Community Newsletter: Cohort 5, Weʻre Opening this Sunday, and More!

June 29, 2020


June has been full of new and exciting developments, including welcoming new 10 companies into the Mana Up ʻOhana. We are always blown away by the creativity of our founders and this month didnʻt disappoint with many new product releases, new initiatives and more. Weʻre also thrilled to announce that our retail location, House of Mana Up, will be back open for this weekendʻs Open Streets in Waikiki and by appointment. Come see us - weʻve missed you!

We kicked off cohort 5 on June 2nd with a totally new and re-structured virtual program for the first 6 weeks of our program. We usually offer a mix of skills-building and leadership development during the accelerator, and this time around we are heavily focusing on online sales and digital marketing. We have been especially stoked on our partnership with Shopify for Startups, an exclusive program available to our companies through Mana Up. We have already seen so much progress and learnings in 4 short weeks!

Meet the entrepreneurs in Cohort 5: 

What else have we been up to this month?

Check out Itʻs a Hawaii Thing co-hosted by Brook Lee and Lanai Tabura! Highlighting the colorful personalities of Hawai'i, Brook and Lanai talk story with a range of local guests - including features of Mana Up entrepreneurs during the “Let’s Mana Up” segment of every episode! You can watch the show/listen to the podcast live on Channel OC16 or on their websiteNew episodes premiere Mondays at 6:30pm HST.

With proceeds earned from our online store, we hosted 3 days of digital marketing workshops and gave prizes of 6-weeks of consulting from Kahuna Marketing to 10 local companieswho want to boost their online sales. We had 435 local businesses participate in the 6 hours of content, and 467 questions answered! Mahalo to you for shopping with House of Mana Up and to our partner Kingʻs Hawaiian who matched our contribution to this giveback!

News Alert! House of Mana Up will be open this Sunday from 10-2! We are looking forward to inviting you back into our store and showcasing many new products from our entrepreneurs. We are also available for private shopping appointments. E-mail us at to schedule a time.

Our ʻOhana in Action

PōMahina Designs and Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii partnered together with Sustainable Molokai to deliver a total of 60 reusable masks, 600 disposable masks, and 200 gloves! Learn more at


Hanalei Earlier this month, Hanalei Beauty Company rolled out an initiative to help Hawaii-based artists who practice a local art form. Through their Help Hawaii Artisans Campaign, Hanalei will support 50 local creatives with monetary grants and an elevated platform - the selected creatives will get to share their art form with Hanalei's digital audience.

Haku Collective is spreading the joy of music, even when we can't all get together in person. Their new summer-long music livestream series, Mele in the Hale, brings local Hawaiʻi artists and comedians, positive vibes, and jam sessions to your hale all summer long. You may read more and check out past meles on their website, Facebook or YouTube!

Haku Collective has also pulled together some awesome COVID-19 resources specifically curated for Hawai'i's music creators and small businesses during this time. Check them out here.

Coco Moon released new dresses, rompers, overalls, and polo tees in their bestselling Nalu and Shave Ice prints! Want to check out their new releases? Click here!

Yireh is excited to announce their first-ever Summer Bundle Sale! Customize your bundles with the styles/prints/sizes you want and enjoy free shipping and a special discounted savings!

Mānoa Chocolate recently launched a salivating Chocolate Macadamia Nut Spread, as well as partnered with Ko’olau Distillery to produce an Old Pali Road Whiskey Bar. They are also re-opening the factory and starting to offer tours again. We also highly recommend Manoa Monthly Subscription!

Jules + Gem just dropped their new men’s fragrance line! In collaboration with Auds and Ends Shop, the new SALTWOOD collection to give the men in our lives a new fragrance for them to enjoy in their spaces that is made right here in Hawaii. The Woods, contains rich masculine notes of leather, smoke and brandy while The Loft, contains lighter masculine notes of cedarwood, neroli and balsam. 

House of Mana Up Cohort 5 Summer Gift Sets - To celebrate and support the growth of our newest Mana Up companies, we have curated Exclusive Kauwela (Summer) Gift Sets - perfect for kicking off summer featuring their thoughtfully crafted products. Our Kauwela Summer Gift Sets feature six of our cohort five companies: Ao Organics, Haku Collective, Ua Body, Kapa Nui Nails, Aloha Modern, Aloha Elixir & Jules + Gem Hawaiʻi. Visit our website to shop for these summer gift sets here.

Mahalo for being part of our community and your support of small business in Hawaiʻi. Enjoy the holiday week and we hope to see you soon!