Not Your Average Lemonade Stand
Any attempt at praisi ng Ululi‘ i “Ulu” Sansano is followed by a humble reply: “I’m just a mom and a wife, who is incredibly blessed.”
Contrary to what she believes, however, Sansano is an inspiration, as the 35-yearold continues to dominate her role as a full-time mother to and, most recently, a proud position as a thriving business owner.
Her company, Ulu’s Lemonade, began when Sansano decided on a whim to start selling her own versions of lemonade and iced tea on the three years ago.
“I come from a family of entrepreneurs, but I never thought I’d actually step out and do this myself,” she ad- - ground, so this was completely different and new for me.”
Before Ulu’s Lemonade, Sansano did what she had to do to support her family. “I’ve had every single job hotel spa; I got my cosmetology license.”
So when the opportunity arose to start her own venture, case, included her husband, Robert.
“He was my biggest doubter,” she laughs. But after they sold out three times at their was seeing.”
After Ulu’s Lemonade - no realized that she needed help managing her business. YWCA entrepreneurship program, which she says gave her “a bigger picture of what - of that.”
Sansano adds, “My mom used t o use t he facilities there, and me going there, it years ago, and Sansano had to learn independence at a very young age.
“I started my life out really young,” she says. “By the oldest children. So turning older wasn’t something I because I had been living on
Sansano is no stranger to always-glowing smile. Her grin relaxes a bit, however, - ing two of her brothers at a have put a lot of things into perspective for me: Life is short,” she says.
It’s no wonder Sansano so close, in fact, that Ulu’s Lemonade is a full-on family project.
You can find Ulu’s Lemonade and the Sansano family at Eat The Street, pop-up expos, and the business also is available for parties and celebrations. Choose from top-sellers such as the Rob Special, which is an Arnold and fresh strawberries and peaches. Or, opt for any li hing mui selection.
Sansano’s goal is to plant storefronts in the near future, preferably one for each of her three older children to have for themselves one day.
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Owner of Ulu’s Lemonade, Ululi‘i Sansano, center, poses for a photo with her growing family.
Strawberry Bomb from Ulu’s Lemonade