ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER CELEBRATES HAWAIʻI ENTREPRENEURS WITH HOUSE OF MANA UP

January 14, 2020

Press Release

(Waikīkī , Jan. 14, 2020)—In collaboration with Mana Up, YWCA Oahu, and Kamehameha Schools’ Community Engagement and Resources Group, Kona Oʻahu Region, Royal Hawaiian Center will host House of Mana Up, a special extended pop-up that brings the Hawaiʻi-based accelerator’s portfolio of local products to the heart of Waikīkī.

“This project has been in the works for quite some time, and we’re extremely proud to support the efforts of Mana Up and spotlight the entrepreneurs of Hawai‘i,” said Monte McComber, cultural director at Royal Hawaiian Center. “Royal Hawaiian Center has consistently curated the best in shopping, from international luxury to specialty island boutiques. With our new House of Mana Up pop-up, shoppers can now get one-of-a-kind products and gifts that represent local ingenuity and feature local ingredients in new and original ways.” 

House of Mana Up, located on the ground level of Building A, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, January 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The first 150 attendees will receive 2-hours of validated parking and shoppers will get a free Mana Up tote with purchases of $125 or more. Complimentary Hawaiian coffee will also be served at the shop’s Nitro Spot.Inspired by Mana Up’s portfolio of local products by innovative entrepreneurs, House of Mana Up pop-up features dozens of local brands that showcase Hawaiʻi’s blend of diverse cultures and its unique sense of place. House of Mana Up will curate a rotation of brands to provide shoppers with new experiences as they browse an array of products, including health and beauty, food and beverage, art and fashion, and specially designed gift sets.  In addition, House of Mana Up will host regular events and entrepreneur meet-ups for shoppers to learn about the stories, inspirations, and connections behind the local products developed in Hawai‘i.

“We want visitors to House of Mana Up to feel like they’ve just walked into a local home, filled with stories and products that capture the experiences they’ve had in Hawai‘i,” said Meli James, co-founder of Mana Up Hawaiʻi. “Mahalo to Royal Hawaiian Center and Kamehameha Schools for investing and believing in our local talent and creating this opportunity for guests and locals to learn from our community and support local entrepreneurship.”  
Through the partnership with Kamehameha Schools, House of Mana Up also offers internships to students in various disciplines, such as design, marketing, and entrepreneurship, to create career pathways and networking opportunities.
Mana Up Hawaiʻi is a Hawaiʻi-based accelerator that champions local entrepreneurs by supporting products rooted in Hawaiʻi. To learn more about Mana Up Hawaiʻi, visit their website at manauphawaii.com.

For more information on the House of Mana Up, visit www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com or call Helumoa Hale Guest Services at 808-922-2299.

About Royal Hawaiian Center
Royal Hawaiian Center is the premier shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural destination in Waikīkī, comprised of 110 shops and restaurants over three city-blocks of world-renowned Kalākaua Avenue. The Center stands proudly upon historic land known as Helumoa, once home to Hawaiian royalty. Hawaiian culture is celebrated every day at the Center with a variety of complimentary cultural lessons such as hula, lauhala weaving, lei-making, ʻukulele classes, and live entertainment featuring Hawaiian music and hula performances.Royal Hawaiian Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers free validated parking for the first two hours with a minimum $10 purchase and only $2 per hour for the 3rd and 4th hours. Standard rates apply at $6 an hour thereafter.

For guests’ convenience, Royal Hawaiian Center offers valet parking Friday – Sunday nights from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. and on major holidays (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day) from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Vehicle drop-off is located adjacent to the entrance to the Center’s parking garage on the corner of Royal Hawaiian Avenue and Don Ho Lane. Valet parking is $9 for the first 5 hours; standard rates apply thereafter.

OWNERSHIP: Royal Hawaiian Center is owned by RHC Property Holdings LLC and managed by The Festival Companies. For more information, visit www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com or call Helumoa Hale Guest Services at 808-922-2299.