Jana and Mack Powell, resident managers of Great American Self Storage in Kailua-Kona, found a service business that almost everyone can use. Who doesn’t need a place to put extra “stuff?” Businesses with excess inventory; restaurants needing space for decoration, catering and excess items; construction companies, people moving on and off the island, businesses wanting warehouse-type space at a low cost—these are some of the customers they serve.
Great American Self Storage is in a central location, easily accessible, yet a little off the beaten path. It’s easy to find when you know it’s right behind the new Target store. When Target went in that helped immensely with our drive-by traffic,” says Jana.
“We provide a clean, pest free, secure facility with drive-up units, air conditioned units and we are the only facility to provide units with electricity (not to live in though). Our facility not only helps people to store their stuff, but sell it as well!” Jana explains. “Three times a year we hold Kona’s Largest Garage Sale as a way to help our tenants sell items they may not want to hold on to!! It is also a great event for the community. We make it fun for the whole family, serving food and shave ice. More than 35 families are here, selling various items from clothes to tools to even boats! There is also a huge blow-up, bouncy castle to keep the keiki entertained! We treat our tenants as our ‘ohana and love getting to know them!”
Jana and husband Mack visited Kona four years ago, following her recovery from being a liver donor for her uncle. “We knew this was the place for us and moved here two months later,” she says. “Going through something like that gives you a priority shift, and we wanted to focus on quality of life—which we found here—and bring it to the business as well. I have been in sales and marketing my whole professional life. I love to help people solve problems by coming up with the solutions that best fit their individual needs.”
The Powells say they are dedicated to helping the community in various other ways, too, such as holding fundraisers for local organizations.
Location: 74-5499 Loloku St., Kailua-Kona