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10 Best Local Gift Ideas for Dad

While it may be hard to encapsulate all the love and appreciation for your dad in just one present, we’re here to help you pick out the perfect gift for him – one that is both practical, yet thoughtful!
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10 HOMU Products to Start Your Year off Right

Happy New Year!  I think most of us are on the same page when we say we’re relieved to say “a hui hou” to 2020!  Mana up your 2021 with some of our top picks at House of Mana Up that are sure to start your year off right.   

Check out 10 of our favorite items we’re loving for the new year!

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Mana Up "Meet the Makers": Wrappily

With all that’s going on in the world, a local wrapping paper company is bringing you your “Wrappily” ever after–especially this holiday season.  We talked story with our own Sara Smith, founder of Wrappily (Cohort 4), whose business idea blossomed from her passion for sustainability in the islands.  The Maui mama of two has grown her business exponentially since she mustered up the courage to start her own business after a humble and surprising win at Startup Weekend Honolulu in 2013.
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The Rise of a Hawaiian Sweet Bread Kingdom

During the process of bread making, kneaded dough must have some time to rise. During this process of rising, the yeast ferments (eats) the sugar, creating the dough and doubling it in size. The story of King’s Hawaiian’s rise to success is quite similar. Except in this case, the brand experienced exponential growth from its humble beginnings on Hawai‘i Island. We talked story with Mark Taira, the CEO of our presenting sponsor King’s Hawaiian–during this milestone year as his family’s company celebrates its 70th anniversary, and to see how patriarch Robert Taira took the family business beyond the Hawaiian Islands.
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We’re excited to announce that Tannya Joaquin will be our host for this year’s Mana Up Broadcast Showcase: World Stage for Hawai‘i on November 20 at 3:00 p.m. HST! We talked story with Tannya Joaquin–TV personality, Emmy-nominated journalist, co-host of Hawai‘i’s original lifestyle program, Living808, and working mama.
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We’re thrilled to announce that award-winning musician Josh Tatofi will be headlining our World Stage for Hawai‘i Broadcast Showcase on November 20! Josh, who was born and raised in Honolulu, was born into the music industry (his father was in the popular reggae band Kapena!). Josh began performing reggae-inspired sounds across the islands as an early teen, and in 2014, made the switch to traditional Hawaiian music. Two years later, he released a full-length Hawaiian album titled Pua Kiele, thereby making his mark as the “Luther Vandross of Hawai‘i.” Today he is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning artist on Haku Collective’s impressive roster of talent. 
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Mana Up "Meet the Makers": Kaimana Jerky

Kaimana Jerky helps to power your day with the power of the sea.

“Our company is based in a big fishing town in Kona so naturally we have access to a lot of seafood,” says Sheldon Cho, the face of Kaimana Jerky.


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Mana Up "Meet the Makers": Big Island Coffee Roasters

Disclaimer: Big Island Coffee Roasters is known to ruin all other coffee experiences. 

“We’ve heard it so many times,” laughs co-founder Brandon von Damitz. “People tell us ‘Now that we’ve had your coffee, we can’t drink the coffee we used to.’” 

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