Field Guide: Waialua Sugar Mill
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Photo: David Croxford
For more than a decade, Steve Matthews and his brother worked in people’s backyards and abandoned warehouses on the North Shore, shaping and glassing surfboards. Last December, they stumbled upon space in the mill and created their permanent location. In addition to the one-stop-shop design and repair for surfboards, Third Stone is a boutique with locally designed, $15 dresses and $10 beaded necklaces from Bali and Morocco, and also sells surf films. “My brother and I weren’t sure about the boutique part at first, but the girls love it,” laughs Matthews. Third Stone also houses five shapers. Matthews helps glass the boards, some for pro surfers. “When they want new boards, we ask them to bring in their old ones and we sell them used.” New short boards start at $425, used ones as low as $25. 391-9782.
Island X Hawaii
At Island X, owners Reba and William Martin sell a little of everything. Inside what used to be the mill’s storage building and manager’s office is a warehouse of imported Indonesian wall masks, beaded bags, sarongs, furniture and large garden pots. “My wife and I and our son travel to Indonesia once a year and hand pick everything,” says Martin. In addition to their overseas goods, the Martins also hand roast, independently package and sell Waialua Coffee. They also offer Waialua Estate Hawai‘i Chocolate. “I’ve really learned a lot about coffee,” says Martin. So much, in fact, that he started Taste of Waialua, offering food and goods from the mill’s businesses, including a coffee tasting. Treat yourself to a coffee shave ice while you’re there. 637-2624. [For more on chocolate, see “Waialua Chocolate” in our March 2008 issue.]