News & Updates

Whole Planet Foundation Hosts Inaugural Benefit & Showcase in Hawaii

Whole Planet Foundation Hosts Inaugural Benefit & Showcase in Hawaii

June 17, 2022

Whole Planet Foundation is excited to announce the return of in-person events with a private benefit and showcase on June 24, 2022, at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, in partnership with Whole Foods Market Hawaii stores and Mana Up, Hawaii’s leading incubator.

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Meet the 25 Hawaii innovators that are blazing new paths in the local startup industry

Meet the 25 Hawaii innovators that are blazing new paths in the local startup industry

June 17, 2022

PBN is pleased to introduce its Inno Fire awards, celebrating the startups and innovators driving progress in Hawaii. The honorees were selected from a combination of nominations PBN selected and innovators chosen by the newsroom based on our coverage and familiarity with their work. 

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Meli James Fuels Hawai‘i’s Entrepreneur Ecosystem By Turning Local Businesses into Global Companies, S1E4

Meli James Fuels Hawai‘i’s Entrepreneur Ecosystem By Turning Local Businesses into Global Companies, S1E4

June 09, 2022

Meli James is fearless and catalytic. As the co-founder of Mana Up, a state-wide initiative to grow and support entrepreneurs based in Hawaiʻi, James is creating an ecosystem that allows startups and small local businesses to scale and thrive. 

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Maui companies aim to grow through Mana Up’s program

Maui companies aim to grow through Mana Up’s program

June 07, 2022

Environmentalism, culture and conservation are what three Maui entrepreneurs have in common as they push to grow their businesses through Mana Up’s accelerator program.

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What Is The Origin Story Of Your Plastic Lei?

What Is The Origin Story Of Your Plastic Lei?

June 07, 2022

Millions of people are lured to Hawaiʻi every year by postcard images of white sandy beaches, palm trees and mai tais. After a relaxing week enjoying the ocean and balmy evening strolls they may come home with dashboard hula girls, coconut bikini tops and plastic lei without ever considering the impact these souvenirs have had on Hawai’i.

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11 companies are Moving Forward with Mana Up business program

11 companies are Moving Forward with Mana Up business program

June 01, 2022

Women-led and Native Hawaiian companies will start with Mana Up small business program to get their products on the global market.

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Bytemarks Cafe: Mana Up Accelerator

Bytemarks Cafe: Mana Up Accelerator

June 01, 2022

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we'll catch up with a couple of the latest Mana Up companies to learn how they scale their local brand to the rest of the world. We'll also learn about the Mana Up Accelerator and what Cohort 7 will do as they enter into the post pandemic world.

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MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL DEBUTS MANA UP POP-UP SHOP THIS MAY

MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL DEBUTS MANA UP POP-UP SHOP THIS MAY

May 26, 2022

Mana Up, the entrepreneurial organization that showcases and supports local artisans’ work—is debuting its first neighbor island retail location, House of Mana Up, on the island of Hawaiʻi as a pop up at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel opening on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 

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MANA UP’S SEVENTH COHORT HIGHLIGHTS GROWTH OF HAWAI‘I’S PRODUCT INDUSTRY

MANA UP’S SEVENTH COHORT HIGHLIGHTS GROWTH OF HAWAI‘I’S PRODUCT INDUSTRY

May 26, 2022

Mana Up, a local accelerator for Hawai‘i-based companies, recently announced the 11 entrepreneurs who will participate in its annual six-month program. 

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House of Mana Up pop-up shop to launch at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

House of Mana Up pop-up shop to launch at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

May 24, 2022

House of Mana Up, the retail arm of local product accelerator Mana Up, is heading to Hawaii Island for a five-month pop-up shop at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

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Mana Up unveils seventh cohort, opens new shop on Hawaii Island

Mana Up unveils seventh cohort, opens new shop on Hawaii Island

May 24, 2022

Environmental stewardship and elevating local artists are among the themes of the eleven latest companies to join the accelerator program.
Startups in Mana Up’s New Cohort Emphasize Aloha, Education and Sustainability

Startups in Mana Up’s New Cohort Emphasize Aloha, Education and Sustainability

May 24, 2022

The 11 companies in Cohort 7 are based on four islands and sell products ranging from alohawear and accessories to food, coloring books and puzzles.

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