We had the good fortune of being in New York in January when the virus began. We realized from our experience in New York that there would be shortage of masks, hand sanitizers, gloves
and other essential products.
We immediately purchased these items for our businesses in anticipation of the virus spreading to our state. Luckily for us, the virus didn't get here until March.
All our protection products were ready when the virus hit, however, we quickly realized our Families, and our Friends, were also in need of protection products. So we ordered more. After a few days, we ordered more, and more.....
Now we are bringing in thousands of pieces per day to help all our friends and families. We donated masks to the hospitals and gave away masks to all our families, friends, and customers that didn't have. We were feeling great about giving back to our community especially during this most unfortunate crisis. Our customers, families, and friends, were incredibly grateful that we were giving masks away to help those in desperate need of some hope.
Then, the unexpected happened. On April 20, 2020, we got a call from the Honolulu Police Department ("HPD"). They told us they knew our stores were selling face masks, kn95 face masks, face shields, hand sanitizers, soaps, and other protective products. HPD told us that the "higher ups" in the governmental structure, gave them specific instructions to fine each of our stores at a rate of $5,000 per day per store if we continued to sell such protective products to the public from our stores. HPD understood that we were only trying to help the community. Their hands were tied. HPD was simply following the directions of the "higher ups" of our City and State, respectively. We couldn't pay the $5,000 fine per store per day for all our stores, so we stopped selling. We still are trying to protect our community so we started this initiative on April 22, 2020, two days after the closure of our stores.