Business, Free News Articles, Funding and Investment

Nutrition Company PlantBaby Raises $4 Million Seed Round with Big Idea Ventures and The Fund LA, Among Others

KAUAI, Hawaii -- PlantBaby, the innovative nutrition company developing a portfolio of the purest plant-based products to support the nutritional journey from infancy into adulthood, announces its $4 million Seed funding round, led by Big Idea Ventures and The Fund LA.

The round also welcomed new institutional investors including Two Culture Cap, Springbank Collective, Western Technology Investment, and Niche Capital.

In December 2021, PlantBaby launched its first product Kiki Milk, the first organic plant-based milk designed specifically for kids. Kiki Milk is made with a blend of organic, whole foods and boosted with nourishing superfoods available in two flavors: Original and Chocolate formulated in partnership with leading pediatrician Dr. Joel "Gator" Warsh and nutritionist Vicki Kobliner, RD.

It is made only from nutrient-rich, plant-based, organic whole foods and contains no additives like refined sugars, gums, GMOs, glyphosate, preservatives, protein isolates, or tree nuts (except coconuts). The organic, whole foods utilized to create Kiki Milk include organic oats, organic hemp seeds, organic sprouted pumpkin seeds, and organic coconuts. Each variation is packed with its proprietary blend of superfood powders with nourishing plants, like organic Aquamin(tm), organic bananas, organic blueberries, and organic spinach.

For PlantBaby Co-Founders Lauren and Alex Abelin, this is the first step to realizing their vision of creating safe plant-based food options for kids. Six months after their son Alakai was born, they needed to find him suitable plant-based, soy-free, and dairy-free infant formula supplements. After researching and feeling dissatisfied with the options available, they sought to create products to suit his needs along with the 40% of kids who have chronic health conditions nationwide who need healthier solutions than the ones offered on the market already.

"Since launching just six months ago, we've seen constant consumer demand," said Co-Founder Alex Abelin. "This fundraising round will support continued research and development of new plant-based culinary innovations and continued growth of the brand to make PlantBaby itself a vehicle to create positive change for children's health and well-being of children everywhere."

"We are thrilled to support the great work being done by Lauren, Alex, and the rest of the PlantBaby team," said Tom Mastrobuoni, Chief Investment Officer for Big Idea Ventures. "The non-dairy space is highly competitive, but the PlantBaby team has created a unique product that features cleaner label ingredients and appeals to the most precious consumers of all, our children."

About PlantBaby:

PlantBaby is a future-forward nutrition movement developing a portfolio of clean-label, organic, plant-based foods, beverages, formulas, and supplements to support children on their nutritional journey from infancy into adulthood. Founded in 2020 on Kauai, Hawaii, PlantBaby is dedicated to restoring harmony in our food and agricultural systems by supporting regenerative agriculture and sourcing climate-friendly crops. PlantBaby is proud to partner with Farmer's Footprint and Planet FWD, two organizations committed to building a healthier Planet Earth.

For additional information, visit, and @kikimilkco.

About Big Idea Ventures:

Big Idea Ventures (BIV), the most active food technology investor in 2021, is solving the world's greatest challenges by supporting the world's best entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers. BIV develops the most globally strategic funds, delivering significant investor returns while addressing real world challenges. BIV is focused on alternative protein with its New Protein Fund and commercialization of university intellectual property with its Generation Food Rural Partners fund. Learn more:

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Business, Free News Articles, Software, Travel and Tourism

Kulana Media Productions LLC Launches New Version of Vacation Countdown App Website with Integrated Travel Blog and More Travel Content

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Kulana Media Productions LLC is excited to announce the launch of their updated Vacation Countdown App website. This version includes an integrated travel blog as well as a redesigned home page. New content will be published three times a week and include travel tips, the best destinations for travelers, and reviews about the best travel products.

The goal of the travel blog is to offer a more personal, behind-the-scenes look at destinations as well as travel tips from experts. In addition, the website will feature the latest travel news about traveling in 2022, interesting travel deals, tips for solo travelers, and tips on how to use the app.

"I'm excited about our new travel blog on the website and I think it will really help people plan their vacations," said Simone Kirstein, Ph.D., CEO of Kulana Media Productions LLC. "Our team is doing a fantastic job and we'll be providing readers with valuable information about destinations, travel tips, and the best travel products."

The Vacation Countdown App website is a perfect addition to the app itself. The app allows travelers to count down the days until their next vacation and has been used by over 3 million people around the world. Now app users can see the travel blog content right inside the app, which will help inspire them about their next trip.

Kulana Media Productions LLC launched its popular Vacation Countdown App in 2014 and has continuously been working on new and improved versions of the free app. The next version is scheduled to be released in spring 2022. The new version of the app will include a number of exciting new features, including the ability to create more than one packing list, as well as new games and a surprise feature. Kulana Media Productions LLC is looking forward to releasing this new version and hopes that it will help people all over the world get excited to take their next vacation!

For more information about Kulana Media Productions LLC or the Vacation Countdown App website please visit or send an email to

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Business, Education and Schools, Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities

Kids Read Now closes the opportunity gap for K-3 students – Hawaii students to get free books this summer

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Kids Read Now is excited to partner with Ka'ewai Elementary to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. Ka'ewai Elementary is the first school district in Hawaii to partner with Kids Read Now to eliminate learning loss and close the opportunity gap for their students. The number of students coast-to-coast in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures.

"Educators, parents, and students love the KRN program, and it has been proven to eliminate the summer slide and even help kids gain up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement.

The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

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Business, Free News Articles, Manufacturing, Product Launches

Hawaii’s First N-95 Mask Factory Opens Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 in Kona

KONA, Hawaii -- Kona Mask Co. LLC, located in Kailua-Kona near Costco, will begin producing N-95 and flat-pleated masks using two automated machines. "We can produce 1 million masks every 3 weeks made right here in Hawaii," says Nicolas Garcia, CEO of Kona Mask.

Garcia saw the need for a local manufacturer to provide PPE rather than one based thousands of miles away.

Garcia adds, "We are inviting Mayor Harry Kim, members of the Coronavirus Task Force, government officials, and local leaders who helped inspire this concept, to walk through the factory on Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m."

For further information, contact Nicolas Garcia, 808-365-6989 or email

Factory address: 73-4820 Kanalani Street, Bay 9, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Other newsworthy items:

* Captain Nicolas Garcia retired from United Airlines on April 1, 2020 after 46 years as a pilot.

* The mask factory was inspired after the Pandemic was declared and Garcia could not find a mask for his fiancé, Amy Colombo, a United Airlines flight attendant.

* The funding came from Garcia selling his home and retirement savings.

* Garcia ran a successful airline soap factory during the 1980s AIDS Crisis.

* The factory will be staffed by locals with manufacturing experience.

* The factory mural was painted by Katana Leigh and will be unveiled on Saturday.

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*Photo caption: CEO Nicolas Garcia and United Airlines flight attendant Amy Colombo poised to make millions of N-95 masks at The Kona Mask Co.

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Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles, Product Launches

Deuxmers Releases New Titles by Peter Shaindlin and by Lee Siegel

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Deuxmers Publishing announces the release of two new novels by Lee Siegel, "Typerotica" and "Horseplay"; and a long-awaited collection of new poems by Peter Shaindlin, titled "Ravens, Nights."

"Deuxmers is pleased to have widely published and acclaimed author Lee Siegel as one of its authors, which represents a consequential achievement in expansion of our portfolio," said Omer Kursat, the managing editor of Deuxmers Publishing.

"Typerotica" (ISBN 978-1944521097) is a hilariously comedic and poignantly nostalgic portrait of an aspiring artist as a young man. Consisting of the typed manuscripts of two love stories, it illustrates an analogy: typing was once to literature what sex is to love. As a fifteen-year old, Lee Siegel is dazzled by a then contraband copy of Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer," and decides that he must become a writer. He imagines that in order to do that he needs to learn how to type and then go to Paris to drink French wine, smoke French cigarettes, and have sex with French women. "Typerotica" chronicles Siegel's enrollment in a typing class, his subsequent amorous and literary adventures in Paris, and eventually his friendship with Henry Miller.

If we are to believe Lee Siegel, the author of "Horseplay" (ISBN 978-1944521103) is actually a horse, yes, a talking horse named Gulliver. According to Siegel, "Gulliver dictated the series of twelve stories that are sublimely romantic and yet bawdily down to earth, occasionally melancholy but fundamentally hilarious. Horseplay is indisputably one of the greatest books ever composed by a horse."

"'Ravens, Nights' (ISBN 978-1944521073) - from tranquil pastorales to coarsely hewn cityscapes, erotic ruminations, grandiose reveries, and reimagined haiku to pictographic poesy-is a unique collection that represents an informed homage to the modern canon while staking new territory within the noumenon of twenty-first-century culture," said Mr. Shaindlin.

Frank Stewart, in his review of "Ravens, Nights" stated, "Here is lyric poetry that testifies to the gratitude we must ultimately feel for being alive. Gratitude for forests, seas, stars, gardens, houses, cathedrals, bus stops, and trains-in spite of-and perhaps because of-the world's brevity and ours."

About Lee Siegel

Lee Siegel, Emeritus Professor of Religion at the University of Hawaii, has published eight novels, four non-fiction books, and a translation of Sanskrit love poetry. Siegel's writing has earned him a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, two Residency awards at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, and the Elliot Cades Award for Literature. ( )

About Peter Shaindlin

Peter Shaindlin is a writer, poet, fine art photographer and musician as well as a significant and influential cultural critic. A Visiting Fellow and Research Scholar at the University of Oxford, Harris Manchester College, Mr. Shaindlin has four published works including "Citizen Steele." Mr. Shaindlin is also a renowned fine art photographer represented by Westwood Gallery of New York City. He studied fine arts, creative writing and humanities at Mannes College and New York University. ( )

About Deuxmers Publishing

Founded in 2011 in Waimanalo, Hawaii, Deuxmers Publishing is an independent publisher of fiction, poetry and photography books, with a mission of preserving individual voices and visions to be made available for future generations. Learn more at:

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Phone: +1 (808) 259-5394

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Business, Free News Articles, General Editorial, Product Launches

New Online Dating Site Targets Like-Minded Cannabis Lovers

KAPAA, Hawaii -- Just in time for Valentine's Day, this new online dating site is one of a kind. Chronic Souls - an all-inclusive dating website and mobile app - is exclusively designed to connect people who recreationally enjoy marijuana or who use it to help their medical conditions.

As laws on marijuana usage evolve, more and more people are indulging. Of course, there are still many folks who frown on marijuana use and this can make for some pretty unpleasant dates. Whether people smoke it for pleasure or use it to help chronic illness, Chronic Souls is the ideal platform to connect.

"Chronic Souls takes the guesswork out of discovering whether your date is a marijuana enthusiast or not. It eliminates those awkward moments that are inevitable during the dating process," Steve Monas, web firm founder, says.

Chronic Souls also connects people who are in the same line of work, and have similar tastes in movies, books, music and sports teams. They can even share audio tracks on apps like Spotify.

This online dating site also streamlines the dating process and gives users access to electronic calendars and online restaurant reservations so they can easily book a table and coordinate their first date. It's easy to purchase tickets to concerts and events, arrange for rides with Uber and LYFT and even send flowers in advance of a date.

"Chronic Souls is one of the most inclusive online dating sites around and it's the only one designed to connect cannabis lovers," Monas says. "The cannabis soulmate revolution is here."

About Chronic Souls:

Chronic Souls is one of an expanding line of websites and apps that's a subdivision of its parent company, Chronic Internet, LLC. The first website in this series of cannabis-related subjects was which helps people find jobs in the marijuana industry. Monas, web firm founder, has been interviewed on numerous networks including NBC, FOX, CBS and ABC. He's also the author of "Chemistry and Numbers," a definitive guide to online dating and relationship sites; and "Chemistry and Numbers 2," a compilation of online dating stories from more than 50 online daters.

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