Community Newsletter: Mana Up Masks, Giveaways, and Givebacks!

April 21, 2020


We're starting monthly newsletters for our Mana Up community - mahalo for being a part of it! We will share updates from our local entrepreneurs and thelatest in the world of Mana Up. We hope their stories inspire you as they do us, and that they illustrate how important it is to support local companies. Even though they are facing challenges themselves, they are also finding ways to roll up their sleeves and solve the new problems we face in our community. Amazing!

Mana Up Local Companies Give Back

KōHana Rum has repurposed its distillery capacities to manufacture and deliver over 1000 gallons of FDA-approved hand sanitizer to health care workers, first responders, the elderly, homeless, and workers performing essential services. (These 64-oz. jugs, 16-oz. bottles, and 60 ml. bottles are for giveaway only - not for sale - created to support our frontline communities at this time).

Maui Nui Venison is also stepping up to provide for the state of Hawai’i.With the help of volunteer hunters, Maui Nui Venison has already donated 10,000 pounds of venison to the Maui Food Bank and other community groups, as well as launched their very own home delivery program -Holo’ai - to serve your shelter-in-place needs. These packages are offered at a 25% discount for Kama’aina. You may learn more and order here.

Big Island Coffee Roasters is getting creative - by virtually giving back!

1) Big Island Coffee Roasters is hiring baristas who have been affected by COVID-19 as "virtual baristas" - baristas who will create videos of themselves doing what they do best to share with the online community (e.g., "How to Aeropress"). Interested? Learn more here!

2) Big Island Coffee Roasters is also doing a giveaway called #AlohaAtHome where they will give away 30 coffees + 30 gift cards to local companies (including Mana Up brands) in 30 days as a way of sharing the aloha spirit while everyone is cooped up at home. It's a great opportunity to experience slow, fresh coffee, and amazing local brands. You may learn more and enter the giveaway here.

Masks with Style

Quite a few Mana Up companies have pivoted their manufacturing processes to accommodate mask production. Not only are these masks fashionable, but they are now mandated  Shop for masks from your favorite Mana Up brands below:

FUSED - Every mask is BOGO - you get one for yourself and one to give away.  

Laha'ole - For every mask purchased, another mask is donated to frontline workers.

Kahulale'a - In addition to selling masks in small batches, Kehau has also donated hundreds of masks to frontline workers.

Meli Wraps- Made out of the same 100% organic cotton fabric as their eco travel packs.

PōMahina- Taking orders by email ( or IG message ONLY!

Western Aloha - Made out of the same breathable fabric used to make Western Aloha shirts. Free Shipping on all masks.

More Community Givebacks

Nick Kucharhas created a drawing tutorial for kids being homeschooled everywhere, by collaborating with a local art teacher. He is also creating original sketches and giving them away to lucky followers! Make sure to subscribe to his social and e-list for a chance to win.

Voyaging Foods is partnering with the Hawai'i 'Ulu Cooperative to re-purpose its extra 'ulu inventory (due to cancelled DOE orders) as 'ulu flour en masse for local distribution. To learn more and stay up to date, subscribe here.

Hanaleiis donating all types of products (from lip treatments to lotions) to healthcare workers around the islands to add some relief and relaxation during those long shifts.

Supporting Local Entrepreneurs

House of Mana Up is offering a way to shop Mana Up companies via our e-commerce store. 100% of profits directly support the local small business community. To learn more and support our local creators/chefs/bakers/makers/fishers/hunters, check out the e-commerce store here.

FUSED Hawaii is hosting a FB live concert, "Faces for the Frontline" with Kimie Miner and Anuhea on Friday, April 24th at 12pm HSTvia the private "Empowered by Fused Hawaii" facebook group. The event will feature over 100 giveaways, exclusive deals ($1 facemasks, $1 bikinis, never-before-seen prints at show-only prices, every mask will be buy-one-give-one to a frontline worker), and of course, live music performed by Grammy Award nominees Kimie Miner and Anuhea. If you're interested, request to join the FB group here.

***Please noteYou must identify as a female to request to join this group as the community is meant to serve as an empowering, safe space for the 50K female group members.

Community Resources

For those who are working through your own best path forward--business owners and non-business owners alike, we wanted to share some helpful resources.

  • Keeping Keiki Engaged: For anyone in need of fun/educational materials for keiki while hunkering down at home, Hawai'i Energy has FREE printable activities--including crosswords, coloring pages, scavenger hunts and more. Check them out here. No printer? No problem! Email them with your mailing address at to request a hard copy. No charge for shipping, they just want to make sure everyone can enjoy :)
  • Staying Active: To help those sheltering in place stay active indoors, Nike Training Camp, Peloton, Barry's Bootcamp, and 11 other big fitness apps are offering their classes for free! Check out the details here.
  • "Save Hawaii Jobs and Businesses": Webinar series + resource bank. Covers how to apply for the different SBA loans and what to expect (includes panelists from congress, banks, and legal entities).
  • This is a great succinct dive on what the HR478 - The CARES Act (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) entails.
  • Proservice Hawaiihas published A Hawaii Employer's Guide To Coronavirus- 30 questions and answers relating to Hawaii businesses and the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Hawaii Employers Council has removed the paywall during this time. They provide quality resources on employee management such as sample policies, procedures, and FAQs.
  • Fantastic links from Makai HR on Coronavirus-related employee questions:
    FAQs on Unemployment
    FAQs on covid-19 employee policies
    Keeping Employees Calm

Shop @ House of Mana Up

We miss you over at House of Mana Up...but you can still find us online! Did you know...
  • From now until at least May 31, 100% of profits goes to directly support the local small business community.To learn more and support our local creators/chefs/bakers/makers/fishers/hunters, check out the e-commerce storehere.
  • We offer gift cards + an optional "Make Your Own Gift" $5 add-on with any purchase!
  • We provide FREE standard shipping within Hawai'i and anywhere in the U.S. on orders $50 and up!
  • For the month of April, you can use discount code "LETSMANAUP" to receive a free House of Mana Up collectible palm tree pen with any purchase over $50 - and a free House of Mana Up burlap beach tote with any purchase over $125. You may also use this same discount code at 11 participating Mana Up companies' e-commerce stores. You may find all discounts listed here. 
  • We are constantly adding new makana (gift sets) - make sure to check out our latest Administrative Professionals' Day sets (April 22)and stay tuned for Mothers' Day! :)
  • We have a separate instagram and facebook page for House of Mana Up. Make sure to like/follow @houseofmanaup to stay up to date with the latest specials... 
Sending our deepest aloha to you and your loved ones. Be well, be safe and take care of each other. Let us know if you have any questions/feedback/ideas for how Mana Up can help our communities during this time.