11 Local Companies In The Spotlight At Mana Up's Holiday Showcase

October 26, 2018


The Showcase will feature several new product launches, 3 minute presentations, and a holiday marketplace


(HONOLULU, Oct. 26, 2018) –Jointhe excitement next Friday November 2, as Mana Up hosts its Holiday Showcase at T Galleria, by DFS Hawaii. Eleven local product businesses will present to a large audience, explaining how they are growing global businesses from right here in Hawaii.


Whether you are an investor, buyer, a potential customer, or simply interested in what it takes to grow a business globally, watch, listen, and learn as these ten dynamic businesses give their best pitch to a diverse crowd of industry experts and insiders.


You’ll be able to celebrate with several companies as they launch new brands or products at the showcase. You will also be able to hear their stories and see how Mana Up’s second cohort are creating products that elevate Hawaii’s culture and brand. The Holiday Showcase is followed by a reception with drinks, local food, tastings, and a local product marketplace.


Mana Up Holiday Showcase


Friday, November 2, 2018


T Galleria, by DFS Hawaii

330 Royal Hawaiian Ave

Honolulu, HI


Tickets: https://manaupholidayshowcase.eventbrite.com


4:30 pm - Doors open

5:00 - 6:00pm – Welcome & Presentations 

6:00 - 8:00pm - Marketplace & Party


Presentations by: PoMahina Designs, Big Island Coffee Roasters, Mana Artisan Botanics, Manele Spice Company, Hanalei Beauty Company, Nick Kuchar Art & Design, Laha’ole Designs, Little Hands Hawaii, Bradley & Lily, lei palm, and Maui Nui Venison.


Cohort 1 companies will also participate in the holiday marketplace, including Mamalani, Voyaging Foods, Manoa Chocolate, KoHana Rum, Kunoa Cattle Company, and Hawaiian Pie Company.


The 11 were selected from 73 applicants who had enough traction in the market to earn annual revenue far surpassing Mana Up's requirement of $100,000. The 12-week Mana Up program, beginning August 14, is designed to help these companies scale for broader market expansion.


The second Mana Up cohort includes:


Big Island Coffee Roasters

Big Island Coffee Roasters is an award-winning Hawaii coffee farm, mill & roaster with premium coffee products from Puna, Kona, Ka’u, Hamakua, Maui & Oahu. Distinguished by its unique products, Big Island Coffee Roasters features the Taste of Hawaii coffee club and the 'Espresso Bites' bar made from 100% Hawaiian coffees and 0% chocolate.

Bradley & Lily

Bradley & Lily is a Hawaii lifestyle brand with a focus on stationery products. Bradley & Lily paper goods are created to connect people through expressions of love, joy and compassion and are printed in Honolulu on domestically milled or recycled paper.

Hanalei Company

Based in Hawaii, Hanalei creates gentle skincare products, inspired by Hawaii’s lush, tropical landscape and native botanicals. Made with treasured tropical ingredients ranging from pressed kukui nut oil, aloe, papaya, lavender and raw cane sugar, our unique formulations are perfect for everyday use and for any skin type.

Lahaʻole Designs

Lahaʻole Designs, created in 2013 in a little grass shack in Wahiawā, Oʻahu, creates classically handmade laha'ole (uncommon) jewelry and clothing that share stories of Hawaiian culture and things fond to Hawai'i Nei.

lei palm

lei palm is a tropically inspired collection of clothing, accessories and gifts curated in Hawai’i. lei palm collaborates with local artists to expand their global reach through exclusive fashion pieces and collectibles.

Little Hands Hawaii

Little Hands is Hawaii's original reef-friendly baby-safe sun protection company made with the highest quality ingredients. Little Hands spreads awareness on preserving coral reefs and provides the safest sunscreen for your entire ohana.

Mana Artisan Botanics

Mana Artisan Botanics, Hawaii’s first wellness-driven hemp company, handcrafts phytocannabinoid-rich products for endocannabinoid system (ECS) support. Based on the Big Island of Hawaii, the company offers artisanal, whole-plant hemp extracts, infused with pure Hawaiian botanicals designed for health and wellness.

Maui Nui Venison

Maui Nui Venison creates USDA wild harvested meats from Hawaii. By working with suppliers who strive to humanely manage wild and invasive venison and other animals, Maui Nui Venison offers jerkies and fresh meat that contribute to the sustainability of wild food systems in Hawaii.

Nick Kuchar Art & Design

Nick Kuchar is an artist who creates prints inspired by the early days of surfing & beach culture, including the vintage color palette, typography & associated nostalgia. He resides on the island of O‘ahu, Hawai’i and has collaborated with companies such as Patagonia, Olukai and The Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race


Based on Molokai, PōMahina Designs is a contemporary wearable art & fashion company imbued with culture, tradition & aloha. #ModernMaoli

Manele Spice Co.

Founded by celebrity chef Adam Tabura, Manele Spice Co. offers a range of Hawaii-inspired spice and salt blends perfect for bringing out delicious flavors in your meats, side dishes, cocktails, and more.


 About Mana Up

Mana Up is an initiative to create a $5 billion global market for Hawai’i-based products. Mana Up has a 12-week accelerator program offered biannually to support Hawai’i product entrepreneurs scaling their businesses by providing mentorship, leadership training, and access to sales channels. Mana Up’s partners include title partner Kamehameha Schools, founding partner DFS Hawaii, exclusive airline partner Hawaiian Airlines, and voyaging partners Ulupono Initiative, American Savings Bank, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, Castle & Cooke, Dole Plantation, Pineapple Tweed PR & Marketing, Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) and INNOVATE Hawaii. For more information, please visit manauphawaii.com.