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Hawaii in Bloom: Maui Chili Chili Oil

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April 24th, 2024

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Small businesses help Hawaii bloom—that’s why Bank of Hawaii has collaborated with Mana Up, a local accelerator initiative. This collaboration aims to help Hawaii’s entrepreneurs grow and succeed, with an overall mission to diversify the local economy for generations to come.

Together, we’re helping propel local companies to the next level through strategic programs, including an executive mentorship program and series which spotlight entrepreneur stories and bring more visibility to the vibrancy local businesses create in our community.

Hawaii in Bloom: Maui Chili Chili Oil

Maui Chili Chili Oil could be the best condiment in your kitchen pantry. As they say, “It’s so good, so good, we named it twice!” Founded by husband-and-wife duo Deron and Kit Furukawa during the height of the pandemic, this Szechuan-style chili oil is the ultimate game-changer for any dish. With its unique taste and growing popularity, Maui Chili Chili Oil is available at multiple stores throughout Hawaii and can even be shipped anywhere in the United States.

Winner of the Mana Up 2023 Showcase People’s Choice Award, Maui Chili Chili Oil operates from a dedicated commissary kitchen located on Maui, where every step of production, from sourcing to labeling and shipping, is meticulously managed in-house, ensuring quality and freshness with every bottle. “There’s a push to support local businesses now, before there’s no local to support,” shares Kit. “It’s easy to support non-local businesses because of prices and quick shipping, etc. but we have to remember that this is our home, and we must take care of one another.”

Embracing the rich agricultural diversity of Hawaii, Maui Chili Chili Oil proudly incorporates locally sourced ingredients, nurturing partnerships with local farmers and championing sustainability while delivering a taste of the island's vibrant flavors. In a commitment to environmental responsibility, each bottle of Maui Chili Chili Oil is thoughtfully packaged in eco-friendly glass containers, not only preserving the product's freshness but also promoting reusability and recyclability to minimize waste.

“We try to keep as pono as possible in how we operate things in our business,” shares Deron. “It’s not always the cheapest option for us, but we are so embedded in this community and want to make sure it’s around for the future generations to come.”

Help Hawaii Bloom: Shop Local

Supporting local has never been more meaningful than it is today. Learn more about Mana Up and Maui Chili Chili Oil and shop local products in the Bank of Hawaii x Mana Up Collection.

About Bank of Hawaii x Mana Up

Together, this initiative with Mana Up will highlight Hawaii’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and propel local companies to the next level. Bank of Hawaii is the exclusive Mana Up banking partner at the Founder Level to lead key strategic programs, including a new executive mentorship program, and to offer a platform to share local entrepreneur stories.

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