The idea for this mākeke started with our small business, Mahina Made. A huge part of our brand's mission is to perpetuate & normalize Native Hawaiian culture and language. There are SO many other small shops who share similar missions and are doing awesome things to carry it out. I wanted to support them & bring us together, and what better way than markets?? Especially after the year we had with COVID, it was so nice to get everyone out and together again.
Ho'omau Hawai'i Market is different than other markets because of our mission. We have a few local markets on O'ahu that do an amazing job of supporting and highlighting local businesses in general. As an extention of that, I wanted to have a space that supports local & primarily 'ōiwi businesses who are not only perpetuating, but also NORMALIZING Hawaiian culture through their modern day products. It's incredible how people have taken history, and 'Ōlelo Hawai'i, which was once almost lost completely and have brought it all back in very practical, fashionable ways. It's truly incredible.
I wanted to support them, honor all of us, and continue and strengthen all of our business missions. I hope that our mākeke can grow and we can support more businesses. We are so appreciative of all of you for your support. We couldn't do any of this without you!
Here is the interview that I did with KHON giving some background on the mākeke! It was my first live interview and I was so nervous, but I was so grateful to be able to do it!
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