Mana Up Hawaii (manauphawaii.com), an accelerator program that enables Hawai‘i entrepreneurs to scale their businesses, has a retail front featuring the best in up-and-coming brands. Called House of Mana Up, here are some of the brands you can support this holiday season. Royal Hawaiian Center,2201 Kalakaua Ave., Ste. A108, houseofmanaup.com
House of Mana Up is the perfect place to find gifts from local brands.
1. Ao Organics
Handcrafted on Hawai‘i Island by a native who began her business by making an organic, reef-safe sunscreen that would protect not only her homeland but her kids, Ao Organics (aoorganicshawaii.com) offers everything from ‘Ili hydration moisturizer to ōlena and honey foaming cleanser.
Produced in ethical small batches, YIREH (shopyireh.com) clothing is for those looking to be sustainably minded and fashionable. No water is used in the printing process, which is also done with nontoxic inks. Look for island weather-friendly printed dresses, tops, bottoms and jumpsuits.
3. ua body
What began as a family skincare brand over 30 years ago has morphed into ua body (uabody.com). Using natural and native ingredients, you can browse items like ‘Ekolu body butter and kukui oil, with 1.5% of each sale going to the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance.
4. Jules + Gem Hawaii
With a focus on fragrance as self-care, Jules + Gem Hawaii (julesandgemhawaii.com) aims to bring you the scents of Hawai‘i in many forms, including hand sanitizers, perfume rollers, soy wax candles and reed diffusers. The products call on Hawaiian memories through scents like pakalana, guava, puakenikeni, litchi and more.
5. Aloha Elixir
Get ready to have your vibrations raised with Aloha Elixir (alohaelixir.com) products. Semiprecious stones, natural botanicals and essential oils all help with self-development through items like intention candles, botanical sprays, smudge sticks and sage bundles.
Photography by: Photo Courtesy of House of Mana Up