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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
KITV4 Island News
Meli James, co-founder of Mana Up branches out to assist other local entrepreneurs. Mana Up is an economic development initiative to build Hawai'i's next 100 product companies earning $1million or more in annual revenue. They launched their second 12-week accelerator program in August. Helping enable Hawai'i product entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.
Join the excitement next Friday November 2, as Mana Up hosts its Holiday Showcase at T Galleria, by DFS Hawaii. Eleven local product businesses will present to a large audience, explaining how they are growing global businesses from right here in Hawaii.
Whether you are an investor, buyer, a potential customer, or simply interested in what it takes to grow a business globally, watch, listen, and learn as these ten dynamic businesses give their best pitch to a diverse crowd of industry experts and insiders.
First, we hear from Meli James about the next Mana Up Showcase happening at T Galleria by DFS Hawaii in Waikiki. Then, we hear from Ruby Menon from JamBios and BJ Fogg from Stanford University about the Behavior Design Lab and Tiny Habits Workshops.
Mana Up today announces a partnership with Shopify to provide access for the Hawaii community to e-commerce expertise and free resources to Mana Up’s cohort companies. As its first initiative together in Hawaii, Mana Up’s first and second cohort, along with community entrepreneurs, will get a rare chance to learn how to grow their product sales online with Shopify's Merchant Success Manager Desiree Shank.
First, we hear from Stefan Opsal from Sultan Ventures and XLR8HI to tell us about a series of workshops for Hawaii businesses, entrepreneurs and startups. XLR8HI is offering a 50% discount for the workshop: Essentials of Entrepreneurship to Bytemarks Cafe listeners by using the promo code: Bytemarks
Then we hear from Stacey Nomura from Bradley and Lily and learn about Mana Up‘s second cohort.
Hawaii Business Magazine
Startup accelerator Mana Up today announced its second cohort of 11 local companies, whose products include coffee, clothing, jewelry and stationery – made with Hawaii themes and inspiration.
They were selected from 73 applicants and begin their 12-week program Aug. 15. Mana Up aims to help the companies grow their businesses with help on marketing, sourcing, manufacturing and shipping.