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Island Harvest reaps benefits of expansion into retail

Island Harvest reaps benefits of expansion into retail

September 24, 2021

Island Harvest Hawaii, a macadamia nut farm and wholesaler based out of Kohala, expanded into retail for the first time this year to reach new customers.

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Tech View: Hawaii ‘brand accelerator’ takes local companies global

Tech View: Hawaii ‘brand accelerator’ takes local companies global

September 24, 2021

Hawaii today is home to about a dozen accelerator and incubator programs, tangible proof Hawaii’s business climate and opportunities for entrepreneurship have strengthened over the past decade.

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Mana Up portfolio companies look beyond Hawaii for revenue boost

Mana Up portfolio companies look beyond Hawaii for revenue boost

September 24, 2021

Hawaii-based product accelerator Mana Up on Thursday released a survey of its portfolio businesses showing a revenue boost in 2020 compared to 2019, in large part due to e-commerce and Mainland channels during the coronavirus pandemic.

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These Hawaii Firms Are Pushing Innovation Amid The Pandemic

These Hawaii Firms Are Pushing Innovation Amid The Pandemic

September 24, 2021

On the ground floor of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, tucked in a prime retail space once occupied by Louis Vuitton, Meli James is showing that small Hawaii brands can compete with her neighbors, world-famous brands like Tiffany & Co. and Hermes.

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Meet the Makers: Indulge in Seasonal Honeys, Island-Sourced Skincare, and Bonus HawaiianMiles

Meet the Makers: Indulge in Seasonal Honeys, Island-Sourced Skincare, and Bonus HawaiianMiles

September 24, 2021

Love supporting local businesses? So do we! As the exclusive airline partner of Mana Up, we are proud to continue our Meet the Makers virtual monthly event series showcasing Hawaiʻi entrepreneurs and their products on the Hawaiian Airlines and Mana Up Facebook pages.

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MAJORITY OF MANA UP COMPANIES GREW IN REVENUE IN 2020 DESPITE PANDEMIC

MAJORITY OF MANA UP COMPANIES GREW IN REVENUE IN 2020 DESPITE PANDEMIC

September 21, 2021

Mana Up, a local accelerator for Hawai‘i-based consumer brands, reported an aggregate revenue of $43.4 million in 2020 from 47 companies surveyed, up from $36 million in 2019.

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Meet the Makers: Learn from the Connoisseurs of Coffee at Big Island Coffee Roasters

Meet the Makers: Learn from the Connoisseurs of Coffee at Big Island Coffee Roasters

September 21, 2021

When you shop with Hawaiʻi businesses, you’re doing more than supporting a local shop, restaurant or service provider. You are also investing in a community of hardworking entrepreneurs who are passionate about sharing all that makes Hawaiʻi special through their unique, island-made products. 

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HAWAIIAN AIRLINES AND MANA UP ELEVATE HAWAIʻI ENTREPRENEURS WITH NEW MEET THE MAKERS VIRTUAL SERIES

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES AND MANA UP ELEVATE HAWAIʻI ENTREPRENEURS WITH NEW MEET THE MAKERS VIRTUAL SERIES

July 09, 2021

Hawaiian Airlines® Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard® and business accelerator Mana Up are launching a Meet the Makers virtual event series this month to celebrate nine up-and-coming Hawai‘i entrepreneurs and offer viewers special products and promotions.

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WeGo Podcast

WeGo Podcast

April 17, 2021

WeGo is a student run club that aims to foster strong female leaders that will contribute innovation and change to our community. In this episode, WeGo sits down with Meli James and Brittany Heyd, founders of the accelerator for Hawaii's entrepreneurs, Mana Up. 

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Mana Up helps Hawaii entrepreneurs market their products to the world

Mana Up helps Hawaii entrepreneurs market their products to the world

April 05, 2021

 

Since Mana Up’s founding, it has worked with 51 Hawaii entrepreneurs, teaching them to sell their goods and tell their Hawaii stories more effectively. Mana Up’s goal is to turn small, local businesses that produce packaged goods into global players by giving them a blueprint to grow their sales.

 

Mana Up founders raise up Hawaii businesswomen through mentorship

Mana Up founders raise up Hawaii businesswomen through mentorship

March 08, 2021

Mana Up is moving the needle when it comes to local industries with women at the forefront.

Founded by women business leaders Melia James and Brittany Heyd, Mana Up is a Hawaii business accelerator program in its sixth cohort that boosts an alumni of nearly 61% women-founded businesses, including 31 businesses that have female CEOs.

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With no recovery in sight for Hawai'i's economy, one group is trying to bring millions to local businesses

With no recovery in sight for Hawai'i's economy, one group is trying to bring millions to local businesses

January 23, 2021

To offset the financial downturn brought on by a drop in visitor arrivals throughout the pandemic, Honolulu based consulting firm Mana Up is trying to spread the aloha spirit to the rest of the world through its local businesses. 

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