5 questions with Mana Up co-founder Meli James

January 29, 2024

The last few weeks of 2023 were busy ones for Mana Up.

In mid-November, it wrapped Cohort 8, the most recent in its six-month product accelerator program, culminating in the annual Showcase event highlighting the participating businesses. A few days after that, Mana Up headed to Japan to hold a Hawaii-themed pop-up retail shop at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The pop-up, called the Aloha Market powered by Mana Up, was hosted in collaboration with the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, as well as Japan Airport Terminal Co., CPB Foundation, Ulupono Initiative, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii Tourism Japan. The shop ran for two weeks and featured Mana Up companies along with other popular locally based brands.

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