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McKenna Maduli talks supporting Hawaii’s local businesses on Pop-Up Mākeke

Supporting Hawaii's small businesses

Sponsored by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Pop-Up Mākeke

There are some businesses in Hawaii that have relied on craft fairs or community events as their venue for business. While we no longer have that at this time, you can still support your favorite local vendors at the Pop-Up Mākeke. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with the host of the televised marketplace: McKenna Maduli.

The Pop-Up Mākeke is an online store where Hawaii-based vendors, artists, and brands can gather in one space to sell their goods.

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is the non-profit that is working to make Pop-Up Mākeke successful. It partners with title sponsors Hawaii Tourism and the Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaii World Elite Mastercard to create live weekly QVC-like shows. You can watch every Wednesday in May at 7 p.m. on K5 and Facebook. You even get free shipping on every order! Not only do these shows feature great local products, but you can also listen into talk story sessions with some of Hawaii’s top talent.

After the non-profit saw all of Hawaii’s big community events get cancelled due to COVID-19, as well as having to postpone many of its own programs, the organization wanted to find a way to support the small businesses that make a living by selling at community events. The Pop-Up Mākeke was its solution!

Over the Mother’s Day weekend, the Pop-Up Mākeke reached its milestone of $200,000 in sales. The profits made from the online store go straight to the vendors as a way for them to make money and provide for their families.

Over 2,000 items from over 100 local vendors are available online at It’s like an online craft fair where you can find something for everyone!

The Pop-Up Mākeke will be closing at the end of May, however it will be back soon! Follow @popupmakeke on social media for more information on the next Pop-Up Mākeke.

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