Kona Ice comes to town

VALDOSTA—“People have chased us down on go-carts. People have asked us to stop the truck,” Russell Hassenstab said. Russell and his wife, Brenda Hassenstab, serve flavored shaved ice out of their Kona Ice truck. The truck features mural-like paintings along its sides, flashing neon tube lighting and plays steel drum music wherever it goes. Not…

Kona Ice comes to Starkville just in time for summer

STARKVILLE, MS – A new Kona Ice truck opened business this spring, and owner Mike Shannon said business in Oktibbeha County has been booming as the hot summer months approach. Mike and Lisa Shannon began Kona Ice of Oktibbeha in April. They have been to a variety of places, from sports and school events to…

Brevard man starts business for son

BREVARD COUNTY – Businesses like Kona Ice promote the entrepreneurial spirit, and for Brevard County resident Michael Helish, there is no shortage of it. Mr. Helish recently purchased a Kona Ice truck in the hope that it would provide his son Alexander with meaningful employment and a decent wage. Alexander has cerebral palsy, so working…

The Independent features Kona Ice of Castro Valley

Julie Sha and Matthew Hardman of Kona Ice of Castro Valley were featured in The Independent this week: Sometimes Julie Sha needs more information before she can answer, “What’s the best flavor?” “It depends on your palate,” she said. “If you’re a sweet person, Strawberry Shortcake. If you’re a sour person, Pink Lemon Sour or Margarita. If you’re…

Kona Ice Debuts Patriotic Cup for Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend Kona Ice will introduce the most American way to enjoy a shaved-ice treat: a red, white and blue cup displaying the words to the Star-Spangled Banner, the country’s national anthem. The new cup is designed to pay tribute to the founders of the country while celebrating America’s rich tradition of persistence,…

What Would We Do Without Our Mothers?

At Kona Ice, we don’t know what we’d do without our mothers. “Close to 75% of our Kona Ice franchises are women co-owned and operated, and 33% of our corporate staff members are mothers,” said Tony Lamb, Founder and CEO of Kona Ice. “Mothers, and women in general, make great franchisees because they are typically very well…