no artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, or dyes.
“Opening in Kilauea Lighthouse Village is a tremendous opportunity for us,” said Tamaoka.
Wailua Shave Ice flavors, such as Da Mango One and Coconut x Coconut x Coconut, are created by Head Chef Baptiste, son of Kaua`i’s late Mayor Bryan Baptiste. Chef Baptiste melds his culinary knowledge as a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and experience at top-ranking restaurants, such as Thomas Keller’s Per Se, with his deep connection to local tastes and traditions into Wailua Shave Ice’s menu items.
Wailua Shave Ice is targeting a 2017 fourth quarter opening at Kilauea Lighthouse Village.
Currently located in Kapaa, Wailua Shave Ice is one of Kaua`i’s most popular food trucks. Kilauea Lighthouse Village will be Wailua Shave Ice’s first location addition and venture in a shopping center on Kaua`i. The company also has locations in Portland, Oregon and Ocean Beach, California.
Kilauea Lighthouse Village is anchored by Kilauea Market + Cafe, a new concept owned and operated by Kalama Beach Corporation. The popular Kaua`i Mexican restaurant Verde and Wyland Galleries will also be located in Kilauea Lighthouse Village.
Kilauea Lighthouse Village will bring an estimated 100 permanent jobs to Kilauea Town and slated for completion in late 2017-early 2018.