MAY 23, 2022 - Hawaii Business Magazine
The 11 companies in Cohort 7 are based on four islands and sell products ranging from alohawear and accessories to food, coloring books and puzzles.
Mana Up’s seventh cohort features 11 locally owned companies that sell Hawai‘i-inspired products that promote education, agriculture and sustainability.
Co-founder Meli James says she is excited to see how these companies will integrate storytelling and cultural awareness into their products as Hawai‘i welcomes back more tourists.
E-commerce was “game-changing and lifesaving” for many businesses, especially during Hawai‘i’s stay-at-home period in 2020, says James. Before the pandemic, 40% of the companies in past Mana Up cohorts earned more than half of their revenue from online sales. That shot up to 70% during the pandemic.
This year, 135 companies applied to join the seventh cohort. Here are the 11 companies that made it in.