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Dan Cantey gives back with shaved-ice truck
Kona Ice
Dan Cantey, former owner of Cantey Construction (far left), hands a cup of shaved ice to a young customer from inside his Kona Ice truck. Cantey said that when he retired, he decided to find a fun way to make some money for himself and give back to the community. A portion of his Kona Ice proceeds are given to schools or other organizations. Cantey said he has given away a little more than $2,220 since starting up in April. - photo by Michael Ulmer
Local businessman Dan Cantey is aiming to give back to his community in more ways than one this summer. His new venture -- a mobile shaved-ice shop -- has not only provided an escape from triple-digit heat waves, but has helped to supply a boost to local non-profit organizations. Through the ownership of his franchise, Kona Ice, Cantey donates a portion of his profits to lend a hand to a variety of groups in the area, an idea promoted nationally by the company since its inception in 2007.