Couple opens coffee shop in Naalehu amid pandemic

Photo courtesy of Janet Honua Honua's Coffee House occupies an old building on Mamalahoa Highway in Naalehu. After opportunities consistently presented themselves, Janet and Kaաla Honua decided to open the cafe in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo courtesy of JANET HONUA Honua’s Coffee House is a new coffee cafe operated by Janet and Ka‘ala Honua in Naalehu. The couple opened the cafe during the COVID-19 pandemic after being laid off their jobs.

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Kamalani Tuifagu, left, and Kanani Petrill-Abrogina help their brother and sister-in-law operate their new coffee shop, Honua’s Coffee House, on Nov. 10 in Naalehu. The sisters maintain daily operations when the owners have to work on schoolwork for their college courses.

After losing their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ka‘u natives Janet and Ka‘ala Honua decided to open Honua’s Coffee House in Naalehu and have been balancing college with their new business venture.