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A big Mahalo to West Hawaii Today for featuring us in the Business Section of Monday’s paper!

We’re thrilled to have finally opened our doors to the Big Island community. With our first semester of courses kicking off last week, it was a great time to show off our brand new classroom and salon which have finally come to life.

Here’s a snippet from the article:

Monica May couldn’t believe the Big Island was lacking a beauty school when she moved to West Hawaii five years ago.

The award-winning Vidal Sassoon-trained stylist embarked on a mission with her fiance, David Gramlich, to create a state-of-the-art school for local students pursuing careers in the beauty field. Their shared vision was realized last Tuesday when Big Island Beauty Academy’s first eight students filled the classroom to learn the basics.

“The opportunity is now here,” said May.

The 4,000-square-foot facility on Luhia Street in Kailua-Kona’s Old Industrial Area houses equipment for comprehensive courses in cosmetology, hairdressing, nail technology, aesthetics and becoming a beauty instructor. Programs range in length from 350 to 1,800 hours of instructional time.

Leslie Shiotani is looking for a new career. After quitting her job, she saw Big Island Beauty School popping up on social media.

“I’ve dabbled in it over the years,” said Shiotani. “It was always fun, but never thought it could be a career for me.”

But with wanting and needing to make a move, Shiotani decided to go for it and take the 350-hour nail technology class.

“It’s scary making a life change at 44,” she commented. “But it’s an awesome opportunity.”

— Read More: The Cutting Edge: Big Island Beauty Academy Opens in Kailua-Kona