Emerging Talent in Hawaii: Check Out These Local Artists!

Our islands are brimming withemerging talent in Hawai’i from singer-songwriters to illustrators. Through Mana Up, we’re able to work with some of Hawai‘i’s newest up-and-coming artists, and it’s exciting to see as they grow, our local community of creatives grows. Shop these products designed by our islands’ emerging local Hawaiian artists as they help celebrate Hawai‘i’s culture, beauty, and people through their works. Check out our featured Hawaiian entrepreneurs!

1. Kākaou Collective - Punny Native Hawaiian Plant Greeting Card Set

Native Hawaiian surface pattern designer and illustrator, Kea Peters, is anemerging talent in Hawai’i. She is the creative force behind Kākou Collective and uses her platform to educate about Hawai’i’s native plants through her stationary, washi tape, and paper accessories. Her Punny Native Hawaiian Plant Greeting Card Set highlights the lesser known plants that still need love like the ‘Ōhelo Berry, Hau, Milo, Kalo and Niu! 

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2. Nick Kuchar Hats - Van Life 

Nick Kuchar is among otherHawai’i local artistswho are based in Kailua here in Hawai‘i who creates prints, home accessories, and wearable art like his Van Life Hat! His art is distinctively identified by his use of a vintage color palette which is inspired by Hawai‘i travel prints, surf art, maps, and more. 

Retro Surf Hawaii Hat "Van Life"

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3. Aloha de Mele - Aloha On My Mind 

Anotheremerging talent in Hawai’i is Native Hawaiian artist, JT Ojerio, is inspired by Hawai‘i’s beauty, land, culture and people. She is best known for capturing the essence of the local wahine (woman) through her “On My Mind” series, which features “tita bun'' illustrations. All across Hawa‘’i you’ll see women of all ages effortlessly style their hair in what we call the “tita bun.”

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4. Haku Collective - Hawaiian Lullaby Set 

Grammy-nominated musician, Kimié Miner, hosts a collection ofNative Hawaiian artists on her album, Hawaiian Lullaby. Filled withemerging talent in Hawai’iwho puts a local flair on traditional lullabies, your whole ‘ohana is sure to enjoy while also playing with their Hawaiian Lullaby Puzzle! 

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5. Noho Home - Soy Candle Gardenia Scent 

Enjoy the sweet-smelling aroma of gardenia all year long with Jalene Kanani’s Native Hawaiian artfrom her company Noho Home’s Gardenia Candle! Made from 100% soy wax with a burn time of 36-40 hours, you never have to worry about taking of flowers again!

Soy Candle - Gardenia Scent - Noho Home

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6. Lola Pilar - Hawai'i Pareo - Cocoa 

There is nothing ordinary about the products designed by Kristen Reyno, founder of Lola Pilar Hawai’i. Kristen’s love for Hawai‘i’s local flora, combined with her background in photography is displayed in her eye-catching prints inspired bytraditional Hawaiian art. She also transforms her unique prints into wearable art like her Hawai‘i Pareo that can be used as a beach coverup, headscarf, and more! 

"Hawai'i" - Pareo / Sarong

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7. Laha'ole - Pīkake Lei Home Collection Pillowcase - Poni/Purple 

Tanya Uyehara, Native Hawaiian owner and designer of Laha‘ole Designs finds ways of sharing her Hawaiian culture through her jewelry and more recently, her home decor. Laha‘ole’s Pīkake Lei Home Collection Pillowcase is adorned with the iconic pīkake flowers in a deep poni (purple) color that bring elegance and the feel of Hawai‘i to any room. . 

Laha'ole - Pikake Lei Home Collection Pillowcase - Poni/Purple - House of  Mana Up

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8. Aloha Modern - Na'i Aupuni Suede Microfiber Towel 

Native Hawaiian co-founders, Mālia Ka’aihue and Reyn Mukawa of Aloha Modern consciously design beach towels, tote bags, bed sheets and other lifestyle products with the purpose of authentically sharing island mo‘olelo (stories). Their Na‘i Aupuni Suede Microfiber Towel is fast-drying and sand-resistant for any adventure you bring it to. 

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9. Western Aloha - Alenuihaha 

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