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Pualani Hawaii Beachwear—The Best Swimsuit Investment

Pualani Hawaii Beachwear owner, Kaz Flanagan

I love going to the beach when I’m in my childhood home state of Hawai`i when I can.

I also enjoy finding great swimsuits that are flattering, durable and pretty. So, when I learned my friend and franchise owner, Kazusa “Kaz” Flanagan opened up a swimsuit shop, I had to visit her.
While shopping for my amazing suit, I got to sit and talk story with her about how she opened up her store. Her story is, a few years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had double mastectomy.

Best seller surfer top with crisscross in the back

As you can imagine, this was devastating to her and she thought it meant that she would not go to the beach or wear bras. A friend took her to the Pualani Swimwear owner’s (Iwalani) home; while there, Iwalani faced her with the facts of living in Hawai’i: she will still need to wear a swimsuit to go to the beach. She helped Kaz find a suit that would help her not only look good, but also feel good about her post-surgery body.

Kaz loves the brand because she COULD wear some of the swimsuit styles even though she didn’t have any breasts. She then started promoting the brand to other women going through or had gone through breast cancer. Last year, when Iwalani invited Kaz to partner with her in her business, she offered her a franchise opportunity, which allows her to introduce more breast cancer survivors to Pualani Swimwear.

This awesome store opened January 8, 2018 and has been doing well. Her favorite bathing suit is the one with the top that Iwalani designed for breast cancer survivors based on their feedback. It looks like a bra, but has a twisted look in the front because it hides scars. (Which, coincidentally, is the one I purchased). Her best seller is the surfer top with crisscross straps in the back.

I had a small issue with my straps and Kaz worked with me to correct it and, when it was obvious that a fix wouldn’t work, my top was replaced and I got to enjoy using it for several beach trips. That’s tops in my book!

If you’re going to invest in an amazing swimsuit, and you’re in Honolulu, you must check out the store at the base of Diamond Head’s northwest side.

Pualani Hawaii Beachwear 3118 Monsarrat Avenue Honolulu, HI 96822

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Networking Events In Hawaii For February, March, April 2017

Business networking is everywhere! It’s critical for business professionals who are new to the professional world, working a new job, those contemplating owning a business or those who are wanting to gain visibility for their business. It’s not a place to “sell” to others, but more a venue to find people who may have common business interests or whom you can help in some way. Always with come with giving in mind. Of course, when you go networking, you should definitely have types of people you’d like to meet in mind, so be selective on where you go networking. Networking is pretty awesome in the State of Hawaii and I’ve listed a few events that are taking place in the next 3 months. I have worked to ensure the information for each event is accurate, but I recommend you click on the links for more information.

February

NAPW Honolulu February Meeting: Ditch The Pitch & Attract More Clients, Mid Pacific Country Club 266 Kaelepulu Drive Kailua, HI 96734
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 12:00-1:30pm (More Info)

JLH Spring 2017 New Member Orientation, One Ala Moana Party Room 1555 Kapiolani Blvd. 6th Floor Honolulu, HI 96814
Sun, February 19, 2017, 4:00-6:00pm (More Info)

Designing the Customer Experience: An SME dinner meeting, The Pacific Club 1451 Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm (More Info)

JLH Spring 2017 New Member Orientation, One Ala Moana Party Room 1555 Kapiolani Blvd. 6th Floor Honolulu, HI 96814
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm (More Info)

Ad2Honolulu Water Cooler Wednesday Pau Hana Event 700 Queen St. Honolulu, HI 96813-5110 (Future Advertising & Marketing Professionals, Generally 32 yrs & younger)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm (More Info)

Kailua Chamber of Commerce Pau Hana Mixer Mahaloha Burger 143 Hekili Street – Kailua 96734
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

Kaneohe Business Group Luncheon with Lani Almanza by Kaneohe Business Group, Good Samaritan Pohai Nani 45-090 Namoku Street Kaneohe, HI 96744
Wed, February 22, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)

Professional Women’s Network Luncheon, The Pacific Club 1451 Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

RUSHwahine -O’AHU- Splitting the Room, Bistro Casanova 33 Lono Street Wailuku, Hi
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

RUSHwahine -O’AHU- Splitting the Room, MAC 24/7 Hilton Waikiki Beach 2500 Kuhio Avenue Honolulu, Hi 96815
Friday, February 24, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)

Kauai Chamber Business Lunch with Kelvin Taketa, Kauai Beach Resort 4331 Kauai Beach Dr. Lihue, HI 96766
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:30am (More Info)

Networking & Nonprofits Veranda at the Kahala Hotel 5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hilo Yacht Club 77 Laehala St Hilo, HI 96720
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)

Kapolei/Ewa Community Connections Meeting by Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine Kapolei Hale City Hall 1000 Ulu’ohi’a Street Rooms A, B, C Kapolei, HI 96707
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

March

Emerging Trends and Their Implications for Hawaii
Hawaii Economic Association, Plaza Club 20th floor, Pioneer Plaza Building
Thursday 11:30am-1:30 pm (More Info)

Maui Chamber 2017 Mayor’s Small Business Awards King Kamehameha Golf Club-Waikapu Ballroom 2500 Honoapiilani Hwy Wailuku, Hawaii  96793
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:00-8:45pm; registration starts at 5pm (More Info)

Hawaii Business Magazine 20 for the Next 20: The Alii Awards THE MODERN HONOLULU, 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96815
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30-9:00pm (More Info)

Pacific Edge Magazine Jan-Mar 2017 Issue Launch and Networking Event, The Kahala Hotel & Resort 5000 Kahala Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

Executive Women International (EWI) Honolulu, TBA (click on More Info to get further info)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30pm (More Info)

West Oahu Professional Network, Speed Business Networking Kapolei Golf Club
91-701 Farrington Highway Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

Women Who Mean Business, The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu HI, 96815
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:00pm-9:00pm (More Info)

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce Journey Through The Universe Hawai`i Island Grand Naniloa Hotel Sandalwood Room 93 Banyan Dr Hilo, HI 96720
Monday, March 13, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm (More Info)

Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce A Listening Session With Chamber Of Commerce Hawaii, Hilo Yacht Club 77 Laehala St Hilo, HI 96720
Monday, March 15, 2017, 5:30-7:00pm (More Info)

MRTC BiTT – Mar. 2017 | SOUTH MAUI Business in the Think Tank | FREE, Maui Research & Technology Center (MRTC) 590 Lipoa Pkwy, Suite 119, Kihei, HI
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm (More Info)

Networking & Nonprofits
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm (More Info)

West Oahu Professional Network, Stars Business Networking BeauTEAville 525 Farrington Hwy, Suite 102 Kapolei, HI  96707
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

RUSHwahine -MAUI- Tradeshow ROI, Bistro Casanova 33 Lono Street Wailuku, Hi
Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (More Info)

RUSHwahine O’AHU Tradeshow ROI, MAC 24/7 Hilton Waikiki Beach 2500 Kuhio Avenue Honolulu, Hi 96815
Friday, March 17, 2017 11:30am-1:00pm (More Info)

Professional Women’s Network Luncheon, The Pacific Club 1451 Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

Women Making History Awards Celebration and Book Signing Luncheon 4997 Kahala Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816
Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:00am-2:00pm (More Info)

Hui No’eau BiTT – Mar. 2017 | UPCOUNTRY MAUI Business in the Think Tank | FREE Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center 2841 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, HI
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm (More Info)

Kauai Chamber Business After Hours, Old Republic Title & Escrow 3176 Poipu Rd. Suite #3 Koloa, HI 96756
Thursday, March 30, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)

April

Pacific Business News Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, Pomaikai Ballrooms 735 Iwilei Road Honolulu HI, 96817
Monday, April 3, 2017 8:00am-10:00am (More Info)

MCBRC BiTT – Apr. 2017 | CENTRAL MAUI Business in the Think Tank | FREE, Maui County Business Resource Center Maui Mall, Kahului, HI, 96733, us
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm (More Info)

Executive Women International (EWI) Honolulu, The Plaza Club 900 Fort Street—20th Floor Honolulu, HI 96813
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 5:30pm (More Info)

West Oahu Professional Network, Speed Business Networking Kapolei Golf Club
91-701 Farrington Highway Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

West Oahu Professional Network, Stars Business Networking BeauTEAville 525 Farrington Hwy, Suite 102 Kapolei, HI  96707
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

Kauai Chamber Business After Hours, Koloa Landing Resort 2641 Poipu Rd Koloa, HI 96756
Thursday, April 20, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm (More Info)

Professional Women’s Network Luncheon, The Pacific Club 1451 Queen Emma Street Honolulu, HI 96813
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm (More Info)

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