I remembered vising an IKEA® store on the mainland year’s prior where I had fallen in love with their great space saving storage options, affordable prices and great design. However, at the time IKEA did not ship to Hawaii. So I joked with my husband that we should fly to an IKEA® store and bring a bunch of stuff back home. He thought I was crazy, so we made do with what we could find on island at the time.
Over the years I felt like not much had changed in my career or the selection of furniture on island. So in 2013, with two children in tow, my husband and I created haul2hi in a tiny storage unit. Our mission was to provide the people of Hawaii access to functional and affordable IKEA® home furnishings at an unbeatable price.
We have since then outgrown our tiny storage unit and are now located at 1148 Bethel Street in the heart of Downtown Honolulu and we are able to ship just about anything IKEA carries. We also offer free commercial and residential design services where we help with room layout and product selection.
Every week, orders arrive for our customers, who face similar challenges as we did. They have small bedrooms and living rooms with very little to no storage, or they are looking to modernize and maximize their tiny kitchens. We are excited to see that IKEA® has been able to address those issues with numerous innovative furniture items, such as beds with built-in drawers and headboards with storage, sofa sleepers with lift up storage compartments, and customizable entertainment systems with floor to ceiling storage. Not to mention that IKEA kitchens are known for their endless interior storage options and custom design at a fraction of the cost.
To see it come full circle has been exciting and rewarding. I’ve been able to help better the lives of not only my family but also those in my community by providing access to affordable, functional and well-designed furniture.