Not Your Av­er­age Le­mon­ade Stand

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - EN­TREPRENEURS Lynsey Beth Futa

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.

- pow­ers her, she replies, “My

Owner of Ulu’s Le­mon­ade, Ululi‘i Sansano, cen­ter, poses for a photo with her grow­ing fam­ily.

Straw­berry Bomb from Ulu’s Le­mon­ade

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