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 website. New 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time.
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 PoMahinaDesigns.com.
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.