The Local Hawaii is the collaborative effort of local creatives, Gabriel (Gbo) Tennberg and Kahana Kalama. Originally from koloa – Kauai, gbo moved up to California where he assumed the position of Creative Director for several top tier action sports brands. During that time he also founded Mucho Aloha, and has since moved back to Kailua with his wife and 4 kids to spearhead the Local.
Hailing from a lineage of Hawaiian watermen, Kahana Kalama was born and raised on the east side of Oahu. Kahana ventured to San Diego 10 years ago to pursue a degree in Business and has been splitting his time on both sides of the pacific ever since. After a decade of toiling in the surf/fashion trade as both a professional surfer and hired hand for different brands in the industry, Kahana realized it was time to embark on his own journey. In 2011 Kahana Kalama co-founded Aloha beach club and opened the flagship retail store in North Park, San Diego and their second location in Kailua.
Both Gbo and Kahana were at a point in their lives where they were looking to be able to spend more time on the Islands closer to family and their roots. After connecting over a shared desire to create products that were made in Hawaii and a space that would bring people together, The Local Hawaii was born. On February 7, 2015 The Local Hawaii opened their doors offering all natural shave ice, craft sodas and pour over coffee made from locally grown produce.
Local Tip: In my opinion, this is THE BEST shave ice in town.
Address: 137 Hekili St, Kailua, HI 96734