YOU AND YOUR OHANA
What is your name?
Where were you raised?
Where is your ohana originally from?
Molokai and Papakolea from Ka’u
Do you come from a family of entrepreneurs or have people close to you who have encouraged and supported your entrepreneurship?
What is the name of your business?
What is the best way to contact you/your business?
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does your business have a website and/or social media presence? If so, please provide a link/s.
NATIVE HAWAIIAN BUSINESS DIRECTORY: https://kanakaeconomy.com/listing/pomahina-designs/
How long has your business been in operation?
Where is your business located today?
What products and/or services does your business provide?
Apparel and Accessories along with daily MANA BOMBS, which are FREE empowerment quotes!
Please describe your business in 1-2 sentences.
PōMahina Designs is an essence imbued with culture, tradition & aloha, infused in wearable arts & fashion. Inspirational speaker. #modernmaoli
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do to empower those to see who they are through history, culture, and self-identity. It started with my four daughters as the priority.
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
When did you first think of starting this business?
What type of experiences (education, work, life) were most important in shaping the skills you use to run your business today?
After high school, I went to school for graphic design, which provided me skills in business and art. Growing up I took hula, martial arts, and was raised in cultural practice through my grandparents. I also went to school for Hawaiian studies in my later years.
YOUR BUSINESS TODAY
In what stage of development is your business: pre-formation, early stage, growing, or mature?
Growing, I would like to think. Lol.
Do you have employees? If so, how many?
No. It’s still just me, although I contract work and have amazing volunteers and friends.
Are you working to get your business to the next stage in development? If so, where are you in that development?
Yes. We are looking to do a MANA BOMB Podcast. I’m at the beginning stages.
What is the greatest challenge you have experienced as an entrepreneur?
Finding energy, time, and balance; seeking help and positive shifts.
How did you overcome that challenge? (Or are you still working through it?)
Having an in-it-to-win-it attitude! I’m also motivated by being a single mother of four girls and having to put food on the table and a roof over our heads.
Asking for help and taking advice was hard, but I did it. It meant taking chances, and for me, I had to lessen the risk of failure because little lives were at stake.
THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS
How do you envision your business in the future?
I foresee it being taken over by my daughters and grown into something great, while building other businesses from it.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE, PLEASE TELL US ABOUT A HOBBY, INTEREST, OR TALENT YOU NURTURE OUTSIDE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
I enjoy hula and oli and practice daily. This is what feeds me. I had to bring it back into my life in 2020 with discipline for this purpose.
Aside from that, I also work with youth as a kumu in drug/alcohol/bullying prevention through culture. And I work with adults in healing called Ho’a Mana, a form or ho’oponopono, revived from my grandfather’s teachings.