The charming community of North Kohala is now home to a totally new shopping experience. Known as Kohahla Spirits for more than 25 years, the completely remodeled Lighthouse Liquors in the center of Hawi Town will hold its grand opening on Fri., Jan. 1, upon opening at 11 a.m., after the store blessing. The grand-opening gala includes live music throughout the day, and a vodka education seminar featuring a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
Anyone familiar with the previous store will immediately notice the major renovation: wooden flooring and beautiful sapele mahogany accents, deep red walls, a massive 18-foot walk-in cooler housing more than 130 different beers, and a selection of liquor and wine as diverse as Kohala’s residents. Staffed by the outgoing and knowledgeable owners whose enthusiasm complements the makeover, local patrons are guaranteed an upbeat and informative shopping experience.
Perhaps the most anticipated of the many features the new store is showcasing is the effort to positively influence the celebratory spirit of Kohala residents by keeping them off the road – Lighthouse Liquors will offer delivery to its membership, a convenient service welcomed by the Hawaii County Liquor Commission, as well as local police. Pau hana barbecues that go into the night will no longer require that a tipsy guest be sent out to replenish an empty cooler, and an impromptu dinner party won’t force a frazzled host to leave home for wine.
“Our New Year’s resolution is to enhance the positive and ‘spirt’ual presence in Kohala in a responsible, enlightened manner,” says co-owner Marci Elizondo. “Our friends think we are crazy to have the opening on New Year’s Day, but what better way to kick off the New Year and our new store? We feel this symbolizes a great new beginning.”
In addition to delivery, Lighthouse Liquors will host bi-monthly wine & spirits educations, promoting eco-friendly deals by offering free ice to patrons who bring their own coolers in when making purchases, offering party-planning consultation, as well as coordinating future special events and fundraisers for local causes.
Lighthouse Liquors – named in honor of the recently demolished Kauhola Point Lighthouse – is the brainchild of three friends whose seemingly arbitrary discovery of North Kohala several years ago would eventually yield a life of work and play they didn’t know they’d always wanted – the husband-wife team of Chris Scelza & Marci Elizondo, and local Yoga instructor Bobby Hoyt. Scelza & Elizondo also own the neighboring smokeshop, Hawi Headquarters, which now offers a convenient doorway connecting both stores.
For more information:
The Kohala Trade Center
55-3419 Akoni Pule Highway
Hawi, HI 96719
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Open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
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