Celebrating Small Businesses: Our 5 Year Anniversary Giveaway
Written by Kailanianna Ablog
The past two years have been difficult for many of us, but we at Valia Honolulu believe in the importance of celebrating the positive moments that have happened during these turbulent times. From new friendships made to milestones such as graduations and job promotions, these special occasions and relationships deserve to be recognized and the positive vibes shared with those in the community.
This year, we are celebrating our five year anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, we teamed up with five small, local businesses that were established in 2020 and 2021 to bring you our Anniversary Giveaway! Our founder Camille considers the number 5 a special number, and wanted to highlight fellow small businesses in their first and second year as a means of uplifting them and in hopes that they can celebrate their five year anniversaries, too! So that we can use our platforms to raise locally-based brands, we asked each business to share their bios with us, as well as a few photos of their products and what they will be giving away. Learn about these amazing shops below, and be sure to enter the giveaway on Instagram. Don’t forget to give these brands a follow, too!
Bio: “Our purpose is to emphasize personal growth through self love, confidence, and comfortability with modern, timeless jewelry pieces. We also continue to incorporate eco-friendly packaging as we value sustainable + ethical practices and become more environmentally conscious.”
Prize: $100 Gift Certificate
Bio: “EARTH-MINDED, RESPONSIBLE FASHION. We are a small family owned local business in Mānoa, Hawaiʻi. A beloved nickname for our son, Onepaʻa represents more than just our love and adoration for our boy in his favorite elements but also our unwavering affection, identity and inspiration we find in the sands of our home here in Hawaiʻi nei.
At Onepaʻa Hawaiʻi we strive to celebrate Hawaiian culture through the perpetuation of ʻāina based values and responsible production of textiles and apparel for earth and people.
Designs include handmade quilted blankets, functional and affordable swimwear for the whole ʻohana, ʻeke, plastic free graphic tees for adults, keiki and much more! Mahalo piha + enjoy shopping!”
Prize: Ulūlu Bodysuit
Bio: “We are a small two mama owned business on the beautiful island of O’ahu. We chose our business name 808 Poke Cakes because of our love for our home & what we love to make, poke cakes! Even though there are many talented sushi cake makers out there, we chose to specialize only in custom Ahi poke cakes & our newest addition, poke balls. Kind of a cupcake version of our cakes, put in a ball for the best bite ever! We bring to you the best ingredients, packaging & most importantly our love for everything that we make for you!”
Prize: One Dozen 2 Choice Poke Balls
Bio: “Namikai is a locally based company specializing in #damngoodbikinis that keeps affordability, comfort, and fit at the top of mind. Each piece was created and inspired by women who just want a damn good bikini. The name blends our Japanese roots and local upbringing - "Nami" meaning wave in Japanese and "Kai" meaning ocean in Hawaiian.
Our styles are timeless - with a variety of different cuts and options, we have something for everyone. Plus, most tops and even some of our bottoms are made with versatility in mind so you can wear the styles multiple ways as an added bonus!
All of our collections are manufactured in small batches with high quality standards. We work with a local tailor in Thailand to help manufacture our collections. By working with a small tailor, we are able to support a local craftsman and keep our high quality standards. We aim to reduce our waste and only produce what we need. Some items like our scrunchies are cut and made from remnant fabric that would otherwise go to waste.
As a small company, we are working to improve our sustainability metrics and standards. From using recyclable packaging to supporting local businesses for supplies, we hope to better our business and sustainability practices as we move along.”
Prize: Hina One Piece - The winner can choose any color available.
Bio: “Kūmana Activewear is deeply rooted in what it means to be 'āina minded. All of our fabrics are made of various recycled plastics from all over the world, like carpet fluff, plastic bottles, and fishing nets. The facilities that are part of Kūmana's supply chain are conscious of the environment every step of the way, from diverting heat generated from the manufacturing process to heat offices during the winter, to recycling water and zero waste garment production. Scraps of fabric leftover from cutting stages are gathered to make usable products like scrunches and masks, and small scraps are used as stuffing for dog and cat beds to be donated to animal shelters.
Every aspect of our packaging is as environmentally-responsible as we could get, using only what packaging Hawai'i's waste management can handle. In other words, all of our packaging is home compostable. Our mission is to serve as an example for what it means to be a pono business in Hawai'i, to reflect on the past while looking towards the future.”
Prize: One Full-Length Legging in Lepo, valued at $75
Instructions on how to redeem:
DM @kumanaactive for your unique Promo Code to claim your winnings!