“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” 
― Robert Louis Stevenson

We believe in taking an active role in developing, nurturing, and reinforcing our ecosystem because we believe that businesses should contribute to the sustainable growth in our society.  We know our growth is tied to Hawaii's growth.  We are committed to do our part to help our community, whether it be through our participation in various accelerators, volunteering our services, or donating goods that will help others.  Here is a sampling of organizations we support.

 
 

Mana Up

Mana Up is a Hawaiʻi-based initiative designed to build the state’s next 100 product companies earning $1 million or more in annual revenue. They accomplish this by hosting a 12-week accelerator program offered biannually to enable Hawaiʻi product entrepreneurs to scale their businesses and an e-commerce platform selling Hawaiʻi products to consumers outside of Hawaiʻi.

Mana Up exists to help companies take advantage of our market opportunity here in Hawai’i and grow them into global companies, bringing to the world what really makes Hawaiʻi special. And in turn, creating sustainable wealth and livelihoods for Hawaiʻi locals.

We are part of the Builders Network within Mana Up providing financial, strategic and operational advice to participating organizations.

 

XLR8UH

XLR8UH is the University of Hawaii’s award winning startup accelerator. XLR8UH was recognized as a Top 30 Accelerator by Forbes.

The program, a public-private partnership between University of Hawaii (UH) and Sultan Ventures, educates, mentors, and invests in UH startups and entrepreneurs. XLR8UH’s goal is to create economic prosperity through the science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship that is formed at UH, converting our state’s regional strength of groundbreaking research into new businesses and jobs.

We are part of the Professional Service Advisors providing financial and strategic advise to start-ups participating in each cohort.

 

Kumu Kahua Theater

Kumu Kahua Theatre was founded in 1971 by a group of graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i, with the original goal of producing locally-written experimental works. The Hawaiian language words kumu and kahua translate to “original stage.” At the time, there was no local theatre devoted to telling stories of these islands and its various cultures. In 1982, Kumu Kahua was granted not-for-profit status and in 1994, the Hawaii State Legislature awarded the group its current 100-seat playhouse, a former Post Office, in downtown Honolulu at 46 Merchant Street. 46 years after its original founding, Kumu Kahua is still the only theatre we know of solely to creating, supporting, and showcasing original works of theatre specifically related to our geographical region and the cultures represented here.

In this time, Kumu Kahua has helped develop more than 230 original works that has influenced hundreds of actors, playwrights, directors, technicians, and community members.

 

Na Kama Kai

Nā Kama Kai understands the immense value of the ocean environment, its vast resources, and its relationship to the land.  As stewards of the kai (sea) and ʻāina (land) keiki (youth/children) from all ethnic origins and economic backgrounds will learn to embrace their kuleana (responsibility) as caretakers of marine ecosystems that must be nurtured for future generations.

We strongly believe in our motto, Keiki Aloha Kai Aloha, Beloved Child, Beloved Sea.  Our children are nurtured at the same time that their love for the ocean is nurtured.  As they continue to grow, this contemporary ‘ōlelo no‘eau is a reminder of their special place in the world along with their relationship and kuleana to the ocean and our natural environment.