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Entrepreneurship , Innovation , Leadership , Small Business , Technology , Up & Coming – March 4, 2018

The Best of Startup Paradise 2018

HVCA’s Former President, Bill Spencer and President, Meli James | Photo: David Croxford

Entrepreneurs of the Year

sponsored by Hawaii Technology Development Corp.
Individual or team that has gone above expectations with their company. A clear example to other entrepreneurs.

 

Photo: Calvin Canha

WINNER

Manaola Yap
creator and co-founder (left)
Zachary Pang
co-founder and CEO

Manaola Group LLC

“When you’re growing something, you’ve got to start from the roots,” says Manaola Yap, and that’s what he has done. As a child, he helped his mother, who was a kumu hula with a background as a seamstress, create costumes for dancers.

“As I got a little older, I kept honing in on those skills of creation and costume design,” he recalls. He says it was always a conscious decision to include Hawaiiana in everything he did.

Yap now brings Hawaiian culture to the global stage, presenting a mix of classic designs with modern twists at New York Fashion Week in 2017, where he opened his show with traditional hula dance and dress.

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