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Handmade in Hawaii

Shop Handmade Hawaii celebrates the innovative and creative force that drives Hawaiiʻs handmade entrepreneurs to create successful and sustainable businesses. This website was made to serve Hawaiiʻs unique handmade marketplace. All of the products that you find here are made with aloha and are being offered directly from local vendors in the islands and shared with the world.

Why it Works

Shop Handmade Hawaii was uniquely created to support the local makers and entrepreneurs in the Hawaiian islands. You can connect with buyers around the world and locally to build your brand organically. With our simple pricing, flexible sales policies and dedicated local support you can earn your worth to continue doing what you love.

How it Works


Shop and support local makers and entrepreneurs that live, work and play in your community. Buying local keeps revenue in Hawaii and helps small businesses to succeed.


Setup your online store and build your brand. Shop Handmade Hawaii gives you the tools for success with affordable monthly plans and dedicated seller support.


Support local entrepreneurs and partner with a marketplace that encourages community involvement by offering donation opportunities to buyers and sellers.

Simple Pricing

We have designed our pricing to be as simple and affordable as possible. With transparent fees, you can focus on what matters most to you. We do not impose any additional fees, ever.

Fixed Fee for all Sellers

When you sell through Shop Handmade Hawaii you will be charged a transaction fee of 3% for your sale. This fee is ONLY charged on the amount of the your sale and is not charged against sales tax or shipping charges. Please note that our transaction fee does not include processing fees that are incurred by third-party processors such as Stripe: 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction.

We have designed our monthly plans to be as simple and affordable as possible. With transparent fees, you can focus on what matters most to you. We do not impose any additional fees, ever. Please note that our transaction fee does not include processing fees that are incurred by third-party processors such as Stripe.

All plan benefits include:

Fee Comparison

Handmade multi-vendor marketplaces have been gaining popularity in the recent years. Platforms like these allow creative entrepreneurs to get their unique ideas out into the world and build their brands that fuel their passion. This is a quick overview to outline how we compare in the marketplace industry.

Our Average Net Revenue: 91.9%
Amazon Handmade Net Revenue: 84.9%
Etsy Average Net Revenue: 82.6%

Fees current as of June 2022

Review our sample fee summaries below to get details on the breakdown of our fees in comparison to other marketplaces when using Stripe as a payment processor.

  • No monthly fee
  • No “multiples” or renewal fees
  • No shipping transaction fee
  • Fixed 3% transaction fee

Additional fees to consider: currency fees.

Product cost: $5.00
Tax on product: 21¢
Shipping cost: $3.49
Tax on shipping cost: 15¢
Total: $8.85

Transaction fee on product(3%): 15¢
Processing Fee on Total(2.9% + 30¢): 56¢

Net Revenue(91.9%): $8.14

  • No monthly fee (varies)
  • 20¢ per listing fee
  • 6.5% listing fee
  • 6.5% transaction fee
  • 6.5% shipping transaction fee
  • 3% + 25¢ payment processing fee

Additional optional fees to consider: currency fees, advertising fees, in-person selling fees, subscription fees, multiple fees, listing renewal fees, fees imposed by Paypal, local sales taxes.

Product cost: $5.00
Tax on product: 21¢
Shipping cost: $3.49
Tax on shipping cost: 15¢
Total: $8.85

Listing fee (20¢ + 6.5%) : 21¢
Transaction fee on total(6.5%): 58¢
Shipping fee on $3.49(6.5%): 23¢
Processing Fee on Total: 52¢

Net Revenue(82.6%): $7.31

  • No monthly fee (varies)
  • 15% referral fee on price + shipping or a minimum of $1 per sale; whichever is greater.

Additional optional fees to consider: advertising fees, the $39.99/month selling fee may or may not be waived.

Product cost: $5.00
Tax on product: 21¢
Shipping cost: $3.49
Tax on shipping cost: 15¢
Total: $8.85

Referral fee(15% on product + shipping): $1.33

Net Revenue(84.9%): $7.52

Target Your Market

With Shop Handmade Hawaii you can target your market and reach the customers who are looking for you!  We offer feature specific attributes for your products such as: local pickup and delivery, custom options, free shipping and more! You can further reach your target market by adding your location to your product listings: which means you can reach customers on-island that make communication and sales a breeze.


Shop Handmade Hawaii does not offer any pay for placement competition between our vendors nor do we offer paid advertising in any form.

We stand behind our mission and provide cost-free advertising to promote our sellers, your products and the marketplace through social media and direct consumer communications. 


Q: What can I sell on Shop Handmade Hawaii?

Sellers may sell handmade goods, altered ready-made goods with their own designs that are not outsourced or mass produced(with exception to the use of printing services for items like: art prints, apparel, books, stickers, stationery goods, etc), and supplies that can be used to create handcrafted goods. Manufactured items can be used in curated gift boxes/baskets. Drop shipping is prohibited.

Q: Who can sell on Shop Handmade Hawaii?

Sellers that reside in Hawaii are invited to join this marketplace. An invitation is extended to military families and college students with local roots that are currently residing outside of the state.

Q: How do I get started?

It’s easy. If you meet our seller requirements you can apply for a shop. Our seller requirements are as follows:

  1. Sellers must reside in Hawaii
  2. Sellers must produce the items they sell

Q: How do I get paid?

When you setup your store you can connect to the marketplace using Stripe Connect to enable automatic payments for your sales.

A payment account needs to be setup to get paid for your sales.

Q: How do fees work on Shop Handmade Hawaii?

As a seller with Shop Handmade Hawaii you will pay a fixed transaction fee of 3% that is calculated ONLY on the items you sell. We do not impose fees on sales tax or shipping fees. Sales tax and shipping fees are passed on directly to you.

However, Stripe imposes a processing fee(2.9% + 30¢) on the entire amount of the sale. You can avoid this fee by accepting payment by check or in-person cash sales with an agreement between you and your buyer.

Q: What are currency fees?

Currency fees are incurred when you make an international sale. Current fees as of May 2021 for Stripe are 2.9% + 30¢.

If you prefer, you can restrict sales to specific countries, states and/or zip codes in your shipping settings found in your dashboard.

Q: What if I still need help?

We have created a Seller Support center and a private Facebook group that you may find helpful. We can also be easily contacted for any additional inquiries you have.

The Difference

Many handmade creatives have their own sites or stores on other marketplace options, like Etsy and Amazon Handmade. With increasing frustration from over-saturated mass markets and rising costs this site was created to reach a specific audience while fairly compensating our sellers for their creative works.

Shop Handmade Hawaii allows you create your very own microsite within our platform, organically build your brand and sell directly to your customers. Along with local dedicated support, we are committed to your success. We market and advertise your products across or social media platforms so that you can focus on servicing your customers.

Many sellers also find success with Instagram, Facebook and local craft fairs which are excellent opportunities to showcase your works! The problem is that there is a good deal of buyers who prefer to do their shopping online. Marketplace sales account for the largest share of online purchases worldwide, and shows no sign of slowing down! When selling on a marketplace you save time and money with tools to easily manage your orders and products and avoid the stressors of website management and maintenance. It’s a win-win!

Still have questions?

Visit Seller Support for more articles that you may find helpful. If your question isn’t answered in Seller Support, please contact us.


Shop Handmade Hawaii is a marketplace that resonates with our LOCAL values. Far too many times locals turn to sites like Etsy or Amazon without knowing what’s available in their own backyards! Craft fairs and popups help – but between the drive, parking, crowds and lines, many of us turn to the convenience of online shopping. This is where you come in. Hawaii sellers, we need your help. Open up a shop today and get started!

Sharing the Aloha

When you make a purchase and support the handmakers on Shop Handmade Hawaii you also partner with a marketplace that encourages and embraces community involvement. We offer a convenient way for both buyers and sellers to have the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation towards a charity that impacts the specific needs of our state. When a special non-profit organization is promoted as our featured charity, at the end of the promotion, all donations received for the selected charity are then rounded-up and sent off to the receiving organization that strengthen the communities in our islands. The history of your donations and the supported charities are easily accessible through your dashboard for record-keeping and tax reporting purposes.

Are you ready?

Letʻs get started!

Join Hawaii’s handmade marketplace today! The registration process is easy and we provide quick, local support if needed. We’ve even created a comprehensive Seller Support center and private dedicated Facebook group to help you along every step of the way.

Your Business. Your Customers.

When you make a sale, you have earned the trust of that customer and we celebrate your success! Many other marketplaces promote their brand to buyers, restrict buyer information from sellers and in some cases even prohibit contact outside of the sale. This makes it a bit challenging to keep your customers engaged beyond a one-time purchase and build customer loyalty.

We believe in standing behind our sellers. For every sale you make, you will have access to your customer’s details for future marketing and promotion opportunities.

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Shop Handmade Hawaii is locally managed and maintained.
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