Meli James and Brittany Heyd launched Mana Up in November 2017 with the goal of empowering the owners of locally based consumer product companies.
The key is Hawaii itself: Mana Up gives smart, ambitious local people the chance to build careers at home instead of on the Mainland and Mana Up helps these CEOs authentically use the worldwide allure of the Islands to market their brands.
HONOLULU (KHON2) - Bradley & Lily is a premier custom stationer that was honored as Best Letterpress Greeting Card in the 2018 Best of Issue of Honolulu Magazine.
Founder & Creative Director Stacey Nomura showcased some of the signature cards, custom creations and note books on Living808.
The inspiration for the cards came from her kids Bradley & Lily.
The Garden Island
Bobby Farias is a betting man, and he’s betting consumers will continue to love Kunoa’s Hawaii-grown beef.
“If the consumer chooses local, then local wins. Period. If we bet on ourselves, we will win,” he said. “That’s all we can do.”
Kunoa co-founder Farias, a third-generation Hawaii rancher, was recently promoted to president from chief operating officer, where he will oversee all aspects of the company’s operations and strategic vision.
Pacific Business News
Local livestock processor Kunoa Cattle Company announced the growth of its Kauai ranch operations Wednesday.
With plans to double its herd from the current size of 2,000 cattle, the company has added 1,700 acres of land to its Kauai ranch. The additional land, the company explained in a statement, will enable it to grow partnerships with grocers, restaurants and retailers.
Mana Up recently added two top level executives to its team of advisers: Cynthia Williams, general manager of Gaming Business Expansion at Xbox, Microsoft; and Mike Osorio, president of Organizational Change & Effectiveness for 3Sixty Duty Free, the world-leading inflight duty free retailer. Williams and Osorio are global leaders in their fields and will bring their e-commerce and retail expertise to Mana Up and its accelerator cohort companies.
When you have “pie” in your company name, pies are what you’re likely known for. But Hawaiian Pie Co., which churns out more than a dozen types of pies, bakes something else that’s been cultivating its own following: cinnamon bread. “The cinnamon bread is a classic from back in the day,” says Jan Hori, who runs Hawaiian Pie Co. with her husband, Joel.
You’ll find fresh releases and best-sellers from Ola Tropical Apothecary, O‘o Hawai‘i, Lanikai Bath & Body, Ali‘i Kula Lavender, Maui Organics and Island Essence. And Island Beauty is the only store to carry the complete lines of Hanalei, Mamalani and Little Hands Hawai‘i. On top of all that, since T Galleria is a DFS store, all Island Beauty products are tax-free and eligible for a 5 percent kama‘āina discount (it just can’t be combined with other promos) with a valid state ID—suh-weet!
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The Island Innovator of the Year award went to Brynn Foster, founder and CEO of Voyaging Foods, which develops gluten-free baked goods and dry mixes from plans such as taro, sweet potato and breadfruit.
Consumer Packaged Goods Entrepreneur of the Year: Founder Dylan Butterbaugh of Manoa Chocolate.
Hawai'i Business Magazine
Startup Paradise keeps growing and delighting us with creative ideas and passionate entrepreneurs.
You will learn about many of these people and projects on the following pages, but I wanted to begin this report with an overview of the local innovation economy, so I interviewed Meli James, president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and founder of Mana Up.