Building Resilient Native Communities By starting or growing online businesses

about us

Our objective is to generate cashflow for Native Hawaiians the best way we know how- by starting an online business and leveraging the power of the internet. Help us keep more Hawaiians living in Hawaii!

We currently have to two pathways we are recruiting for. One is Etsy and the other FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon). If you already have a hand-made or designed product we recommend the Etsy route. If you don’t currently have a product or even an idea for a product FBA could be the way. 

Watch these videos for more information:

Program Introduction
Information About FBA
Information about Etsy

What our Students say about us


“This is a great opportunity for our lāhui. It’s a way for Kānaka to build some economic independence for ourselves instead of only seeing ourselves as consumers and employees.”


Waimānalo, HI


“I’ve always loved skateboarding, and wanted to find a way to generate some additional income for myself while doing something I love. Mapunawai was exactly what I needed to get my brand off the ground!”


Kāne’ohe, HI

What Is Māpunawai?

The vision behind Māpunawai is to redefine what it takes and disrupt the image of the stereotypical entrepreneur in order to allow the average person the opportunity to own their own business and generate cashflow to increase their financial resiliency. 

Our program has two tracks, one to increase sales for Hawaiians who already have handmade products (Our Etsy Program) and another for Hawaiians without a product or business idea (our Amazon FBA program)

The goal is for this new business to quickly generate cashflow to help keep Native Hawaiians living in Hawaii.

Apply Today & Build Financial Independence

There are limited seats available, and applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in applying for the mentorship program, don’t wait! 

After all of our applications are in, we will ask that you join us for a quick video call to make sure we’re a good fit for each other. Again, the program is FREE thanks to Kamehameha Schools so our seats will fill up fast.

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