News & Updates

Mana Up's Third Cohort Includes 7 Women-Founded Product Businesses

Mana Up's Third Cohort Includes 7 Women-Founded Product Businesses

February 13, 2019

Pacific Business News

Seven of the 10 Hawaii product companies in Mana Up’s third cohort were founded and are led by women, and the majority of the companies are from the Big Island and Kauai.

Mana Up is a 12-week Hawaii-based product accelerator program that seeks to invest in local companies with $100,000 or more in annual revenue.

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Here’s What’s New with Hawai‘i Restaurants in February 2019

Here’s What’s New with Hawai‘i Restaurants in February 2019

February 13, 2019

Honolulu Magazine

Kunoa Cattle Co. products take the spotlight at this special dinner, which features a Kunoa beef tartare, local beer-braised Kunoa short rib and a 20-day dry-aged Kunoa rib-eye steak, along with Bristol Bay day boat scallops, truffled ‘ahi with jalapeño and micro cilantro, and an orange Creamsicle semifreddo.

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Women-led Businesses Dominate Mana Up’s Third Cohort

Women-led Businesses Dominate Mana Up’s Third Cohort

February 13, 2019

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Women-led and neighbor island-based businesses dominate Mana Up’s third cohort. Seven of the 10 companies are founded and led by women, six are based on neighbor islands and one-half are from Hawaii Island.

 


Big Island Companies Make Strong Showing at Mana Up

Big Island Companies Make Strong Showing at Mana Up

February 12, 2019

Big Island Now

“We’re also thrilled to continue our partnership with Hawaiian Airlines to support flights for Neighbor Island companies, making their participation in Mana Up possible,” said James. “The companies come to O‘ahu weekly and Neighbor Island companies in Cohorts 1 and 2 benefitted immensely from the opportunity to expand their network during the program.”

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Mana Up’s 3rd Cohort Includes Diverse Mix of Local Companies

Mana Up’s 3rd Cohort Includes Diverse Mix of Local Companies

February 11, 2019

Hawaii Business Magazine 

Mana Up's third cohort of 10 local companies includes seven led by women and five based on Hawaii Island. The businesses offer a mix of consumer goods - including food, fashion and home goods - aimed at locals, tourists and the worldwide market.

 

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How to Draw Tourists to Your Off-the-Beaten-Path Business

How to Draw Tourists to Your Off-the-Beaten-Path Business

February 08, 2019

Hawaii Business Magazine

Visitors are more willing than ever to venture outside of Waikiki, said Meli James, co-founder of Mana Up and president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Visitors “want to learn and they actually respect the culture and this melting pot of many cultures that make up Hawaii,” James said. They know the difference between an authentic experience and a tourist trap, so tell these customers the story of your brand and why it is uniquely Hawaiian.

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Chef Adam Tabura Kicks Up Recipes With New Hawaiian Spice Line

Chef Adam Tabura Kicks Up Recipes With New Hawaiian Spice Line

February 07, 2019

Hawaii News Now

HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is in the kitchen with Chef Adam Tabura, “Cutthroat Kitchen” contestant and winner of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” with Aloha Plate. Chef Tabura is a chef based in Hawaii and has been the executive chef for some of Hawaii’s top resorts and restaurants.

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Power Up Your Business With Collaboration With Meli James

Power Up Your Business With Collaboration With Meli James

February 06, 2019

Beautifully Be. Equipped

Meet Meli James. She’s the cofounder of Mana Up, a Hawai’i-based initiative designed to build the state’s next generation of CEOs in the retail and food product industry.

Mana Up’s accelerator program supports local entrepreneurs by helping them shift their thinking about business, to go beyond being a mom-and-pop operation to become global market influencers.

 

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Mana Up Co-Founder Meli James Named To NSBA Leadership Council

Mana Up Co-Founder Meli James Named To NSBA Leadership Council

January 29, 2019

Entrepreneur Meli James, co-founder of Mana Up, was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. James, a recognized leader in the small business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council along with other small business advocates from across the country to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C. 

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Mana Artisan Botanics Introduces New CBD Spa Line

Mana Artisan Botanics Introduces New CBD Spa Line

December 11, 2018

American Spa

Mana Artisan Botanics, a Hawaiian-based wellness brand, is expanding its product portfolio with a new CBD-inspired spa line. The line debuted at the Mana Up Holiday Showcase in November to more than 1,5000 attendees.

“The spa industry is a new market we have pursued with great success,” says Steve Sakala, cofounder and CEO of Mana Artisan Botanics. “Our Hawaiian roots, synergistic formulations, and how our products are handcrafted in small batches with local ingredients have really resonated with the wellness focus of the spa industry. Mana means ‘life force energy’ in Hawaiian, and our mission is to promote wellness by having our customers infuse themselves with nature’s mana.”

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DFS Hawaii to feature Mana Up products

DFS Hawaii to feature Mana Up products

November 01, 2018

Pacific Business News

DFS Hawaii is partnering with Hawaii product accelerator Mana Up to feature products from companies that have participated in the biannual 12-week program.

The luxury travel retailer said the partnership also includes tastings and promotional events at its Waikiki location.

 

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DFS Hawai`i and Mana Up Launch Partnership to Support Local-Based Companies

DFS Hawai`i and Mana Up Launch Partnership to Support Local-Based Companies

October 31, 2018

DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, and Hawaiʻi business accelerator Mana Up are excited to announce the launch of a creative, new and innovative partnership to support the growth of authentic Hawaiʻi products’ appeal to a global audience. DFS Hawaiʻi and Mana Up endeavor to assist local companies by connecting businesses to their customers locally as well as providing access to markets worldwide.

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