New Business Center Utilizes New Energy
By Jennifer Smith
Molokai Furniture has much to celebrate these days. In addition, to hosting festivities in recognition of their four years of business, the local company will soon be enjoying a brand new facility to prosper in for years to come.
Denise and Afa Tauteetia began renting a single space from Jim and Carol Gartland in the Kualapuu Business Center in 2003, and have since made several expansions to their furniture business.
The Gartlands purchased the complex from Molokai Ranch in 2000, and have seen several changes throughout the years since the original tenants vacated after 9-11.
Seeing such success, as the Tauteetia’s through the years, and hoping to support even more businesses in the future, the Gartland’s currently have a new facility under construction on the same property as the original Kualapuu Business Center.
The new building will contain many progressive amenities, including being entirely solar powered. However, the grid is available, in case they are unable to utilize the solar power on certain days.
After their new building is complete, the Gartlands are planning to renovate the old one, which will require new wiring, as well as receiving a newly installed solar power system.
For now the businesses in the Kualapuu Business Center continue to thrive and grow, and celebrate momentous occasions such as last weekend’s anniversary which featured free food, T-shirts, and a special performance by Lono.