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Business notes: Aloha Bowls and Kahuna Burger introduce Paradise Pies

The latest from Cowichan’s business community

Aloha Bowls and Kahuna Burger, located on Kenneth Street in downtown Duncan, have added Paradise Pies to their menus.

On top of the regular dessert offerings cooked by the team at the Hawaiian-themed Kahuna/Aloha restaurants, jointly owned by Robert Stutzman and Ajay Oppelaar, they are now offering a tasty assortment of homemade pies and cheesecakes.

These are not your mama’s pies either.

The unique flavours are imagined and cooked up by Oppelaar, and his creations are sure to please any sweet tooth.

With eight pies to choose from, five of which are gluten-free, you will struggle to pick a favourite.

Sink your teeth into apple fritter pie with caramel whip cream, Banoffee, chocolate banana split, coconut lime cheesecake, double blueberry, Haupia, passionate cheesecake or summer peach with raspberry custard.

Pies are available in-store at Kahuna Burger and by pre-order over the phone.

Keep an eye out for pumpkin pies around Thanksgiving Day; you may become the favourite dinner guest when you show up with one of those bad boys.


A new animal clinic strictly for cats, called the Duncan Cat Clinic, will open up on Sept. 29 at 921H Canada Ave.

Dr. Rachel Johnson, a veterinarian who is opening the clinic with Dr. Gilliam Wiley, said the intent of the clinic is to provide a stress-free environment for cats, that have specific medical issues and needs.

The clinic will offer surgery, dentistry, medical exams, vaccines and some emergency services during office hours for clients.

“We open on Sept. 29 and we welcome people to come and check us out,” Johnson said.

“We’re accepting clients and people can fill out application forms on our website ( Our phones will be up and running as of Sept. 26.”

Call 778-455-2287.


Today, Sept. 22, is the last day to check out the Canadian Screen Award-winning film Brotherhood at the Caprice Cinema in Duncan, where it has been running since Sept. 16.

The Caprice Cinema is one of just four movie theatres in the province that have been playing the movie this month

Based on a true story, a group of teenage boys attending camp in the Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes in 1926 are sent hurtling into a fight for survival when their canoe capsizes in a freak storm.

It’s up to the two adult leaders — one incapacitated by the Great War (New Westminster’s Brendan Fehr) and the other haunted by the loss of his son to the Spanish Flu (Comox’s Brendan Fletcher) — to try and save the boys.

“A drama about facing a natural adversary in tandem with our community feels timely, after all we’ve been through,” says Vancouver director Richard Bell.

Brotherhood’s score was composed and conducted by Vancouver’s William Rowson.

The movie will run tonight at the Caprice at 6:45 p.m.


The Cowichan Valley Regional District continues to partner with Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island to offer a Pop-Up Donation Drop for new or gently used building materials and home décor at Bings Creek Recycling Centre.

The pilot program is run by Habitat for Humanity volunteers that determine material eligibility to ensure that items can be used in building projects or resold at the Duncan ReStore, located on 251 Government St.

You can support affordable housing projects and Cowichan Valley residents by donating materials on Sept. 23 and Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the donation drop box at the recycling centre

Donations must be in good, clean working condition; see to learn more.

“Transforming waste into a resource is an important step that we need to take to move towards our zero waste as a region,” said Doug Stevens, the CVRD’s manager of solid waste operations.

“We want to maximize reuse opportunities to prevent otherwise usable materials from entering the landfill. Working with Habitat for Humanity is a great way to offer free disposal options that support affordable housing and Cowichan Valley waste-diversion goals.”