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L1 Iniki Popcorn brings its sweet and salty treats to Kapālama Kai

Kapālama Kai welcomes L1 Iniki Popcorn to the district known for its food and beverage manufacturing and distribution. The O‘ahu-based chain opened its largest location at Kamehameha Schools’ (KS) Kapālama Center on Dec. 28. The 800-square-foot shop offers a seating area and free WiFi for customers to enjoy an assortment of gourmet and specialty popcorns, crackseed, and boba drinks.

“We are excited to bring L1 Iniki Popcorn to Kapālama Kai! This is an opportunity to expand to an area already thriving with small businesses,” said Mei Chen, owner of L1 Iniki Popcorn.

L1 Iniki Popcorn is a family-owned and operated business. The Chen’s immigrated to Hawai‘i from China in 2007. In 2011, they opened the original popcorn stand at Windward Mall and have since opened two more locations in Pearlridge Center. L1 Iniki Popcorn is best known for its volcano popcorn, which includes butter, furikake and mochi crunch. Its popcorn lei are also very popular, especially during graduation season.

“Kamehameha Schools prides itself on providing opportunities for small, local businesses to thrive,” said Haunani Fujimoto, director of leasing with KS. “We welcome L1 Iniki Popcorn to our tenant ‘ohana in Kapālama Kai, and look forward to having their ‘ono popcorn and treats available for community members and visitors to enjoy!”

L1 Iniki Popcorn joins a diverse group of tenants in Kapālama Kai that support Hawai‘i’s food systems industry. KS is focused on growing healthy and accessible food in Hawaiʻi by creating opportunities in production, processing and consumption on its lands.

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