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Celebrating Hawaii with Napili FLO Farm

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July 10th, 2024

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Small businesses are the backbone of Hawaii’s vibrant community, which is why Bank of Hawaii has teamed up with Mana Up, a local accelerator initiative. This collaboration is designed to empower entrepreneurs to thrive and succeed, with a mission to diversity the local economy for future generations. Together, we’re helping elevate local businesses through strategic programs, such as an executive mentorship program and a series that showcases entrepreneurial stories, highlighting the dynamic, flourishing business landscape within our island home.

Celebrating Hawaii with Napili FLO Farm

Napili FLO Farm is a sustainable agricultural oasis located in the heart of Maui, Hawaii. Dedicated to organic farming practices and the cultivation of high-quality produce, the farm specializes in growing a diverse array of tropical fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Committed to environmental stewardship and community engagement, Napili Flo Farm integrates traditional Hawaiian farming techniques with modern sustainable practices to ensure the health of the land and the well-being of its customers.

Founded by Monica Bogar, Napili FLO Farm operates with a philosophy that emphasizes harmony with nature and a deep respect for the island’s rich agricultural heritage. The farm's dedication to organic and regenerative farming methods not only yields nutritious and flavorful produce but also helps to preserve the island's natural resources for future generations. By focusing on soil health, biodiversity, and eco-friendly practices, Napili Flo Farm stands as a model of sustainable agriculture in Hawaii.

In addition to its farming operations, Napili FLO Farm is deeply involved in the local community, offering educational programs, farm tours, and events that connect people with the land and promote sustainable living. The farm’s mission is to provide fresh, healthy food while fostering a deeper connection between people and the environment. Through its commitment to quality, sustainability, and community, Napili Flo Farm is helping to cultivate a healthier, more resilient future for Maui and beyond.

“I’m so grateful that we can support local farmers and our community through our work,” shares Monica. Growing up in Hawaii, she has always felt a strong connection to the land and its people. After the devastating Maui wildfires, her commitment to fostering community resilience and sustainability has only strengthened. Through Monica’s business, she sources fresh produce from local farmers, ensuring they are supported, and her customers are receiving the best of Hawaii’s bounty. Monica is proud to play a part in nourishing her community, honoring the spirit of aloha that has always defined her beloved island home.

Monica draws deep inspiration from her mother Song’s legacy of cooking and community connection. Song's Kitchen, nestled on the wharf of Front Street in Lahaina from 1984 to 1997, was a beloved local establishment serving up authentic Korean dishes. Growing up, Monica would finish her school day and head straight to her mom's restaurant, spending her evenings there until closing.

This daily routine not only instilled in her a strong entrepreneurial spirit but also an appreciation for the power of food in fostering their rich Korean heritage. The restaurant served as a melting pot of locals and tourists, with Song’s kimchi and Kalbi plates becoming iconic favorites. Witnessing her mother's joy in sharing her culture through food inspired Monica to carry forward this legacy with Napili Flo Farm even after her mom passed away, using her beloved mother’s kimchi and Kalbi sauce recipes.

Help Celebrate Hawaii: Shop Local

Supporting local has never been more impactful than it is today. Learn more about Mana Up and Napili FLO Farm and shop local products in the Bank of Hawaii x Mana Up Collection.

About Bank of Hawaii x Mana Up

The Bank of Hawaii x Mana Up collaboration aims to spotlight Hawaii’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and elevate local companies to new heights. As the exclusive Mana Up partner at the Founder Level, Bank of Hawaii supports key strategic programs, including an exclusive executive mentorship program and a platform for sharing the stories of local entrepreneurs.

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