Hawaii 2022 Women-Owned Business of the Year
Istanbul Hawaii is Hawaii's 2022 Women-Owned Business of the Year.
Istanbul Hawaii is 100% women, family and immigrant-owned and operated. They began with pop-up-events on Oahu for 4 years. Scheduled to open her restaurant in May 2020, Ahu found herself in the middle of construction and deep in debt. With the help of her husband and family, Ahu finally realized her dream with a successful opening in July 2020.
They support local farmers by using Hawaii-sourced ingredients whenever possible. They only use the finest ingredients, such as USDA prime beef, grass-fed, Niihau range lamb chops and fresh fish.
Ahu’s skills range far beyond the kitchen. She oversaw the décor and design of the restaurant. As the owner, she works hands-on in every facet of the business and created a culture of excellent customer service.
With SBA assistance, Ahu has brought new flavors and a new sense of comfort food to Hawaii during a time of unprecedented challenges for our businesses and communities.