Join the ʻOhana

We're stoked to have you as part of Big Island Made!

Manuahi means free.

If you make a physical product or have retail space on Hawaiʻi Island, we invite you to join our growing ʻohana for FREE!

Get a full-page, searchable listing on our site that will connect you to residents, visitors, and other island businesses looking to buy local. You’ll also have the exclusive privilege of using the Big Island Made logoa brand platform that helps your business stand out!

Join the Maker Movement

As a Hawaiʻi Island maker or retailer, it’s powerful to know you’re not in it alone—you’re part of a vibrant business community that’s here to offer support.

The purpose of our website is to bring Hawaiʻi Island’s maker community together under one “digital roof” to to showcase local products as well as to improve SEO (search engine optimization) and the likelihood that your business—and other local makers—will be seen by more people online.

We’re also working on a list of local resources for members to help your business succeed and be more resilient, as well as networking opportunities to help makers and retailers to cultivate relationships, collaborate on products, share materials and advice with one other, and create new retail and sales channels.

What You'll Need

15-20 Minutes

The approximate amount of time it should take to complete your application.

Desktop / Laptop

It’s possible to use a smartphone or tablet to join, but we don’t recommend it!

Logo & Photos

Have your logo and 3-6 hi-res product or business photos ready to upload.

Business Info

Have your company contact information and social media links ready.

Membership Types & Criteria

We offer three membership types—Maker, Retailer, and Partner. Membership is at the discretion of Big Island Made, LLC, and may be denied for any reason.

To be eligible, your business must:

➞  make a physical product on Hawaiʻi Island.
➞  be incorporated and headquartered in Hawaiʻi.
➞  be at least 50% owned by one or more full-time Hawaiʻi residents.
➞  sell products through at least one retail outlet, like a farmers market or an online shop.
➞  be registered with the DCCA Hawaiʻi Business Registration Division.

Other 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.
➞  Branding companies, artists, or photographers who print or screen print onto clothing, hats, stickers, canvas, etc., must print their items locally. We may ask for verification.

To be eligible, your business must:

➞  be headquartered on Hawaiʻi Island.
➞  be at least 50% owned by one or more full-time Hawaiʻi residents.
➞  be registered 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.
➞  carry 20+ locally made products or source at least 25% of your current products from Hawaiʻi Island businesses.

Big Island Made Partners believe and share in our mission, providing us with the logistical and financial support needed to extend valuable services to our members.

Partnerships are cross-promotional marketing and advertising agreements and are open to nearly all businesses types. If you are interested in partnering, please reach out to us before signing up!

DCCA Registration Requirement

Before continuing, your business MUST be registered with the DCCA Hawaiʻi Business Registration Division (BREG) as a DOMESTIC company, partnership, nonprofit, trade mark, trade name, etc. Not registered? Use this easy step-by-step guide.

Switch to a Desktop or Laptop

We see you are currently on a mobile device. While it’s possible to use a smartphone or tablet to join, we don’t recommend it! Please switch to a desktop or laptop computer before joining.

Membership Application

By proceeding, I acknowledge that my business meets all eligibility criteria. If you do not meet all requirements but would still like to participate, contact us.

  • Please write your password down or store it in a secure place. We will not be emailing your password to you but you'll have the ability to reset it at any time.
  • Business Information

  • I would like to sign up today as a:
  • Number of full-time employees (yourself included):
  • Number of part-time employees:
  • Approximately what percentage of your business’ purchasing and expenses go toward goods and services sourced from or produced in Hawaiʻi?
  • Approximately what percentage of your sales come from customers in Hawaiʻi?
  • Are you interested in receiving additional information about paid (add-on) social media management services offered through Big Island Made?

  • Member Guidelines

  • Every Big Island Made member and partner pledges to abide by the following guidelines:

    Agree to our terms and conditions—(link opens in a new window) this is the boring legal stuff, so we've highlighted the most important things to know.

    Keep your listing updated and accurate.

    Stay connected. We’ll add your email to our mailing list after your application is approved. Please stay subscribed so we can share important membership information.

    If you’re active on social media, please like or follow us! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram!

    Being part of the Big Island Made ʻohana means you share our values—your company should be committed to buying or doing things locally as much as reasonably possible.

    If you encounter any technical issues or are dissatisfied with our services, please contact us directly so we can work with you to resolve any problems—our goal is to ensure your complete satisfaction.