Living in Hawaii, everyone has at least one (or ten, but who’s counting) swimsuit(s) in their closet, but not everyone knows where their suit comes from or, better yet, where the materials that made the suit comes from. Kelley Chapman and Anna Lieding, co-owners of Manakai Swimwear, lead a high fashion, low impact, women-empowered ocean conservation movement by creating beautiful swimsuits made of recycled fabric. But it doesn’t stop there. Not only do they make swimsuits made from 100% regenerated nylon fiber from fishnets lost at sea and other nylon waste collected from factories; Manakai Swimwear sources this recycled fabric from a company who utilizes environmentally certified and accredited technology to manufacture the fabric. Kelley and Anna have a high focus on ocean conservation and they help as much as they can when it comes to saving our oceans.
Kelley and Anna want to empower women and to help women embrace who they are while reducing their footprint on Earth. By ethically sourcing their fabric, they are reducing crude oil extraction, distribution, and consumption while recovering Nylon 6 waste from across the globe. Manakai Swimwear sells sustainable swimsuits and accessories.
If you live on the island of Maui, make sure to catch their Grand Opening at the address above on July 4, 2018.
Whether you’re looking for a new twist to your next party, want to spend some special
one-on-one time with your toddler, or simply want to learn better baking techniques, Play Date Cupcakes can help make any of these happen! Laine Hamamura, owner of Play Date Cupcakes, started her company as a home bakery when her friends and family praised her for her baking skills, but soon realized that she enjoyed teaching others how to bake, have fun, and be creative, so she began teaching decorating classes. One class turned into another, and before she knew it she was teaching a variety of classes.
Play Date cupcakes offers decorating classes, cupcake decorating “play dates” and birthdays, private lessons, and still has room to bake cupcakes for your next event, ordered by the dozen. She puts love into everything she makes and does, and loves helping to bring out everyone’s creative side.
Play Date Cupcakes hours of operation are:
Mondays - Thursdays
10:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 12:00pm
With the whole world going “green”, it’s only natural that our methods of transportation go “green” as well. Melissa Nimley, owner of Eco-Friendly City Transportation, sells Electric Razor scooters as an alternative to those who do not want to invest in a car. These scooters can safely get one to work and back as long as you do not need to travel on any freeways or highways. You don’t have to worry about traffic, having enough money for gas, insurance, or registration because none of the above is needed for your electric scooter!
Along with selling electric scooters, Melissa also provides ongoing maintenance for the electric scooter so that you can be confident in riding safely wherever you go. These electric scooters can go over 20mph and can hold up to 220 lbs.
For more information, contact Melissa at the information provided above.
Every day, there are thousands of people across the Hawaiian Islands who are in need of medication but have to endure the long waits at their doctors’ offices or at the hospital. Niki Garcia, co-owner of Epicc Vascular Hawaii, realized this problem when she attended a conference about home infusion therapy as a nurse. In August of 2016, she started Epicc Vascular Hawaii, which offers long-term therapy lasting from two to eight weeks in the comfort of the patient’s home, long term care facility, doctor office, or wherever the patient prefers. Niki is a Vascular Access Specialist and is called the “Vein Whisperer” by her patients, and her mission is to educate nurses on proper IV insertion, maintaining PICC lines (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters) and to improve efficiency in the current medical process for patients to receive on-time treatment (which has been a great problem in our islands).
Some of the services Niki provides are placing PICC lines, medi ports, and IVs and providing education to RNs. Her typical patient includes, but is not limited to, those who have serious infection, pregnant women, and the elderly. Her patients are screened and go through a series of criteria before being admitted as her patient. She genuinely cares about each and every person she meets and teaching others to give the highest quality patient care.
If you or someone you love is in need of Niki’s incredible service, please don’t hesitate to contact her at the above phone number, or fill out the form on her website.
It all started as a way to teach about Hina (Moon) and all of her elements. And although it has since evolved into so much more, PoMahina Designs is still a platform for wearers to become educated of the Hawaiian culture while wearing a wearable piece of art.
Kanoelani Davis, owner of PoMahina Designs, built her company on a foundation of values, morals and spirituality. She also is a Kumu Hula, so it was very important to her to not only ensure that the Hawaiian culture is taught to those who are willing to learn, but also to help make the Hawaiian culture THRIVE through all lives she touches. PoMahina Designs is more than just a clothing brand - it is a lifestyle that brings awareness to those who have paved the way for us now. It is our ancestors who inspire her to continue to create art that people can wear.
PoMahina Designs is based out of Moloka’i but is available to the world thru their online shop, which was recently opened in the Fall of 2017. Kanoelani has also brought PoMahina Designs to New Zealand as part of a fashion show there. She has also been a part of the New York Fashion Week - a great achievement for all of Hawai’i!
Kanoelani donates a percentage of her sales to support Hawaiian political rights campaigns, such as Haleakala and Mauna Kea. She also donates to local schools and churches in Moloka’i. To shop her store, visit https://www.pomahinadesigns.com/.
As parents, we all want our sons and daughters to keep dreaming. We want them to believe in themselves, in their dreams, and to believe that anything is possible - including being a prince or a princess. Casey Fortuno, magic creator and owner of Storybook Entertainment, strives to keep the magic alive in children with her high quality character entertainment for parties and events on Oahu.
With a background in music and performing, Casey used her experience and talent to create magical events for not only children, but for adults as well. She offers dozens of different characters inspired by the characters from film who we know and love, and her mother hand sews each and every costume used in all Storybook Entertainment events. The extra effort and love put into each character provides the audience an extra magical experience that they’ll never forget.
Casey’s party appearances don’t stop at storybook prince and princesses. There are also superheros, villains, ninjas, pirates, and much more! She also offers packages that include face painting, balloons, and glitter tattoos. Her staff are perfectly matched to play the right character that fits their look and personality - and great customer service is at the top of the priority list at Storybook Entertainment.
I highly recommend hiring Storybook Entertainment for your son or daughter’s next birthday party - to book, simply visit the Storybook Entertainment booking website.
Have you ever been to a party or other celebration and saw people wearing cute temporary tattoos and wondered, where can I get myself one? I know I have, and now I know exactly where to get them from - from Tats4Now!
Amber Harder, owner and operator of Tats4Now, started her temporary tattoo business initially to spread the Hawaiian culture, but realized that there was a huge need for temporary tattoos for parties. She took the opportunity and ran with it, and now owns her own temporary tattoo empire. There are so many different designs to choose from to add the special touch to your party.
Amber offers stunning temporary tattoos for bachelorette and birthday parties and even offers Snapchat Geo filters. Her tattoos last up to 5 days and are completely waterproof. And for all of you gold lovers - most of her temporary tattoos are shining gold (and a few in my favorite, rose gold, too). Amber designs, prints, packages, and ships each and every order she receives (which is quite a lot, just ask her), so you know that your order is made with utmost care and aloha.
Amber’s heart of gold doesn’t stop there. She donates 10% of her sales to the local food bank on Kaua’i.
Along with her Tats4Now temporary tattoo business, Amber started her own program teaching people (mainly stay-at-home-moms, or “SAHMs”) to successfully create their own Etsy shop. Amber saw a great need for this when she, too, was starting her Etsy shop for Tats4Now and realized that it’s not as easy as it looks to be successful on Etsy. Through years of learning the tricks of the trade and comprehensive research, she found a process that worked - but instead of wanting to keep the “secret” to herself, she yearned to teach others how to be successful, too. Biz Minded Mommy is her platform to do just that. Along with her service comes a free Facebook support group. Amber is so friendly and is what I consider a “serial entrepreneur,” so I couldn’t think of a better person to learn from than her!
So if you're looking for that "thing" that will make your party better than the rest, make sure you head on over to https://www.tats4now.com/ and order some temporary tattoos and a Snapchat Geo filter for your celebration!
Whether you are a sports team, a school, or other organization - you’ll need to have a fundraiser to help offset any costs you may encounter. Rick Saunders, owner of FunDelicious Creations, has provided individuals and organizations with tasty snack options to sell for fundraisers for over 20 years. His expertise has made FunDelicious Creations one of Hawaii’s top fundraising companies, helping individuals fundraise for a family reunion, sports teams fundraising for a team trip, and even schools fundraising for a special project. Rick is truly the “fundraising connoisseur.”
Rick started selling local snacks in 1996 under the name “Hungry Hawaiian,” and in 2005 he rebranded the company to FunDelicious Creations. Now, he specializes in local snacks for fundraising (FunDelicious Creations) and for buying at retail (Hungry Hawaiian). One thing has stayed constant, though, and that is the quality of his products.
All of the products sold under the FunDelicious Creations and Hungry Hawaiian labels are either made or repackaged at their shop in Aiea, which recently opened in November of 2017. Some of the mouthwatering snacks include a variety of shortbread cookies, li hing wet mango, cornbread, and snack packs that have the perfect combination of their best sellers. He also makes mouthwatering Hawaiian Freeze Ice Pops (trust me, I’ve tried them) in Li Hing Mui Strawberry flavor - perfect for those hot Hawaiian days. They are so good that my family purchased an entire bag of them and put them in our freezer to grab whenever we want one. He is currently working on a specialized Hawaiian Freeze Ice Pop fundraiser; how perfect is that?
With over 100 independent consultants (“ICs”) across the U.S., Rick has been able to spread the aloha through his products on a national level, allowing people all over the country to taste a bit of Hawaii, no matter where they reside. His independent consultants take pride in what they do because they believe in the quality product that they sell. If you are interested in becoming a FunDelicious Creations Independent Consultant, please email him at the email above for more information, or head over to his website to learn more.
But Rick doesn’t just offer fundraising products to organizations and schools across the nation; he works with each and every organization to customize a fundraising experience that works well for the organization. Not every fundraiser is the same, and Rick knows that - depending on the organization, the fundraising audience could vary drastically from one organization to another. That is why Rick shares his fundraising expertise with everyone he works with so that he can ensure a smoothly-run, fun, and successful fundraising campaign.
So if you are looking to raise some extra funds for a future wedding, a dream car, or that family trip to Disneyland - look no further than FunDelicious Creations! To learn more, you can visit Rick’s website at www.fundeliciouscreations.com.
There is a brand of clothing that is set apart from the rest. The company, Mauka Man Brand Company, owned and operated by Brandon Souza, is not in business just to sell apparel and accessories. Mauka Man Brand Co. is a lifestyle.
Translated into English, “Mauka” means mountain, or inland, so the brand basically means “Mountain Man” which, according to their website, is a “highly regarded American term said of men who explore and live in the wilderness.” And while the individuals who wear Mauka Man Brand Co. may not necessarily live in the wilderness, they are hard-working, rugged yet classy individuals who work hard to keep our land beautiful. They are farmers. They are ranchers. They hunt. They explore. They are the caretakers of Hawai’i, and they are ready to take on whatever amount of hard work it takes to provide for their family and the future generations of our Hawai’i.
Not many people, especially those who do not reside in Hawai’i, know that Hawai’i has its own community of cowboys, called “paniolo” in Hawaiian. When people think of cowboys they immediately think of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, etc., but little do they know that paniolo have been in Hawai’i for quite some time; possibly longer than they have in the midwest.
Brandon does a great job in keeping his mission - to shed light on these “mountain men” and all the hard work and effort that they put into their trade - by staying true to the minimalistic lifestyle that these men live. His logo is minimalistic and beautiful and the classic “MM” logo forms mountains in the style of a cattle brand. His inventory is made in small batches, not mass produced, and is sold on his website as well as in select retail stores in Hawai’i.
Which finally brings me to his website. The Mauka Man Brand Company website infuses the Hawaiian culture into his online store, which educates the buyer about Hawaiian history while they are browsing the site. The website is also minimalistic yet classy, perfectly showcasing his products, which are worn by the mauka men themselves.
Brandon is full of passion for God, his family, and Mauka Man Brand Company. He is genuine and truly cares about each and every one of his customers. His company allows him to be able to give back to the community in the form of volunteering and donating to local ranches in the State of Hawai’i.
If you are looking for some great apparel that can withstand hard work and some dirt, then Mauka Man Brand Company is the place to shop. They don’t only cater to men - there are things for women, too.
Follow their social media accounts and head on over to their website to browse what they have in stock - but if you see something you like, be quick because once it’s gone, it’s gone :)
Think that all water is the same? Think again. Hydrating our bodies is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves throughout the day, and most of us do not get the proper hydration that our body is in need of. Our body is made mostly of water; to be specific, here are some statistics: Water makes up 97% of our eyes, 90% of our lungs, 90% of our cells, 87% of our brain, 85% of our blood, 83% of our kidneys, 76% of our muscles, 70% of our skin, 22% of our bones, and 20% of our fat!
Kevin and Samantha Kawamoto opened Health and Hydration in April 2016 and they specialize in preventative health through hydration, because they believe that without your health, you have nothing else. Their mission: to educate people on being healthy through hydration. Health & Hydration is “The Water Store of Honolulu” and sells Kangen water, a special type of water that maximizes hydration, balances body pH, neutralizes free radicals, helps to obtain optimal health, reduces pain, and more. Kangen water has a negative ORP, or “Oxidation Reduction Potential,” which means it is a powerful antioxidant. It can even improve energy and reduce fatigue because it helps to raise the body’s alkalinity (vs. acidity). What can’t this water do?
I was lucky enough to see a demonstration comparing Kangen water to bottled water. When a green tea bag was placed in a cup of bottled water, it did not do anything, because as we all know, hot water must be used to make green tea. When the tea bag was placed in a cup of Kangen water, though, the green tea bag instantly began to steep. And if you don’t think that was amazing, fresh Kangen water was then added to the same cup of bottled water and, without even a tea bag being in there, the tea “magically” appeared as if it had been steeping for minutes. How is this possible? Kangen water is micro-clustered, so there are less molecules grouped together (5-6 molecules vs. the typical 15-30 molecules in normal water). This allows for easier absorption by your body (and tea!).
The second demonstration started off the same way: there was one cup filled with bottled water and another cup filled with Kangen water. pH drops were added to each cup; the bottled water turned blue (showing between a 7-9 pH level) and the Kangen water turned a deep purple (showing between a 10-14 pH level). Samantha’s daughter used a straw to blow bubbles into each cup (your breath is very acidic). The cup of bottled water turned yellow (between a 4-5 pH, which is acidic), while the cup of Kangen water remained a bluish purple color (between an 8-10 pH level). Incredible!
I was even more lucky to be able to sample the Kangen water for myself, and although it doesn’t taste any different from the water I’m used to drinking, I could tell within a couple days of drinking it that I had more energy than usual.
If you are looking to turn your life, and your health, around and are looking for ways to help supplement your healthier lifestyle, I highly recommend that you give Health & Hydration’s Kangen water a try; you will not be disappointed! Learn more about Kangen water here.