Bank of Hawaii x Mana Up
Bank of Hawaii and Mana Up are partnering up to fuel the growth and success of Hawaii-based small businesses! This year, together Bank of Hawaii and Mana Up are excited to share the deeper stories behind our islands' rising entrepreneurs through a series highlighting different themes from innovation to charitable giving.
In Hawaii, entrepreneurs are a source of limitless inspiration and creativity. Let their drive to succeed be your motivation – take on any challenge with the same passion they bring to business! Stay tuned to learn about the inspirational stories behind local entrepreneurs who are forging the path for a better Hawaii including the founders behind ua body, Kahuku Farms and David Shepard Hawaii.
Explore our collection of local products from these Hawaii companies, knowing there’s a unique and inspirational story driving their mission!
ua body is run by Leala Humbert and husband Blaine Kusler. The Big Island-based company was founded by Leala’s mother Alice over 30 years ago. Her driving impulse was love — love of flowers, Hawaii, and human beings. She embodied the spirit of aloha; and so, her company evolved to actualize that love.
David Shepard Hawaii
David Shepard Hawaii is a sustainable and meaningful aloha wear company founded by Oahu-based botanist-turned-designer, David Shepard. All designs feature David's hand drawn fabric highlighting Hawaii's native flora and fauna.
What began as a sustainable culinary line evolved into a North Shore destination and gathering place for the community. On a mission to diversify the family business, Kylie Matsuda-Lum, husband Judah, and sister Kalyn, opened a farm-to-table cafe in 2010 – Kahuku Farms.
Partnering to Promote Local Businesses
Supporting local has never been more meaningful than it is today. Bank of Hawaii and Mana Up, a local accelerator program, are joining forces in a celebration of local makers and artisans. This initiative is designed to help Hawaii’s entrepreneurs grow and succeed, with an overall mission to diversify the local economy for generations to come.
Together, this initiative 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.
Why shop local and invest back into the community?
Grow our economy & provide more local jobs
Embrace what makes our community unique
Create a sustainable Hawaii for future generations
Celebrating Local Businesses Helps Build a Stronger Hawaii
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