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The University of Hawaiʻi Alumni Makers' Market returns to The Royal Hawaiian Resort in Waikiki on Aug. 9 with nearly twice the number of alumni-owned small businesses that participated in last year’s inaugural event.  

The event, presented by the UH Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with the UH Alumni Association, will donate a portion of the proceeds to help address student food insecurity at the UH System’s 10 campuses.  

Nearly all of the businesses that participated in the first event last year are among the nearly three dozen food, beverage and small businesses, including Pop Culture, Pint + Jigger, Ports and Paws and Mari’s Gardens.

Justin Udom of Pop Culture Artisan Pops

“Last year was really, really fun. It was nice to be able to work alongside other UH alumni entrepreneurs,” said Justin Udom, who founded Pop Culture Artisan Pops nearly three years ago. “It was a really nice community and it made me proud to be a UH alumnus.”

In addition, more alumni businesses will join the event, including Eden in Love, whose owners, Tanna and Bryson Dang are both UH alumni. 

“All of us from Eden are UH alumni, so it’s an honor to be part of an event for the university that helped shaped our foundation as business owners, creatives and entrepreneurs,” said Tanna Dang. “The years we spent on the Mānoa campus created lifelong values that helped Eden become the company it is today.” 

In addition, several businesses will feature exclusive UH-licensed products such as shirts and bags, including Eden in Loveʻs “Eden x UH Mānoa collection,” which is also available at the UH Mānoa Bookstore.  

The Alumni Makers’ Market will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at The Royal Hawaiian Resort in Waikiki, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. General admission tickets may be purchased online starting July 5.

Participating food and beverage vendors include: 

  • Beer Lab  
  • Highway Inn 
  • KōHana Distillers 
  • La Tour Cafe
  • La Vie  
  • Nami Kaze
  • Peso Neighborhood Restaurant & Lumpia Bar
  • Pint + Jigger  
  • Pono Potions 
  • Pono Wines  
  • Pop Culture Artisan Pops 
  • Rainbow Drive-In 
  • Sage Creamery  
  • The Lei Stand  
  • The Royal Hawaiian Resort 

Participating small businesses include: 

  • Belly Rub Kitchen  
  • Bitter Root Brewery
  • Choco le`a 
  • David Shepard  
  • Eden In Love  
  • Green Tea Leaves Design 
  • Hawaiian Pie Company
  • In4mation  
  • Jules & Gem Hawaii  
  • KINdom  
  • Ku`uipo Collection  
  • Mari’s Gardens  
  • Norae Ceramics  
  • Old Queen Street Stadium  
  • Premier Barbershop  
  • Ports and Paws  
  • Phases Hawaii  
  • Roots Roll Reggae  
  • Sweet Enemy  
  • Tanioka’s  
  • Ten Tomorrow  

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