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Kua Body Studios founder Upuia Ahkiong, front, celebrates the company’s fifth anniversary with a luau party Aug. 25. Behind her are massage therapists who have undergone her training program, from left, Crystal Perretta, Jennifer Ruiz, Annette Oevermann, Carolina Huerta and Estel Pereira.
Twenty years ago, Los Altos businesswoman Upuia Ahkiong couldn’t have imagined becoming a massage therapist, let alone owning her own massage studio.
“It wasn’t part of my plan,” said Ahkiong, owner of Kua Body Studios at 106 First St., which celebrated its fifth anniversary last weekend. “I wanted to be a principal for a school. … My desire was to make an impact on the school level and at the state level because I just saw how the government and the school systems were really challenging.”