Alohilani Hue Sing, a native Hawaiian business owner who uses a power wheelchair, launched her first-ever business, Accessible Maui, at the Third Friday Party in Makawao on Nov. 16.
She led a come-one come-all crowd of friends and other well-wishers (with and without wheelchairs) to, arguably, the first-ever "flash mob" at T. Komoda Store and Bakery, a historic Maui institution at the corner of Baldwin and Makawao avenues.
The Japanese-American family-owned business has been wheelchair inaccessible since it opened in 1916. For the mild-mannered Hue Sing, waiting outside the bakery for a delicious stick donut ended that Friday. Wheelchair-using customers who love the best of Maui goodies were able to wheel up a portable ramp provided to showcase the flexibility and ease in which businesses can make their entrance better accessible for those who steps and stairs are barriers. Having "wheels" inside the landmark business was a first.
Alohilani Hue Sing (in purple), a native Hawaiian business owner who uses a power wheelchair, launched her first-ever business, Accessible Maui, at the Third Friday Party in Makawao, on Nov. 16. Having “wheels” inside T. Komoda bakery was a first for the landmark business, made possible by one of the ramps Hue Sing intends to promote to Maui’s visitor industry and businesses.
Hue Sing's business features easy access, affordable ramps that she intends to promote to Maui's visitor industry and businesses, paving the way for "wheeling visitors" to enjoy more easy access to the Valley Isle's many natural and historic wonders.
"Twenty-first century technology has made it possible for accessibility to be an easy fix for all Hawai'i visitor destinations," said Hue Sing, who is the statewide Easy Access Ramp distributor.
Hue Sing has used a power wheelchair since a car accident on O'ahu in her late teens.
"Hospitality and accessibility--ho'okipa--are a hand-in-glove island value," Hue Sing said. "I'm making it my business to bring it to fruition."
For more information, visit www.accessiblemaui.com.