Digging Candy’s Volleyball Supply

Alana Folen
Wednesday - April 13, 2011
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Candy Wong Aki at her one-stop shop. Photo courtesy Candy Wong-Aki

Candy’s Volleyball Supply has you “served” when it comes to everything volleyball. Owner Candy Wong-Aki started this one-stop shop under one roof after finding it difficult to find volleyball gear for her own children. Today, she caters to all volleyball fanatics, whether they’re part of various schools, clubs, youth programs or the military.

“When my children started playing volleyball, I had to basically order gear online,” Aki says. “It was hard because you didn’t get to try it on, feel it, look at it or touch it. Also, shipping to Hawaii is very expensive.

“As the sport of volleyball became more popular, I knew there would be a growing need for volleyball gear. It’s been five years and I’m glad I took a chance at this new venture,” she adds.

A place you can really “dig,” Candy’s Volleyball Supply is family owned and operated, and Aki says business has grown simply by word of mouth. Prices vary from $3 for a mini-volleyball to $150 for a pair of shoes. It’s Aki’s goal to provide customers with the best prices and products possible.

“All customers are important and receive personal service that you won’t be able to find online or at a large department store,” says Aki, who has 25 years’ experience working in retail. “People are so happy when they come here and find everything they need - shoes, kneepads, ankle braces, tights, bags and volleyballs, to name a few.”

Interest has definitely “spiked.”

“Everyone I speak with tells me either their coach or friends highly recommended them to come here, knowing that they will be given the best service,” Aki adds.

Team discounts also are available, and Aki and her staff have built many lasting relationships with loyal customers since the store’s inception.

This entrepreneur plans to stay in business for as long as there is a need for volleyball gear.

“Being a one-sport shop, I haven’t given much thought to expand or open other shops,” Aki says, not that she’s “blocking” the idea.

“There are so many talented players from Hawaii receiving volleyball scholarships - I can definitely see why this is a growing sport.”

Candy’s Volleyball Supply is located at 210 Iolani Ave., No. 2. Store hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 546-1988 or check out Candy’s Volleyball Supply on Facebook.

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