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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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Level Up with Mana Up

Level Up with Mana Up

January 20, 2021

Calling all Hawai‘i makers and artisans! We're in search of the next 10 local product companies to help scale into global brands.

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Mana Up's first virtual showcase expands reach, brings in $80K in sales

Mana Up's first virtual showcase expands reach, brings in $80K in sales

December 02, 2020

Mana Up's three-hour virtual QVC-style annual product showcase on Nov. 20 was a transformation of the in-person event and pop-up marketplace usually held at the Duty Free Store in Waikiki.

Normally, the showcase would bring in more than 1,000 shoppers, but this year more than 80,000 tuned in — a reach 80 times greater than in years past.

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Hawaii Insider's Guide

Hawaii Insider's Guide

December 01, 2020

This serial entrepreneur is determined to fuel economic growth in Hawaii with her latest venture that she co-founded, Mana Up Hawaii, which helps local companies elevate their brands for a global market.

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Shop for Unique Hawaiʻi Products Live Online on Friday

Shop for Unique Hawaiʻi Products Live Online on Friday

November 17, 2020

Each year Honolulu-based Mana-Up Hawaii hosts a 12-week accelerator program for Hawaiʻi entrepreneurs, helping them bring their products to market. The program culminates with a Product Showcase event, where participants present a 3-minute pitch to a crowd of 1,000 people at T Galleria by DFS in Waikīkī. There’s food, live entertainment and a marketplace where attendees can buy the products the entrepreneurs just pitched.

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