News & Updates

Shop with Aloha: Mānele Spice Co.

Shop with Aloha: Mānele Spice Co.

May 26, 2020

Hawaiʻi Magazine

Chef Adam Tabura, cookbook author and winner of Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race,” has a new line of spices that’s sure to add some Hawaiʻi flavor to any dish or barbecue.

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Free Small Business Workshops This Week

Free Small Business Workshops This Week

May 25, 2020

Big Island Now

Free online workshops will be available this week for small businesses in Hawai‘i looking to develop and improve internet sales. House of Mana Up is utilizing 100% of its e-commerce profits, which will be matched by King’s Hawaiian, to develop programs to grow online sales for Hawai’i-based product businesses while the state experiences the impacts of decreased tourism in local markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mana Up Gives 30 Really Good Reasons to Support Local Hawai‘i Companies

Mana Up Gives 30 Really Good Reasons to Support Local Hawai‘i Companies

May 22, 2020

Honolulu Magazine

Thirty small companies, graduates of Mana Up’s 2018 and 2019 accelerator programs, found a home at Royal Hawaiian Center. Each collection is accompanied by a written narrative introducing the talent behind the products and fun details about the goods, forging an instant connection to the brand.

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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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