Go Native on Wellness Wednesday
Wellness Wednesday: a local girl combines her love for the islands and a healthy lifestyle.
HONOLULU - On this week's Wellness Wednesday: a local girl combines her love for the islands and a healthy lifestyle. And now, she's getting a chance to grow her dream through a special program that's wrapping up with a big showcase.
Special guest: Mele Kalama-Kingma, the Founder of "Mamalani" and Meli James, Co-Founder of "Mana Up" joined Tesia on Wellness Wednesday.
Mana Up is an initiative to build Hawai'i's next 100 product companies earning $1 million or more in annual revenue. Mana Up launched their first 12-week accelerator program in January, something they've been doing twice a year to enable Hawai'i product entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.
10 businesses were selected for their first "cohort". Now, Mana Up gears up for their Inaugural Showcase in Kakaako!
The cohort will "pitch" their products or services to a crowd of industry leaders, potential buyers, and media. Each cohort member is truly entwined with Hawaii's agricultural sector, by either growing their own crops or sourcing raw ingredients from local farms.
James has incorporated natural Hawaii and a healthy life style into her products noting, "We use all-natural ingredients from local producers, designers, and farmers. As a Native Hawaiian, born and raised here, this is so much a part of who I am and the community that I love."
Mamalani is launching a special edition of their "Go Native" subscription box where each month it will feature products from one of her cohort members. In May, Mamalani is featuring "Voyaging Foods".
James along with her team have helped local businesses, featuring local products like Mele who will also be at the showcase.
Mele shared some of her products on Good Morning Hawaii showcasing the Aloha-centered, Native Hawaiian made Natural Body Product company using local and organic ingredients in 'aina friendly packaging.
Go Native is Mamalani's Natural Health and Beauty Subscription box featuring crafters, artisans and farmers from Hawaii.
The Mana Up Inagural showcase is on Friday April 27th 2018 at Salt on Auahi Street in Kakaako. From 4-8PM.
*These two woman entrepreneurs support local designers, Mele wearing Kealopiko and Meli wearing Manaola.