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Hawai‘i-Made Products Sought for Tokyo Gift Show

March 16, 2017, 2:17 PM HST
* Updated March 16, 2:20 PM
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84th Annual Tokyo International Gift Show. TIGS graphic.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism is promoting Hawai‘i-made products through a special Hawaii Pavilion at the 84th Annual Tokyo International Gift Show (TIGS).

From Sept. 6 to 8, 2017, at the Tokyo Big Sight venue, the Hawaii Pavilion will be home base for up to 70 Hawai‘i companies seeking to export locally made gift products.

TIGS is the largest international trade show in Japan, with more than 4,100 exhibitors showcasing personal gifts, consumer goods and decorative accessories.

Show organizers anticipate more than 200,000 buyers, wholesalers and distributers to attend the three-day trade show.

“The Tokyo International Gift Show provides the opportunity to showcase Hawai‘i’s unique products to an international audience,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “This helps us grow our trade sector and add value to the Hawai‘i brand, which is recognized around the world, especially in Japan.”

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At last year’s Tokyo International Gift Show, 62 Hawai‘i companies reported projected sales of more than $15 million.

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A sampling of Hawai‘i-made products showcased at last year’s gift show included:

  • Fashion: casual and resort wear and accessories
  • Specialty food and gift products: many of which are only found in Hawaii
  • Cosmetics and nutraceuticals: derived from our natural ocean and botanical resources
  • Agricultural products: such as candies and fruit jams, jellies and preserves; fresh Maui-grown pineapple and onion; Big Island macadamia nuts, papaya and coffee.
  • Locally designed jewelry
  • Wood products: utilizing koa and specialty woods.

Export-ready Hawai‘i companies interested in participating in the 2017 Tokyo International Gift Show should email [email protected] to receive an exhibitor’s packet or apply online at invest.hawaii.gov.

The application deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017.

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Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration State Trade Expansion Program  Grant, the Hawaii Pavilion at TIGS is part of a series of initiatives DBEDT has undertaken to increase the export of Hawai‘i’s products.

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