The Conversation: Online Marketplace for Local Vendors Partners With Amazon

Pop Up Mākeke, an online marketplace for local vendors; Hawai‘i's rural residents share their challenges during the pandemic; Reality Check with Civil Beat; A new campaign to warn teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes; Gourmet chocolate shop in Chinatown

Pop Up Mākeke, an online marketplace for local vendors 

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Pop Up Mākeke started as an online marketplace to help local vendors sell their products. Now, the overwhelming positive response and success has caught the eye of the shipping giant Amazon.

It began around this time last year when Kuhio Lewis, President and CEO of the Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement, came up with the idea to help Hawai‘i's small businesses, who normally would have sold their products at the then-cancelled Merrie Monarch Festival.

Pop Up Mākeke is about to start its third season--this time with Amazon as an online host. To learn more about becoming a vendor, click here.

Hawai‘i's rural residents share their challenges during the pandemic | Full Article

It’s been just over a year since the threat of COVID-19 began to change the way Hawaiʻi residents work, learn, and travel. HPR's Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi spoke to people across the islands to get a snapshot of how the pandemic has impacted rural communities. Limited healthcare and technology were just some of the worries and frustrations of Hawai‘i's most remote residents.

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Hawaiian Electric power sources | Full Article

Honolulu Civil Beat's Stewart Yerton told us about Hawaiian Electric's upcoming power source changes as it turns to oil temporarily to fill the gap when it shutters the coal-burning power plant in Kapolei. 

New Department of Health campaign to warn teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes

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There's a new Department of Health campaign aimed at warning teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes. We hear from Zaheer Gulko, a junior at Island Pacific Academy, who participated in a focus group on the Escape the Vape campaign and became a teen advocate. Lola Irvin, from the Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division, said the teens wanted to know more about the e-cigarettes, and then wanted to share the information with their peers.

Chocolate on a Mission, a gourmet chocolate shop in Chinatown

Davi Teves, Director of Chocolate at Chocolate on a Mission
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Next time you're in Chinatown, you may notice a door leading up to a gourmet chocolate shop at the intersection of Maunakea and Pauahi streets. HPR's Noe Tanigawa talked to Davi Teves from Chocolate on a Mission, a chocolate shop that also trains men and women from the River of Life Mission’s recovery and reintegration programs.

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