In my line of work, I often come across businesses doing some pretty cool things.
But Hello Makana is doing something that made me actually say, “Oh, man, what a great idea!”
Here’s the deal: this company, run by Wei Fang and Kina Mahi, puts together boxes full of unique, created-in-Hawaii products on a subscription basis.
Similar to CSA (community-supported agriculture) boxes that farms send out, these boxes have a variety of goods, from locally made popcorn to graphic prints designed by local artists. Monthly subscriptions start at $27 — and you never know what you’re going to get each month. I love that!
But even cooler than that, Hello Makana launched ONO boxes (left). These are care packages you can send to anyone on the Mainland or Neighbor Island filled with local goodies such as Banana Foster Jam by Monkeypod Jams from Maui, Passion Fruit Butter by Rainbow Falls Connection in Hilo, or 100 percent organic Kona coffee by Cloud Forest Coffee from the Big Island.
Boxes are $35, $55 and $90; that includes tax and domestic shipping.
What a great gift idea for college students and homesick friends. (Think Mother’s Day, too!) And the best part? The company supports local businesses.
Watch my #CatChat and learn more!
By domestic shipping are we talking local Hawaii or are we talking USA in total?
The entire US. Cool, right?
Very cool… you should take one to NYC.
I think I’m going to send one to my friend I’m staying with after I leave. Then I don’t have to lug it with me!
OK… now I watch the video and my question is answered, smack forehead and feel embarrassed, so I think I will order a box.
CAT: Guud idea with local fuud!
I know! I want to buy one for myself!
Agreed! I can’t believe no one else is doing something like this!
Hey Cat … wow … something to look into … I send my Sis up in California a package with stuff from Wholesale Unlimited … always the same old stuff …
… I’ll watch the vid later … see what kind of items are in the care packages … my Sis has two teenage girls who still tend to like the candy and snacks …
I know! I’m obsessed with them! I have a list of receivers already!
… I wanna be your friend … haha …
Does Wholesale Unlimited have pre-packed gift boxes???
… yeah, they have a few for mailing … but I just choose my own stuff and pack it myself …
This. is. GENIUS. Gonna check ’em out.