Field Guide: The old Blaisdell Hotel
This former hotel is bustling with activity from old and new businesses alike.
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Photo: rae huo
Island Health & Beauty Clinique
At Island Health & Beauty Clinique, owner and registered nurse Kate Butterfield specializes in colonics. She also performs electrolysis for hair removal. Butterfield chose the Blaisdell 16 years ago because "it was a place with character and flaws," she says, adding that the building is safe and popular with young business owners. 1154 Fort Street Mall, Suite 416, 523-7505.
Humanhand was initially started by Justin Cravalho (above right), Warren Daubert (center), and Jon Borgonia (left), as a way of artistically unwinding after their 9 to 5 jobs. It’s evolved into a full-fledged design firm. (Daubert works at HONOLULU’s parent company, PacificBasin Communications, and Cravalho does occasional projects for PBC.) Humanhand develops marketing materials and Web sites for its clients. Says Cravalho, “Anything creative starts with the hand,” explaining the meaning behind the company’s name. “The Blaisdell never feels deserted, there’s always life somewhere,” says Daubert, the group’s resident night-owl. Humanhand is part of the hotel’s growing list of artistic tenants, from photographers to musicians. 1154 Fort Street Mall, Suite 403, 333-7492.