News & Updates

Company Focuses on Ethically Made Resort Wear for Women

Company Focuses on Ethically Made Resort Wear for Women

May 27, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Yireh says it is an ethically made women’s resort wear brand based on O‘ahu that focuses on empowering and encouraging women. The company says it has built a community of over 26,000 women who care about conscious consumerism, the planet and its people. The brand features versatile and effortless styles for everyday wear in one-of-a-kind prints.

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Maui Farm Offers Award-Winning Vegan Kimchi and Fermented Products

Maui Farm Offers Award-Winning Vegan Kimchi and Fermented Products

May 27, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Nāpili FLO Farm started simply as a farm, a way for Monica Bogar to build a new life as a mother. Bogar says that when her son Maddox was born, she was not keen on her boy being raised by others while she trudged off to a traditional job. So she turned her family property in Lahaina into a sustainable, organic urban farm.

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Natural Products Designed for Children, Families and the Earth

Natural Products Designed for Children, Families and the Earth

May 27, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Ao Organics Hawai‘i was founded in 2017 when Chelsa Davis was pregnant with her third keiki. She says she created organic reef safe sunscreen as a safer product for her children. When she learned what a difference it would make for our environment to use reef safe sunscreen over chemical sunscreens, she realized it was also her kuleana as a native Hawaiian.

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Stories of Hawai‘i Adorn Towels, Shirts, Bags and Other Item

Stories of Hawai‘i Adorn Towels, Shirts, Bags and Other Item

May 26, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

The lifestyle company Aloha Modern was conceived over cold beers and Mākaha sunsets by co-founders Malia Ka‘aihue and Reyn Mukawa. What started as a passion project between two friends has become a full-fledged business.

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Collective Founded by Kimié Miner Supports Local Musicians

Collective Founded by Kimié Miner Supports Local Musicians

May 26, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Haku Collective was founded by singer-songwriter Kimié Miner as a full-service music, audio and talent production group. But the collective says it has since expanded to include an extended product suite offering apparel, accessories, home goods and more.

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Mana Up Launches Cohort 5 with 10-Hawai‘i-based Companies

Mana Up Launches Cohort 5 with 10-Hawai‘i-based Companies

May 26, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Hawai‘i-based consumer product accelerator Mana Up this week announced a diverse mix of local companies in its fifth cohort. The 10 companies based on O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island offer products that range from a locally sourced and brewed kombucha to a nontoxic nail polish with a patented formula.

Hawaii Business Magazine will unveil the companies this week online, starting with two today.

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Community Newsletter: Mana Up Cohort 5, Workshops, and Givebacks!

Community Newsletter: Mana Up Cohort 5, Workshops, and Givebacks!

May 26, 2020

Aloha, welcome to our May newsletter and a HUGE HO'OMAIKA'I 'ANA to all the recent/soon-to-be graduates. We're thrilled to be announcing Cohort 5 this week! Be the first to know who has joined our Mana Up 'Ohana by signing up for Hawaii Business Magazine's e-newsletter here. We're also excited to share a workshop series we are hosting this week and givebacks from our local entrepreneurs!

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Mana Up Gives 30 Really Good Reasons to Support Local Hawai‘i Companies

Mana Up Gives 30 Really Good Reasons to Support Local Hawai‘i Companies

May 22, 2020

Honolulu Magazine

Thirty small companies, graduates of Mana Up’s 2018 and 2019 accelerator programs, found a home at Royal Hawaiian Center. Each collection is accompanied by a written narrative introducing the talent behind the products and fun details about the goods, forging an instant connection to the brand.

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This Kailua Chocolate Company Launches New Hawaiʻi Flavors This Month

This Kailua Chocolate Company Launches New Hawaiʻi Flavors This Month

May 12, 2020

Hawaiʻi Magazine

It’s been about two months since Mānoa Chocolate temporarily closed its retail space in Kailua on Oʻahu due to the spread of COVID-19 in the Islands.

The artisan chocolate maker, which specializes in bean-to-bar chocolate using locally grown (when possible) and ethically sourced cacao, had been giving factory tours twice daily, six days a week, in addition to selling its chocolates from the shop and wholesaling to larger retailers. All that suddenly stopped and Mānoa Chocolate’s business went mostly online.

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How to Get Startup Paradise to the Next Level

How to Get Startup Paradise to the Next Level

May 11, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Twenty years ago, Hawai‘i’s startup community was a barren sector with few resources to lift budding entrepreneurs with plans for innovative, fast-growth companies. That community is now filled with events, coworking spaces and programs that help these people build their nascent businesses and connect with investors, mentors and other partners.

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E-Wisdom for Hawai‘i’s E-Commerce Newbies

E-Wisdom for Hawai‘i’s E-Commerce Newbies

May 08, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Good advice from digitally savvy entrepreneurs for those who want to increase their online sales. Second of two parts. Here are some of the lessons they learned, plus advice from experts in retail, IT and digital marketing.

1. It's Easier Now to Build an Online Store
2. Make Connections and Get Feedback
3. Collect Data
4. Build Partnerships
5. Leverage the Hawai'i Brand

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E-Commerce is the Present and Future for Hawai‘i Retailers

E-Commerce is the Present and Future for Hawai‘i Retailers

May 07, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Many retailers see how important e-commerce has been during the coronavirus pandemic. As their bricks-and-mortar shut down, many retailers strengthened their social media and online advertising and added products to their websites.

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