What You'll Get as a Member

Get Visibility

We offer a brand platform and an easy-to-use online directory that allow members identify and differentiate themselves, and that help residents, visitors, and businesses looking to purchase from or contract local suppliers to easily identify products made on the Big Island. We help members tell their story!

Get Resources

We deliver collaborative business tools and educational opportunities (coming soon) that help Hawaiʻi Island makers and producers with things like permitting, regulatory compliance, hiring workers, accessing capital, finding production space, marketing products, creating new sales channels, and more!

Get Connected

Most importantly, Big Island Made provides networking opportunities, helping members cultivate relationships with other local vendors to share resources and advice. It’s powerful for small businesses to know they’re not in it alone—they’re part of a thriving maker-producer community that’s here to offer support!

Which businesses are eligible?

To be eligible to participate in the program, your business must:

  • make, manufacture, or produce a physical product on Hawaiʻi Island.
  • be headquartered in Hawaiʻi (businesses incorporated out of state are not eligible).
  • be owned by one or more full-time Hawaiʻi residents (totaling at least 50% of the ownership).
  • sell products through at least one retail outlet, including farmers markets or an online store.
  • be registered with the DCCA Hawaiʻi Business Registration Division (BREG) as a domestic company, nonprofit, trade mark, or trade name. Not registered with BREG? Click here and use the step-by-step wizard to guide you through the process. Getting a trade name might be easier (and cheaper) than you think!

★ Special Criteria

  • food and beverage producers must offer items that: are packaged or bottled, are prepared or processed, have a shelf life of 1 week or longer, and follow Hawaiʻi State Dept. of Health Guidelines (check out this PDF fact sheet for more info).
  • Branding companies, artists, or photographers who print or screen print onto clothing, hats, stickers, canvas, photo paper, etc., must print their items on Hawaiʻi Island. We may ask for verification in the form of a receipt.
  • Producers of bottled water are not allowed membership in Big Island Made.

To be eligible to participate in the program, your retail business must:

  • be headquartered on Hawaiʻi Island.
  • be owned by one or more full-time Hawaiʻi residents (totaling at least 50% of the ownership).
  • be registered and in good standing with the DCCA Hawaiʻi Business Registration Division.
  • clearly state on your website, signage, social media, and/or printed materials that your mission, purpose, or goals are related to supporting local makers, producers, fishermen, farmers, artists, suppliers, etc.
  • source at least 25% of your current retail products from Hawaiʻi Island vendors or businesses.
Membership is at the discretion of Big Island Made and it’s parent company, Hawaiʻi Localist, and may be denied for any reason.