About Hawaii Thrive


Your Online Guide to the Best Local Businesses in Hawaii!

With a vibrant year-round business community led by a diverse set of owners and managers, you are sure to find a local business listed on Hawaii Thrives to meet your needs.

When Hawaii Thrive began, we sought to encompass the “Shop Local” movement with something more - the valued tradition of Ohana.

So, our name represents more than just a list of businesses.

Hawaii Thrive is a call to action for businesses, residents, organizations, and tourists to support our local economy and community.

When you shop at a local independently owned business:

68% of every dollar gets reinvested in the community.

Local chains, 43% reinvested.


Help us celebrate Hawaii’s community and culture by shopping at locally owned businesses.


Nick Ponte

Meet our Founder

Nick Ponte was born and raised on Maui. Throughout his career he has developed many high-traffic, high-quality websites that incorporate the best practices for today’s digital marketing. Today, accredited by the Young Entrepreneurs Council and Forbes, Nick eagerly shares his experience and knowledge by helping others in cultivating their business. Nick lives in Kihei with his fiance Sloan and dog Kevin.

Elle Shurm

Meet our Marketing Manager

Elle Shurm grew up in Seattle, Washington which led her to love skiing and coffee above all things. After living all over the world she finally found her home on Maui. Today she uses her experience from working at Oprah Magazine and studying journalism at New York University to help hundreds of local businesses bring in customers. When she isn’t working she’s hiking or cooking for her friends.

Ryan Tribe

Meet our Business Growth Specialist

Ryan Tribe was raised in Arizona and grew up exploring the desert, before settling on Maui.  An Entrepreneur from a young age, Ryan has worked in Digital Marketing for 7 years, with extensive Social Media Marketing, Sales, and Internet Marketing experience.  In his free time, Ryan enjoys exploring the island, swimming in the ocean and finding peace in nature. 

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