Lōkahi Local Made is the silver-lining of COVID-19. Because of the pandemic, many businesses who relied primarily on their brick and mortar stores were struggling due to their much smaller eCommerce presence. Other companies with successful eCommerce websites were still grappling with the fact that their whole existence depended on tourists, which was no longer an option. Our company is the marketer for the many talented makers of Hawai’i. Helping local businesses is our Why; it is our purpose. And that’s what we did. With luck and serendipity, we started Lōkahi Local Made.
The question we then asked ourselves was: how do we sell products from other companies without muffling their platforms? Our answer: limited time offers. We reached out to our most-loved, Hawai’i brands to see if they would be willing to create limited edition products solely for our platform. This way we would complement, rather than compete against their websites. We created an online space that shined light on our favorite local snacks and promoted them to the local audience. We became a one-stop-shop: local snacks for local people.
Although there were companies that offered varieties of local food, none of them were focused on limited edition items. We found a gap in the market. We partnered up with Hawai’i Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) and INNOVATE Hawai’i to create our website, contacted more of our favorite brands, and in less than three months, built a business from the ground up.
Lōkahi Local Made is our tribute to the local businesses that made growing up in Hawai’i so special.meet the team
In light of giving back to our community, we have pledged to donate 10% of our profits to the Susannah Wesley Community Center. Please join us in supporting their efforts in making Hawai'i a better and safer place for the future generations.