This award is for the startup that the Innovation Community believe best represents the interests of Startup Paradise. This company serves as an example for others to follow based on their successes, popularity, and the unwavering support of their fellow community members.
Meli Wraps was founded by Melia Foster and is a woman owned business that produces quality reusable beeswax wraps and rolls for food storage locally. Founded in 2016, this Kaua'i based company's focus is reducing plastic waste, supporting organic farmers, ocean conservation, local jobs and local bee keeping (and bees!).
Kauai Sweet Shoppe was founded by Chloe Blake and is a small batch confectioners manufactured on the island of Kauai specializing in caramel.
Lexbreexy Hawaii founded by Alexis Akiona creates modern Alohawear in exclusive prints for womens, mens, children and babies.
YIREH founded by Emily Jaime is a versatile and effortless women's wear that is changing the way fashion does business. Featuring exclusive prints and ethically made-to-order collections, a zero-waste business model, and the idea that fashion can be a positive force for change.
Tag Aloha Co. was founded by Kainoa and Alana Penaroza and AJ White. Tag Aloha creates locally designed, premium quality and sustainable beach wear accessories. Based out of Kailua, Hawai’i, Tag Aloha’s mission is to give back to their community by supporting ocean-oriented Hawai’i based non-profits.