Imagine a venue where you could go to buy the works of local Hawaiian artisans, craftpersons, fashion designers, soapmakers, and other originators of distinctively modem island wares. The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet? Too lowbrow. Kakaako Farmers Market? Too conventional. Ala Moana? Give us more credit than that.
It turns out that this magical place is instead found on the ground level of the Royal Hawaiian Center. The aptly named House of Mana-Up is a retail hub that curates original and often limited edition works of both established and up-and-coming makers throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The expansive store carries everything from locally designed urban fashions and surf art to cosmetics and fine island spices.
Interestingly, the shop rotates featured makers every six months. This not only keeps things fresh, it drives incentive to curate one of their works for your own body or home. You may never again have the chance to score an item that you’ve got your eye on. Because of the concept and collections on display, a visit to House of Mana Up isn’t just about shopping, it’s an experience.
Our description doesn’t do justice to this impressive addition to Waikiki’s culturally limited retail setting, so allow us to share their mission statement:
““At House of Mana Up, we share a strong community of local Hawaiʻi product brands. Shop food, fashion, home, beauty, and art products that not only highlights the incredible ingredients grown and cultures found here in the Hawaiian islands, but also foster our local community with high-quality jobs, agricultural sustainability, and a regenerative culture of entrepreneurship.”