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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.

Our Story

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.




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!

By Malik Cotter


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