Purple Maiʻa

Mālama Design Studio

Meet our ʻOhana

Over the next 9 months, weʻll guide these Kānaka Maoli owned companies through design-thinking processes rooted in Hawaiian culture. Our team will help implement both practical & innovative solutions including branding, marketing, website, UI/UX, SEO, & business strategy improvements in order to scale their business.

Our goal is to develop a pae ʻāina wide coalition of Kānaka businesses focused on achieving economic self-sufficiency and a vision for a regenerative, uniquely Hawaiian circular economy rooted in environmental sustainability and social justice. 

Weʻre taking a systemic approach assisting startups and industry leaders in target areas that include food security, land stewardship, health and wellness, renewable energy, housing solutions and biocultural restoration, all accelerated by innovative technologies. This means developing indigenous ownership of manufacturing infrastructure, supply chains, retail opportunities and reducing the existing inequalities in our ecosystems to achieve a better Hawaiʻi for all. 

A food processing hub re-establishing the systems that sustain our community through educational initiatives and ʻāina-centered practices that cultivate abundance, regenerate responsibilities, and promote collective health and well-being.

Meaʻai | Paʻauilo, Hāmākua, Hawaiʻi Island


A boutique music events promotion and production company bringing together artists from around the globe to perform once in a lifetime concerts and festivals located in the heart of Hilo, Hawaiʻi.  

Mele | Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island

Wahine ʻŌiwi therapist whose mission is to normalize and empower Kānaka ʻŌiwi mental health and overall wellbeing utilizing telehealth. 

Mauli Ola | Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island

Kanaka to Kanaka, a company of Mālama Design Studio.

An Agroforestry farm from a native perspective striving to not only nourish our community, but also foster a cultural connection that feeds people’s naʻau.

‘Āina | Meaʻai | Waiehu, Maui

Maui’s ‘Āina Conscious Refill Bar & Salon. Reducing plastic waste on Maui. Promoting a more sustainable lifestyle.

Mauō | Wailuku, Maui

The Sambajon 'Ohana

Nani & Mike Kahinu are the husband and wife duo creating our local favorite condiment that is the simple blend of Aloha Shoyu, vinegar & home grown hawaiian chili peppers. 

Mea ʻai | Kaunakakai, Molokaʻi

A sustainable farm on Lāna’i practicing sustainable food waste pickup services with ambitions of establishing the Lānaʻi first composting business.

ʻĀina | Mauō | Lānaʻi


A promise to serve fresh coffee and wholesome sandwiches. With farm to cup offerings and a selection of fresh roasted Hawai’i Grown Coffee, supporting local Farmers and Roasters. 

Meaʻai | Chinatown, Oʻahu

Creating products that appropriately capture the Hawaiian lifestyle, enhance awareness, and spark joy for ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

Aloha ʻĀina Armour | Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu


LEIRA Organics is a mindfully gathered in pule, eco-conscious, organic skincare oihana utilizing Hawaiian botanicals, Lā’au Lapa’au and ‘Ike kūpuna. zero plastic, zero petroleum and zero chemicals.

Lāʻau Lapaʻau | Waiʻanae, Oʻahu

A kupuna led cultural based educational company that uses the ancient Hawaiian strategy game of Kōnane as a training tool to teach leadership and management skills. 

Kupuna ʻIke | Anahola, Kaua’i

Johnny light

At Mālama Hulē’ia, we educate and lead community efforts to remove invasive mangrove along the Hulē‘ia river, re-establish native wetland ecosystems, manage Alakoko fishpond, and engage the community through environmental stewardship programs that honor Hawaiian culture and values.

Loko I'a | Līhuʻe, Kaua’i

Join the ʻOhana

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Our goal is to develop a coalition of Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs focused on aloha ‘āina, sustainability & regenerative business models to cultivate waiwai and uplift our lāhui.


Keoni DeFranco

Keoni DeFranco

Managing Director, Mālama

Jazzy Kealoha

Program Coordinator
Keaʻa Davis

Keaʻa Davis

Lead Design and Product Strategist

Pōhai Panoke

Creative Developer

Angel Permito-Kaheaku

Program Kōkua