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Maui baker wins 3 months of free rent space at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center

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  • Genesis Lampitoc, 9, and her mother Natasha of Kahului check out the Happie Happie Joie Joie products during the Start with a Cart contest. Photo Courtesy: Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
  • Vienna Phillips of the Maui Slime Co. participated in the Start with a Cart contest. Photo Courtesy: Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
  • Keith DeVey, owner of Maui Glass Shapers, displayed his handiwork at the Start with a Cart contest. Photo Courtesy: Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
  • The Queen Ka’ahumanu Center hosted its 2nd annual Start with a Cart contest, which gave three months of free rent space to the winner. Photo Courtesy; QKC

Four Hawai‘i-made brands – Happie Happie Joie Joie, Maui Glass Shapers, Edana Joy Crochet and Maui Slime Co. – set up in center stage at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center on Saturday to vie for free rent space for three months during the 2nd annual Start with a Cart contest.

The winner was Happie Happie Joie Joie’s Jocelyn Kanaele, a baker from Hāliʻimaile General Store. She won with the most votes from the public and the highest scores from a judging panel.

Happie Happie Joie Joie is a company that makes hand-crafted baked goods.

“This contest allows our shoppers a voice in the products they want to see and truly epitomizes QKC’s core values of community, culture and commerce,” said Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center General Manager Kauwela Bisquera. 

Mise Kimono, a Japanese-inspired fashion company, won the inaugural Start with a Cart last year. The company opened their cart in Fall 2021, and moved into a brick-and-mortar location next to Jeans Warehouse Kids in March 2022. 

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“It’s amazing to see the amount of local small businesses that are thriving here, and are interested in opening at QKC,” said Shannon Loo, founder of Mise Kimono, and a panel judge for this year’s contest “People are coming back out, people are shopping, families are gathering. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of mall that’s guiding it towards the local community.”  

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The contest is sponsored by the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development and the HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union.

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