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MANA UP LAUNCHES COHORT 5, FOCUS ON DIRECT TO CONSUMER MARKETING AND POSITIONING HAWAII BUSINESSES FOR GLOBAL GROWTH

MANA UP LAUNCHES COHORT 5, FOCUS ON DIRECT TO CONSUMER MARKETING AND POSITIONING HAWAII BUSINESSES FOR GLOBAL GROWTH

May 22, 2020

Press Release

Hawai‘i based product accelerator Mana Up’s fifth cohort contains a diverse mix of companies. From locally-sourced and brewed kombucha to non-toxic nail polish that leverages a patented formula, the cohort offers a wide range of authentic Hawai‘i consumer-packaged goods. The ten companies are spread across O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island.

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Order these delicious artisanal Asian snacks for summer

Order these delicious artisanal Asian snacks for summer

May 18, 2020

NBC News

As states begin reopening but many restaurants and specialty stores remain closed, you can still bring a bit of summer sweetness straight to your door. Sheldon Cho's family has been making jerky for 25 years in Kona, Hawaii, using only locally line- caught marlin and ahi tuna.

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Mana Up offers e-commerce workshops to Hawaii small businesses selling online

Mana Up offers e-commerce workshops to Hawaii small businesses selling online

May 15, 2020

Pacific Business News

While it’s unknown when visitors will return to Hawaii, companies can send Hawaii-made products to them using e-commerce, said Meli James, co-founder of Mana Up.

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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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Shop with Aloha: Nick Kuchar

Shop with Aloha: Nick Kuchar

May 05, 2020

Hawaiʻi Magazine

Small businesses can take many forms, from that little acai bowl stand down the street to that corner grocery store that’s got the best Spam musubi—you know the one—as well as a resident artist. And they’re all being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For Oʻahu-based artist Nick Kuchar, who has made a name for himself illustrating iconic Hawaiʻi landscapes in his signature retro style, it’s all about staying busy and positive in these uncertain times.

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Surprise Mom With These 12 Gifts from Hawaiʻi

Surprise Mom With These 12 Gifts from Hawaiʻi

May 04, 2020

Hawaiʻi Magazine

Who doesn’t want a gift from Hawaiʻi?

(Even I do—and I live here!)

We bet your mom would, too.

With Mother’s Day nearing, here are 12 gift ideas—at all price points, for all moms, every one made or designed in the Islands—that will make her imagine she’s in paradise.

(Order soon, though!)

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Reshaping Hawaii’s Economy For A Post-Pandemic World

Reshaping Hawaii’s Economy For A Post-Pandemic World

May 04, 2020

Honolulu Civil Beat

Hawaii’s long-term economic plan is a blank slate by design to be filled in by an ensemble cast, says Alan Oshima, Hawaii’s economic recovery chief.

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Shop With Aloha: Maui Nui Venison

Shop With Aloha: Maui Nui Venison

April 30, 2020

Hawaiʻi Magazine

In ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), holo ʻai means to move food to where it needs to be, and that’s exactly what local axis deer harvester Maui Nui Venison has done with its Holo ʻAi initiative.

“Weʻve donated just over 10,000 pounds of venison and we have 2,000 pounds more slated for this week,” says Kuʻulani Muise who, along with her husband, Jake Muise; his friend, Kimo Tuyay; and Tuyay’s wife, Min Tuyay, manages and operates Maui Nui Venison.

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Virtual Interview on COVID-19: Ashley Mariko Johnson, Founder & Owner, Mohala Eyewear

Virtual Interview on COVID-19: Ashley Mariko Johnson, Founder & Owner, Mohala Eyewear

April 27, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine 

We are digging deep into e-commerce (as wholesale sales channels have had to close), redesigning our website experience and making it easier for our customers to shop well from home. Mohala Eyewear designs eyewear to break the one size fits all standard of the sunglasses market, with fits for all face shapes inspired by Hawai‘i’s diversity. We are [also] updating our website to be an education tool that teaches women how to choose sunglasses for their unique face, shape and nose bridge.

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