As entrepreneurs try to build up small, authentically Hawaii businesses, they also face the realities of doing business in paradise: high shipping costs, onerous taxes, the challenge of finding and keeping good employees.
Mana Up, a Honolulu business accelerator, is working to help these fledgling ventures lift off. We talked to the members of Mana Up’s latest cohort — a swimsuit designer, fish jerky maker, textile designer and more — and found the diverse group of businesses share many of the same challenges.
“Hawaii’s Changing Economy” is supported by a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation as part of its CHANGE Framework project.
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