Welcome to the official web site of Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts! Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts is a family owned business that has its roots on the island of Kauai. Salty Wahine specializes in tropically infused seasonings and Hawaii grown cane sugar. Laura Cristobal Andersland created Salty Wahine in June of 2008 as a sole proprietorship. Laura had retired from Kauai “Budget Rent a Car” after 29 years as the lead customer service agent. In addition Laura worked part time for her mother’s income tax and accounting business, Calm Inc. Laura gained a broad background in marketing, networking, tax law, and financial skills needed to build a strong business of her very own.
Salty Wahine’s business revolves around her mission statement of “Making Eating Healthy Fun”! Laura learned the value of Hawaiian sea salts at a young age from her paternal Hawaiian grandmother. The award winning Salty Wahine products fulfill the need to prepare meals with healthy premixed gourmet seasonings that enhance the dining experience. Salty Wahine uses the local flavors of not only herbs and spices, but also of tropical fruits to create amazing fruit infused blends that not only taste good, but also are eye appealing. Salty Wahine takes pride in the fact that 84% of her end product is Hawaii origin.
Salty Wahine has gained the reputation of being a premier Hawaiian Salt Company. The family has been instrumental in promoting the brand at the Fancy Food Shows in New York City and San Francisco, Made in Hawaii on Oahu, and Aloha Festivals in Arizona, California, and Nevada. The Salty Wahine family gives back to the community by donating products to over 100 non-profit charitable organizations. The Salty Wahine Ohana supports Kauai churches, schools, Kauai Made, and Farm Bureau events throughout the year.
Salty Wahine has grown from a small part-time business to a nationally recognized family owned company. The Salty Wahine team has grown from one to nine employees. Laura has used her business experience to prepare her children to expand the Salty Wahine brand worldwide. Laura’s children have graduated from college and have become full time employees assuming all responsibilities allowing Laura and her husband to travel to foods shows to further market the business. Laura’s son, Sean, has taken over the duties of product development, inventory management, and manufacturing. In addition, Sean is being cross-trained to update the online store website, update the business database, and product marketing. Laura’s son-in-law, Nelson, has taken on the role of Salty Wahine Operations Manager. Nelson has worked closely with Laura to take on his primary role of Operations and Human Resources, manufacturing, scheduling, quality control, and product shipping. Further, Nelson is completing is Masters degree in Human Resources from the University of Hawaii Manoa. Sean and Nelson have been instrumental in designing the new packaging and determining requirements to convert to an automated manufacturing process. The Salty Wahine brand is expanding throughout the mainland and will be exported to Japan. Laura’s daughter-in-law, Jessika, works full-time as our creative lead providing innovative sales training and store design. Jessika’s BA in the Fine Arts provides a new and unique perspective in the future growth of our company. Laura’s daughter, Nicole, works full-time as a Psychologist for Kauai’s Child and Family Service and part-time for Salty Wahine in admin support and overviews Salty Wahine policies to sustain our Hawaiian values.
Salty Wahine is a member of the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii, Kauai Chamber of Commerce, Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce, the Kauai Made Program, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, and the Kauai County Farm Bureau and Kauai Grown Program. Salty Wahine has won the 2014 and 2013 1st Place Best of the Best Kauai Made Product, 2014 and 2013 Pacific Edge Best Hawaii Family Business Finalist, 2012 Entrepreneur of the year for Kauai Aloha Spirit Award, 2012 SBA Exporter of the Year, and 2012 Kauai Economic Development Board Agricultural Business Plan Competition 1st Place Winner.
With our wide variety of flavors, we are sure to have something for everyone, so please take a look around!