Mana Up will host its annual Mana Up Showcase, an event series that highlights Hawai‘i’s emerging entrepreneurial leaders and musicians. The events will take place over three days with a combination of in person events in Honolulu and a global broadcast slated for Nov. 19.
The Mana Up Showcase 2023 is presented by King’s Hawaiian, the Hilo-founded sweet bread company that has since scaled into a global brand over the last 70 years. Additional major sponsors include Hawaiian Airlines, Shopify, Bank of Hawai‘i and Waiākea Hawaiian Volcanic Water.
This year boasts an expanded event schedule for the Mana Up Showcase. According to a news release, more than 700,000 people have watched the Showcase virtually over the past three years, and previous in person events have gathered over 5,000 attendees. Additionally, the Mana Up Showcase broadcast has earned four International Telly awards for best Opener, Virtual Experience, and Storytelling.
Artists to Watch Performances Include: Hazel-Rose Kamaka’ona’onaokamalani Nāhi‘ena‘ena, Hezekiah Lagestee (Hezekiah), Imani Colon (Tomboy Mani), Keawe‘iwi Pilayo (‘Iwi), Rocco Olmstead and Tehani Whittington (Tehani).
In addition to the livestream and broadcast on Hawaiʻi News Now on Nov. 19, Mana Up is providing a dedicated showcase experience for Japanese viewers through a translated show and shopping site supported by Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism to be also hosted on Nov. 18 local Japan time.
“The Mana Up Showcase is our annual opportunity to celebrate Hawai‘i’s incredible talent and invite our community to be part of their success,” said Meli James, Mana Up co-founder. “If you want to feel good about the future of Hawai‘i, you should definitely tune in virtually or join us at an in person event. These creators inspire us to see how entrepreneurship can solve the many challenges we face today in our islands including economic diversification, community
giveback and sustainability.”
To reserve a spot for the in-person events or to register for livestream and broadcast shows, visit https://manaupshowcase.com/. Attendees of the in-person events must purchase a ticket separately from the free livestream event registration.
Ticket prices range from $45 to $75. All registrants will automatically be entered into over 20 prize giveaways; entries will be accepted through Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. HST.