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Beauty Spot: Skin so happy in Kailua

February 7th, 2013

medcakeNadine Kam photos
A cake celebrates the opening of SkinHappy MediSpa in Kailua.

Julie Kenner was afraid she's throw a party and no one would come. But her worries were over nothing. In one of the sun capitals of the world, the grand opening of her SkinHappy MediSpa in Kailua not only drew a crowd, but guests from the beach town lined up to make appointments for corrective Botox treatments, facials, spray tans, and more, during the event that took place Feb. 5.

Guests enjoyed pupus, champagne, a sampling of products carried by the medispa—including Neocutis, NIA24 (a niacin-powered skin therapy line) and Environ— and had an opportunity to win one of nine facials valued at $140 each.

The new business is the medical spa extension of Kenner Dermatology Center, located in Castle Medical Center. The clinic is owned by Kenner, M.D., Ph.D., FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and diplomat of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Due to the demand for skin cancer treatments at the Kenner Dermatology Center, Kenner said she was running out of space and wanted to look into establishing a focused skin cancer center, while taking the aesthetic branch of services closer to communities where its needed.

The new SkinHappy MediSpa now shares space with Kai Boutique, next to the Kailua Post Office. The MediSpa is in a loft space upstairs from the boutique. SkinHappy is a medically-focused MediSpa using a variety of  facial treatments and skin products to primarily treat two of the most common skin complaints in adolescents and adults: acne and facial pigmentation.

She's done all this in spite of being a mom juggling 9-month-old twins. When I asked her how she's managing the multitasking, she said, "As a woma, we just do stuff."

SkinHappy MediSpa is at 319 Hahani St., and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Parking is available in front and back of the building. Call 263-3222 or visit

meddrDr. Julie Kenner with her twins, Marcella Renee, left, and Abby Rose.

medkaiWhile waiting for an appointment, clients can browse the racks at Kai boutique for clothing, accessories and small housewares.

medroomThe treatment room at SkinHappy MediSpa.

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