Natural Products, Community Service Are Part Of Business As Usual For Local Salon
For six years, Hoala Salon and Spa has been making the luxury of primping and pampering affordable.
Located in Ala Moana Center, the establishment specializes in everything from hair to nail/hand/foot care and massage, spa and facial treatments.
“You can do everything from head to toe,” explains Lititia Thomas, who co-owns the business with husband Michael.
One of the most popular services is its Elemental Nature Massage – special spring pricing brings it down from $195 to $170 for the 90-minute procedure – which utilizes a variety of techniques ranging from Swedish, deep tissue, sports and trigger-point therapy.
Also on special for the season are balayage (soft, natural-looking highlights) or full highlight hair colorings ($25 off). Discounted prices are valid Monday-Wednesday until April 27.
Since opening its doors in 2010, the salon has focused on keeping customers happy and healthy. True to its name of continuously “rising up,” Hoala Salon and Spa aims to be the best in its industry, and, according to Thomas, its use of Aveda products is key in that endeavor.
“I became more attracted to their philosophy of environment and community,” says Thomas, who formerly was an account executive with Aveda, “about the products it makes, the packaging it uses, the way they do things.”
It may come as a surprise to some that packaging is an essential part of a business, it sets the tone and quality of what they are selling, that is why the use of businesses like CTP Boxes and others in a similar vein, will help these companies stand out from their competition.
Aveda creates plant-based products, and Hoala also chooses the all-natural approach. Hoala does not, for example, apply artificial or acrylic nails. “It’s not a healthy environment for our team members, and we don’t believe it’s healthy for our guests and their nails,” explains Thomas.
Thomas has more than 30 years of experience in the salon and spa industry, and as a business owner, she has discovered different ways of giving back to the community. Once a year, Hoala Salon and Spa team members come together with the Aveda Network to raise money and awareness for clean water. Last year, the company collected an all-time high of $9,500, a majority of which remained locally with Surfrider Foundation.
The Thomases currently are looking to hire for the West Oahu location, and potential applicants will be able to train at the town location. Those interested in applying can email their resume and cover letter to Thomas at email@example.com with “I want to join the team at KMA” in the subject line.
HOALA SALON AND SPA IS LOCATED AT ALA MOANA CENTER ON THE THIRD FLOOR NEXT TO NEIMAN MARCUS. HOURS OF OPERATION ARE 9 A.M.-9 P.M. MONDAY-SATURDAY AND 10 A.M.-7 P.M. SUNDAY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT HOALASALONSPA.COM OR CALL 947-6141.