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History of the Dragon's Den


The Dragon's Den was born out of a need. It's been said "necessity is the mother of invention."

Necessity arrived and the Dragon's Den became. With Malik coming back from another year of study in China in 1987, a space for medicinal herbs to assist his patients in their healing was the need. When a small space next to his clinic became available, carpenters, friends and the community showed up to hammer out the beginnings of the Dragon's Den herb store.

The Dragon's Den officially opened it's doors on September 21st 1988 with blessings from our local Tibetan Lama, Sufi teacher and Malik's Chinese cultural instructor; three very intuitive people filled with joy and deep clarity. The opening party was held in the Dragon's Den, people from all over the island came. The Den was born. Today we still gratefully serve our Maui Island community, as well as our online customers on the mainland, with quality products, friendly service, honest salesmanship, humor and knowledge.

In the beginning Malik's partner at the time, Joyanna lead the interior design on a "no budget" budget. Chinese Herbs back in the 1980's were not as accessible as they are these days. The store was started with western and Chinese bulk herbs, patent formulas, some nutritional supplements and related gift items to pay the bills. Soon our herbal inventory grew to hundreds of western and Chinese herbs, nutraceutical supplements, therapeutic oils, educational books, Bach Flower Remedies and more.

Over the years there has been a growing enthusiasm for herbs and nutritional supplements. To us this is a statement that acts as a reflection that we as a community are taking better care of ourselves and are committed to a greater self responsibility for our health and well being. May we all continue to actualize our dreams and visions for health as we grow gardens, eat organic foods, gather herbs, drink tea and laugh together.

The Dragon's Den got its name from an old shop in Shanghai which catered to the sailors needs of the back then popular herbs, grog and beautiful attendants. A special place indeed for many sailors. Today the Dragon's Den serves it's community on the Hawaiian island of Maui in the town of Makawao with it's alternative and natural medicines.

May we all take better care of ourselves, each other and our island home. We believe and enjoy in what we do, therefore we generate right livelihood through dignified, respectful, honest and playful ways for ourselves and others. We are firm in the belief to serve others with care and to share with you some of how we function here at the Dragon's Den. We stand strong with our mission and customer statement and these are our co-workers guiding principles.


Happy 28th Birthday, Dragon's Den!
September 2016


Coworker's Guiding Principles
*Be on time
*Be professional in all ways
*Look for ways to make things better
*Do the best you can do
*Be present, aware of what is taking place, and joyfully objective, no dramas and avoid in getting lost in a story.
*Whatever happens, always keep your heart open.
*Our customers betterment of life is why we are here!

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Dragon's Den Associates


Victoria Sikirji

Flower Essence Therapist

Victoria Sikirji has been working at The Dragon’s Den Herb Shop for the past 18 years and was one of the original owners during the first 3 years the store was in business.   She has been involved in numerous healing modalities for the past 33 years.  Her background includes the study and practice of:  Crystal and Stone Therapy, Western and Chinese Herbs, Aromatherapy, Flower Essence Therapy and formal education in Traditional Chinese Medicine.   She is also the business owner of Goddess Rising Perfumes, since 2002.  You can find her exquisite Perfumes for sale at “The Den”.  Watch for the upcoming launch of her new Body Care Line made with Organic and Natural Ingredients.


Sesame Unlu

Licensed Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, Certified Herbalist, Doctor of Oriental Medicine

 Sesame Unlu received her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2011 at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. Sesame is a general practitioner with a special interest in Women’s Health, pain management and injury rehabilitation. She integrates acupuncture, massage, yoga therapy, Chinese herbal medicine and functional medicine with her patients’ conventional care.
Sesame’s acupuncture style is greatly influenced by her 12 years of experience as a massage therapist. She palpates the meridians as part of her diagnosis, while also gently opening and preparing the meridians for needle insertion. In her experience, the combination of acupuncture and massage therapy provides exponential healing potential.
Her work is also greatly influenced by Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist master, with whom she completed a yearlong study in Advanced Acupuncture at the Jade Purity Foundation in New York City.
Sesame is a long time student and friend of Dr. Malik Cotter. If you’re not able to make an appointment with Malik, he recommends that you make an appointment with Sesame. Having apprenticed with Malik and assisted him in his clinic, she is very familiar with his approach to healing through the use of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, and cleansing.
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Lala Naidu

Holistic Health Coach, Massage Therapist, Yoga Nidra Facilitator. Member of the Ayurvedic Institute, NM, and American Herbalist Guild (AHG)


Aloha! My name is Lala! I Love and Celebrate Life and Living! – A Positivity and Bright Outlook that I Naturally Share with Others.

The theme of my pursuits and passion is to: “Align Body, Mind and Emotions with our Divine Nature” – and thereby live Healthy Vibrant Fulfilling Lives…

Ayurveda, India’s ancient healing science provides us with tools to do just this – And it is with Ayurveda’s time-tested principles and wisdom, I support motivated individuals in living healthy harmonious lives.

Since 2003, I have worked with wellness, running nutrition-focused businesses in Los Angeles and Maui, and have had the pleasure of supporting many in making positive shifts in lifestyle habits relating to *Nutrition, *Exercise, *Pain and Stress Management.

Currently, I see clients at my Makawao office for support in Nutrition, and offer Therapeutic Body Treatments.

LivnAloha Ayurveda Nutrition & Spa: 3681 Baldwin Avenue G-103, Makawao, Maui, HI 96768

For more info please visit www.LivnAloha.com, or call 949.735.5625

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