Tokyo International Gift Show

2015 Hawaii Pavilion

More than 60 Hawaii Companies just completed participating in the 2016 Tokyo International Gift Show (TIGS). This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) organized a Hawaii Pavilion at TIGS, which was held September 7 – 9, 2016, at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight).

“The gift show is an opportunity for Hawaii companies that are interested in exporting their products to Japan,” said First Lady Dawn Ige, who had the opportunity to visit the vendors in person, while in Japan. “Hawaii has a very strong brand identity, and it was great to see our state was well-represented.”

This year, DBEDT recruited 62 Hawaii companies to fill 28 booths, which made up the Hawaii Pavilion. Last year’s gift show resulted $5.4 million in export sales by Hawaii’s participating vendors. This year’s exhibitors are expected top $13 million in export sales.

“Expansion of the state’s trade sector will diversify and grow our local economy,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “Through TIGS, Hawaii’s products are showcased around the world and have received international recognition for its quality and uniqueness. The value of the Hawaii brand is priceless in the global economy.”

“This is the largest trade show that the state participates in, both by the number of vendors from Hawaii, as well as the size for the whole exhibition,” said Dennis Ling, administrator DBEDT’s Business Development and Support Division. “With the help of the Small Business Administration, this event has allowed us to dramatically increase our sales and our brand in the Japan market.”

Bella Hughes, owner of Shaka Tea added: “With DBEDT’s support we’ve been able to not only participate and make important business connections in Japan, but have also navigated the process of exporting our Hawaiian mamaki iced teas into the country. We’re walking away from this experience with some very strong distribution leads, and the professional foundation to really succeed in this market.”

Jewelry Maker Phillip Rickard noted: “Most of our customers are Japanese, and TIGS makes it easier to meet the people and companies needed to increase business. This experience is invaluable, especially the feeling of camaraderie and the information you gain from other vendors on how to do business in Japan.”
Dylan Butterbaugh, owner of Manoa Chocolates said: “It was a blast.  It’s Japan, and exciting. You never know who you’re going to meet. This show has allowed us to make a lot of good connections that will carry on for many years. The opportunity to collaborate with everyone who has done it for years is a great learning experience.”

TIGS is the largest international trade show in Japan, drawing 200,000 buyers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers to meet exhibitors at more than 4,500 booths spread out over Tokyo Big Sight exhibition area.

Media Contacts:
Christine Hirasa
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Phone: (808) 587-9006
Mobile: (808) 286-9017

Click through the Flickr album below to view photos from the event.

2016 Tokyo International Gift Show

Aloha PearlsPearl
Angels by the SeaHawaiian Fashion -
Ann Yempuku-OtaniHawaiian Jewelry, Accessories
Avanti FashionHawaiian Fashion-Aloha
Bamboo Boxer CompanyHawaiian Fashion-Hawaiian Print Boxer
Bradley & LilyNotebooks, Greeting Cards, Stationary,
Bubble Shack HawaiiBath and body products, soy wax candles, pet
Choco le`aArtisan Hawaiian Chocolate
Diamond BakeryHawaiian crackers, cookies and snack
Eha soap Company100% Hawaiian Cold Pressed
Haute Confectionery BoutiqueCookies and Pancake
Iiwi Kona Coffee CompanyCoffee,cookies,pancake/waffle mix,jams & Jellies,syrups,spices, honey,
`Iolani SportswearContemporary Hawaii Fashion for Men and Women, Hula attire, Hello Kitty collaboration
Jan WoodringJewelry, Tie-dyed Scarves and Handbags
Kailee KauaiHawaiian Jewelry, Accessories, clutch
Kauai Kookie / Rainbow of Tastes HawaiiBaked Goods,
Kula HerbsSoaps, Lotions, Butters &
Lane Tanner JewelryHawaiii Photo Jewelry ; using sterling silver and 14k
LauLau WoodworksHandcrafted Hawaiian Koa Pens
Lion Coffee CompanyHawaiian
Maikai Woods HawaiiKoa and other exotic Hawaiian wood
Make Local / Plan ZApparel, accessories,gift
Manoa Chocolate HawaiiHawaiian Made Artisan Chocolate
Maui Nui WearEco-friendly Hawaiian tote
Maui PreservedHandcrafted Hawaiian hot sauces, pickels, jam, syrup, and seasonal
Maui Soap CompanyHawaiian Soap and Body Care
Maui Upcountry Jams & JelliesHawaiian Jams, Jellies, Mustards, and
M'doridoriPatented Eco-frinedly fabric gift wrap and
Midori JewelryArtisan Handcrafted
Mokupua Natural Body CareHawaiian Soap and Body Care products
Ola Tropical ApothecaryPremium natural Hawaiian concept body and bath
Pacific Allied Industries / Makana WaiHawaiian Bottle
Pacific BiodieselBulk Macadamia Nut Oil, Skin
Philip Rickard HonoluluHawaiian Heirloom
Sabado Art StudioHawaiian / Tropical art, carpets, pareaus, and
Shaka TeaBottled Mamaki Tea
Shop ToastWood ornaments,scent diffusers,magnets,stickers signage, tote bags,
Sky DreamsTravel accessories, Aoha Collection tote bags, cluthes,
Tea ChestIsland Essence Tea Collection - flavored premium loose leaf
Tori RichardMen's and Womens Resort
Two PalmsHawaiian
Valerie Joseph BoutiqueCocoJava scrubs, PUA Hair
Wings HawaiiSterling silver, Gold Fill & 14k Fine