Native Hawaiian and Hawai‘i-made products coming to Las Vegas
When the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement rolls into Las Vegas from June 19 to 22 for its Inaugural Western Regional Native Hawaiian Convention, they will also be holding a Pop-Up Mākeke, or marketplace, featuring 700 distinct Native Hawaiian and made-in-Hawai‘i products.
The Pop-Up Mākeke will be located at the Westgate Resort & Casino, the site of the convention. It is free to the public.
“We’ve rented a 40-foot shipping container to bring with us approximately 10,000 individual
items made by Native Hawaiian and other Hawai‘i-based small businesses to sell in Las Vegas,”
said Kūhiō Lewis, CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. “We’re excited to showcase these products as part of our convention and invite Las Vegas residents and visitors to visit and shop. Our Pop-Up Mākeke helps to support local Hawai‘i businesses and for many of them, this is the first time they will be selling their items directly on the continental U.S.”
The Pop-Up Mākeke in Las Vegas will feature 700 distinct products from 93 different vendors.
Shoppers can expect apparel, jewelry, books and stationery, home goods, keiki (child) items and food products. About a dozen vendors will travel to Las Vegas to showcase their products in-person.
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s Pop-Up Mākeke was created in response to Hawai‘i’s businesses who were met with challenges during the pandemic. To date since its launch in April 2020, the Pop-Up Mākeke has generated more than $3.5 million in gross sales, featuring more than 10,000 products, and fulfilled nearly 50,000 orders to 33 countries.
For more information about the Pop-Up Mākeke or to shop the more than 500 local vendors, visit PopUpMakeke.com.